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Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees

The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson.

The honors, which recognize their “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” will be presented during AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremonies June 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Others previously awarded an AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Thelma Schoonmaker and Haskell Wexler.

Towne won an Oscar for “Chinatown” and was nominated for “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo” and “Greystoke.” He also directed four of his own scripts – “Personal Best,” “Tequila Sunrise” “Without Limits” and “Ask the Dust” — and is currently working as a consulting producer on the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Tyson received an Oscar nomination for “Sounder” and won an Emmy for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” while being nominated six other times. She won a Tony last year for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Tyson is an alumna of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and served on the AFI Board of Trustees from 1973 to 1978.

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