AFI to honor Malden, Zaentz, Schoonmaker

Honorary degrees to be presented by Board of Trustees

Karl Malden, Saul Zaentz and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker will receive honorary degrees today from the American Film Institute presented by its Board of Trustees during the AFI’s Center for Advanced Film commencement ceremonies.

“Saul, Thelma and Karl have each helped to shape the moving image arts of the 20th century by their indelible achievements and memorable contributions to the film arts,” said AFI board of directors chair Tom Pollock.

Malden (“A Streetcar Named Desire”) will be feted for his ongoing film accomplishments, as well as for his participation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Screen Actors Guild.

Zaentz, producer of “The English Patient” among other films, was last honored with the Acad’s Irving Thalberg Award during the 1997 Oscar kudocast.

Schoonmaker, who is responsible for editing of a number Martin Scorcese pics, will also be honored with the Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Editing award at the fourth annual Hollywood Film Festival on Aug. 7.

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