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Kathryn Bigelow, Jon Avnet, Anne Coates Tapped For AFI Degrees

Honors to be bestowed on June 12

The American Film Institute will confer honoraray doctorate of fine arts degrees upon Kathryn Bigelow and Anne V. Coates and a doctorate of communications on Jon Avnet.

Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.

The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.

Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”

Bigelow is the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker.” She won AFI Awards for “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Coates won the Best Film Editing Oscar for “Lawrence of Arabia” and was nommed for “Becket,” “The Elephant Man,” “In the Line of Fire” and “Out of Sight.”

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