Julia Roberts will be feted at this year's annual benefit gala for American Cinematheque on Friday, October 12, 2007. The actress will be awarded the 22nd American Cinematheque award at the benefit, formerly called the Moving Pictures Ball, which raises funds to support the not-for-profit org's programs (and let me add here, they show a pretty impressive array of film's at their two venues, the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and the Aero Theater in Santa Monica) throughout the year.

Roberts, whose onscreen career started with Mystic Pizza way back in 1988 (lordy, do I feel old now), catapulted to fame two years later with her role in Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere. Since then, Roberts went on to earn her cred as more than just a pretty face with roles by winning the Oscar for her role in Erin Brockovich. She recently voiced the beloved spider, Charlotte, in the remake of Charlotte's Web, and her latest film, Charlie Wilson's War, opposite Tom Hanks and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, will open in December.


The first American Cinematheque Award went to Eddie Murphy in 1986. Other previous honorees are: 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) and George Clooney (2007). That's quite a lofty list Roberts is joining.

If you want to hobnob with the expected 1,000 or so "entertainment industry notables" at the event -- a black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award show -- it'll set you back a bit; tix for the benefit start at a spendy $550. If you're not up for spending quite that much dough to see Roberts awarded in person, never fear: for the fifth year, the event will be broadcast on AMC in December.
CATEGORIES Awards, Cinematical