Reese Witherspoon to be Honored by American Cinematheque

Reese Witherspoon Main - H 2015
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Reese Witherspoon Main - H 2015

The American Cinematheque Award will be presented to her at a gala dinner Oct. 30.

Reese Witherspoon has been selected to receive the 29th American Cinematheque award, which will be presented to her at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit Oct. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Reese Witherspoon as the 29th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman, said. “Reese Witherspoon’s career is a perfect example of an actress flourishing in today’s world. She achieved commercial success early in comedies like Election, Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, and then added major critical success to her resume with movies such as Walk the Line, for which she received the Academy Award for best actress. She has refused to be limited to only certain types of roles, and has continued to impress with her varied choices, ranging from smaller roles in dramas such as Mud to a tour-de-force, Oscar nominated performance last year in Wild. She is an active and successful movie producer who is moving her career forward both behind and in front of the camera. The most appropriate role for Reese Witherspoon today is role model.”  

Witherspoon will be recognized for her work as both an actor and producer, working under her Pacific Standard production banner, which she founded with Bruna Papandrea in 2012, and which has produced such films as Wild and Gone Girl. Their upcoming projects include the mini-series Big Little Lies for HBO, adapted from the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, in which Witherspoon will star opposite Nicole Kidman, who is co-producing the mini-series under her Blossom Films production banner alongside David E. Kelley, who will adapt the script. Pacific Standard will also produce Disney’s Tink, a live-action take on the classic Peter Pan character Tinker Bell, in which Witherspoon will star in the title role, as well as Pale Blue Dot at Fox Searchlight.

Funds from the annual event support the non-profit film exhibition organization’s programs throughout the year, and operation of the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as the Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.