Freeman, who will turn 80 in June, immediately returned the love.
“I want the world to know that I’m in love with Helen Mirren,” he declared. “I’ve been for some years now.”
“[Mirren’s husband] Taylor Hackford knows it and I’m still alive,” Freeman humorously added.
During his acceptance speech, Freeman also touched on the lessons he has learned throughout his long-spanning career.
“Responsibility,” proved the key to his reflection.
“I’ve learned that with all the advantages of being a grown-up comes responsibility,” Freeman said. “Responsibility to be true to yourself, responsibility to honor those who came before you, responsibility to leave the world a better place when you go.”