Hugh Jackman will be honored by New York’s Museum of the Moving Image at its annual fundraiser, the Salute, which takes place Dec. 11 at Cipriani Wall Street.
Best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series, Jackman next appears on screen in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, which Universal is releasing Dec. 14. The performer also is a frequent visitor to Broadway, where he has appeared in Oklahoma!, The Boy from Oz (for which he won a Tony) and his recent one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. Additionally, he has hosted the Tony Awards for three consecutive years from 2003-2005 (earning an Emmy for his second appearance) and co-hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.
“We are thrilled to be honoring one of the world’s most beloved and talented performers,” MMI executive director Carl Goodman said in announcing the honor.
Jackman joins the ranks of past honorees who have received the Museum’s Salute, including Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
Funds raised from the Salute support the programs, exhibitions, and educational activities of the Museum of the Moving Image. The education programs, which include curriculum-based tours, screenings, and workshops, serve nearly 60,000 students per year.
The MMI Salute to Hugh Jackman will be produced by Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc., with Scott Mauro serving as executive producer.