The American Film Institute announced Tuesday it will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees upon two Oscar winners, actress-director-producer Jodie Foster and production designer Dean Tavoularis.
Foster and Tavoularis will be recognized “for their contributions to the art of the moving image” at AFI’s June 11 commencement ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Past honorary degree recipients include Carol Burnett, filmmaking partners Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, Clint Eastwood, Angela Lansbury, Spike Lee, Helen Mirren, Quentin Tarantino and John Williams.
Foster’s two Academy Award wins came for her performance of a sexual assault survivor seeking justice in “The Accused” in 1988 and as FBI Agent Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. She also received nominations for “Taxi Driver” in 1976 and for “Nell,” which she co-produced in 1994.
Her directing credits include “Little Man Tate,” “”Home for the Holidays” and “The Beaver,” and episodes of such TV series as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Tavoularis has worked with many well-known filmmakers, but is best known for teaming with Francis Ford Coppola, beginning with “The Godfather” in 1972.
He also worked with Coppola on “The Conversation”; “The Godfather Part II,” which earned him an Oscar for art direction; “Apocalyse Now”; “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”; “The Godfather Part III”; “One From the Heart”; “The Outsiders”; “Rumble Fish”; and “Peggy Sue Got Married.”
His collaborations with filmmakers Michelangelo Antonioni, Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, Roman Polanski and William Friedkin resulted in “Zabriskie Point,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Bulworth,” “The Ninth Gate” and “The Brink’s Job,” respectively.
AFI was established in 1967 “to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.”