Streep honored her friend in the best way possible on Thursday night, by copying Keaton’s iconic style to celebrate the American Film Institute’s 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to the actress at the Dolby Theatre Hollywood.
Dressed in her signature black and white, Keaton was a delight as she posed next to Streep, also in black and white. Keaton rocked a hat and a wide belt over a black skirt and white coat, while Streep wore her own headgear and a black suit featuring an eclectic striped necktie. Both ladies wore glasses and huge smiles, of course.
“Diane Keaton, arguably one of the most covered-up persons in the history of clothes, is also a transparent woman,” Streep told the crowd, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “even though she is famously the only member of the original cast of ‘Hair’ on Broadway who would not take off her clothes at the end of the show.”
The gals ― who were joined by Woody Allen, Reese Witherspoon, Al Pacino, Emma Stone, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Silverman, Rachel McAdams, Steve Martin and Martin Short at the special event ― have been pals for years, with Keaton even giving her own speech at Streep’s AFI tribute in 2004.
“By putting life before art, Meryl Streep has made the choice of a trailblazing pioneer, and in the process became my generation’s genius,” Keaton told the crowd of the Oscar-winning actress.
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And man, nothing beats this:
The Diane Keaton AFI Tribute will air on TNT June 15 and then on Turner Classic Movies July 31.