“Julie Andrews has lifted the spirits of the world for generations,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “Now, more than ever, AFI looks forward to gathering the globe to celebrate the many gifts and joy she has given us — proving her, of course, ‘practically perfect in every way.'”
Throughout her career, Andrews has earned numerous awards including an Oscar for her role in Mary Poppins in 1964. She was nominated for her performances in The Sound of Music and Victor Victoria, in which she played dual roles.
Her additional credits include The Princess Diaries and The Man Who Loved Women, as well as TV shows such as Bridgerton. Andrews has lent her voice to films including Despicable Me 3, Aquaman and Shrek 2.
The AFI’s lifetime achievement award is presented annually to an honoree “whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.”
AFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating artists and audiences through initiatives that champion the past, present and future of motion pictures.
The gala event, which was previously scheduled for April 25, 2020, and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place Nov. 11.