Al Pacino, one of Hollywood's most successful, versatile and talented actors can now add AFI Lifetime Achievement Award winner to his list of distinguished accomplishments. According to coming soon, the announcement was made today by Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, that the Institute would give the Lifetime Achievement Award to Pacino at a tribute dinner in Los Angeles on June 7th. The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor for a career in film and has been given out 34 times since its inception in 1973 -- Pacino's award will mark the 35th anniversary.

During the announcement, Stringer referred to Pacino as "an icon of American film" whose "career inspires audiences and artists alike." In response to hearing he had won the award, Pacino said "I am moved and honored to be considered for such an award." Some past recipients of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award include last year's winner Sean Connery, Tom Hanks (who doesn't seem old enough to be getting a lifetime achievement award yet), Martin Scorsese, Kirk Douglas and 1973's winner, the great director John Ford.

Pacino's career has spanned over thirty years with many memorable roles in films such as Michael Mann's Heat, ...And Justice for All, Serpico, Brian DePalma's Scarface and, of course, his star-making turn as Michael Corelone in Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Godfather. Pacino is also an eight-time Academy Award Nominee for his roles in film such as Glengarry Glen Ross, Dick Tracy and Dog Day Afternoon. He won the Best Actor Academy Award for playing Lt. Colonel Frank Slade in director Martin Brest's Scent of A Woman, opposite a young Chris O'Donnell and the very cute Gabrielle Anwar.

Some of Pacino's recent work includes turns both in front of and behind the camera on projects such as Two for the Money with Matthew McConaughey, Steven Soderberg's Ocean's Thirteen, 88 Minutes opposite Heat co-star Amy Brenneman and the docu-drama Salomaybe?, which he directed. This is a great honor for Pacino and one he very much deserves. I guess now that he's won a "Lifetime Achievement Award," we can let him off the hook for being in The Godfather: Part III.

What's your favorite Al Pacino movie?