AFI Life Achievement Award – American Film Institute

AFI Life Achievement Award

The highest honor in American cinema

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AFI Tribute to Nicole Kidman Postponed

On May 8, AFI has announced that the 49th annual AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Nicole Kidman, scheduled for Saturday, June 10, will be postponed. For nearly half a century, the AFI Life Achievement Award has convened artists and audiences in celebration of excellence in the art form. Due to the division in our community at this time, AFI has decided to postpone this year’s event with the goal to offer a celebratory environment worthy of our recipient.

A new date will be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please contact AFI Advancement at 800.774.4234 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT) or at [email protected].




The AFI Life Achievement Award — the highest honor for a career in film — was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 23, 1973 to celebrate an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture.

The award is given to a “recipient 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.”

In 1993, the AFI Board of Trustees extended the criteria to encompass individuals with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished.