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George Eastman Award Ceremony & Gala

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 8 p.m., Dryden Theatre

The George Eastman Museum will present Jodie Foster with the George Eastman Award for her distinguished contribution to the art of cinema at a ceremony in the Dryden Theatre on Thursday, May 25. One of the most critically acclaimed actresses of her generation, Jodie Foster has created a wide range of unforgettable and inspiring characters for more than 45 years.

In accepting the George Eastman Award, Jodie Foster rightfully joins the company of legends who have received the award since 1955, such as Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael Douglas, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Keaton, Gregory Peck, Mary Pickford, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, Gloria Swanson, and most recently, Julia Roberts.

Ceremony and Gala
Black Tie Optional


Thursday, May 25
8-11 p.m.

Award Ceremony in the Dryden Theatre begins at 8pm to be followed by the Gala in the George Eastman Museum. The Gala will include an open bar and dessert and feature live music from the Smooth Talkers. All Gala guests will enjoy valet parking. 


Ticket Information

All ticket levels include reserved seating for the ceremony, admittance to the gala, and valet parking. Ticket prices are determined by seat location for the ceremony in the Dryden Theatre. Purchase quantity limited to four tickets.

  • Patron tickets: $400
  • Supporter tickets: $250
  • Friend tickets: $150
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Special Event - The Silence of the Lambs 

Visit https://www.eastman.org/event/film-screenings/silence-lambs-foster for more information and to purchase tickets.

When asked to select a film to introduce at the Dryden Theatre on the evening before she receives the George Eastman Award, Jodie Foster selected The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Jodie Foster earned her second Academy Award in four years for her portrayal of Clarice Starling in this film that swept the awards. Clarice is an FBI Academy student pulled from her training to work with Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) of the Behavioral Science Unit. Crawford has tabbed her to interview imprisoned serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) about a recent string of killings because he believes Clarice will disarm him. As Lecter begins to reveal what he knows about the mysterious “Buffalo Bill,” he and Clarice enter a cat-and-mouse game in a race against the clock to rescue a senator’s daughter.

Jodie Foster will talk about the film on stage in the Dryden Theatre prior to the screening. 

Film Series - Month of May

The Dryden Theatre will screen a series of Foster's films leading up to and following the award ceremony. All screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5      The Accused (Jonathan Kaplan, 1988)
Saturday, May 6        Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
Tuesday, May 9  Little Man Tate (Jodie Foster, 1991)
Wednesday, May 10       Nell (Michael Apted, 1994)
Wednesday, May 17   The Mauritanian (Kevin Macdonald, 2021)
Friday, May 19  Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1993)
Friday, May 26  Panic Room (David Fincher, 2002)


Visit https://www.eastman.org/jodie-foster-series for more information and to purchase tickets.