Mandi Bierly
October 11, 2010 AT 09:38 PM EDT

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe American Film Institute has announced that Morgan Freeman will receive the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award at a June gala taped for broadcast later in 2011. “Morgan Freeman is an American treasure,” Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, said in a release. “Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world.” That is true. Which is why we’re starting this petition to have Morgan Freeman narrate at least one of the montages that will be shown that evening. Sign it below.

As a thank you, we have once again embedded “The Full Shawshank Experience” clip from Cougar Town below. Still funny.

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