George Clooney to Receive 46th AFI Life Achievement Award – American Film Institute


George Clooney to Receive 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

Actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.  The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA.  The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and VIZIO return as Official Sponsors of the event.

TNT will premiere the hour-and-a-half special, THE 46TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE CLOONEY on Thursday, June 21, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an encore at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will also air the special in September 2018 during a night of programming dedicated to Clooney’s work.

George Clooney is one of Hollywood’s most dynamic multi-hyphenates, a presence bigger even than his movies.  With an instantly recognizable charm, he has captivated audiences in front of the camera, and defined a cinematic voice all his own behind it — all while using his global voice to shine light on issues of human rights, climate change and more.  Throughout a career spanning screens big and small, his work has earned him eight Academy Award® nominations and two wins — with nominations in the most categories ever.  He won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for SYRIANA (2005), and went on to earn Best Actor nominations for MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007), UP IN THE AIR (2009) and THE DESCENDANTS (2011) — all films grounded by his signature charm, and his universal relatability.

Clooney is as accomplished a filmmaker as he is a performer, from his directorial debut CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (2002) to his multiple-Oscar®-nominated GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (2005) and THE IDES OF MARCH (2011).  He earned a Best Picture Academy Award® for producing ARGO (2012).  On screen, he continues to deliver performances that are moving, humorous and human, with additional acting credits including: OUT OF SIGHT (1998), THREE KINGS (1999), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000), the OCEAN’S trilogy (2001, 2004, 2007), SOLARIS (2002), BURN AFTER READING (2008), FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009), GRAVITY (2013), and HAIL, CAESAR! (2016).  His latest project is SUBURBICON (2017), which he directed, and also co-wrote alongside his frequent collaborators the Coen brothers.

More About George Clooney

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, to a former beauty pageant queen and an anchorman, George Clooney spent much of his youth in Ohio and Kentucky.  He had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, but did not make the cut for the Cincinnati Reds.  He was instead encouraged to pursue acting by his cousin, late actor Miguel Ferrer.

In 1984, Clooney landed his first major role on the TV sitcom E/R — not to be confused with the long-running hospital drama, ER, that would later make Clooney a household name.  Early TV credits included popular series such as THE FACTS OF LIFE and ROSEANNE, and bit parts on MURDER, SHE WROTE and THE GOLDEN GIRLS.  His breakout as Dr. Doug Ross on ER earned him two Primetime Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, and led to high-profile film roles in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996), ONE FINE DAY (1996) and BATMAN & ROBIN (1997).  His starring role in the film OUT OF SIGHT marked the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration with one of our greatest filmmakers, Steven Soderbergh, on films including the OCEAN’S trilogy and THE GOOD GERMAN.  In 2000, he starred in the Coen brothers’ O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, forging another iconic collaboration that continued with INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003), BURN AFTER READING and, most recently, HAIL, CAESAR!

In 2006, he established his reputation as a filmmaker with a distinctive vision when he was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. — the same year he received his Oscar® for SYRIANA.

In 2010, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

Comments (11)

Idris Babur

Clooney is a multi talented piece. He can offer as serene and calm a presence as in Good Night and Good Luck, or as funny and dynamic as in the Coen brothers lovely fantasy O Brother Where art Thou. BTW, have the Corns won the AFI award? If not, why the hell not!

Tom Alicandri

Cary Grant James Gagney Henry Fonda on and on George Clooney ? Not Worthy

Jeff Lengyel

I whole heartedly agree with the Coen question — As much as I like Clooney – really – the Coen’s a major talents with major work over the last 20 years! What’s up Doc????


Mrs Barbara. Hutchins

Since. I just renewed do I get a copy. of the tribute to George Clooney and the. book? I am pleased he is being honored.A fan. since the original ER. Barbara Hutchins

Luis Castillo

We all love George! But considering the roster of recipients of this prestigious award, I don’t think it is George’s time. What about Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp or Tim Burton.

Bill Smith

What about Doris Day, Sophia Loren, Woody Allen, Vanessa Redgrave, Olivia DeHavilland, Pedro Aldomodar, Peter Greenaway, Maggie Smith, Joanne Woodward, Tim Burton, and let’s not forget Susan Sarandon (can’t pick up a lemon without thinking of that scene in Atlantic City).


shame Marlon Brando never won.


Off the top of my head I can think of some other deserving stars for this award:
Robert Redford
Anthony Hopkins
Francis Ford Coppola
Gene Hackman
Faye Dunaway
Goldie Hawn
Brian DePalma.
George is too young for it now.

Ed Masterson

Is there ever an opportunity, as in the earlier days of this award, say the early 80’s when I first joined AFI as a college student, for ticket prices to the Lifetime Achievement Award to be at least semi-more reasonable in terms of the cost…say a starting point of $500 per ticket rather than $3,000 per ticket? Kinda’ limits people without huge corporate budgets and access to big money to participate in the joy and history of the event while showing their appreciation for the recipients… Thank you so much for your time, consideration and kindness…

James McDonald

Has Sally Field ever been honored?

Rifhat Butt


Will this be shown in the UK and what channel/network will be showing it.

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