Here's why Morgan Freeman wore a single glove to the SAG awards

Here's why Morgan Freeman wore a single glove to the SAG awards

Awards shows have a very different feel this year. While before you can bet that the entire affair is predictable, far too long, with only one or two entertaining moments to speak of, there was rarely much in the way of surprises. Last year's Oscars did have the now-infamous moment where they gave the wrong movie the Best Picture award, and there have been many awkward speeches over the years, but every Hollywood event is feeling a lot different in 2018.

After the Harvey Weinstein exposé and the myriad allegations that followed afterwards, every event has now given its attendees the opportunity to show their support for campaigns such as the Times Up movement, which hopes to stamp out gender inequality in the movie industry. With all this attention on these developments, some things can easily slip us al by. Like, for instance, why exactly was Morgan Freeman wearing a single glove to the Screen Actors Guild Awards? Was it a statement, or something else?

Freeman was a guest of particular importance this year, as he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, following in the footsteps of movie greats such as Dick Van Dyke, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Gene Kelly. Weirdly enough, one unidentified guest spoke through his acceptance speech, which the actor wasn't happy about one bit. But once he got back on track, he said:

"These moments in one's life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you's. I can't do that because I don't know all of your names, so I won't try."

"This is beyond an honour, this is a place in history."

The award was presented by Rita Moreno, who he had previously presented the award to back in 2014. "Morgan is way more than jut an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian," Moreno, who has known Freeman for 50 years, said. "This man is a national treasure."

But while many were making statements using their awards attire recently, Freeman's choice to wear one single glove was neither a fashion accessory nor a symbolic gesture. It turns out that he has a medical reason to wear the glove.

Back in 2008, the 80-year-old actor was involved in a car accident, in which his car veered off the road and flipped over several times. He was taken from the wreckage and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was in a serious condition for several days, discovering afterwards that his left hand was paralysed, which lead to further conditions down the line.

He now suffers from fibromyalgia, which can be extremely painful. The glove he was wearing is a compression glove to increase the blood flow, as the condition can affect the circulation in his hand. Speaking to PEOPLE, he explained:

"I suffered nerve damage and it hasn't gotten better. I can't move it. If you don't move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?"

One can only wonder how he gets through film shoots without this impeding him, meaning it's going to be hard not to watch his big screen appearances in a different light from this point on.