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AFI offers comfort zone for awardees

Pressure was low and the star power hig

With no acceptance speeches and no losers, the AFI Awards kept the pressure low and the star power high at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday. The casual atmosphere also ended up being a comfortable place away from the TV cameras for Michel Hazanavicius to meet Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg to chat amiably with Harvey Weinstein.

Ten current films and 10 TV shows were honored, with two special awards going to the non-American films “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “The Artist.”

AFI’s Howard Stringer got a good laugh when he addressed the aud: “Distinguished guests. And George Clooney.” Later, AFI’s Bob Gazzale gave a quick intro before handing the stage to the org’s TV jury chairman Rich Frank, who presented clips of the 10 TV shows, and film jury member Leonard Maltin, who introduced the 10 films.

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