Thursday, October 5, 2017



Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Chris Messina, Dermot MulroneyNatalie Portman, Justin Timberlake and Kristen Stewart and Dennis Villeneuve will appear in person to toast five-time Academy Award nominated and two-time Golden Globe winning actress Amy Adams, the 31st American Cinematheque Award Sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg recipient. The award will be presented to Amy Adams by Michael Shannon at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala on Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd.) in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Adams’ colleagues and friends, as well as a taped message from ARRIVAL producer Shawn Levy. Shannon appeared with Adams in three films, including NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, MAN OF STEEL and BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. The Sid Grauman Award will be presented the same evening, to Richard Gelfond and Greg Foster on behalf of Imax.

The benefit co-chairs of the event are: Ben Affleck, Regina & Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Sean Bailey, Cate Blanchett, Casey Bloys, Michelle Bohan, Bradley Cooper, Megan Ellison, Toby Emmerich, Marc Evans, Dede Gardner, Jim Gianopulos, Harris Hartman, Alan Horn, Spike Jonze, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sue Kroll, Donna Langley, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Ron Meyer, Megan Moss Pachon, √Čric Nebot, Rick Nicita, Stacy O’Neil, Richard Plepler, Jeremy Renner, Stephanie & Charles Roven, Ted Sarandos, Jeff Shell, Jason Sloane, Stacey Snider, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Steven Spielberg, Trudie Styler, Kevin Tsujihara, Denis Villeneuve and Paula Wagner.

This event funds the year-round programming of the non-profit American Cinematheque. Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award presentation start at $600. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000. 

Rick Nicita, American
 Cinematheque Chairman
"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Amy Adams as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “Amy Adams is one of the most beloved, admired and respected actresses in movies today. Her credits range from critical favorites like AMERICAN HUSTLE and ARRIVAL to blockbusters like ENCHANTED and MAN OF STEEL, combining strong reviews and commercial success. Her appeal crosses all demographic groups and she continues to broaden her audience with performances that illuminate her movie-star qualities. She has been honored with many nominations and awards from critics, fans and industry organizations all over the world.  In the words of one of her directors, she is smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.  Combined with her shining talents and unequalled likability in a career that is skyrocketing, Amy Adams is the ideal recipient of the American Cinematheque’s 31st annual award.”

“The American Cinematheque is grateful to Gregory Annenberg Weingarten whose generous support through his philanthropic initiative GRoW @ Annenberg will help fund programs at the Cinematheque throughout the year,” said Rick Nicita. GRoW @ Annenberg is the philanthropic initiative led by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation. GRoW @ Annenberg is dedicated to supporting humanitarian efforts across the globe as well as innovative projects in health, education, the arts and civic & cultural life. 

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
“Working as a visual artist in the city of Paris for 25 years, and now in Los Angeles, I am keenly aware of the importance of cinema---the ultimate art form combining image, sound, music and narrative,” said Gregory Annenberg Weingarten. “I am proud to be a partner with the Cinematheque to support this Hollywood tradition so cherished around the world.”

Amy Adams in American Hustle
Amy Adams was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee. Since 1986, the organization has annually honored an extraordinary filmmaker in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture. Funds raised benefit the year-round programming of the non-profit cultural organization, the American Cinematheque.

The executive producers of the show are Paul Flattery, Barbara Smith. Irene Crinita is the producer. Corrinne Mann is the event producer. Co-chairs and presenters of the event will be announced as they are confirmed.

Matt Damon presented Ridley Scott with our American Cinematheque Award last year. 
Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986); Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005) George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007);Samuel L. Jackson (2008); Matt Damon (2010); Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2012), Jerry Bruckheimer (2013), Matthew McConaughey (2014), Reese Witherspoon (2015) and Ridley Scott (2016). Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

Anne Hathaway,
previous award attendee
Hundreds of entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual event is the American Cinematheque’s most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organization’s programs throughout the year and operation of the historic landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue.

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work.
Egyptian Theatre courtyard

Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the Westside with the January 5 opening of the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Both theatres play host to an array of industry guests who share their filmmaking experiences with our audiences.

Amy Adams selected as 31st American Cinematheque Honoree click here.
American Cinematheque Announces 2017 Sid Grauman Award Presented by Hill Valley Award Recipient click here.

Special thanks to the Gala sponsors:

Title Sponsor
GRoW @ Annenberg

Platinum Sponsors
Encore Event Technologies, Hill Valley, Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Gold Sponsors
Comcast NBCUniversal, The Hollywood Reporter, IMAX Corporation, Morgan Creek Productions. Paramount Pictures, Steven Spielberg, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Variety, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Silver Sponsors
Atlas Entertainment/ Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation, Creative Artists Agency,  DMR GROUP, Entertainment One, Fandango, HBO, Maureen Sherry & Steve Klinsky/ Untravelled Worlds, Netflix, WME/ Brillstein Entertainment Partners, YouTube

Silver Patrons
Annapurna Pictures, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg 

AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatre, Grace Ford Salvatori Foundation, Kempinsky Law Ltd., Frank Marshall & Kathy Kennedy, Rick Nicita, PwC, Heather & James Rosenfield, Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP, Susan M. Tolson, Paula Wagner