Originally posted at http://www.afi.com/Penn/penn.pdf. Thanks to Jill W. from the Pennlist for passing this on.
Penn Family Receives 5th AFI Associates' Prestigious Platinum Circle AwardFriday October 1, 7:52 pm ET
Benicio Del Toro, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Among Others, Celebrate Family's Legacy
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFI Associates of the American Film Institute presented its Platinum Circle Award to the multi-talented Penn family on October 1st at a lively and emotional luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Accepting the award were family mother and actress, Eileen Ryan Penn; singer and composer Michael Penn, his wife, Academy Award®-nominated singer and composer Aimee Mann; Academy Award®-winning actor Sean Penn and his wife, actress and producer Robin Wright Penn; and actor Chris Penn. The program also included a moving tribute by Martin Sheen to the Penn family patriarch, producer, writer, director and actor Leo Penn. In addition to Sheen, the award presentation ceremony included tributes from Stockard Channing, Peter Falk, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Matt Palmieri, Suzanne Pleshette, and Brett Ratner. The Platinum Circle Honorary Committee was chaired by Robert De Niro, Clint and Dina Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, and Martin and Janet Sheen. Among the 600 attendees of the luncheon were Patricia Barry, Jim Caviezel, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Stephen Dorff, Clint Eastwood, Martin Landau, Mike Medavoy, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Petrie Jr., Mark Rydell, Dick Van Dyke and Steven Zaillian. In celebration of the Associates' 20 year anniversary, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn was also on hand to proclaim October 1st, 2004 "AFI Associates Day" in the City of Los Angeles.
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