Morgan Freeman attends the after party for the opening night of "8" on Broadway at the Gotham Hall on Sept. 19, 2011 in New York City

*The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s board of directors has named Morgan Freeman recipient of the 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award, the HFPA announced on Wednesday.

The DeMille is the HFPA’s lifetime achievement award, and in the past has gone to Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock, among others.

“Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema,” the HFPA said in a release announcing the selection. “His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10th among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time.”

Freeman will receive his honor at the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, which will take place on January 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.