8th Annual AFI Honors
Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly mingled with some real characters at the American Film Institute's annual AFI Awards luncheon, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard. Accomplished actors like Javier Bardem, Allison Janney and George Clooney were recognized as part of the best that film and television had to offer in 2007. "My highlight was meeting Alec Baldwin," said Kelly, who engaged in a little back and forth with the 30 Rock star during the afternoon affair. "He's a genius!"
George Clooney and Javier Bardem
"We are not in competition!" declared a dressed-down Javier Bardem, who chatted amicably with George Clooney. Still, for those keeping score, Bardem is two for two: After picking up his AFI plaque, the No Country for Old Men star went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
January Jones, Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss
Another actor honored prior to his Golden Globe win was Mad men star Jon Hamm, who posed with January Jones and Elisabeth Moss. "I'm famous [in my family] for not winning anything," said Hamm, unaware that his losing streak was about to end.
Jason Bateman and Allison Janney (not pictured) represented the cast of the indie hit, Juno. As he held up his plaque for photographers, Bateman reminisced about the first award he ever won.
Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
"I'm too distracted by George Clooney. Is Daniel Day-Lewis here?" gushed Knocked Up's Leslie Mann (in Jenni Kayne), who joined her husband, director Judd Apatow and actor Jonah Hill to celebrate their wins. Each of the 20 winning film and TV projects were also recognized through HP's creation of scholarships named in their honor. "At the American Film Institute, there is now a Knocked Up scholarship," cracked AFI president Bob Gazzale (not pictured).
Allison Janney and Michael C. Hall
"I want to be on both Dexter and 30 Rock," said Allison Janney, who got a chance to pitch her idea to Dexter star Michael C. Hall on the spot. As for her lunch attire, Janney was most excited about a certain piece of jewelry: "Neil Lane gave me this necklace at the Diamond luncheon ," said the actress, who starred in two of 2007's biggest hits, Juno and Hairspray.