At the 95th Academy Awards last night, Morgan Freeman made an appearance on stage with an unusual accessory that fans couldn't help but notice.
During the celebration of 100 years of Warner Brothers Studios with Margot Robbie, The Shawshank Redemption actor donned an elbow-length glove while taking the stage.
Although some have dismissed it as a fashion statement, there is a heartbreaking explanation for why the actor had to wear the glove at the Oscars last night.
Since a severe car accident in Mississippi in 2008, the actor has been wearing a compression glove on his left hand.
During that time, Freeman was driving late at night, and his car veered off the road, flipping multiple times before landing in a ditch near his former residence.
According to a journalist from the area, paramedics had to employ hydraulic cutters to extract him from the car, but the actor remained conscious and even joked with rescue personnel during the entire ordeal.
Despite the efforts of emergency responders to provide care at the scene, the injuries sustained by the actor, known for his role in Gone Baby Gone, were severe enough to require transportation by air for over 100 miles to a hospital in Memphis.
Upon arrival at the hospital, it was discovered that the actor, who was 71 years old at the time, had sustained multiple fractures and required over four hours of surgery to reset his arm.
Despite being able to continue acting, Freeman was left with persistent nerve damage and excruciating shoulder pain that would be permanent.
With his left hand rendered immobile, the actor's limb began to swell, and this prompted him to wear the compression glove as a means of mitigating his symptoms.
In a 2010 interview, Freeman said that his injury had never improved.
He said: "If you don't move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?"
In an interview with Esquire several years later, Freeman also revealed that his fibromyalgia had been exacerbated by the car accident, with the shoulder pain shooting "up and down" his arm.
Although some fans may not recognize the importance of the gloves, this is not the first time the actor has appeared at a major event wearing the medical device.
During the opening ceremony of the FIFA Qatar World Cup in 2022, the actor was also seen sporting a similar compression glove.
At the prominent sporting occasion, the Academy Award-winning actor joined disabled YouTuber Ghanim al-Muftah on stage, where the latter spoke about "tolerance and respect."