Betty White Moves Morgan Freeman To Tears With A Sweet Tribute At The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

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February 18, 2019 16:33 By Mambee

TV icon Betty White is known for making us laugh our hearts out, but she had a few tearjerker moments for guests when she gave a special tribute at the AFI years ago. One guest, in particular, could not hold back the waterworks: Morgan Freeman.

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Morgan's acceptance speech

It was the year Freeman received his American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award with the legend Sydney Poitier watching in the audience. And when Freeman gave his speech, he brought the older actor to tears with his stirring praise of Poitier for blazing the trail and making his own career possible.

Betty White Moves Morgan Freeman To Tears With A Sweet Tribute At The AFI Lifetime Achievement AwardGetty Images / Ideal Image

Importantly, he melted hearts when he said it was an honor to have Poitier watching him in the audience while he received the award. The Guess Who's Coming To Dinner actor struggled to his emotions in check.

Betty White's epic tribute

Morgan Freeman had his moment coming when TV funny woman Betty White made a surprise guest appearance that year at the American Film Institute to give him his special tribute.

Betty White Moves Morgan Freeman To Tears With A Sweet Tribute At The AFI Lifetime Achievement AwardGetty Images / Ideal Image

She delivered hilarious quips that left the guests doubled over laughing.

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But when she delivered her dance piece where she showed Morgan what he was missing when he did not star in a Broadway play Hello Dolly alongside her, she brought him to tears and got a standing ovation. That's not even counting the bit where she stopped the show to ask Clint Eastwood to call her.

Reactions

Online reactions are hilarious. People can't get over seeing Morgan Freeman tearful and how many times he had to hold his face in awe.

@setheurovision94:

I love how when Betty came on, Morgan put his head in his hand, smiling like he was thinking, "My life is complete".

@Charm crystal:

How Morgan's eyes twinkled when he looked at her dani spare: everyones reaction was a bit "huh? whats going on?" but when you see freeman's face, its clear that he is very touched by it. looked like he was tearing <3

@JT Brooks:

Has anyone else noticed that betty white seems be the only actress in hollywood to get a standing ovation when here name is said, or appears on stage.

@Ively Creations:

Morgan's tearful, soulful eyes for our spunky, sweet Betty... gets me every time!

@Loki Laufeyson:

I love how Morgan just propped his chin up and looked at her with such love, like he couldn't wait to here her voice and watch her just...exist. So beautiful!

@6 String Fan:

Yep....Betty White is a one of a kind! Morgan Freeman is a total class act too! Those looks of endearment while she was doing her bit was pure love and brought a tear to my eye!

Betty White can do no wrong. She is a national treasure.

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