AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
A TRIBUTE TO MEL BROOKS

About the Award

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on February 26, 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

Mel Brooks joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients
1973 - John Ford
1974 - James Cagney
1975 - Orson Welles
1976 - William Wyler
1977 - Bette Davis
1978 - Henry Fonda
1979 - Alfred Hitchcock
1980 - James Stewart
1981 - Fred Astaire
1982 - Frank Capra
1983 - John Huston
1984 - Lillian Gish
1985 - Gene Kelly
1986 - Billy Wilder
1987 - Barbara Stanwyck
1988 - Jack Lemmon
1989 - Gregory Peck
1990 - David Lean
1991 - Kirk Douglas
1992 - Sidney Poitier
1993 - Elizabeth Taylor
1994 - Jack Nicholson
1995 - Steven Spielberg
1996 - Clint Eastwood
1997 - Martin Scorsese
1998 - Robert Wise
1999 - Dustin Hoffman
2000 - Harrison Ford
2001 - Barbra Streisand
2002 - Tom Hanks
2003 - Robert De Niro
2004 - Meryl Streep
2005 - George Lucas
2006 - Sean Connery
2007 - Al Pacino
2008 - Warren Beatty
2009 - Michael Douglas
2010 - Mike Nichols
2011 - Morgan Freeman
2012 - Shirley MacLaine
2013 - Mel Brooks