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Kathryn Bigelow receives honorary degree

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Jun 13, 2013 | 2:09pm EDT

Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow was celebrated in Los Angeles on Wednesday (12Jun13) as she received an honorary degree from the American Film Institute (AFI). The Oscar winner was recognised during the AFI Conservatory Commencement Ceremony alongside Black Swan producer Jon Avnet and British film editor Anne V. Coates. Bigelow's The Hurt Locker leading man Jeremy Renner made a surprise appearance at the El Capitan Theater to present the moviemaker with her Doctorate of Fine Arts, and the 61 year old was touched by his support, telling the audience, "I really think I am standing here as the result of a profound and timeless performance by this man."

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