Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit to Honor George Clooney

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George Clooney has a date with the Museum of Modern Art on Dec. 7.

The Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate and humanitarian has been selected to receive top honors during MoMA Film Benefit presented by Chanel. The program — virtual this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic — will feature a look back on Clooney’s big-screen efforts along with "a special musical performance," yet to be announced. The tribute comes as Clooney and Netflix are prepping for the December release of his latest film, The Midnight Sky. MoMA’s film collection already includes eight Clooney films, including Out of Sight, Three Kings, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Spy Kids, Intolerable Cruelty, Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Good German.

The event will also serve as a benefit for Artist Relief, an emergency initiative created by a coalition of national arts grantmakers to offer financial support and informational resources to artists across the United States amid the pandemic. For the first time, a $25 ticket will be offered for those looking to attend with proceeds going directly to Artist Relief. There are pricier options as well, with options that range from $5,000 to $75,000 and include "dinner and a movie" for showings of Midnight Sky paired with a home viewing experience menu.

"The arts, especially film, are critical to civil society especially during these challenging times," said Glenn D. Lowry, the David Rockefeller director at MoMa. "We are proud to continue championing the important contributions of film and filmmakers, and grateful to support Artist Relief and all of the vital work that they're doing to help artists across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Added Rajendra Roy, Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at MoMA: "George Clooney's vast contributions as an actor, director, and producer are surpassed only by his deep commitment to advocating for social justice and humanitarian aid around the world. We take great pride in honoring someone who uses the arts to amplify such important causes and are immeasurably grateful to Mr. Clooney and those who support Film at MoMA, especially at the end of such a tumultuous year when the future of cinemas in New York City remains uncertain.”

Since 2011, Chanel has sponsored MoMA's annual Film Benefit. This year, however, marks a new chapter in this history of patronage with the expansion of Chanel's partnership to encompass the role of lead sponsor of film at MoMA. With the honor, Clooney joins a list of Film Benefit honorees that includes Laura Dern, Martin Scorsese, Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann.