After a series of small movie roles, Morgan got his first big break in film in the late 1980s. He was cast as a street thug named "Fast Black" in the movie Street Smart. Morgan says this character is his favorite of all time...and it has nothing to do with the Oscar® nomination he got for the role!
When Morgan was nominated for his first Oscar, he says no one in the industry knew who he was or where he came from. "A lot of people thought that they just found me on the street," he says.
Two years later, Morgan was excited to be nominated again for his role in Driving Miss Daisy. Though many people thought he'd take home the golden statuette, he lost to actor Daniel Day Lewis.
Morgan received his third Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Red in The Shawshank Redemption, which Oprah says is her favorite Morgan Freeman character. The third time was not the charm for this Hollywood legend.
Finally, in 2005, Morgan took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Million Dollar Baby. "I was hoping I wouldn't win," he says. "I mean, how many nominations can you get without winning? You become famous for that, you know. ... My feeling about it is if you can find five outstanding performances in directing, acting, producing—just hand 'em out!"