Emilia Clarke, Gal Gadot and much more TV, movie stars honoured at AFI Accolades. See pictures BY SAEED NASIR

North american Film Institute’s twelve-monthly luncheon saw presence from a few of the biggest titles in Hollywood.

Actor Emilia Clarke poses at the AFI AWARDS 2017 luncheon.

Professional Emilia Clarke poses at the AFI Accolades 2017 luncheon.
With the American Film Institute’s annual luncheon Friday recognizing the best in film and tv set, Hollywood’s prizes season is officially underway.

The schmooze-y special event at the Four Periods Hotel brought collectively the casts and makers of 2017’s most famous movies and TV shows, many of which can be also in contention for the Golden Earth Awards on Weekend.

“Wonder Girl” director Patty Jenkins led the honorees in a toast, where she quoted former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (who’s played by Meryl Streep in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” an AFI honoree and best picture nominee at the Globes.)

“To love what you do and believe that it matters, how could anything become more fun?” Jenkins said. “We love what we do. It generally does not always matter — and often it generally does not — but sometimes it can, so it is always worth it to try.”

With winners announced in advance no trophies to accept onstage, the AFI Prizes are an opportunity for collegial confabulation.

“This is a destination to be along as a community,” said AFI president Bob Gazzale, “to consider the compendium and feel pleased.”

Actors, writers, directors and executives embraced the chance to chat, with superstar mashups spontaneously erupting throughout the area.

Insecure creator and star Issa Rae greeted Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley. Jenkins was part of any woman-power trio, chatting with Reese Witherspoon and Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig. Witherspoon and Question Woman celebrity Gal Gadot distributed a mutual admiration second, with Gadot informing Witherspoon, “I’m such a huge fan.”

Professional Tom Hanks poses at the AFI AWARDS 2017 luncheon in LA, California, U.S., January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Guillermo del Toro made Spielberg laugh. Saoirse Ronan attained Master of None writer and acting professional Lena Waithe. Tom Hanks posed for a photo with “The Big Ill” screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who playfully offered him posing tips.

Sterling K. Brown rearranged place credit cards at the THAT IS Us table so he could sit down next to costar Chrissy Metz. Sam Rockwell do the same thing at the stand for “3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” moving himself closer to professional Sandy Martin, who plays his mother in the film.

Celebrities Armie Hammer (L) and Timothee Chalamet. (REUTERS)
“Call Me By Your Name” stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, both awards-season beginners, stood alongside one another as they required in the celebrity-filled room.

Besides Wonder Girl, The Post, Woman Parrot, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Big Sick and Call Me personally BECAUSE OF YOUR Name, AFI named The Florida Job, Get Away, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water as its top motion pictures of 2017. Most are also up for best picture at the Globes.

AFI’s Television set picks also overlap with Globes nominees. Besides Insecure, This Is Us and Expert of Nothing, AFI decided Big Little Lies,The Crown, Feud: Bette and Joan, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Story, The Good Place, and Stranger Things 2.

Many luncheon friends will see each other throughout the weekend at the various events before the Globes. Some went straight from the AFI lunch time to the HBO Luxury Lounge, also at the Four Seasons, where celebs could load up on freebies.

One of the takers were Ever before Carradine from the Handmaid’s Story, who snagged an $880 UPPAbaby luxury infant stroller, Modern Family superstar Julie Bowen, who looked into her family tree with an onsite Ancestry.com historian, and Veep celebrity Matt Walsh, who found a timepiece from Watch Gang to wear to Sunday’s ceremony.

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