The American Film Institute this week honored the career of writer, actor and director Mel Brooks awarding the Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner it’s Life Achievment Award at a star studded ceremony at The Dolby in Hollywood.
At 86 years old, with an illustrious career spanning over six decades, Brooks is now the 41st recipient of the prestigious accolade and received the award from fellow directorial great Martin Scorsese, also a recipient in 1997.
In a characteristically open and frank speech, Brooks revealed, “Movies saved my life…rescued my soul. No matter what was bad or wrong, it could be wiped out on Saturday morning.”
Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg were amongst those on hand to extend their congratulations to Brooks, who remains perhaps best remembered for his 1974 Western Satire Blazing Saddles directed by Brooks and co-written with the late Richard Pryor.