Recap: 2016 Icon Award


Screenwriter-director Lawrence Kasdan has received the inaugural AJFF Icon Award. The May 22nd program and VIP reception were events to remember. Revisit a magical night, celebrating one of Hollywood's greatest storytellers.

Video Tributes From Kasdan's Contemporaries

Kevin Kline, J.J. Abrams, Glenn Close, Steve Martin, Martin Short, James Newton Howard, Kathleen Kennedy, Carol Littleton, and Mr. Kasdan's family – including his wife Meg and sons Jake and Jon – were all part of a star-studded tribute video interspersed with clips from the films that made Lawrence Kasdan an icon.

Questions from Cathy Fox

As part of ArtsATL's partnership in presenting the Icon Award, their co-founder Cathy Fox, a close friend of Mr. Kasdan's, set the pace for the program. In her role as moderator, she asked the filmmaker questions ranging from how he structured scenes economically to the ways his faith and values influenced his filmography. Many of the questions asked were drawn from those submitted with the #AskKasdan hashtag, though one question remained unanswered: Which The Big Chill character was based on Cathy Fox. She didn't actually want to know.

Surprises at the Event

It takes a lot to put an award like this together and the stakes get raised exponentially when Indiana Jones is charged with getting the award itself to his own creator, Lawrence Kasdan. After watching a clip of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the Icon Award swapped in for the famous icon totem, Indiana Jones himself raced into the auditorium, with the award safely tucked under his arm. Mr. Kasdan gladly shook Indy's hand after the award was presented.

The VIP Reception

Steps away from the main program, the VIP Reception was waiting at Twelve Eighty. As Mr. Kasdan took photos and met with his fans, the silent auction got underway. Not surprisingly, the scripts of The Big Chill and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens were the most popular items, as both films had been discussed in the night's main program.


The Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts has now officially had its debut and we couldn't be prouder both to host the event and of the program's first honoree. We have a standard to maintain and look forward to both celebrating this first event and working to plan the next!

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2016 Icon Award Honoring Lawrence Kasdan