BY JON CRONIN
Renowned actress Annette Bening will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image, the Astoria museum announced this week.
Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, co-chairmen of the museum’s board of trustees, announced that Bening will be honored on Dec. 13 during the museum’s 31st annual Salute at 583 Park Ave. in Manhattan.
Bening joins an illustrious group of actors, actresses and filmmakers who have been honored by the museum, such as Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Julianne Moore, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Jimmy Stewart.
The evening will feature cocktails, dinner and an award presentation that will feature clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.
Lustig noted that although the event is in Manhattan, the profits will be used to aid the museum’s community programs.
“The Salute will help support the Museum’s education and community engagement programs, which serve youth and adults and children and their families, most of whom are residents of the most ethnically diverse region in the world, Queens,” Lustig said.
Barker said of the museum’s latest honoree, “On screen, stage and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s Coastal Disturbances to her emotionally complex performance last year in 20th Century Women and, now, as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. We at the Museum of the Moving Image have wanted to honor her for some time, but there is no question in our minds that this is so obviously her moment.”
A four-time Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe winner and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Bening was last seen in A24’s 20th Century Women, which was directed by Mike Mills, as well as Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply and TV’s The People Vs OJ Simpson.
Up next for Bening is Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell; Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull, opposite Saoirse Ronan; Dan Fogelman’s drama Life, Itself with Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson and Antonio Banderas; and Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut, Georgetown, opposite Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave.
In her more than 30 years in the film industry, she has appeared in more than 35 feature films, including The American President, Richard III, Love Affair, Bugsy, Regarding Henry, Guilty by Suspicion, Postcards from the Edge and The Great Outdoors. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right.
Individual tickets start at $1,500 for the Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute to Annette Bening. For more information, contact Event Associates at (212) 245 6570.
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