Art and Experience: Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton will be honored by the American Film Institute with its 45th Life Achievement Award. The organization’s highest honor for a career in film is set to be awarded at a gala tribute on June 8 in Los Angeles.
“Diane Keaton is one of the most beloved leading ladies of American film,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the 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.”
The tribute special will return to television on TNT for its fifth year, to be followed by an encore presentation on TCM.
Over five decades on screen, Keaton’s achievements include winning best actress for Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” and starring in dramas such as “The Godfather” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.” She was nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards for “Marvin’s Room,” “Reds,” and “Something’s Gotta Give.”
Her rich comedy career includes collaborations with Allen in “Play It Again, Sam,” “Sleeper,” “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “Love and Death,” and “Manhattan” as well as comedies such as “Baby Boom” and “Father of the Bride.” She recently provided voices for Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and will appear in HBO miniseries “The Young Pope.” Keaton has also directed features, documentaries, music videos, and television.
The 44th Life Achievement Award went to John Williams, the first composer in the honor’s history. Other recent honorees include Jane Fonda, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Shirley MacLaine, and Morgan Freeman.