Cinematheque fete for Roberts


Julia Roberts has been selected as the recipient of the 22nd American Cinematheque Award, which will be presented Oct. 12 at the Cinematheque's annual benefit gala at the Beverly Hilton.

"Julia Roberts is a true movie star who has delighted audiences and critics in so many pictures, from her first screen appearance in 'Mystic Pizza' through megahits like 'Pretty Woman' and 'Runaway Bride' to her Academy Award-winning performance in 'Erin Brockovich' and many, many more," Cinematheque board chairman Rick Nicita said Monday.

Roberts was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque board of directors selection committee, which since 1986 has annually honored an artist -- whether actor, director or writer -- in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and who is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures.

Roberts next appears in Universal Pictures' "Charlie Wilson's War," directed by Mike Nichols and also starring Tom Hanks.

In addition to her Oscar win as best actress for "Brockovich," Roberts scored a best actress nomination for "Pretty Woman" and a best supporting actress nom for "Steel Magnolias."

Her credits include "Mona Lisa Smile," which she produced with her Red Om Films, "Ocean's Eleven" and "My Best Friend's Wedding."

AMC, the exclusive broadcast partner of the annual event since 2003, will air the tribute in December.

Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith are executive producing the show. Irene Crinita is producer.

The event funds the Cinematheque's exhibition programs at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.