PCAs Rewind: Morgan Freeman 2012’s Acceptance Speech Is The Definition Of ‘Iconic’

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2012 was the first year the People’s Choice Awards gave out the Favorite Movie Icon award and of course it went to Morgan Freeman.

Freeman is a legend in Hollywood, and he gave a speech fit for an icon. It was perfect.

“Thank you, thank you very much,” Freeman said when he first hit the stage. “When I found out that I’d been nominated for the first-ever People’s Choice Movie Icon Award, I decided to look up ‘icon,’ so here’s what I found.”

The Dark Knight actor read off three different definitions of the word, and a few seemed fitting.

“The first definition said an icon is a tiny picture on a computer screen that represents a file,” he said. “Well, (shrugs his shoulders).”

While the first definition was NOT the right one, the second and third seemed much closer.


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“The second definition said an icon is an image of someone who is saintly,” he continued. “The third definition said an icon was a person representative of something.”

Once he read all of the definitions, Freeman talked about the third one and when came next was practically perfect in every way.

“Alright, so if I represent something, here’s what I hope it is,” he said. “To all of you who were kind enough to vote for me, I hope I represent a working actor who is so incredibly proud to be in this business, humbled and honored to be mentioned in the same company as my fellow nominees, and forever grateful for this honor. Thank you so much.”

Wow, just wow.

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