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The American Film Institute's tribute to George Lucas almost could have been mistaken for a black-tie version of a geek-filled Star Wars convention. On Thursday night at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, there were the requisite white-clad stormtroopers along with C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca, with Peter Mayhew of the Star Wars movies actually donning the "walking carpet" of a costume. And in a nostalgic moment that in an instant acknowledged the passing of 28 years, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford took up their positions onstage, flanked by the droids and their trusted Wookie, in a tableau that reproduced the final scene from 1977's Star Wars.

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