The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present Sidney Poitier with the 38th Annual Chaplin Award on May 2. The list of presenters set to honor Poitier includes Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, Dan Aykroyd, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Lulu, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Quentin Tarantino and Ruby Dee. Clips from Poitier’s film and television career highlights will be screened during the event.
More information about the Chaplin Award is below:
[Pictured: Poitier making history as the first African American actor to win an Academy Award (for Lillies of the Field) in 1963.]
The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 and honored Charlie Chaplin – who returned to the US from exile to accept the commendation. Other honorees include many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and most recently, Michael Douglas.
Tickets, benefiting the Film Society of Lincoln Center include admission to the Gala Tribute and post-celebration reception. For additional information, please go to www.filmlinc.com or call the Gala Hotline, 212.875.5685.
PAST FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER GALA TRIBUTE HONOREES
2010 Michael Douglas 1996 Clint Eastwood 1982 Billy Wilder
2009 Tom Hanks 1995 Shirley MacLaine 1981 Barbara Stanwyck
2008 Meryl Streep 1994 Robert Altman 1980 John Huston
2007 Diane Keaton 1993 Jack Lemmon 1979 Bob Hope
2006 Jessica Lange 1992 Gregory Peck 1978 George Cukor
2005 Dustin Hoffman 1991 Audrey Hepburn 1975 Joanne Woodward
2004 Michael Caine 1990 James Stewart/Paul Newman 1974 Alfred Hitchcock
2003 Susan Sarandon 1989 Bette Davis 1973 Fred Astaire
2002 Francis Ford Coppola 1988 Yves Montand 1972 Charles Chaplin
2001 Jane Fonda 1987 Alec Guinness
2000 Al Pacino 1986 Elizabeth Taylor
1999 Mike Nichols 1985 Federico Fellini
1998 Martin Scorsese 1984 Claudette Colbert
1997 Sean Connery 1983 Laurence Olivier