Morgan Freeman Stopped His SAG Lifetime Achievement Award Speech After Noticing Lily Tomlin’s Enigmatic Presence

Morgan Freeman appeared to call out an audience member for talking during his speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

The 80-year-old actor, dressed in a black baseball cap and tuxedo, attended the ceremony to accept his Lifetime Achievement award, honouring his legendary film career.

But as the movie icon was about to begin his speech, he stopped and turned his attention to someone in the front row.

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“Hey… I’m talking to you,” Freeman said to the guest, who had obviously done something to distract the actor. While Freeman had a smile on his face, it was unclear whether or not he was joking.

“Okay, well you just stand out to me, that’s all,” Freeman continued, after the anonymous crowd member had seemingly said something in reply.

It wasn’t clear who the culprit was exactly, but Freeman himself later stated it was none other than actress Lily Tomlin, who was honoured with the same lifetime achievement award in 2017 and was nominated for “Grace and Frankie” on Sunday night.

Speaking in the press room after the event, Freeman said, “Yeah. That was Lily Tomlin.”

“She’s a wonder in herself and I’ve always loved her. I see her, I say ‘hello,’” he continued.

It appears that Freeman wasn’t scolding the actress for being a chatterbox, but was merely distracted by Tomlin’s enigmatic presence.

Many Twitter users initially believed that Freeman was calling out a person for talking or texting during his speech.

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The “Shawshank Redemption” star continued with his speech uninterrupted, later calling out the SAG Awards themselves for their “gender-specific” award statue.

But Freeman was humbled to be awarded such an honour, telling the audience, “This is beyond honour. This is a place in history.”

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