American Film Institute: Diane Keaton will receive 45th AFI life achievement award

Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will be the next honoree of the American Film Institute. The AFI made the announcement on Thursday of the 45th annual life achievement award recipient, to be honored in Hollywood on June 8, 2017.

Keaton won the Academy Award as Best Actress for “Annie Hall” (1977). Her film career has also included “The Godfather” (1972), “Sleeper” (1973), “Manhattan” (1979), “Reds” (1981), “Father of the Bride” (1991), “The First Wives Club” (1996), “Marvin’s Room” (1996), and “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003).

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Keaton was an option in a recent Gold Derby poll along with many other performers and directors. Jessica Lange was the overwhelming choice to be the next AFI recipient with 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).

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