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  • Chris Beachum
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    The American Film Institute will announce its 2017 life achievement recipient in a few weeks. We will run a poll soon with 10 men and 10 women as strong possibilities. Look at the list below and let us know if someone is missing. Ones suggested should have great film careers and be at least age 55 (hopefully they will not go younger than that) for which the AFI could build an entire evening and promotional campaign.

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    Chris Beachum
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    POSSIBLE MEN:
    Jeff Bridges
    Michael Caine
    George Clooney
    Joel & Ethan Coen
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Robert Duvall
    Ron Howard
    Eddie Murphy
    Robert Redford
    Denzel Washington

    POSSIBLE WOMEN:
    Julie Andrews
    Glenn Close
    Judi Dench
    Sally Field
    Whoopi Goldberg
    Goldie Hawn
    Diane Keaton
    Jessica Lange
    Helen Mirren
    Susan Sarandon

    Not including Woody Allen, Gene Hackman and Maggie Smith since they would not agree to attend.

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    Chris Beachum
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    Previous Recipients:

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

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    Why should Ron Howard be considered for one of these? He’s a marginal directing talent. Unsure what film of his is a bona fide classic? He’s a child actor from television who transitioned into a journeyman film director for the studios. His best days as a director are done. There should be other American directors considered before him.

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    Sigourney Weaver should be a possibility. If Whoopi wants honorary honors she should leave The View. It’s hurting her legacy with her awful body language and uninformed opinions.

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    Kathy Bates is an American actress people appreciate. The list of living auteurs she’s worked with are: James Cameron, Rob Reiner, Warren Beatty, Alexander Payne, Rob Marshall, Woody Allen, Stephen Frears, Xavier Dolan, Taylor Hackford, Betty Thomas, and Sam Mendes.

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    How is Francis Ford Coppola not honored with this yet? He deserves it more than at least half the people that already got it.

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    keithw
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    Maggie Smith agreed to attend a special evening organized by the Stratford Festival in Toronto a few years back…..it also happened to be during the film festival. Are we sure she would not attend an evening in her honor? Of those listed, Robert Redford & Michael Caine are worthy candidates. Also, Sally Field has had a long career from tv to her most recent movie where, once again, she is excellent.

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    dsps84
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    Redford should have had this by now, it’s not like he’s getting any younger. Coppola deserves it too.

    Can’t believe Hanks and Spielberg got this in their 40s. Silly.

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    Chris Beachum
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    The theory for many years is that the Sundance Institute competes with AFI for grants and charitable donations. He has probably been offered this award a few times but keeps turning it down.

    As for Ron Howard, he is a 2-time Oscar winner who has made many successful movies. He is also a very popular person in the industry. Now that he is past 60, start expecting him to rack up many life achievement awards in the next decade (AFI, DeMille, Kennedy Center).

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    OnTheAisle
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    As for Ron Howard, he is a 2-time Oscar winner who has made many successful movies. He is also a very popular person in the industry. Now that he is past 60, start expecting him to rack up many life achievement awards in the next decade (AFI, DeMille, Kennedy Center).

    I agree. A lifetime achievement award for Ron Howard covers a wide span of Hollywood history.

    As an actor he played significant roles in two Best Picture nominees (The Music Man in 1962 and American Graffiti in 1973).

    On television, he appeared in two long running television series. He continued to establish good will in the industry by showing up for the reunion shows.

    As a director, he is responsible for one Best Picture winner (A Beautiful Mind) and two additional Best Picture nominees (Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon).

    He has also directed two Oscar winning performances (Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind and Don Ameche in Cocoon) as well as another six nominated performances.

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    The theory for many years is that the Sundance Institute competes with AFI for grants and charitable donations. He has probably been offered this award a few times but keeps turning it down.

    As for Ron Howard, he is a 2-time Oscar winner who has made many successful movies. He is also a very popular person in the industry. Now that he is past 60, start expecting him to rack up many life achievement awards in the next decade (AFI, DeMille, Kennedy Center).

    He doesn’t warrant top ten, top twenty, nor, top fifty recognition.

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    Alex Meyer
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    For the men: Anthony Hopkins, James Earl Jones and John Travolta

    For the women: Kathy Bates and Sissy Spacek

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    Rich Landry
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    In a perfect world, Kathy Bates would be considered for this award!!

    My top predictions for this year:

    1- Denzel Washington
    2- Ron Howard
    3- George Clooney
    4- Diane Keaton
    5- Sally Field

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    ProfessorChaos
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    I’m predicting Ron Howard

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