As surprises go, it's not: the Museum of Modern Art’s film benefit dinner is December 3, Quentin Tarantino's just-wrapped "Django Unchained" will be released December 25. Still, MoMA's made a cool choice of honoree for the Museum of Modern Art’s fifth annual Film Benefit.
It's hardly the first time that MoMA has recognized the writer-director. Tarantino titles in MoMA's collection include "Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2," "Jackie Brown" and "Pulp Fiction." This time, his work will go toward raising money for the museum, with tables starting at $25,000.
Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, states: “As a celebrated auteur director, Tarantino has leveraged his deep knowledge of cinema history to engage, entertain, and inform a new generation of movie fans," said Rajendra Roy, MoMA's Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film. "Honoring him is a small way to pay homage to the important service he has done to propel and promote the art form.”
Prior recipients include Pedro Almodovar (2011), Kathryn Bigelow (2010), Tim Burton (2009) and Baz Luhrmann (2008).