With over 1,000 people voting worldwide, Sigourney Weaver is your top choice to be the 47th life achievement award recipient from the American Film Institute. Gold Derby has been hosting a poll over the past few days about which of 10 actresses would be the best selection. The official AFI announcement will most likely be released this week, and the person will be honored in June, 2019.
Weaver received 25% of support in our poll results, beating Glenn Close with 17%. The other actresses with double digit votes were Julie Andrews (16%), Jessica Lange (14%) and Nicole Kidman (12%). The other five women in the poll were Sally Field (6%), Jodie Foster (4%), Julia Roberts (3%), Sandra Bullock (2%) and Annette Bening (1%). All people in this poll are at least 50 years old, which is the usual standard for selection.
Weaver is a past three-time Oscar nominee for “Aliens,” “Working Girl” and “Gorillas in the Mist.” She also starred in “Ghostbusters,” “Dave,” “The Ice Storm,” “A Map of the World,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Avatar” and “A Monster Calls.”
We also have a poll featuring a dozen male actors and directors still ongoing. You can continue to vote for your favorite choice.
Prior to picking composer John 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, besides Williams, who are still with us: 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), actor/writer Steve Martin (2015), actress Diane Keaton and actor/director George Clooney.