Morgan Freeman tells off audience member for talking during SAG Awards speech

Ben Arnold
Contributor

If you’re planning on having a lovely chat while Morgan Freeman is picking up his next Lifetime Achievement award, then think again.

For it was on an occasion such as this that the 80-year-old actor got a bit shirty with someone in the audience at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards last night.

Taking to the stage to accept the not inconsequential gong, he spied someone in his eyeline jawing away, and then felt compelled to stop his speech to sort things out.

“These moments in your life,” he began, realising that this particular moment was being spoiled.

“Hey,” he then added, softly. “I’m talking to you. Yeah… OK, well you just stand out to me, that’s all.”

With a ripple of laughter in the crowd, he continued, going on to point out something pertinent about the award that was bothering him.

“I wasn’t going to do this; I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back, but from the front, it’s gender specific. Maybe I started something,” he said.

“This is beyond an honour. This is a place in history,” he continued. “These moments in one’s life usually call for an entire litany of thank yous. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names. So I won’t try.”

Well, there’s some honesty right there.

Freeman joined the likes of Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Gary Oldman in picking up gongs on the night.

Oldman’s win could mean that he’s even more likely to pick up the Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in wartime drama Darkest Hour.

The nominations for the Oscars are revealed tomorrow, with the awards show happening on March 4.

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