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AFI honorees toast each other ahead of Golden Globe Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/7/2017 By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globes will be handed out Sunday, but many nominees got a practice run through the awards process Friday at the American Film Institute's annual luncheon.

Donald Glover arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Donald Glover arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Like the Globes, the AFI Awards celebrate outstanding work in film and television. Unlike the Globes, though, there is no competition: All 11 films and 10 TV shows recognized by AFI are considered winners.

Mel Gibson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Mel Gibson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

AFI president Bob Gazzale said nothing was expected of the honorees other than to "embrace and applaud each other as colleagues."

Naomie Harris arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Naomie Harris arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

With no television cameras and no agenda other than to schmooze and nosh, guests happily obliged.

Ginnifer Goodwin arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ginnifer Goodwin arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sarah Paulson, an Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," chatted with "Atlanta" creator and star Donald Glover, whose show and performance are up for awards on Sunday.

Martin Scorsese arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Martin Scorsese arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

AFI also recognized TV's "Veep," ''Game of Thrones," ''The Crown," ''Stranger Things," and "This Is Us" — all Golden Globe nominees — along with "Better Call Saul," ''The Americans" and "The Night Of."

Chris Pine arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chris Pine arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

John Lithgow, a Golden Globe nominee for "The Crown," hung around with Jeff Bridges, who's nominated for his supporting role in "Hell or High Water."

Mykelti Williamson, right, kisses Saniyya Sidney as they arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Mykelti Williamson, right, kisses Saniyya Sidney as they arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Former flames and fellow Globe nominees Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield socialized a bit before lunch. Garfield is nominated Sunday for his performance in Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge;" Stone is a lead actress nominee for her work in Damien Chazelle's "La La Land." AFI recognized both films Friday. Gibson and Chazelle are also Globe nominees for best director.

Amy Adams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Adams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chazelle sat between his two leads, Stone and Ryan Gosling, on Friday. Gosling, also a Golden Globe nominee, quietly left the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom before "La La Land" was recognized onstage.

Clint Eastwood arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Clint Eastwood arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

AFI's other film winners included Golden Globe nominees "Hell or High Water," ''Moonlight," ''Manchester By the Sea" and "Zootopia," as well as "Sully," ''Silence," ''Fences" and "Arrival." The documentary "O.J.: Made in America" received a special award.

John Travolta arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press John Travolta arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

AFI officials praised and showed clips from each honored production, but there were no acceptance speeches. Instead, producers, directors and stars of the winning films and shows sat with each other and cheered from their tables. Each received a framed certificate.

Director Damien Chazelle, from left, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Damien Chazelle, from left, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, both up for Golden Globes for their supporting roles in "Moonlight," walked side by side to claim theirs.

Sarah Paulson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sarah Paulson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The only star to take the stage was "Fences" director and star Denzel Washington, whom Gazzale introduced as "someone greater than an icon in the community." Gazzale also noted that Washington's son, Malcolm, recently graduated from the AFI Conservatory.

Michelle Williams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Michelle Williams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I'm hoping that one day he hires me," Washington quipped after being welcomed with a standing ovation.

Sarah Paulson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sarah Paulson arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

But when it came to talking about "Fences," he was almost speechless.

Denzel Washington arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Denzel Washington arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"It's just a privilege, a responsibility, a duty and an honor to help in some small way to bring August Wilson's genius to the screen," Washington said. "I don't like to use the word proud, but proud of it, and humbled by it all."

Vince Vaughn arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Vince Vaughn arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Rosalind Ross, left, and Mel Gibson arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Rosalind Ross, left, and Mel Gibson arrive at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

Michelle Williams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Michelle Williams arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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