Clint Eastwood, Matthew McConaughey, Casey Affleck, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Matthew Broderick, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Robbins, Betty White and Samuel L. Jackson were among the stars who gathered Thursday in Hollywood for dazzling a tribute to Morgan Freeman.

As guest of honor at the black-tie dinner, catered by Wolfgang Puck, the 74-year-old actor was given a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, his famous friends were thrilled to be invited to the party.

"He is the most effortless person to be around and to act," Eastwood told the audience, as he introduced Freeman and presented the award.

"It was an honor being locked up with you, Morgan," said Tim Robbins, who starred opposite Freeman in the beloved 1994 jailbreak drama 'The Shawshank Redemption.'