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The AFI Life Achievement Award
AFI Life Achievement Award
was established by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
on February 26, 1973, to honor a single individual for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television.[2] The recipient is selected and honored at a ceremony annually, with the award presented by a master of ceremonies and recently, the prior year's recipient, who usually gives a brief synopsis of the awarded individual and career background including highlights and achievements. The Trustees initially specified that the recipient must be one who fundamentally advanced the art of film and whose achievements had been acknowledged by the general public as well as by film scholars and critics and the individual's peers. The Trustees also specified that the work of the recipient must have withstood the test of time.

Contents

1 History of the award 2 Televised broadcast

2.1 Notable omissions

3 Recipients 4 Notes 5 External links

History of the award[edit] Director John Ford
John Ford
was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees for the first award as he "clearly stands preeminent in the history of motion pictures." President Richard M. Nixon
Richard M. Nixon
attended the gala dinner at which Ford was presented the award on March 31, 1973.[2] The Board of Trustees later amended the "test of time" requirement to enable the AFI Life Achievement Award
AFI Life Achievement Award
to be presented to individuals with active careers,[2] such as Tom Hanks, who, at age 45, was the youngest recipient ever, and Steven Spielberg, who received the award at age 48. Silent film
Silent film
star Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
was the oldest recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, at the age of 90. Televised broadcast[edit] All Life Achievement Award ceremonies have been televised on major TV networks and cable channels: CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, USA, TV Land, TNT and TBS. Agreeing to appear at the televised ceremony apparently is part of the AFI's criteria for selecting the award. The televised ceremony generates income for the AFI, which is no longer funded by the US government. Nine of the first 45 honorees have been women: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
and Diane Keaton. Notable omissions[edit] Notable omissions were Robert Altman, Charles Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Elia Kazan, Paul Newman, Laurence Olivier, (all of whom are recipients of a Lincoln Center Gala Tribute), Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich, Irene Dunne, Greta Garbo, Greer Garson, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, Stanley Kramer, Stanley Kubrick, Burt Lancaster, Jerry Lewis, Myrna Loy, Sidney Lumet, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, John Wayne and Robin Williams. Living people who appeared in or directed films in the top 10 of the AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies list that have yet to receive the award include Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Donen, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
and Kim Novak. One living actress who was listed on AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars has not received the award: Sophia Loren. Recipients[edit]

John Ford, the first recipient of the Life Achievement Award.

1984 recipient Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
is the only star of the silent film era to win this award.

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
was the 25th recipient of the Life Achievement Award.

Morgan Freeman, the 39th recipient of the Life Achievement Award.

Steve Martin, the 43rd recipient of the Life Achievement Award.

The American Film Institute
American Film Institute
has awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award to one person each year since 1973. The 45th Award was presented to Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. The event was broadcast on June 15, 2017, on TNT. It was also broadcast on July 31, 2017, on TCM as a lineup dedicated to Diane Keaton.[3]

# Year Honoree Age Date of Ceremony Network Award Presenter/Host

1 1973 John Ford 79 March 31, 1973 CBS Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
(host)

2 1974 James Cagney 74 March 31, 1974 CBS Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(host)

3 1975 Orson Welles 59 February 9, 1975 CBS Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(host)

4 1976 William Wyler 73 March 9, 1976 CBS Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(host)

5 1977 Bette Davis 68 March 1, 1977 CBS Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(host)

6 1978 Henry Fonda 72 March 15, 1978 CBS N/A

7 1979 Alfred Hitchcock 79 March 7, 1979 CBS Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(host)

8 1980 James Stewart 71 March 16, 1980 CBS Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(host)

9 1981 Fred Astaire 81 April 10, 1981 CBS David Niven
David Niven
(host)

10 1982 Frank Capra 84 March 4, 1982 CBS James Stewart
James Stewart
(host)

11 1983 John Huston 76 March 3, 1983 CBS Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(host)

12 1984 Lillian Gish 90 March 1, 1984 CBS Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
(host)

13 1985 Gene Kelly 72 March 7, 1985 CBS Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(host)

14 1986 Billy Wilder 79 March 6, 1986 NBC Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(host)

15 1987 Barbara Stanwyck 79 April 9, 1987 ABC Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(host)

16 1988 Jack Lemmon 63 March 10, 1988 CBS Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(host)

17 1989 Gregory Peck 72 March 9, 1989 NBC Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(host)

18 1990 David Lean 82 March 8, 1990 ABC Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(host)

19 1991 Kirk Douglas 74 March 7, 1991 CBS Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(host)

20 1992 Sidney Poitier 65 March 12, 1992 NBC Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
(host)

21 1993 Elizabeth Taylor 61 March 11, 1993 ABC Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(host)

22 1994 Jack Nicholson 56 March 3, 1994 CBS Mike Nichols

23 1995 Steven Spielberg 48 March 2, 1995 NBC Sidney Sheinberg

24 1996 Clint Eastwood 65 February 29, 1996 ABC Steven Spielberg

25 1997 Martin Scorsese 54 February 20, 1997 CBS Gregory Peck

26 1998 Robert Wise 83 February 19, 1998 NBC Jack Lemmon

27 1999 Dustin Hoffman 61 February 18, 1999 ABC Jack Nicholson

28 2000 Harrison Ford 57 February 17, 2000 CBS George Lucas
George Lucas
and Steven Spielberg

29 2001 Barbra Streisand 58 February 22, 2001[4] Fox Sidney Poitier

30 2002 Tom Hanks 45 June 24, 2002 USA Network Steven Spielberg

31 2003 Robert De Niro 59 June 12, 2003 USA Network Martin Scorsese

32 2004 Meryl Streep 54 June 21, 2004 USA Network Mike Nichols

33 2005 George Lucas 61 June 9, 2005 USA Network Steven Spielberg

34 2006 Sean Connery 75 June 8, 2006 USA Network Harrison Ford

35 2007 Al Pacino 67 June 7, 2007 USA Network Sean Penn

36 2008 Warren Beatty 71 June 12, 2008 USA Network Al Pacino

37 2009 Michael Douglas 64 June 11, 2009 TV Land Jack Nicholson

38 2010 Mike Nichols 78 June 10, 2010 TV Land Meryl Streep

39 2011 Morgan Freeman 74 June 9, 2011 TV Land Clint Eastwood

40 2012 Shirley MacLaine 78 June 7, 2012 TV Land Meryl Streep

41 2013 Mel Brooks 86 June 15, 2013 TNT Martin Short

42 2014 Jane Fonda 76 June 13, 2014 TNT Michael Douglas

43 2015 Steve Martin 69 June 4, 2015 TBS Mel Brooks

44 2016 John Williams 84 June 9, 2016 TNT Steven Spielberg

45 2017 Diane Keaton 71 June 8, 2017 TNT Woody Allen

46 2018 George Clooney 57 June 7, 2018 TNT TBA

Notes[edit]

^ "History of AFI". AFI.com. American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.  ^ a b c "The AFI Life Achievement Awards". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2014-07-28.  ^ "2017 Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
Tribute". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 8, 2017.  ^ AFI Achievement

External links[edit]

The AFI Life Achievement Award
AFI Life Achievement Award
official website

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AFI Life Achievement Award

John Ford
John Ford
(1973) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1974) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1975) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1976) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1977) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1978) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1979) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1980) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1981) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1982) John Huston
John Huston
(1983) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
(1984) Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(1985) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1986) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1987) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1988) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1989) David Lean
David Lean
(1990) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1991) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1992) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1993) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1994) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1995) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1996) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1997) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1998) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1999) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2000) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2001) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2002) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2004) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2005) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(2006) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2007) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2008) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2009) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(2010) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2011) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(2012) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2013) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(2014) Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(2015) John Williams
John Williams
(2016) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(2017) George Cl