Martin recalled some of the advice Keaton gave him, Variety reported: “Being nice doesn’t cost you anything whereas giving to charity does.”
Jane Fonda said she wore a white suit to honor Keaton. "[White] is not just the color of Donald Trump's cabinet," Fonda said in one of the night's few political comments.
Al Pacino recalled working with Keaton in the three "Godfather" movies. He said she told him, "Whatever you do, don't say you're an artist." Then he told Keaton in an emotional voice, "You're an artist, you're a great artist."
Keaton threw away her prepared speech saying it was all too much, Variety reported. “Tonight is astonishing. I am not going to give a speech,” she said.
Instead, she sang “Seems Like Old Times,” a throwback to her “Annie Hall” performance.