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  • Scottferguson
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    #70478

    It speaks volumes about how irrelevant this once most important honor in Hollywood has become (no fault of Mel Brooks’) that this was announced yesterday but seems to have gone unnoticed here.

    Brooks is the exception to the rule in recent years that, for corporate and agency donor purposes (since this is a fundraiser) that the winner be someone still raking in the dough. But Brooks likely is popular enough and the dinner funny enough that it will sell well.  

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #70480

    seanflynn–always a ray of sunshine!

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    24Emmy
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    #70481

    Congrats Mel Brooks!

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    babypook
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    Wow, surprise! Great for Mel! He’s so hilarious.

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    allabout oscars
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    I LOVE MEL BROOKS!!!
    i LOVE HIM FOR ALOT OF REASONS.
    having said that…I am a bit perplexed that he is receiving the AFI
    award, for a career in film….
    Usualy, a director or film maker who has received this award in the past
    has had a huge body of work, including oscar winning best films
    or at least nominated for best film.
    Brooks, at best, has a screenplay oscar for  THE PRODUCERS AND
    NONE of his film has ever been nominated for best Picture of the year.
    Surely, he has had a few major hits at the box office and he has crossed
    over into theater and music as well…and television…but for the AFI
    to honor him for a career in film is astonishing…

    I am wondering if WOODY ALLEN, GENE HACKMAN, JANE FONDA
    and a few others keep turning down this award…With Brooks, a popular
    icon as a director, it doesnt tarnish the award at all….
    but i am perplexed..

    i guess if KIRK DOUGLAS AND LAUREN BACALL  can have this award
    for longevity as well,,, i suppose BROOKS  can have it as well…

    I never felt that DOUGLAS, BACALL AND  even  CONNERY  deserved it
    and they have been recipients….

    Maybe they realize  ANNE BANCROFT,( A GREAT ACTRESS) is gone and would
    have been worthy, so honoring Brooks at least gets me a few film clips of the
    stunning Miss Bancroft..!!!

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    JayDF
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    I agree…I don’t see his career stacking up to the majority of the honorees in the past.  I do think, however, the academy should have nominated YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN for best picture!!!  His selection will certainly bring ratings in and help the fundrasing side of the whole shabang.  Lastly I wholeheartedly agree with the Anne Bancroft issue…my favorite actress of all time.  I’ve wondered since Brook’s kennedy center honor, had she lived long enough to see it would she have been honored with him like Newman & Woodward.  Of course Paul & Joanne worked together much more than Anne & Mel…but the Newman’s also had a very slim resume together compared to Hume Cronyn & Jessica Tandy or Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee.

    I LOVE MEL BROOKS!!!
    i LOVE HIM FOR ALOT OF REASONS.
    having said that…I am a bit perplexed that he is receiving the AFI
    award, for a career in film….
    Usualy, a director or film maker who has received this award in the past
    has had a huge body of work, including oscar winning best films
    or at least nominated for best film.
    Brooks, at best, has a screenplay oscar for  THE PRODUCERS AND
    NONE of his film has ever been nominated for best Picture of the year.
    Surely, he has had a few major hits at the box office and he has crossed
    over into theater and music as well…and television…but for the AFI
    to honor him for a career in film is astonishing…

    I am wondering if WOODY ALLEN, GENE HACKMAN, JANE FONDA
    and a few others keep turning down this award…With Brooks, a popular
    icon as a director, it doesnt tarnish the award at all….
    but i am perplexed..

    i guess if KIRK DOUGLAS AND LAUREN BACALL  can have this award
    for longevity as well,,, i suppose BROOKS  can have it as well…

    I never felt that DOUGLAS, BACALL AND  even  CONNERY  deserved it
    and they have been recipients….

    Maybe they realize  ANNE BANCROFT,( A GREAT ACTRESS) is gone and would
    have been worthy, so honoring Brooks at least gets me a few film clips of the
    stunning Miss Bancroft..!!!

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    Chris Beachum
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    This special is being recorded tonight. Airs on TNT June 15 and TCM July 24.

    Martin Scorsese is presenting the AFI Award to Mel Brooks.

    Offering tributes and speeches were Billy Crystal, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman, Richard Lewis, David Lynch, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman. Video tributes from Matthew Broderick, Clint Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Gene Wilder.

    Based on Getty photos, others in attendance were Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen, Roger Bart, James L. Brooks, Carey Elwes, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Dustin Hoffman, Chuck Lorre, Les Moonves, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Roach, Dick Van Patten, Alexander Payne, Steven Weber, Matt Weiner, Amy Yasbeck, Daphne Zuniga.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Cool, can’t wait to see the special! I enjoyed Shirley Maclaine’s last year, and Morgan Freemans.

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    24Emmy
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    #70487

    bump . . .

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    vinny
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    #70488

    He is amazing. It was on TNT last night and I think he is always going to be a legend in the industry. I grew up watching Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood Men in Tights, and The Producers. The man is a comic genius

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    KT
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    I thought the presentation was quite good. Much better than last year’s on the TV Land channel, which wasn’t as well produced. There were some great moments, and Mel seems like a genuinely good person. It might’ve been nice to see a little tribute to Anne Bancroft too, but maybe it would’ve been too hard for him. I also didn’t realize he had basically discovered David Lynch, very cool to have him show up for one of these ceremonies. DeNiro was funny (“I won the award back in 2003 when it actually meant something”…..

    And then Tom Hanks won 30 years too early.  OH WAIT, Hanks won BEFORE DeNiro ). Crystal told a hilarious story about being PTA parents with Brooks. It feels like the industry has really appreciated Mel’s work; though I’m not sure he’s made the most significant contributions to American cinema (as some others who are still alive and never won this award), it’s nice to see someone who worked in comedy and as a significant producer get his due. 

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