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Julie Andrews to receive the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award

Julie Andrews will be the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 9, 2022, the highest honor for a career in film. The tribute will be held at the Dolby Theatre. Long considered one of the preeminent annual events for the entertainment and arts community, the AFI Life Achievement Award is a singular distinction bestowed upon artists “whose work has stood the test of time.” The AFI Life Achievement Award has won Emmy® Awards across five decades in its 48-year run and will return for its eighth year with TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Proceeds from the event not only further the mandate to honor artists and their work, they also support AFI’s preservation and education initiatives.

The National Film Preservation Foundation Awards 29 Preservation Grants

Groundbreaking films
The Oath of the Sword and Santa Among 64 Films To Be Saved

On June 17, 2021, the National Film Preservation Foundation announced grants to save 64 films: including The Oath of the Sword (1914), a silent drama by the Japanese American Film Company featuring an all-Japanese leading cast; and the soundtrack for Santa (1932), a melodrama directed by Spanish American silent star Antonio Moreno and produced by Azteca Films, a company based in El Paso, Texas that made some of the most acclaimed Mexican movies during the 1930s–50s. Santa was one of the first Mexican features with recorded dialogue, and its soundtrack survives in its most complete form on Vitaphone discs. Both of these groundbreaking films illuminate the multicultural and transnational aspects of early American cinema.