Diane Keaton to Receive 45th AFI Life Achievement Award

America's highest honor for a career in film to be presented June 8, 2017. Tribute will air on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
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Press release: The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that legendary actress Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Keaton at a Gala Tribute on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fifth year with Turner, premiering on TNT and followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

"Diane Keaton is one of the most beloved leading ladies of American film," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. "Peerless in her mastery of both comedy and drama, she has won the world's heart time and again by creating characters of both great strength and vulnerability. Her career as a director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents. AFI is proud to present her with its 45th Life Achievement Award."

Diane Keaton - multifaceted actor, director, producer, author, real estate developer and photographer -boasts more than 60 diverse credits across five decades. Her iconic roles span the cinematic spectrum, from long-suffering mob wife Kay Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) to the "la-di-da" heroine of Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), a role that earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress and turned her into a national fashion icon. Perhaps best known for her long comedic collaboration with Allen - including Play It Again, Sam (1972), Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), Manhattan (1979) and more - she has proven herself equally adept at dramatic roles, with powerhouse performances in films such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Reds (1981), The Little Drummer Girl (1984) and Marvin's Room (1996). During th e 1980s, Keaton turned to directing - from feature narratives and documentaries to music videos and television. A perennial box office favorite, she has maintained her popular profile with such films as Baby Boom (1987), Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride II (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), Something's Gotta Give (2003), Morning Glory (2010), The Big Wedding (2013), And So It Goes (2013) and Pixar's Finding Dory (2016). She will continue to grace the screen with her unique presence in the upcoming HBO miniseries The Young Pope..

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients

Diane Keaton joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inceptio:

1973 John Ford
1974 James Cagney
1975 Orson Welles
1976 William Wyler
1977 Bette Davis
1978 Henry Fonda
1979 Alfred Hitchcock
1980 James Stewart
1981 Fred Astaire
1982 Frank Capr
1983 John Huston
1984 Lillian Gish
1985 Gene Kelly
1986 Billy Wilder
1987 Barbara Stanwyck
1988 Jack Lemmon
1989 Gregory Peck
1990 David Lean
1991 Kirk Douglas
1992 Sidney Poitier
1993 Elizabeth Taylor
1994 Jack Nicholson

1995 Steven Spielberg
1996 Clint Eastwood
1997 Martin Scorsese
1998 Robert Wise
1999 Dustin Hoffman
2000 Harrison Ford
2001 Barbra Streisand
2002 Tom Hanks
2003 Robert De Niro
2004 Meryl Streep
2005 George Lucas
2006 Sean Connery
2007 Al Pacino
2008 Warren Beatty
2009 Michael Douglas
2010 Mike Nichols
2011 Morgan Freeman
2012 Shirley MacLaine
2013 Mel Brooks
2014 Jane Fonda
2015 Steve Martin
2016 John Williams

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