The duo will be recognised for their contributions to cinema during the AFI Conservatory's commencement ceremony on June 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre, a statement on the institute's website read.
A two-time Academy Award winner for acting, Foster has starred in films such as "Silence of the Lambs", "Taxi Driver", " The Accused", among others. She went on to take up directing with her debut "Little Man Tate" in 1991, in which she also featured.
Tavoularis is the longtime collaborator of Francis Ford Coppola, with credits that include the Godfather films as well as "Apocalypse Now", "Bonnie & Clyde" and "The Outsiders". He won his Oscar for "Godfather Part II" in 1975.
Foster and Tavoularis join the group of distinguished past recipients, such as Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Anne V Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, and John Williams among others.
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