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American Film Institute luncheon awards ceremony

American Film Institute luncheon awards ceremony

January Jones, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

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The AFI's annual luncheon took place yesterday, and the Mad Men cast were in attendance to celebrate their special award. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...

The American Film Institute celebrated the best movies and TV shows from 2015 during a luncheon held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. A handpicked selection of the year's best in entertainment received recognition in an informal setting. "This is a campaign-free zone," said AFI President Bob Gazzale. "You don't have to thank anybody. We are here to thank you," he continued.

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The AFI film honorees were: The Big Short, Bridge of SpiesCarol, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Straight Outta Compton. Meanwhile, the AFI television honours included The Americans, Better Call Saul, Black-ish, Empire, Fargo, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Master of None, Mr. Robot and Unreal.

Apart from the list of honorees, Mad Men received a special AFI award. An AFI statement said the award acknowledged "its landmark contributions to America's cultural legacy across nine years. In the history of AFI AWARDS, no other television program has earned as many honours."

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Guests who attended the event include directors Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, as well as actors Ryan Gosling, January Jones, Jon Hamm, Rooney Mara, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst.

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