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“This is easy to take but hard to believe. Where I come from in Mississippi, they call this walking in high cotton,” he said. “For me, heaven has always been about acting in the movies.

“I’m proud to be an actor, although for this one night, you’ve made me feel like a star.”

Freeman is the 39th recipient of the AFI honor, which recognizes those whose talent helps advance the art of film. Previous honorees include Poitier, Eastwood, Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock.

The AFI ceremony will air as a special on TV Land on June 19.

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Online:

www.afi.com

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