Mel Brooks gets the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6. Who most deserves to be recognized next?
Who should win the next AFI Lifetime Achievement Award?
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|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/20/2013|
Francis Ford Coppola (he's got to be near the top of the actual list)
The Coen Brothers
I think Robert Redford will win soon, not just for his film work but for starting the Sundance Institute
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Jodie would be good but she just won the DeMille award at the Golden Globes.
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Isn't Jeff Stryker overdue?
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Jane Fonda or Sigourney Weaver. Classy bitches.
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Director John Ford was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees for the first award as he "clearly stands preeminent in the history of motion pictures." President Richard M. Nixon attended the gala dinner at which Ford was presented the award on March 31, 1973.
The Board of Trustees later amended the "test of time" requirement to enable the AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented to individuals with active careers, such as Tom Hanks, who at age 45, was the youngest recipient ever, and Steven Spielberg, who received the award at age 48.
All Life Achievement Award ceremonies have been televised. Agreeing to appear at the televised ceremony apparently is part of the AFI's criteria for selecting the award. The televised ceremony generates income for the AFI, which is no longer funded by the US federal government. Due to the exigencies of television, the popularity of the award recipient in terms of potential ratings likely is a factor in selecting the Life Achievement Award honoree, which could explain why it never has been awarded to such major American directors as Robert Altman and George Cukor, both of whom were Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute honorees, or such distinguished actors as Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Doris Day, all of whom were recipients of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award for life achievement.
Of the first 40 honorees, only seven have been women: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Politics also seems to be a factor in the award, as that likely was behind the notable omissions of Charles Chaplin, exiled from America during the Cold War for his left-wing sympathies, director Elia Kazan, controversial due to his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Cold War, Charlton Heston, whose presidency of the National Rifle Association made him unpopular in many circles, and Jane Fonda, whose activities during the Vietnam War are still controversial.
Other notable omissions were Claudette Colbert, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Laurence Olivier (all of whom are recipients of a Lincoln Center Gala Tribute), Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Stanley Kramer, Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet and John Wayne.
Several living people who appeared in or directed films in the top 10 of the AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies list have yet to receive the award including Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Donen, Olivia de Havilland, Diane Keaton, Peter O'Toole, and Debbie Reynolds. Three living actresses who were listed on AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars have not received the award: Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren and Shirley Temple.
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Al Pacino has already been honored.
My vote goes to Woody Allen, but I am sure he has turned it down several times already.
Diane Keaton would be a fun tribute and remind people of all the great work she did before she didn't anymore. She has been viable and working in film for 45 years.
Anyone but Sean Penn.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/21/2013|
[quote]Due to the exigencies of television, the popularity of the award recipient in terms of potential ratings likely is a factor in selecting the Life Achievement Award honoree
That explains everything. They'll give it to Adam Sandler.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/21/2013|
AFI could give the award to ten women in a row and they would still be behind. Meryl was smart to take it and grab it in 2004, because her career took off with The Devil Wears Prada after she won. Is Jane Fonda honestly still controversial? I guess so. Sigourney would be great as the first female action star.
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Why NOT Madonna???
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Katharine Hepburn and Marlon Brando probably turned down the award in their lifetime.
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|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/21/2013|
Definitly Jane Fonda...she had a pretty great career and was a pioneer in women producing....even if she walked away from the career to soon.
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I think that Sean Penn deserves the award more than anyone... he is truely the best actor of his generation. And, in my opinion... obe of the best actors ever, his range is amazing, he really disappears in every roll and have some epic characters by now.
Just keep paparazzi away...
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/02/2013|
They really shouldn't give these things out annually.
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|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/02/2013|
Sean Penn? really... he beated Madonna... gibe it to Denzel Washington
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/02/2013|
What a sucky poll, OP, since a full 53% didn't like any of your options.
You might just as well have given a "Kristen Stewart" option.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/02/2013|
Jane Fonda would be great.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/02/2013|
Olivia de Havilland.
Is she still in good enough health to attend the ceremony?
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Doris Day....though you can never pry her out of Carmel, CA to attend these things.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/03/2013|
[quote]Doris Day....though you can never pry her out of Carmel, CA to attend these things.
Actually, she lives in Carmel Valley, and winning a Lifetime Achievement Award isn't worth navigating summer traffic to the Monterey Peninsula airport.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/03/2013|
Jane Fonda actually just truly deserves an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Doris Day is punk rock in that she doesn't want a thing but to just plainly live her life. I respect that. She's turned down plenty of things. Punk rock, I tell you.
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Katharine Hepburn was supposed to be the first female recipient of this honor back in 1977. Only after she turned them down they awarded Davis instead. I’m sure it made poor Bette extremely happy.
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no one is more deserving than Olivia de Havilland
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/03/2013|
The television network that hosts AFI may not want Jane Fonda or Jodie Foster. Dianne Keaton would get a lot of young and old movie stars to come out for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/04/2013|
Jane Fonda, for sustained excellence.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/04/2013|
Hold up, you think people want to see Diane Keaton more then Jodie Foster or Jane Fonda? Your joking, surely.
Oh yeah, the kiddies, who don't give a flying fuck about AFI, will totally turn in for...Diane Keaton...
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/04/2013|
Angela Lansbury - - her career dates back to 1944. Nominated a few times for Oscars.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/04/2013|
Im surprised robert redford hasn't got his..
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/11/2013|
Olivia de Havilland, Max von Sydow, Stanley Donen, Woody Allen, Liv Ullmann, Sophia Loren, Gena Rowlands, Ang Lee, Diane Keaton or Peter O'Toole
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/11/2013|
R30 I agree. But, Jane Fonda or Betty White would be nice as well. Betty White started in radio for God's sake.
Does Doris Day know that a rather fair amount of people think she is quite alright? I am not of her generation at all and I can even see her appeal. She was a fine actress with a really great alto singing voice and she has done great work for animal welfare since the year one. What's not to like?
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Olivia de Havilland
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In order: 1. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind, The Heiress, The Snakepit, To Each his Own, all those Errol Flynn movies, etc.)
2. Diane Keaton (best filmography of almost any living actress but Meryl Streep)
3. Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now, The Godfathers, The Conversation are enough to merit)
4. Gene Hackman 5. Robert Duvall 6. Lauren Bacall 7. Shirley Temple (greatest child star) 8. Ang Lee (Brokeback, Crouching Tiger, Life of Pi, Sense & Sensibility alone are enuf) 9. Daniel Day-Lewis (the Oscars are meaningless since they are so political and most winners were undeserving, but Day-Lewis deserved at least 2/3 of his, and was great in all) 10. Peter O'Toole
Robert Redford and Doris Day would probably turn it down. I'd put Redford in the top 5 if he'd accept.
As an aside, Bette Davis richly deserved to be the first woman to win, which she was.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/03/2013|
[quote]I agree. But, Jane Fonda or Betty White would be nice as well. Betty White started in radio for God's sake.
Betty White? She's hardly known as a film actress. This is AFI, not the TV Hall of Fame.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||08/03/2013|
The award should go to John Waters. I'd watch.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||08/03/2013|
Didn't they already honor Jodie? I think I remember watching it around the turn of the century. At any rate, it was a congregation of movie/TV stars and they all come to pay tribute to her and her movies.
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|by Anonymous||reply 39||08/03/2013|
Bacall is hardly Lifetime Achievement worthy. Yes, she won an honorary oscar but in terms of important films and longevity she really has nothing going for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||08/03/2013|
It's Jane. Such good news. I know I get asked a lot to host these, but I would do it for her. She opened the door to Hollywood for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/05/2013|
LOS ANGELES, CA – Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Jane Fonda with the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Fonda at a gala tribute on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its second year on TNT when it airs in June 2014, followed by encores on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
“Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” said Stringer. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon. Today she stands tall among the giants of American film, and it is AFI’s honor to present Jane Fonda with its 42nd Life Achievement Award.”
The Academy Award®-winning actor of KLUTE (1971) and COMING HOME (1978), Fonda has starred in more than 40 films since her screen debut. Spanning decades, her diverse career features celebrated comedies – including CAT BALLOU (1965) and 9 TO 5 (1980) – as well as powerful dramatic performances such as THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? (1969), JULIA (1977), THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979), THE MORNING AFTER (1986) and ON GOLDEN POND (1981) – in which she starred with her father, Henry Fonda, the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 1978. More recently, Fonda appeared in Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER (2013), and currently stars in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, THE NEWSROOM.
She is one of the few women, along with Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, and Bette Davis, to be honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award.
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|by Anonymous||reply 43||10/05/2013|
Bump because this is coming up soon. I actually didn't know who they were honoring until I read about the June 5 taping a while ago...they made the right choice.
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