MoMA’s Ninth Annual Film Benefit Presented by CHANEL Honored Tom Hanks on November 15

Posted on July 28, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit honored Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks on Tuesday, November 15. CHANEL collaborated with MoMA on the ninth annual Film Benefit to celebrate Tom Hanks and his outstanding contributions to the industry.

The gala featured a tribute to the actor from Aaron Eckhart, Emma Watson, and Steve Martin, along with pre-recorded well-wishes from directors and event co-chairs Ron Howard and Clint Eastwood. Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, introduced Mr. Hanks, who said: “We can always turn to films from no matter what era they were made in to reflect who we are and how we believe and the things that we hold dear and important to us.”

Guests enjoyed heirloom carrots, green chickpeas, wilted watercress; short ribs, purple potato puree, and lollipop kale; and classic apple tarte tatin with crème fraiche. The evening closed with a performance by singer Leon Bridges, who was introduced by Stephen Colbert. The event raised $1.4 million.

The MoMA Film Department was originally founded in 1935 as the Film Library. The film collection is recognized as the strongest in the U.S., with more than 30,000 international films from all periods and genres. The Film Benefit enables the continued maintenance and growth of this important collection, as well as an ambitious schedule of film series, premieres, festivals, retrospectives, and much more. MoMA’s vast film collection includes several films starring Mr. Hanks, A League of Their Own (1992), Philadelphia (1993), Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), and The Ladykillers (2004). Previous honorees include Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann.

MoMA’s Ninth Annual Film Benefit Presented by CHANEL Honored Tom Hanks on November 15


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