From Cooper to Coogler, AFI Awards brought out the stars


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wine was flowing and the atmosphere relaxed Friday at the American Film Institute Awards, which brought out some of Hollywood’s brightest stars of the moment, from Emily Blunt to Michael B. Jordan, for a celebratory luncheon in Los Angeles.

It’s an entertainment industry anomaly when no one walks out of an awards show a “loser.” But that’s the deal at the annual AFI Awards, where the winners — 10 films and 10 television shows — have already been announced, no speeches are required and everyone turns up to have fun.

In a look around the star-studded room, you could see “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee bee-lining to give “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler a big hug, Bradley Cooper greeting his “A Star Is Born” co-star Sam Elliott, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron chatting with “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, and Blunt running between the tables for “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place,” both of which were honorees. (She sat next to husband John Krasinski, who directed “A Quiet Place.”)

“The game is, there is no game,” AFI President Bob Gazzale said. “You have won. And more importantly, you are one.”

Films recognized were “Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” Eighth Grade,” ”The Favourite,” ”First Reformed,” ”Green Book,” ”If Beale Street Could Talk,” ”Mary Poppins Returns,” ”A Quiet Place” and “A Star Is Born,” (“Roma,” which was not considered an American film, was given a special honor). And television programs recognized were “The Americans,” ”The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” ”Atlanta,” ”Barry,” ”Better Call Saul,” ”The Kominsky Method,” ”The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ”Pose,” ”Succession” and “This Is Us.”

Teacher Who Allegedly Befriended and Raped a Minor Rearrested After Victim Receives Appalling Message

Gazzale called out some of the AFI graduates in attendance, like “Black Panther” cinematographer Rachel Morrison, “A Star Is Born” cinematographer Matthew Libatique, and “First Reformed” writer and director Paul Schrader, who was in the film school’s first class in 1969. Schrader got a standing ovation from the room.

“I see Spike Lee is wearing his NYU hat,” Gazzale said.

Not missing a beat, Lee, who was indeed wearing a purple New York University baseball cap, stood up from his seat and shouted, “I applied to AFI! I didn’t get in!”

The afternoon, on the weekend of the Golden Globe Awards and numerous events and appearances, was as laid-back as a Hollywood event can be and conversations continued long after the program ended.

But perhaps special honoree Angela Lansbury summed it up best. The 93-year-old screen icon took the stage to a lengthy standing ovation to close out the program.

“As you leave here today and are invited to endure seemingly endless parades of programs that label you a winner or a loser, I’ve been there, I’ve done that,” Lansbury said. “Remember this room, remember this group, when we are all together as one.”


Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter:

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City