Thursday, June 6, 2019


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The American Cinematheque announced today that the 33rd American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Friday, November 8, 2019 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 Theron’s colleagues and friends. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming months. A second honor, the Sid Grauman Award will be bestowed on the same evening. The recipient has not yet been announced.

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," says American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do. She won the Academy Award for transforming herself unrecognizably into a serial killer in Monster and she earned another Oscar nomination for North Country. She showed her fierce physicality in acclaimed action films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde. She gave us portraits of troubled women in Golden Globe-nominated performances in Young Adult and Tully. She made an immediate and strong impression from the beginning in acclaimed movies such as The Cider House Rules. She recently received rave reviews for her romantic comedy Long Shot. This fall, audiences will get to see her on and off-screen talent at play again in her next film — a behind-the-scenes look at the women of Fox News which she produced and also stars in. It is obvious from her career that her immense talent cannot be categorized or confined. Charlize Theron is an ideal recipient of the American Cinematheque Award."

Charlize Theron 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.

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The executive producer of the show is Paul Flattery. 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.

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); Ridley Scott (2016); Amy Adams (2017) ;and Bradley Cooper (2018). Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

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.


South African born and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, captivating audiences with her ability to embody a range of characters. Over the years, Theron has appeared in numerous films including The Devil’s Advocate; The Cider House Rules; the critically acclaimed Monster for which she earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award; North Country, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award; Hancock; Young Adult, for which she garnered a Golden Globe nomination; HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy nominations; Snow White and the Huntsman; A Million Ways to Die in the West; Mad Max: Fury Road; Dark Places; Kubo and the Two Strings; and The Fate of The Furious.

In 2017, Theron produced (under her production company Denver & Delilah) and starred in the Universal film Atomic Blonde, alongside James McAvoy. Denver & Delilah also produced Mindhunter, the hit Netflix crime drama that same year. The show has since been renewed for a second season.

In 2018, Theron produced and starred in Amazon’s Gringo alongside Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried. Theron reunited with Diablo Cody on the comedy Tully as both an actor and producer. She received a 2019 Golden Globe nomination for her work in the title role. In 2018, she also produced A Private War, a film based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War."

Theron most recently starred opposite Seth Rogen and produced the Lionsgate comedy Long Shot that hit theaters in May. Next up, Theron will voice Morticia Adams in the animated revival of The Addams Family, coming October 2019. In December of this year, she will portray Megyn Kelly in the Untitled Roger Ailes Project, which her production company is producing. Theron is currently filming The Old Guard, based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández that her production company is also producing.

In addition to Theron’s acting success and principal involvement with her production company Denver & Delilah, Charlize serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). CTAOP’s mission is to help keep African youth safe from HIV through its support of on the ground, community-engaged organizations. CTAOP serves as a vehicle for communities to empower themselves and their youth in order to prevent the spread of HIV. Learn more about CTAOP at

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award presentation, start at $650. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000.

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. 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 5th 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.