Meryl Streep introduced the honorees Saturday during a dinner at the U.S. State Department and noted Letterman had surpassed his mentor, Johnny Carson, in sustaining the longest late-night television career for more than 30 years.
Hoffman was honored for charting his own path after taking a junior college class in acting that “nobody ever flunks.” Streep said it became a pilgrimage with Hoffman waiting tables and typing for the yellow pages.
“He’d do anything if it meant at night he could find himself on the stage,” she said.
Glenn Close toasted him for defining the character actor as leading man and as an artist who insisted on setting the highest standards for himself.
Some info about the ceremony tonight:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the selection of the individuals who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors of 2012. Recipients to be honored at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts are: blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy; actor Dustin Hoffman; comedian and television host David Letterman; ballerinaNatalia Makarova; and rock band Led Zeppelin: bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones,guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant.
The Honors Gala, produced by George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, will be broadcast on CBS as a two-hour prime-time special on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
And a pic with Meryl was tweeted, apparently she has a speech:
Credit to the Meryl Streep forum
There are a few new photos uploaded on Simplystreep, and some of those we already saw today: