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  
2016 Michael Keaton Actor
2015 Michael Douglas Actor, producer
2013 Roger Corman Director, producer, distributor
2012 Richard Gere Actor, activist
2003 Kim Novak Actor
1999 Meryl Streep Actor
1997 Isabella Rossellini Actor
1994 Martin Scorsese Filmmaker
1992 Audrey Hepburn Actor
1990 Lauren Bacall Actor
1987 Gregory Peck Actor
1982 Joan Bennett
Louise Brooks
Dolores Del Rio
Myrna Loy
Maureen O'Sullivan
Luise Rainer
Sylvia Sidney
Actors
1978 James Stewart
Willard Van Dyke
Actor
Director
1976 George Cukor
Karl Struss
Director
Cinematographer
1975 Blanche Sweet Actor
1973 Johnny Weissmuller Actor
1965 Fred Astaire Actor

 

Festival of Film Artists

  Actors Directors Cinematographers

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