Actor and director George Clooney was honored by the American Film Institute with its life achievement award this summer. But will the AFI selection committee choose another man in a few days for the 2019 event? If so, who most deserves to be the 47th life achievement award recipient? Vote in our poll below and tell us who you think would be the best person to be honored. And you can continue to vote in our recent poll about a possible actress who could be chosen for 2019.
Other than Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who were 49 and 46 respectively when they were honored, everybody else has been at least in their mid 50s. For our male poll, we set the minimum age as 50. Our list of men includes Oscar-winning actors Jeff Bridges, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Denzel Washington plus Oscar nominees Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray and Brad Pitt (an Academy Award-winning producer). We are also including Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola and Ron Howard plus Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott.
While certainly deserving, we are not including Woody Allen and Robert Redford since they have reportedly turned down this honor multiple times or Gene Hackman, who has not made public appearances since retiring.
Prior to picking composer John Williams for the 2016 honor, the AFI had only chosen actors, actresses and directors starting way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).
Past recipients, besides Williams and Clooney, who are still with us: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor Jack Nicholson (1994), director Steven Spielberg (1995), actor/director Clint Eastwood (1996), director Martin Scorsese (1997), actor Dustin Hoffman (1999), actor Harrison Ford (2000), actress/director Barbra Streisand (2001), actor/director Tom Hanks (2002), actor Robert De Niro (2003), actress Meryl Streep (2004), director George Lucas (2005), actor Sean Connery (2006), actor Al Pacino (2007), actor/director Warren Beatty (2008), actor/producer Michael Douglas (2009), actor Morgan Freeman (2011), actress Shirley MacLaine (2012), director/actor Mel Brooks (2013), actress Jane Fonda (2014), actor/writer Steve Martin (2015) and actress Diane Keaton.