April 19, 2021

South Coast Plaza Teams With AFI to Toast Diane Keaton

An intimate group gathered at the Hotel Bel-Air Wednesday to cheer Diane Keaton on the eve of her receiving the film industry’s top tribute.
Keaton, on Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, is set to become the 45th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award following in the footsteps of Steve Martin, Morgan Freeman, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks and Shirley MacLaine, among many others to receive the honor.
“This tradition of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which we started many years ago, through the years have honored people who have, as we say in the criteria that we wrote long ago, in a fundamental way advanced the art of film and whose work has stood the test of time,” said AFI founding director George Stevens Jr. “And ‘Annie Hall’ is as good today or better as it was when she and Woody made it in 1977, and so Diane is being recognized for her career just as other great figures have.”
The AFI this year has its own milestone to celebrate as it turns 50 with a series of celebratory events, including one in Washington D.C., in October to, as Stevens said, “commemorate the fact that

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