Celebs, exex nosh at AFI kudos bash

Bizzers fete pic, TV favorites of 2004

HOLLYWOOD — Brad Grey, Brian Grazer, Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio rubbed elbows Friday with some 200 industryites at the AFI Awards, held at the Four Seasons.

They, along with such film honchos as Jim Gianopulos, Graham King, Bob Shaye and Tom Rothman and agents Ari Emanuel, Rick Yorn and David Lonner, were on hand to fete the 10 films and 10 TV shows that the American Film Institute had tapped “entries for the 21st century almanac,” according to AFI honcho Jean Picker Firstenberg.

Winners had been announced Dec. 13. Friday’s celebration, free of acceptance speeches, allowed guests and honorees to relax, socialize and eat their chicken lunch in an angst-free atmosphere.

Most shows and films were well repped with cast and creatives. Bill Condon and Liam Neeson (“Kinsey”), Michael Mann (“Collateral”), Brad Bird (“The Incredibles”), Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) and casts of TV shows including “Lost” were saluted. While “Arrested Development” saw a strong cast turnout, the “Desperate Housewives” gang was unable to attend.

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Also there were AFI board of trustees members and longtime supporters such as Dick Askin, Jon Avnet, Chuck Fries, Bob Rehme and Ed Zwick.

James Cromwell, from the AFI jury for films, and Richard Frank, chairman of the TV jury, introduced their respective choices.

The luncheon concluded with remarks from Karl Malden, who paid tribute to his friend and co-star Marlon Brando, whose death in 2004 was named as one of AFI’s nine Moments of Significance.

“Not only was this a man who was a brilliant actor; but this was a man that I loved very much,” Malden said.