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September 25, 2014



October 21, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton

Hollywood – Matthew McConaughey, the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award will be toasted by friends and colleagues at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala. The presentation will take place Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The award presentation in the International Ballroom, concludes an evening of in-person tributes from Jennifer Garner, Cole Hauser, Reese Witherspoon, Lili Fini Zanuck and Jessica Chastain, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. Additional presenters will be announced as they are confirmed.

Event co-chairs include: Jessica Chastain, Toby Emmerich, Jim Gianopulos, Adam Goodman, Brad Grey, Woody Harrelson, Anne Hathaway, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sue Kroll, Donna Langley, Blaine Lourd, Ron Meyer, Kevin Morris, Rick Nicita, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Amy Pascal, Nic Pizzolatto, James G. Robinson, Ted Sarandos, Jeff Shell, Greg Silverman, Emma Thomas, Jim Toth, Kevin Tsujihara, Thomas Tull, Paula Wagner.
The event is sponsored by:
Platinum Sponsors: Dolce & Gabbana Fragrances, Encore Event Technologies, The Lincoln Motor Company, Morgan Creek Productions

Gold Sponsors: Comcast | NBCUniversal, Creative Artists Agency, The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures, Los Angeles Times, Paramount Pictures, Variety,
The Walt Disney Studios

Silver Sponsors: HBO, LourdMurray, Netflix, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Patrons: The Aero Theatre Building, Bill Block, The Glenlivet, Jonathan D. Kaufelt, Kempinsky Law Ltd., Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo LLP, Darren J. Moll, Rick Nicita, Nu Image, Relativity Media, LLC, Susan M. Tolson, Paula Wagner, Tina Perry-Whitney & Ric Whitney

The American Cinematheque will tweet from the event using their @SidGrauman account and the hashtag #amcinaward2014.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Matthew McConaughey as the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year," said Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque Chairman. "Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of what a Hollywood star should be -- an adventurous, joyous and ever-growing 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 towards 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."

Matthew McConaughey was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors, which since 1986, has annually honored 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 benefit the year-round programming of the non-profit cultural organization, the American Cinematheque.

The executive producers of the show are Paul Flattery and Barbara Smith. Irene Crinita is the producer and Kelly Brock co-producer. Corrinne Mann is the event producer.

Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986); Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005) George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007);Samuel L. Jackson (2008); Matt Damon (2010); Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2012) and Jerry Bruckheimer (2013).

Hundreds of entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual event is the American Cinematheque’s most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organization’s programs throughout the year and operation of the historic landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard as well as the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Montana Avenue.

Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor's career in the cult classic "Dazed and Confused." Since then, he has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and "jk livin" philosophy.

2014 has been a game changing year for McConaughey. He made the move to TV starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series "True Detective." The show has been met by rave reviews from critics and fans alike. He has also received numerous awards and accolades for the critically acclaimed Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey dropped 47 pounds to play to role of AIDS stricken Ron Woodruff. The film was directed by Jean Marc Valle and also stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. For his riveting portrayal McConaughey received an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Gotham Award for Best Actor, the Best Actor Award at the Rome Film Festival as well as the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

He also stars in "Interstellar," directed by Christopher Nolan, for release in November 2014.

In 2012 McConaughey was spotlighted in four diverse career changing performances. He won a Spirit Award for his portrayal of Dallas Rising in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," and was named the year's Best Supporting Actor by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for his work in "Magic Mike" and Richard Linklater's "Bernie." Mr. McConaughey also received acclaim for his performance in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," and was a Spirit Award nominee for playing the title role in William Friedkin's "Killer Joe." He followed this up in 2013 with the release of Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which received rave reviews and was a sleeper hit in the national box office top 10 for five weeks and Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened in December 2013.

His other films include Brad Furman's "The Lincoln Lawyer," Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder," McG's "We Are Marshall," Jill and Karen Sprecher's "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing," Bill Paxton's "Frailty," Jonathan Mostow's "U-571," Ron Howard's "EDtv," Richard Linklater's "The Newton Boys," Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," Robert Zemeckis' "Contact," Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill," and John Sayles' "Lone Star."

In 2008, Mr. McConaughey started The Just keep livin Foundation, which is dedicated to helping boys and girls transform into men and women through programs that teach the importance of decision-making, health, education, and active living. The Foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) – the nation's largest, non-profit, dropout-prevention organization –in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through an afterschool program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future.

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award presentation start at $575. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the Westside with the January 5th opening of the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Both theatres play host to an array of industry guests who share their filmmaking experiences with our audiences. For more information see www.egyptiantheatre.com

Registration forms will be available in late-September. We will not be processing credentials until early October. Credentials will be confirmed the week of October 13, 2014.

Press credentials will be accepted starting September 1, 2014.

Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm


Contact for the American Cinematheque:

 (Press Request Inquiries)

Margot Gerber

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Matthew McConaughey is represented by PMK.

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 Press credentials closed on October 10, 2014.



Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. )