Multiple Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Denzel Washington kicked off Freeman’s tribute reminiscing about how he first met the Mississippi born Oscar winner when they both appeared in a production of "Coriolanus" at Shakespeare in the Park in New York City. He later had the privilege of working alongside him in the critically acclaimed feature film “Glory.”
When talking about Freeman's work in that film Washington said, "In front of the camera I saw an actor who had a God-given sense of timing and a perfect ear for nuance…So we have this man that I’m proud to call my friend. He lives on the same patch of land in Mississippi that his grandparents worked – and where he spent much of his childhood. He has a 126-acre ranch with peach trees and horses. He sails his boat by himself to the Bahamas and pilots himself around the country in his own plane. And he still manages to make two or three pictures a year.
"Morgan is very much his own man. Now he has his own motion picture company. It’s called Revelation Entertainment. Revelation’s motto is: ‘Enlighten…Express Heart…Glorify the Human Experience.’ My friend – that’s what you’ve been doing for the last forty years – and I am so proud of you tonight."
The Kennedy Center Honors show was taped last night and will air on Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Also participating in the show are Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, B.B. King and Freeman's other good friend Clint Eastwood who cast him in "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby," the film in which he won an Oscar for best supporting actor in 2005.