AFI Life Achievement Award
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|AFI Life Achievement Award|
|Awarded for||Honoring an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture.|
|Presented by||American Film Institute|
|Currently held by||Julie Andrews|
The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the board of directors of the American Film Institute on February 26, 1973, to honor a single individual for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television. The recipient is selected and honored at a ceremony annually, with the award presented by a master of ceremonies and recently, the prior year's recipient, who usually gives a brief synopsis of the awarded individual and career background including highlights and achievements.
The trustees initially specified that the recipient must be one who fundamentally advanced the art of film and whose achievements had been acknowledged by the general public as well as by film scholars and critics and the individual's peers. The trustees also specified that the work of the recipient must have withstood the test of time.
History of the award
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."
Out of the 48 honorees ten have been women: Bette Davis (the first female recipient), Lillian Gish, Barbara Stanwyck, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Julie Andrews.
Composer John Williams was the first recipient of the award to have not come predominantly from the acting or directing fields.
Julie Andrews' award event was originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, with a broadcast on May 7 on TNT, but the event was postponed for 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the first time an AFI Life Achievement Award event was delayed. The event was rescheduled for November 11th, 2021, before it was postponed a second time on October 5th, 2021. 
All Life Achievement Award ceremonies have been televised on major TV networks and cable channels: CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, USA, TV Land, TNT and TBS. 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 government.
The American Film Institute has awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award to one person each year since 1973. The 48th Award was presented to Julie Andrews in Los Angeles on June 9, 2022. The event was broadcast on TNT on June 16th, 2022, and was broadcast on July 15th, 2022, on TCM in a lineup dedicated to Andrews.
|#||Year||Honoree||Image||Profession||Age||Date of Ceremony||Network||Award Presenter/Host|
|1||1973||John Ford||Director||79||March 31, 1973||CBS||Danny Kaye (host)|
|2||1974||James Cagney||Actor||74||March 31, 1974||CBS||Frank Sinatra (host)|
|3||1975||Orson Welles||Actor, Director, Screenwriter||59||February 9, 1975||CBS||Frank Sinatra (host)|
|4||1976||William Wyler||Director||73||March 9, 1976||CBS||Gregory Peck (host)|
|5||1977||Bette Davis||Actress||68||March 1, 1977||CBS||Jane Fonda (host)|
|6||1978||Henry Fonda||Actor||72||March 15, 1978||CBS||—|
|7||1979||Alfred Hitchcock||Director||79||March 7, 1979||CBS||Ingrid Bergman (host)|
|8||1980||James Stewart||Actor||71||March 16, 1980||CBS||Henry Fonda (host)|
|9||1981||Fred Astaire||Actor||81||April 10, 1981||CBS||David Niven (host)|
|10||1982||Frank Capra||Director||84||March 4, 1982||CBS||James Stewart (host)|
|11||1983||John Huston||Actor, Director, Screenwriter||76||March 3, 1983||CBS||Lauren Bacall (host)|
|12||1984||Lillian Gish||Actress||90||March 1, 1984||CBS||Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (host)|
|13||1985||Gene Kelly||Actor, Director||72||March 7, 1985||CBS||Shirley MacLaine (host)|
|14||1986||Billy Wilder||Director, Screenwriter||79||March 6, 1986||NBC||Jack Lemmon (host)|
|15||1987||Barbara Stanwyck||Actress||79||April 9, 1987||ABC||Jane Fonda (host)|
|16||1988||Jack Lemmon||Actor||63||March 10, 1988||CBS||Julie Andrews (host)|
|17||1989||Gregory Peck||Actor||72||March 9, 1989||NBC||Audrey Hepburn (host)|
|18||1990||David Lean||Director, Screenwriter||82||March 8, 1990||ABC||Gregory Peck (host)|
|19||1991||Kirk Douglas||Actor||74||March 7, 1991||CBS||Michael Douglas (host)|
|20||1992||Sidney Poitier||Actor, Director||65||March 12, 1992||NBC||Harry Belafonte (host)|
|21||1993||Elizabeth Taylor||Actress||61||March 11, 1993||ABC||Carol Burnett (host)|
|22||1994||Jack Nicholson||Actor||56||March 3, 1994||CBS||Mike Nichols|
|23||1995||Steven Spielberg||Director||48||March 2, 1995||NBC||Sidney Sheinberg|
|24||1996||Clint Eastwood||Actor, Director||65||February 29, 1996||ABC||Steven Spielberg|
|25||1997||Martin Scorsese||Director, Screenwriter||54||February 20, 1997||CBS||Gregory Peck|
|26||1998||Robert Wise||Director||83||February 19, 1998||NBC||Julie Andrews|
|27||1999||Dustin Hoffman||Actor||61||February 18, 1999||ABC||Jack Nicholson|
|28||2000||Harrison Ford||Actor||57||February 17, 2000||CBS||George Lucas & Steven Spielberg|
|29||2001||Barbra Streisand||Actress, Director||58||February 22, 2001||Fox||Sidney Poitier|
|30||2002||Tom Hanks||Actor||46||June 24, 2002||USA Network||Steven Spielberg|
|31||2003||Robert De Niro||Actor||59||June 12, 2003||USA Network||Martin Scorsese|
|32||2004||Meryl Streep||Actress||54||June 21, 2004||USA Network||Mike Nichols|
|33||2005||George Lucas||Director, Screenwriter||61||June 9, 2005||USA Network||Steven Spielberg|
|34||2006||Sean Connery||Actor||75||June 8, 2006||USA Network||Harrison Ford|
|35||2007||Al Pacino||Actor||67||June 7, 2007||USA Network||Sean Penn|
|36||2008||Warren Beatty||Actor, Director, Screenwriter||71||June 12, 2008||USA Network||Al Pacino|
|37||2009||Michael Douglas||Actor||64||June 11, 2009||TV Land||Jack Nicholson|
|38||2010||Mike Nichols||Director||78||June 10, 2010||TV Land||Meryl Streep|
|39||2011||Morgan Freeman||Actor||74||June 9, 2011||TV Land||Clint Eastwood|
|40||2012||Shirley MacLaine||Actress||78||June 7, 2012||TV Land||Meryl Streep|
|41||2013||Mel Brooks||Actor, Director, Screenwriter||86||June 15, 2013||TNT||Martin Scorsese|
|42||2014||Jane Fonda||Actress||76||June 13, 2014||TNT||Michael Douglas|
|43||2015||Steve Martin||Actor, Screenwriter||69||June 4, 2015||TBS||Mel Brooks|
|44||2016||John Williams||Composer||84||June 9, 2016||TNT||Steven Spielberg|
|45||2017||Diane Keaton||Actress||71||June 8, 2017||TNT||Woody Allen|
|46||2018||George Clooney||Actor, Director, Screenwriter||57||June 7, 2018||TNT||Shirley MacLaine|
|47||2019||Denzel Washington||Actor||64||June 6, 2019||TNT||Spike Lee|
|48||2022||Julie Andrews||Actress||86||June 9, 2022||TNT||Carol Burnett|
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- "AFI Tribute to Julie Andrews Postponed". American Film Institute. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
- "The 48th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews Rescheduled". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
- "New Date Set for AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Julie Andrews". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
- Alexander, Bryan. "Julie Andrews accepts AFI award with Carol Burnett, Gwen Stefani tributes: 'I'm overwhelmed'". USA TODAY. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
- "JULIE ANDREWS FETED AT 48TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 11, 2022.
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