Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood and More Stress Why Movies and TV Matter

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Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington at the AFI Awards luncheon

Donald Glover, Amy Adams, Mel Gibson, Martin Scorsese, Chris Pine and Mandy Moore are among those who spoke on the topic at the AFI Awards luncheon.

Really, though — why do movies and television matter?

Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Amy Adams, Kenneth Lonergan, Andrew Garfield, Vince Gilligan and Jeff Bridges are among those who answered the question during last week's AFI Awards luncheon.

"Art matters now, more than ever," said La La Land writer-director Damien Chazelle in the newly compiled video. Hell or High Water star Chris Pine added, "It's the modern equivalent of men and women around the campfire, telling stories."

This Is Us' Mandy Moore said she wants audiences to be "inherently moved" and "relate it back to the challenges and obstacles in their lives." Mel Gibson echoed that these projects "show by example what many of us are capable of."

Plus, "it becomes sort of like a stamp of the times," observed Atlanta's Donald Glover of when people look back on "old 2016." John Lithgow and Martin Scorsese agreed, as the latter explained, "All sorts of other countries and cultures were actually founded first through cinema. From there, it went to literature and painting and music. ... And, it's art."

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