Robert Altman
Tapped for a filmography that includes “MASH,” “Nashville,” “The Player” and “Gosford Park,” Altman is seen by many as a founding father of independent cinema.

Curtis Hanson
The director of “L.A. Confidential,” “Wonder Boys” and “8 Mile,” Hanson is being honored for his contributions to film preservation.

Joe Pytka
The helmer of more than 5,000 commercials, Pytka also has directed documentaries for PBS, two features and PSAs for the Project Miracle — New York campaign.

Sen. Olympia Snowe
The Maine Republican is a prominent co-sponsor of legislation to stem runaway production.

John Sweeney
President of the AFL-CIO has made entertainment industry issues a priority for the union.

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