People's Choice Awards: Morgan Freeman wins first-ever favorite movie icon award

Morgan Freeman poses with Favorite Movie Icon Award in the press room during the 2012 People's Choice Awards on Jan. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

(CBS) Morgan Freeman was bestowed with the first-ever favorite movie icon award Wednesday night at the People's Choice Awards.

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"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,'" Freeman said. "Here's what I found: The first definition said an icon is a tiny picture on a computer screen that represents a file."

The star then proceeded to read the word's other meanings and finally landed on the definition of a person or thing that represents something.

"If I represent something, here's what I hope it is," Freeman continued, "To all of you who were kind enough to vote for me, I hope I represent a working actor who is forever grateful for this honor."

The "Dark Knight Rises" star beat out George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks for the title. Actor Ewan McGregor presented Freeman with his award.


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