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.
|2015||Michael Douglas||Actor, producer|
|2013||Roger Corman||Director, producer, distributor|
|2012||Richard Gere||Actor, activist|
Dolores Del Rio
Willard Van Dyke
Festival of Film Artists