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Julia Roberts honored with the George Eastman Award

May 4, 2019

Credit Natalie Sinisgalli Photography / courtesy of the George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum in Rochester honored Julia Roberts with the George Eastman Award Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd.  

The Eastman Award is the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures and recognizes Roberts' distinguished contribution to the art of film.

The award ceremony was held in the Dryden Theatre, where 500 watched a video compilation of her work, followed by her acceptance speech and an on-stage conversation with Roberts and the museum’s Curator of Film Programming, Jared Case.

On Thursday, Roberts toured the Eastman Museum.

Roberts also introduced a special screening of Full Frontal (2002 to a sold-out crowd in the Dryden Theatre Wednesday night.

George Eastman MuseumDirector Bruce Barnes said of Roberts that, “The depth and breadth of her career and the range of the characters she portrays on screen are a true testament to her natural talents and her well-honed craft. This is a well-deserved recognition for her contribution to the art of cinema.”

Roberts’ performances have brought her four Academy Award nominations and an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, as well as nine Golden Globe nominations and three Golden Globes.