Top artists from the entertainment community will come together on June 10, 2010 as AFI presents the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film — to acclaimed director Mike Nichols. The 25 artists from film, television and the stage who have confirmed their participation on the AFI Benefit Committee in support of the event are: Amy Adams, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Cher, Nora Ephron, Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Elaine May, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker, Natalie Portman, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Thompson, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Williams. “TV Land Presents: The AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols” will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The black-tie event will take place within the historic walls of Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios, which will be transformed into a spectacular ballroom to honor the career of Mike Nichols. Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award directly support the institute’s national educational programs and the preservation of American film history.
“A master across mediums, Mike Nichols came to America at the age of seven and has contributed to this nation’s cultural heritage throughout his life in ways both landmark and legendary,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “Over the years, Mike has collaborated with American film’s finest and the artists represented on the AFI Benefit Committee are but one sign of the enormous affection the community has for him and his extraordinary gifts to us all.”
“The fact that so many of Hollywood’s best and brightest stars are lining up to pay tribute to their friend and colleague is a testament to Mike Nichols’ brilliance,” states Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “We’re thrilled that we are able to give our audience a front-row seat when the arts and entertainment community honors this amazing and acclaimed director.”
HP and AT&T are the gala evening’s sponsors and American Airlines returns as the official airline of the American Film Institute.