George Eastman Award

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    Isabella Rossellini

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    James Stewart

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    Audrey Hepburn

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    Joan Bennett

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    Richard Gere

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    Roger Corman

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    Michael Douglas, 2015

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Established by the museum in 1955 to recognize individuals for their distinguished contribution to the art of film, the George Eastman Award was the first film award given by a US cultural institution to honor artistic work of enduring value. The first two presentations of the award in 1955 and 1957, known as the Festival of Film Artists, recognized the legends of the silent film era (1915–1930).

Since then, the George Eastman Award has evolved to recognize a range of artistic talent in the film industry. The award is held in high regard among those who have been honored, including early recipient Buster Keaton, who considered the Eastman Award to be more prestigious than an Oscar.

 Recipients 
2017Vittorio StoraroCinematographer
2016Michael KeatonActor
2015Michael DouglasActor, producer
2013Roger CormanDirector, producer, distributor
2012Richard GereActor, activist
2003Kim NovakActor
1999Meryl StreepActor
1997Isabella RosselliniActor
1994Martin ScorseseFilmmaker
1992Audrey HepburnActor
1990Lauren BacallActor
1987Gregory PeckActor
1982Joan Bennett
Louise Brooks
Dolores Del Rio
Myrna Loy
Maureen O'Sullivan
Luise Rainer
Sylvia Sidney
Actors
1978James Stewart
Willard Van Dyke
Actor
Director
1976George Cukor
Karl Struss
Director
Cinematographer
1975Blanche SweetActor
1973Johnny WeissmullerActor
1965Fred AstaireActor

 

Festival of Film Artists

 ActorsDirectorsCinematographers

1957

Richard Barthelmess
Clara Bow
Charles Chaplin
Maurice Chevalier
Ronald Colman
Gary Cooper
Joan Crawford
Greta Garbo
Janet Gaynor
Lillian Gish
Harold Lloyd
Fredric March
Ramon Navarro
Mary Pickford
William Powell
Norma Shearer
Gloria Swanson

Frank Borzage
Clarence Brown
Frank Capra
Cecil B. DeMille
John Ford
Frank Lloyd
King Vidor
Josef von Sternberg

William Daniels
Arthur Edeson
George Folsey
Lee Garmes
James Wong Howe
Peverell Marley
Hal Mohr
Charles Rosher

1955

Richard Barthelmess
Charles Chaplin
Ronald Colman
Lillian Gish
Buster Keaton
Harold Lloyd
Mae Marsh
Mary Pickford
Gloria Swanson
Norma Talmadge

Frank Borzage
Cecil B. DeMille
John Ford
Henry King
Marshall Neilan

Arthur Edeson
Lee Garmes
Charles Rosher
Hal Rosson
John Seitz