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The American Film Institute announced this morning that Oscar-winning all-rounder Mel Brooks will receive the institution's Life Achievement Award next June, at a gala tribute event to be aired on TNT. The 86 year-old actor-writer-director-producer was actually honored by the Academy at the earliest opportunity, winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his 1968 debut feature "The Producers," before 1970s streak of genre-pastiche comedies including "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "High Anxiety" and "Silent Movie." AFI chairman Howard Stringer says, "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy... a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves." [LA Times]
Tom O'Neil checks in with their Golden Globe submissions, and confirms that the Weinsteins are entering "Django Unchained" as a drama, while "Silver Linings Playbook" and the hilarious "Quartet" will compete as comedies. [Gold Derby]
This skipped my radar earlier, but Daniels Day-Lewis and Craig will be honored at BAFTA's LA-based Britannia Awards in November, alongside Quentin Tarantino and "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. [BAFTA]
Walter Hill will receive the Maverick Director Award at the Rome Film Festival, which is also hosting the world premiere of his latest film "Bullet to the Head," starring Sylvester Stallone. [Rome Film Festival]
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