Lifetime Achievement Award: Al Pacino

Al Pacino is an icon of American film. He has created some of the great characters in the movies–from Michael Corleone to Tony Montana to Roy Cohn. His career inspires audiences and artists alike, with each new performance a master class for a generation of actors to follow. AFI is proud to present him with its 35th Life Achievement Award.”
– Sir Howard Stringer, chair, AFI Board of Trustees
Pacino Honored by American Film Institute
By WENN Saturday, October 21, 2006 [SOURCE]

HOLLYWOOD – Movie icon Al Pacino has been announced as next year’s recipient of the 35th American Film Institute’s (AFI) Life Achievement Award.
Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees, made the announcement yesterday, confirming the award will be presented to Pacino at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 7.
A thrilled Pacino says, “I am moved and honored to be considered for such a prestigious award.”
Past AFI tributes have honored Meryl Streep, Star Wars creator George Lucas, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro.
A well-deserved honor for a great actor.
The 35th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute will air in June 2007

Lifetime Achievement Award: Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award.

When I was younger, I always wanted to have Mary Poppins fly into my home and become my nanny. So this makes me incredibly happy.

I LOVE Julie Andrews. She is one of the rare movie actresses who managed to keep working despite the limits Hollywood sets for female actresses. (She deserves a lifetime achievement award just for that.)

Andrews was the first choice to play Eliza Doolite in My Fair Lady ( she had originated the role on Broadway but the part eventually went to Audrey Hepburn). Reportedly, Jack L. Warner didn’t believe she would be photogenic enough.

Did any of that matter? No. That same year (1964) , Julie Andrews starred in two feature films. Mary Poppins and The Americanization of Emily, winning the Academy Award for Mary Poppins.

Julie Andrews’ film career can be summed up with one iconic cinematic moment.


Airing Tonight: Sir Sean Connery Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Airing tonight on the USA Network at 9pm est, Sir Sean Connery will be receiving the American Film Institutes Life Achievement Award.

Sir Sean Connery is an international film icon. Though best remembered for creating one of the great film heroes of all time, his talents transcend typecasting, and his body of work not only stands the test of time, but illuminates a career more extraordinary than James Bond himself. Sir Sean is an artist of the highest order, and AFI is honored to present him with its 34th Life Achievement Award.” – Sir Howard Stringer, chair, AFI Board of Trustees.

Check it out. It should be a good show.

Ahh, Sidney

Finally! News from the Cannes Film Festival not about how The DaVinci Code is a horrible movie.

Actor Sidney Poitier gets France’s highest cultural honour in Cannes

Canadian PressPublished: Thursday, May 18, 2006
CANNES, France (AP) – France gave actor Sidney Poitier its highest arts honour Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the culture minister praised him for tearing down barriers for black actors in Hollywood.

Poitier was named a commander in France’s order of arts and letters. Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres told the 79-year-old actor: “You are the champion of equality between men.”

The actor, who won an Academy Award for Lilies of the Field in 1963, thanked his parents, who were field workers in the Bahamas, for giving him a sense of honesty, integrity and compassion.

He also thanked the directors who broke convention to hire him, calling them “men who chose to change that pattern because it was not democratic, it was not American, it was not human.”


I honestly believe that if you do not like Sidney Poitier in some capacity, then you are just a strange person.

The Shock of the Century

Spielberg to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
By Staff Wednesday, May 10, 2006

HOLLYWOOD – Filmmaker Steven Spielberg will be honored at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival’s annual Summer Gala. Spielberg will receive the Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding 33 year career in the film industry.

The Festival, which runs October 5 through 19, will pay tribute to the multi-Oscar winner, who has brought moviegoers some the most beloved films of all-time, including Saving Private Ryan, Jaws,Schindler’s List, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Indiana Jones series, on July 15.

Steven’s artistry elevates all of his projects to a higher level, be it a thriller such as Jurassic Park, or the moving and sensitive The Color Purple. His unique collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on A.I. Artificial Intelligence stands as one of the most wondrous stories and cinematic accomplishments. Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, said in a statement.

His most recent achievement was his nomination for 5 Academy Awards for Munich which included best picture and best director. We are honored to have this master storyteller with us in Chicago.”

Past honorees include Shirley MacLaine, Richard Attenborough, Francois Truffaut, Jodie Foster, Robin Williams and Clint Eastwood. The event, hosted by TV journalist Bill Kurtis, will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and will include a celebration of Spielberg’s career with film highlights and comments from his colleagues and friends.

Proceeds from the Summer Gala benefit the year-round programs of Cinema/Chicago, a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of the moving image.

If you didn’t see this coming, then you live under a rock.

Expect Spielberg to receive many lifetime achievement awards within the next 10 years.