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AFI strikes up kudos

Org hands out awards

The well-attended (and untelevised) eighth annual AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Friday was about as festive an awards season celebration as you could get given the current Writers Guild strike.

The intimate lunch was crammed with stars and studio heads who gathered to honor the 10 best films and television programs of 2007.

Gotham-based producer Scott Rudin, sitting at Miramax’s “No Country for Old Men” table with Daniel Battsek, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem, was making a rare appearance at a Hollywood fete. “Don’t get used to it,” he warned.

“Into the Wild” producer Art Linson broke bread with Hal Holbrook, while “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm showed off his “strike beard,” saying, “I’m bored and lazy and I’m on vacation.”

On a more somber note, WGA veteran Frank Pierson said, “The sad reason why Hollywood hates writers is that until the writers are done, no one can go to work. That seems to be where we are now, as the future holds its breath.”