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American Film Institute Sets 2023 AFI Awards Date

The American Film Institute on Wednesday revealed that the 2023 AFI Awards will take place on Jan. 5, 2024, at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. AFI Awards selections are made through a jury process comprised of AFI trustees, artists, critics and scholars. Deadlines for submissions will be announced in the coming […]

AFI Awards: Hollywood’s Biggest Names in Film and TV Return to Luncheon Where Everyone’s a Winner

Hollywood’s biggest names in film and television returned to the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for a celebration of the American Film Institute’s picks of the year’s top 10 offerings from those media. The ballroom for the AFI Awards luncheon was crowded with top executives like Disney’s Bob Iger and Dana Walden, Warner Bros. Discovery’s […]

Nicole Kidman to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Nicole Kidman has an important date on her calendar for 2023. The Oscar-winning actress and producer has been selected to receive the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award during a gala ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on June 10. In making the announcement, the American Film Institute noted that she becomes the first Australian actor to […]

Michelle Yeoh Receives AFI Honorary Degree: “You Have Made My Mother the Happiest Mother in the World”

That’s Dr. Michelle Yeoh, to you. The actress added a new title to her resume on Saturday when she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute at the film school’s class of 2022 commencement ceremony. Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All At Once directors The Daniels (AKA Daniel Kwan and Daniel […]

Michelle Yeoh to Receive AFI Honorary Degree (Exclusive)

Michelle Yeoh, the veteran Malaysian actress who is currently generating Oscar buzz for her performance in this spring’s breakout A24 hit Everything Everywhere All at Once, will be conferred with a Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute “for contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” The Hollywood Reporter has […]

‘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 […]

‘Star Wars’ Icon James Earl Jones Only Made $7,000 to Voice Darth Vader in ‘A New Hope’

James Earl Jones was paid only $7,000 to voice Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope — but the actor says for him at the time, it was a huge score. To celebrate Star Wars Day, The Hollywood Reporter looked back at some interviews Jones gave through the years, in which he talked about […]

Oscars: Six Contenders on the Challenges and Rewards of Making 2021 Indies

Earlier this awards season, six performers garnering awards buzz for their work in 2021 independent films participated on AFI Fest’s eighth annual, and second virtual, Indie Contenders Panel — which, as always, was presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly — to discuss the challenges and rewards of making independent movies: Caitriona […]

AFI Hires Sandra Chen Lau as Chief Advancement Officer

The American Film Institute has tapped Sandra Chen Lau as its new chief advancement officer. Chen Lau comes to the AFI from her role as chief development officer at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and she brings over 20 years of experience in the arts, culture and education fundraising sectors. She will […]

‘Dune’ and ‘West Side Story’ Among AFI 2021 Film and TV Award Winners

Embracing both studio features and indie films, the American Film Institute has announced its choices for the year’s 10 best films and 10 best TV shows. The AFI Awards for films will go to CODA; Don’t Look Up; Dune; King Richard; Licorice Pizza; Nightmare Alley; The Power of the Dog; Tick, Tick … Boom!; The […]

Clifton Collins Jr.-Starrer ‘Jockey’ Rides Off With Audience Award at AFI Fest

AFI Fest has just wrapped up a five-day run in Los Angeles but not before revealing the list of festival honorees. Director Clint Bentley’s Jockey, a film starring Clifton Collins Jr. as an aging competitor hoping to win one last championship horse race, picked up the audience award for best narrative feature, while the audience […]

AFI Fest Director of Programming: “We’re Here to Elevate the Best Films of the Year”

Given its place on the fall festival calendar — not to mention its location in the heart of Hollywood — AFI Fest is one of the final stops on the festival circuit and an early indicator for awards season. This year is no exception, with the biggest film festival in L.A. screening a host of […]