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  • Chris Beachum
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    The next recipient of the American Film Institute (AFI) life achievement award will be announced in a few weeks. Who is your prediction for this annual two-hour tribute?

     

    AFI TRIBUTES HISTORY:

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

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    Chris Beachum
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    AFI TRIBUTE STRONG POSSIBILITIES:

    WOMEN —
    Julie Andrews
    Glenn Close
    Sally Field
    Jodie Foster
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Goldie Hawn
    Diane Keaton
    Jessica Lange  

    MEN —
    Jeff Bridges
    Michael Caine
    George Clooney
    Joel & Ethan Coen
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Tom Cruise
    Billy Crystal
    Johnny Depp
    Robert Duvall
    Gene Hackman
    Anthony Hopkins
    Ron Howard
    Steve Martin
    Eddie Murphy
    Bill Murray
    Robert Redford
    Denzel Washington 

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    TomHardys
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    Johnny Depp? Was that a mistake or is he really a strong possibility? That’s odd…

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    Chris Beachum
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    These are all people over 50 who have had great careers, will help make the event a big fundraiser, and be popular for the network.

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    vinny
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    I hope it’s Robert Redford

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    GraysWay
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    The women’s race is pretty clear cut for me, and as for the men, I’m loving Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman, and Robert Redford!  I am in the middle of doing an AFI project, and I noted that Duvall and Coppola are among the leaders w/the most films in the AFI Top 100 Movies (around 5 each, I want to say).  Also, Faye Dunaway has 3 to Streep’s 2 … little interesting fact.  It CERTAINLY wouldn’t hurt for AFI to honor women, back to back, as they certainly don’t have a problem doing that w/men!

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    Junk
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    My top predictions- 

    Robert Duvall
    Robert Redford 
    Gene Hackman
    Anthony Hopkins
    Diane Keaton

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    KT
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    I think a combined single tribute to Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, who are widely known to be friends, would be a smash hit for the AFI.  Both are highly acclaimed thespians with extraordinary performances and films in their careers.  They have acted with each other many times, most recently in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.  It would be very successful, though it would slightly break the mold by honoring two people at once (how could they say no? you can’t get to everyone if you only do one a year).  Plus, these two are arguably at the most popular they have ever been, with Downton Abbey and James Bond, and have yet to receive an honorary film career tribute apart from the BAFTA fellowship.

    On the men side, I still can’t believe that Francis Ford Coppola has been passed over for Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Nichols, and Brooks.  The first three owe much to Coppola being their mentor in the 70s, especially Lucas.  And the last two aren’t nearly as important to American cinema.  Just think about the stories and who would show up or send a video: Pacino, De Niro, Cruise, Ford, Sheen, Scorsese, Lucas, Cage, Sofia, Hackman, Keanu, Hopkins, etc.  If only Brando were still alive…
     

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    24Emmy
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    I’ll predict Robert Duvall.

     

    What about Susan Sarandon as a possibility?

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    Halo_Insider
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    Part of me would love it to be Hackman, just to see him in public again. Would love to see what Hoffman and/or Duvall would say about him. 

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    Logan
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    I think Jerry Lewis could be a possibility.

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    KyleBailey
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    I would love Jessica Lange to get it. She has had such a comeback and has created such a larger fanbase that she would get great ratings 

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    Stardust
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    Please, let it be Hackman. The others can wait.

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    KT
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    Just to add: we are probably going to be seeing the next generation of filmmakers begin to be honored here:

    James Cameron

    Quentin Tarantino

    Anthony Hopkins is a sure threat.  And they really missed the boat with Hackman…how could you pick Hanks when he’s 40?  Shows you what a load of politics and crap this is.

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    These are all people over 50 who have had great careers, will help make the event a big fundraiser, and be popular for the network.

    He had some great movies & performances, but so does Bruce Willis or John Travolta. Depp was icredibly overrated in the 2000’s, and he actually proved my comment right with his terrible career in the 2010’s. I don’t see him as the AFI-winner.

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