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THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE’S ANNUAL POWER LUNCH HONORS TODAY’S FINEST FILM AND TELEVISION ARTISTS AT AFI AWARDS 2012

Ben Affleck, Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, Louis C.K., George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Damian Lewis, Steven Spielberg, Chris Tucker and Many More Honorees Attend Thirteenth Annual Celebration of AFI Almanac

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 11, 2013 – America’s finest film and television artists from in front of and behind the camera were among the attendees honored by the American Film Institute (AFI) during its AFI AWARDS 2012 luncheon sponsored by Verizon Digital Media Services. The awards season event, favored by artists and entertainment executives for its intimacy and collaborative recognition where everyone is a winner, documents the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, and is the only national recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole.

Among the honored artists present were: Ben Affleck, George Clooney and John Goodman (ARGO); Benh Zeitlin (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD); Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES); Tom Hooper and Hugh Jackman (LES MISÉRABLES); Ang Lee (LIFE OF PI); Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg (LINCOLN); Bradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK); Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (ZERO DARK THIRTY); Vince Gilligan (BREAKING BAD); Jay Roach (GAME CHANGE); Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham (GIRLS); Damian Lewis (HOMELAND); Louis C.K. (LOUIE); Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN); and Julie Bowen (MODERN FAMILY). Bryan Cranston and Anne Hathaway appeared in two AFI AWARDS 2012 honored works, Cranston for ARGO and BREAKING BAD and Hathaway for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and LES MISÉRABLES.

Ben Affleck and George Clooney (ARGO) with Steven Spielberg (LINCOLN), AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, 1995, and Daniel Day-Lewis (LINCOLN) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Steven Spielberg (LINCOLN), AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, 1995, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field (LINCOLN) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Anne Hathaway (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, LES MISÉRABLES) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Bradley Cooper (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Ben Affleck (ARGO) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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George Clooney (ARGO) and Judd Apatow (GIRLS) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Christina Hendricks (MAD MEN) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Anne Hathaway (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, LES MISÉRABLES) and Hugh Jackman (LES MISÉRABLES) at AFI Awards 2012 sponsored by Verizon
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Norman Jewison (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, MOONSTRUCK) delivered the benediction, acknowledging the importance of the American Film Institute as his inspiration for founding the Canadian Film Centre, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Film historian Leonard Maltin, a member of the AFI Jury for Motion Pictures, recognized the film honorees while Richard Frank, Chair of the AFI Jury for Television and an AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chair, acknowledged the small screen honorees.

In addition to Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, other AFI Board of Trustees attending included: AFI Board of Trustees Chair Sir Howard Stringer, AFI Board of Directors Chair Bob Daly, Jon Avnet, Chris Forman, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Bryan Lourd, Ron Meyer, Wendi Murdoch, Chris Silbermann, George Stevens, Jr.and Anne Sweeney.

Verizon Digital Media Services is the presenting sponsor of the event, underwriting the AFI AWARDS 2012 luncheon and creating 20 scholarships in the name of each honoree for the next generation of storytellers at the AFI Conservatory, which is renowned for its advanced training in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. And, AFI Conservatory alumni continue to be represented for their contributions to the art form with 27 AFI Conservatory alumni across 13 of the AFI AWARDS “official selections” among the creative ensembles recognized, including Bradley Buecker, Jay Cassidy, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Affonso Gonçalves, Jennifer Getzinger, Janusz Kamiński, Lesli Linka Glatter, Wally Pfister, Gideon Raff, Robert Richardson and Sharon Seymour.

Audi of America is an official sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include Stella Artois and American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute, providing travel support throughout the year.

As previously announced in December 2012, the AFI AWARDS 2012 official selections are:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
MOONRISE KINGDOM
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
BREAKING BAD
GAME CHANGE
GAME OF THRONES
GIRLS
HOMELAND
LOUIE
MAD MEN
MODERN FAMILY
THE WALKING DEAD

MAD MEN tops the list as the most recognized AFI AWARDS TV honoree, with the 2012 honor marking its fifth appearance in the AFI almanac, followed closely by BREAKING BAD, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, MODERN FAMILY, THE SOPRANOS and THE WIRE, each with four AFI AWARDS honors since 2001.

Additional information and jury rationales for each selection can be found at AFI.com/afiawards. Event photos are available through Getty Images at gettyimages.com and from AFI at AFI.com/afiawards/gallery12.aspx as of 6:00 p.m. PT today.


About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards. Celebrating its 41st year in 2013, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the Institute’s almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI’s 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the Institute’s annual year-end celebration of artistic excellence in cinema; AFI Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the U.S.; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, DC, area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its AFI Conservatory, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools, boasting alumni including Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, Heidi Levitt, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Wally Pfister, Robert Richardson, Ed Zwick and so many more. AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at: facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute, twitter.com/AmericanFilm and youtube.com/AFI.


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Shari Mesulam, The Mesulam Group
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Jessica Smith, American Film Institute
jsmith@AFI.com or 323.856.7766