George Clooney to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

AFI Board Chairman describes Clooney as “a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen”

George Clooney is this year’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the organization announced on Thursday.

Clooney will be presented with the award at a Gala Tribute on June 7 in Los Angeles, California. The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute special is set to return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT.

“George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees.  “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen.  AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

Clooney’s career has earned him eight Oscar nominations and two wins, with nominations in the most categories ever. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Syriana” (2005) and earned Best Actor nominations for “Michael Clayton” (2007), “Up in the Air” (2009) and “The Descendants” (2011). He won another Academy Award for producing 2012’s “Argo.”

He made his directorial debut with 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” His other credits include “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March,” “Three Kings,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy, “Burn After Reading,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Gravity” and “Hail, Caesar!”

His upcoming project is “Suburbicon,” which he also directed and co-wrote with his frequent collaborators, the Coen brothers.

In 2010, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

Past AFI Life Achievement recipients include Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisant, Tom Hanks, Robert de Niro, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton.