American Film Institute poll results: Johnny Depp pirates away AFI life achievement award

Johnny Depp pirates away almost all of the votes to receive the next life achievement award from the American Film Institute. He is the top recipient of votes among the 10 actors in our recent poll with 77% of support. The 2018 AFI recipient will most likely be announced within the next few days.

Over 1,000 people voted with a large mass of them choosing the three-time Oscar nominee for “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003), “Finding Neverland” (2004), and “Sweeney Todd” (2007). Tied with second place at 6% were two-time Oscar champ Michael Caine and one-time winner Robert Duvall.

We also offered a separate poll this past week about your top actress choices. Julie Andrews was in first place with 32%, followed by Jessica Lange with 16% and Glenn Close with 14%.

For this male poll, the other actors and their percentages: Denzel Washington (5%), Jeff Bridges (3%), George Clooney (1%), Tom Cruise (1%), Bill Murray (1%), Eddie Murphy (0%), and Brad Pitt (0%).

It’s been almost three years since the American Film Institute selected a male actor to receive its prestigious AFI life achievement award. Before choosing actress Diane Keaton last year and composer John Williams the year before, the selection committee honored actor and comedian Steve Martin.

SEE AFI Life Achievement Award 2017: Diane Keaton honored by Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty and more

Prior to picking composer Williams for the 2016 honor, the AFI had only chosen actors, actresses, and directors starting 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 still living are: 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 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), actor/writer Martin (2015), composer Williams, and actress Keaton.

Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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