From Clint Eastwood to Brad Pitt, Hollywood Gathers for 20th AFI Awards

Newly knighted Sir Sam Mendes mixed with onscreen sovereigns (from “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones”) and Hollywood royalty at the 20th annual AFI Awards, presented Jan.

4 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.Mendes was there representing “1917,” one of the 22 film and TV works saluted by the awards.

Though the guest list was regal, the mood is always relaxed, since there are no TV cameras, no acceptance speeches, no pressure and no suspense: honorees were announced on Dec.

4.Fox’s Peter Rice schmoozed with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Billy Porter chatted with Kit Harington, and Laura Dern was deep in conversation with Pitt as other guests talked on subjects ranging from Iran to the accelerated Oscar schedule; all of them offered mutual congratulations for a year that was exception for both films and TV works.Aside from “1917,” the chosen movies were “The Farewell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,

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