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AFI Life Achievement Awards

Carol Burnett, Steve Carell Toast Julie Andrews at AFI Life Achievement Gala: “A Great Dame In Every Sense of the Word”

After a two-year pandemic delay, Julie Andrews was finally honored with AFI’s Life Achievement Award on Thursday, in a star-studded celebration that included Carol Burnett, Steve Carell, Gwen Stefani and Cynthia Erivo. The 86-year-old star of The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries made a rare public appearance at the Dolby Theatre […]

‘CODA’ Director Sian Heder to Be Awarded Alumni Honor at AFI Life Achievement Gala

After sweeping through awards season with her film CODA, Siân Heder is collecting another honor. Heder, who is an alumnus of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, will receive the 2022 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from AFI. Past recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patty Jenkins, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Terrence Malick. It […]

Denzel Washington on Playing ‘Macbeth’ and His Dream Collaborators

Denzel Washington talks to The Hollywood Reporter about life in his 60s and why theater is his first love ahead of accepting the AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6.

Denzel Washington to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute Board of Trustees on Friday announced that Denzel Washington will be the recipient of the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award.

George Clooney Says ‘Batman & Robin’ Was a Career Wake-Up Call

George Clooney has done more by the age of 57 than others could in three lifetimes. After his breakout role as the charming Dr. Ross on the medical drama 'ER,' he’s starred in popcorn fare like the 'Ocean’s Eleven' trilogy; cerebral dramas ('Michael Clayton,' 'Up in the Air') and quirky comedies ('O Brother, Where Art Thou?'); earned seven Oscar nominations (winning for supporting actor for 'Syriana' and as a producer for best picture 'Argo'); and built a notable career as a director ('Good Night, and Good Luck,' 'The Ides of March'). On June 7, he’ll become the American Film Institute’s 46th Life Achievement Award recipient at a star-studded gala that will be broadcast June 21 by TNT. Ahead of his honor (presented by his 'Money Monster' co-star Julia Roberts), Clooney looked back at his career, the best advice he’s received and the actors who influenced him.

AFI Turns 50: 7 Greatest Moments From the Life Achievement Awards

Since 1973, one influential artist (think Beatty, Spielberg, Fonda) has been singled out each year in a ceremony that has become the hottest ticket in Hollywood.

Don Rickles, Legendary Comic With a Gift for the Insult, Dies at 90

"Mr. Warmth" forged a career when he turned the tables on his hecklers, going on to make fun of everyone he encountered — even Frank Sinatra.

Steve Martin on Whether ‘The Jerk’ Would Work in Today’s PC Climate

As AFI honors him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award, the actor offers up his own memories about some of the signature roles of his prolific film career and opens up about donning his old King Tut costume for 'SNL's' 40th anniversary and why he's cutting "way back" on Twitter.

AFI Tribute: Will TNT Censor Wanda Sykes’ Off-Color Joke About Michael Douglas?

The crowd fell decidedly silent after the actress-comedian made a quip about Douglas' cancer.

AFI Awards to Be Presented Jan. 10

The American Film Institute is now accepting submissions for the honors, which will be announced Dec. 9.

Mel Brooks on Comedy Legends Madeline Kahn and Gene Wilder

The 41st recipient of AFI's highest honor opens up about his six-decade career, late wife Anne Bancroft and why he kept working with the same circle of actors: "You know what they're capable of, how high they can fly."

Comic King Mel Brooks to Receive 41st AFI Life Achievement Award

The writer-director of "The Producers" and "Blazing Saddles" will be honored at a gala in June that will be broadcast by TNT and Turner Classic Movies.