Al Pacino to get AFI award

LOS ANGELES: Iconic actor Al Pacino is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute.

Pacino, an eight-time Oscar nominee for such films as The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and Scent of a Woman, will be 35th recipient of the award following legends such as Orson Welles, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, George Lucas and Sean Connery, the institute said on October 20.

“Al Pacino is an icon of American film,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees. “He has created some of the great characters in the movies — from Michael Corleone to Tony Montana to Roy Cohn. His career inspires audiences and artistes alike, with each new performance a master class for a generation of actors to follow.” The award will be presented in Los Angeles on June 7.