June 6, 2013 |
Funnyman extraordinaire Mel Brooks has already won an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys and three Tony Awards, and Thursday evening he'll be adding another prestigious honor: the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The writer/director/actor/producer - and let's not forget songwriter - is responsible for enormous belly laughs in his classic comedies, including 1968's "The Producers," for which he won an Oscar for his screenplay, 1974's "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," 1976's "Silent Movie," 1977's Alfred Hitchcock spoof "High Anxiety" and 1983's "To Be or Not to Be," in which he starred with his wife, the late Anne Bancroft.
May 20, 2013 |
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Hugo") will present the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award to comedy master Mel Brooks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6. Scorsese received the prestigious AFI honor in 1997 for his body of work. Brooks, who has won the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy, began his career as a comedian on the borscht-belt circuit and as a writer in the early 1950s on the legendary Sid Caesar series "Your Show of Shows.
October 12, 2009 |
Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute Board of Trustees to receive the 38th annual AFI Life Achievement Award. The 77-year-old filmmaker joins directors John Ford, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, among others, who have received the AFI's highest honor for a career in film. Nichols' first Oscar nomination came with 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The following year, he won the Oscar for "The Graduate."
October 5, 2007 |
Warren Beatty, a onetime bit player on the sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" who went on to star in such films as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Heaven Can Wait" and "Shampoo," and to win an Academy Award for directing "Reds," Thursday was named recipient of the American Film Institute's 36th life achievement award.
June 10, 2006 |
Sean Connery, the Scotsman who was the first -- and, some say, the best -- James Bond had to fight back tears several times Thursday evening as he was feted as the recipient of the 34th annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. The 75-year-old Oscar-winner, whose film career spans nearly five decades, joins the ranks of such actors as Clint Eastwood, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier and Jack Nicholson who have also received the AFI honor.
June 11, 2005 |
The force of Hollywood was with George Lucas on Thursday evening as the 61-year-old "Star Wars" filmmaker, producer and writer received the 33rd annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.