Allen helped to introduce Keaton to the audience at the 45th Annual AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony and heaped praise on the actress, who he worked with on eight projects, starting with 1972's Play It Again, Sam, and going on to include Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Love and Death.
"Much of what I've accomplished in my life I owe, for sure, to her.
This is a woman who is great at everything she does." Beatty, who worked with Keaton on the films Reds and Town & Country, also took the stage earlier in the night, branding the star "brilliant, beautiful, passionate, authentic", while there were further compliments from Jane Fonda, Steve Martin, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, and Keaton's The Godfather co-star Pacino, who told her, "I feel as if I have known you my whole life." "I just want to say that tonight was just astonishing," the actress gushed.
"I don't know what to say that would express my gratitude so I am not going to give a speech.
So I thought I could sing a song that Woody once gave me to sing."