American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients

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American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients
Denzel Washington reunited with frequent director Spike Lee for the 47th annual American Film Institute life achievement award. Presenters and performers to Washington on the 2019 AFI ceremony, recorded on June 6 in Hollywood, were Mahershala Ali, Beyonce, Chadwick Boseman, Jodie Foster, Antoine Fuqua, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Hudson, Michael B. Jordan, Issa Rae, Julia Roberts and Cicely Tyson.

Washington is a two-time Academy Award winner for “Glory” (1989) and “Training Day” (2001). His other seven Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017).

Actor and director George Clooney was selected in 2018 as the 46th honoree. Before him it was actress Diane Keaton in 2017 and composer John Williams in 2016. Prior to picking Williams, the AFI had only chosen actors, actresses and directors starting way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler
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