L.A, 2022-03-11 21:19:31. Superstars take home the AFI Awards
Beverly Hills, Calif. From Bradley Cooper to Steven Spielberg, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars gathered to relax and sip wine in a lavish ballroom where everyone ended up winning at the American Film Institute Awards on Friday.
10 films and 10 TV shows were honored at AFI’s annual invite-only lunch, spoken word about the popular project followed by a short clip of one of the scenes. ‘Squid Game’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Summer of Soul (…or: The Revolution Not Be TV’) received special awards during the event.
Laughter and hugs before the event were shared between “Ticks, ticks…Boom!” Stars Andrew Garfield, Lee Jong Jae and Jung Ho Yeon from the movie Squid Game. Cooper and “Licorice Pizza” actor Cooper Hoffman had a chat before taking pictures. “WandaVision” star Kathryn Hahn went out of her way to meet the “Squid Game” team at their table in a ballroom in Beverly Hills, California.
“West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose had a hilarious chat with Spielberg on the red carpet. Garfield had signed “CODA” star Marley Matlin after the event.
The AFI event is all about having fun, creating a relaxed atmosphere without stress.
“If you’ve been with us before, you know the game. The game is: there is no game,” said AFI President Bob Gazelle as many of the audience laughed. “I won. More importantly today, you all won.”
Recognized films include “CODA”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Dune”, “King Richard”, “Licorice Pizza”, “Nightmare Alley” and “The Power of the Dog” , and “tick, tickΓÇªBOOM!” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “The West Side Story”.
Honored TV shows like “Hacks”, “The Maid”, “Mary of East Town”, “Reservation Dogs” and “Schmigadon!” “Succession”, “Ted Lasso”, “Underground Railroad”, “Wanda Vision” and “White Lotus”.
Among those in the star-studded room were Meryl Streep, Prince “Questloff” Thompson, Guillermo del Toro, Keegan Michael Key and Rita Moreno.
Morgan Freeman concluded the lunch by claiming to honor the honorees, including the late actor Sidney Poitier, who died at the age of 94 early this year.
“Someone had to press the door,” Freeman said of Poitier, the leading actor who changed how blacks are portrayed on screen. “In baseball, it was Jackie Robinson. In politics, it was Barack Obama. To us, it was Sidney Poitier. No Sidney, no Halle Berry. No Sidney, no Viola Davis. No Sidney, no Denzel. Hell, no Sidney, no me.”
Freeman said that Poitier was “my compass to show me the way, and my only bright light to light the way for me to walk.”
He continued, “Although Sydney is no longer with us, his light will never dim.” “No matter where you are or who you are, he has always been and always will be an inspiration.”
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