Matthew McConaughey to Receive American Cinematheque Award

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Matthew McConaughey

The Oscar winner will be honored at a benefit gala Oct. 21.

The American Cinematheque has selected Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey as the recipient of its 28th American Cinematheque Award, which will be presented to him at a benefit gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 21.

An Academy Award winner for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey is coming off a string of critically applauded performances in films such as The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, Mud, Killer Joe and The Wolf of Wall Street as well as HBO's True Detective. He will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which Paramount will release domestically Nov. 7.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Matthew McConaughey as the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman, said. "Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of what a Hollywood star should be -- an adventurous, joyous and evergrowing talent combined with matinee-idol looks and an unshakeable sense of who he is and what he stands for.  We all took notice of his star presence starting with his memorable debut in Dazed and Confused through thrillers like A Time to Kill to period pieces like Amistad to hit romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. His turn toward dramas such as The Lincoln Lawyer and Mud showed that we only had seen a hint of what Matthew could do. His Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club and the rave reviews for his television debut in True Detective is just the beginning of his next chapter, and the American Cinematheque is proud to recognize his accomplishments."

The award, which has been handed out annually since 1986, recognizes an "extraordinary filmmaker in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture." Funds raised by the benefit go to support the year-round programming of the nonprofit America Cinematheque.

Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith will serve as exec producers of the tribute, which will be produced by Irene Crinita and co-produced by Kelly BrockCorrinne Mann is the event producer.