The clouds cleared in LA on Thursday night as Hollywood turned out to honor Diane Keaton for the 45th Life Achievement Awards. Rachel McAdams, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, and Meryl Streep all gathered to look back at Keaton’s career.
Talking to Awards Daily on the red carpet, actress Andie MacDowell who worked with Keaton on Town and Country and later was directed by her in Unstrung Heroes said, “I listened to her and followed her direction. She’s an amazing artist who cares about every detail.” Recalling her first Diane Keaton film, MacDowell said,”Annie Hall for certain and to this day is one of my favorite movies.”
Actress Jane Seymour said, “I love everything she’s done. I loved her in Annie Hall.” She added, “She’s done it all and continues too. She has a very distinct personality and has used it to great effect in many different movies.”
George Stevens Jr co-founder of the American Film Institute and the Life Achievement Awards said he first created the idea in 1973. Film and actors were already being honored, “I wanted to honor careers in film whose work stood the test of time that’s what AFI should do.” He said. Director John Ford was the first recipient of the award.
Talking about the evening’s honoree, Stevens Jr. recalled his first memory was watching Keaton in Annie Hall. “I came to admire her as a director and actress and I’m happy she’s chosen.”
The award was presented to Keaton by Streep who paid tribute to her Marvin’s Room co-star by wearing a hat and tie. The evening ended with a surprise appearance from Woody Allen.
Keaton has starred in films that include The Godfather II, Annie Hall, The First Wives Club, Baby Boom and Manhattan, in a career that spans over 35 years. The AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON, will air on TNT June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by an encore presentation on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on July 31 during a night of programming dedicated to her career.