The Austin Film Society (AFS) today announced that its seventh annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards will pay tribute to the Honorable Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, who acted as the ceremony's emcee for four years. Columnist Liz Smith, who Richards inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2001, will serve as emcee at the March 9, 2007 awards show, which recognizes actors, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers and films from, influenced or inspired by the Lone Star State. Also attending this year's ceremony will be honorees Elizabeth Avellan, Richard Linklater, Bill Paxton and Betty Buckley. They will be honored for their "immense contributions to Texas filmmaking" and join fellow Hall of Fame honorees such as Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Dennis Quaid, Marcia Gay Harden, Tobe Hooper and Willie Nelson. Richards, a film enthusiast and organization supporter, was unable to attend last year's event after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer; she passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13. [Brian Brooks]