Bringing Nelson Mandela's life to the big screen would be daunting for some actors, but Morgan Freeman says it's a role he always knew he would play. "I was anointed by him, so to speak, back in the mid-90s when he was asked, 'If his book became a movie,who would he want to play him?'" Morgan says. "He said me. So I knew somewhere down the line that I would be playing Nelson Mandela."

When Morgan received the script for Invictus—a story about Mandela's effort to unite his country through rugby—he knew the day had arrived. "It was perfect," he says.

Morgan's portrayal earned him an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor. This is Morgan's fifth Oscar nomination. He received his first Oscar statuette in 2005 for his supporting role in Million Dollar Baby.


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