UPDATED, May 24, 9:32 AM: Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon will help honor the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Diane Keaton at the gala tribute on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. In addition, cinematographer Frederick Elmes who has worked with everyone from David Lynch to Ang Lee, will be presented with the 27th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. The AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to honor those who work has stood the test of time.
Last year, John Williams was honored and received the award from past honoree Steven Spielberg while J.J. Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Kobe Bryant, Idina Menzel, Gustavo Dudamel, Bryce Dallas Howard and past honorees Harrison Ford (2000), Tom Hanks (2002) and George Lucas (2005), paid tribute.
PREVIOUSLY, May 10, 8:30 AM: TNT will air the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Diane Keaton on at 10 PM ET/PT on June 15, the network said this morning. The one-hour special will be followed by encore presentation on sister network Turner Classic Movies, which will re-run it July 31 as part of a night of Keaton-starring films Reds and Manhattan Murder Mystery.
The Oscar winner and four-time nominee will be feted with the American Film Institute’s 45th annual award on June 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The AFI’s highest honor is presented to “one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.”
TNT has aired the past five AFI tributes.