Morgan Freeman has been selected by the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees.
NEW YORK — Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite’s death, his voice is leaving the ‘CBS Evening News.’
His introduction of anchor Katie Couric was replaced Monday by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman.
The legendary CBS News anchor recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Couric started at CBS in 2006. Cronkite’s voice was kept on the air even after his death July 17.
“As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we’re looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made,” said CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus. “This seemed like the appropriate time since Walter’s passing to make the move.”
Having Freeman on board gives CBS the flexibility to record different intros when Couric has special reports and is on location, he said.
CBS has replaced Cronkite with a generic voice over the past few months when it wanted to highlight something special.
The change also gives the network more consistency, McManus said.
There are sports movies and there’s ‘Invictus,’ the latest film from Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, who, shortly after his presidential win in South Africa, tried to unite the country through the game of rugby.
While the sport itself isn’t as popular or familiar as football, basketball or baseball, the Oscar-worthy performances given by Freeman and Matt Damon are reasons enough to plan a trip to the theater.
‘Invictus’ marks the third time that Freeman and Eastwood have collaborated. The two worked together in ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby.’ With this film, Morgan’s portrayal of Mandela is nearly flawless, as if playing the role was his calling. He has Mandela’s mannerisms and voice down pat. Damon, who always holds his own on screen, does more with his stares and actions than his dialogue.
Overall, the film is a vibrant, colorful and universally appealing.