Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Awards brings stars out

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The wine was flow­ing and the at­mos­phere re­laxed Fri­day at the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute Awards, which brought out some of Hol­ly­wood’s bright­est stars of the mo­ment, from Emily Blunt to Michael B. Jor­dan, for a cel­e­bra­tory lun­cheon in Los An­ge­les.

It’s an en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try anom­aly when no one walks out of an awards show a loser be­cause the win­ners – 10 films and 10 tele­vi­sion shows – have al­ready been an­nounced. Ev­ery­one turns up to have fun.

In a look around the star-stud­ded room, you could see “BlacKkKlans­man” direc­tor Spike Lee bee-lin­ing to give “Black Pan­ther” direc­tor Ryan Coogler a big hug, “Roma” direc­tor Al­fonso Cuaron chat­ting with “Bet­ter Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, and Blunt run­ning be­tween ta­bles for “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns” and “A Quiet Place,” both hon­orees.

Films rec­og­nized were “Black Pan­ther,” “BlacKkKlans­man,” “Eighth Grade,” “The Favourite,” “First Re­formed,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Mary Pop­pins Re­turns,” “A Quiet Place” and “A Star Is Born.” (“Roma,” which a for­eign film, was given a spe­cial honor). Tele­vi­sion pro­grams rec­og­nized were “The Amer­i­cans,” “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace,” “At­lanta,” “Barry,” “Bet­ter Call Saul,” “The Komin­sky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Pose,” “Suc­ces­sion” and “This Is Us.”

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