Jessica Lange is your overwhelming choice to be the next recipient of the life achievement award from the American Film Institute. The AFI will announce their choice of the 45th honoree in the coming weeks, and that person will have an evening devoted to them at a Hollywood event in June, 2017.
In our poll conducted, the two-time Oscar champ received 55% of the vote followed by Oscar-winning director and actor Robert Redford with about half that. Others in contention were not even close, with actress Julie Andrews, actor Denzel Washington, and director Francis Ford Coppola rounding out the top five. Discuss this topic in our notorious forums by clicking here.
Prior to picking composer John Williams last year, the AFI had only opted for actors, actresses, and directors beginning way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).
Past recipients, besides Williams, who are still with us include: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor Jack Nicholson (1994), director Steven Spielberg (1995), actor/director Clint Eastwood (1996), director Martin Scorsese (1997), actor Dustin Hoffman (1999), actor Harrison Ford (2000), actress/director Barbra Streisand (2001), actor/director Tom Hanks (2002), actor Robert De Niro (2003), actress Meryl Streep (2004), director George Lucas (2005), actor Sean Connery (2006), actor Al Pacino (2007), actor/director Warren Beatty (2008), actor/producer Michael Douglas (2009), actor Morgan Freeman (2011), actress Shirley MacLaine (2012), director/actor Mel Brooks (2013), actress Jane Fonda (2014), and actor/writer Steve Martin (2015).
For our poll, we set the minimum age as 55. Beside Lange and Andrews, our list of women included Oscar-winning actresses Sally Field, Diane Keaton, and Helen Mirren plus Oscar nominee Glenn Close. Other men in our poll were Oscar-winning actors Jeff Bridges, Michael Caine, George Clooney, and Robert Duvall, Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen and Ron Howard plus Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy.
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