Kathryn Bigelow, Jon Avnet, Anne V. Coates to Get Honorary AFI Degrees
Kathryn Bigelow, Jon Avnet and Anne V. Coates will be conferred honorary degrees -- Bigelow and Coates in fine arts, Avnet in communications arts -- by the American Film Institute, the organization announced Tuesday.
The trio of notable industry veterans are set to receive the honors at AFI's commencement at the El Capitan Theatre on June 12.
Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 2013 Oscars. The director previously claimed the award in 2010 for The Hurt Locker along with the Best Director prize. She will be awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree honoris causa.
Avnet, who is currently a vice chair on AFI's board of directors, counts Black Swan among the many films he has executive produced. He will be awarded a Doctorate of Communications Arts degree honoris causa.
Coates received an Oscar for editing Peter O'Toole's landmark Lawrence of Arabia and was honored by AFI for her work on Erin Brockovich. She will be awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree honoris causa.
Last year, AFI awarded Mel Brooks and David Lynch with honorary degrees.