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June 6, 2016


Hollywood – Los Angeles, June 7, 2016 – The American Cinematheque announced today that its 30th American Cinematheque award will be presented to Academy Award-nominee Ridley Scott at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Friday, October 14, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Scott’s colleagues and friends. Other show participants will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming months.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.  From his first feature, THE DUELLISTS, to his most recent, THE MARTIAN, the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in a style that appeal in equal parts to the eye and to the mind.  He has indelibly affected our moviegoing consciousness with iconic movies such as ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA AND LOUISE, BLACK HAWK DOWN and GLADIATOR, just to name a few.  In a business where careers burn brightly and then flame out, the pure longevity of his permanent residence in the very top tier of directors is astonishing. Adding to his luster, his production company Scott Free, formed with his brother Tony, has produced a long string of successful movie and television projects. We are thrilled to honor a true modern master.”  

Ridley Scott 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.

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) and Reese Witherspoon (2015).
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.

RIDLEY SCOTT is a renowned Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker honored with Best Director Oscar® nominations for his work on Black Hawk Down (2001), Gladiator (2000) and Thelma & Louise (1991). All three films also earned him DGA Award nominations. Scott’s most recent release is the critically acclaimed box office phenomenon The Martian starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.  The Martian received numerous awards and nominations, including, Golden Globes® for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, 7 Academy Award® nominations, including for Best Picture, a DGA Award nomination, and 6 BAFTA nominations, including for Best Director.  Scott is currently in production on Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston. He will next helm Wraiths of the Broken Land for 20th Century Fox.
Scott has garnered multiple nominations over his illustrious career. In addition to his Academy Award® and DGA nominations, he also earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Director for American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. As he also served as a producer on the true-life drama, Scott shared in a BAFTA nomination for Best Film. Scott also received Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for Best Director for his epic Gladiator. The film won the Oscar®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award for Best Picture. 

In 1977 Scott made his feature-film directorial debut with The Duellists, for which he won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller Alien, which catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and launched a successful franchise. In 1982 Scott directed the landmark film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. Considered a sci-fi classic, the futuristic thriller was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993 and a director’s cut was released to renewed acclaim in 1993 and again in 2007. 

Additional film credits as director include Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton; The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy and starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem; the acclaimed hit Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron; Legend, starring Tom Cruise; Someone to Watch Over Me, starring Tom Berenger; Black Rain, starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia; 1492: Conquest of Paradise, starring Gérard Depardieu; White Squall, starring Jeff Bridges; G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen; Hannibal, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore; Body of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; the epic Kingdom of Heaven, with Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell; and Robin Hood, marking his fifth collaboration with star Russell Crowe, also starring Cate Blanchett. 

Scott and his late brother Tony formed the commercial and advertising production company RSA in 1967.  RSA has an established reputation for creating innovative and groundbreaking commercials for some of the world’s most recognized corporate brands.   

In 1995 the Scott brothers formed the film and television production company Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, the Scotts produced such films as In Her ShoesThe A-TeamCyrus, The Grey and the Academy Award®-nominated drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

On television, Scott executive produces the critically-acclaimed series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic “The Man in the High Castle” for Amazon, as well as Emmy®, Peabody and Golden Globe®-winning hit “The Good Wife,” which recently wrapped a seven-season run on CBS. 

Scott has also been an executive producer on the company’s long-form projects, including the Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth,” the A&E miniseries “The Andromeda Strain,” the TNT miniseries “The Company,” the award-winning HBO movies “RKO 281” “The Gathering Storm” and “Into the Storm” and the hit National Geographic Channels’ telefilms “Killing Lincoln” “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus.”  

In 2003 Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

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. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

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.

Press credentials will be accepted starting September 1, 2016. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored at this time.

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Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a pdf on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print.)

Clips of the award show will be available for Download from an FTP site. Details by request. (broadcast media only)