On Nov 18, The American Cinematheque hosted the 35th Annual American Cinematheque Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel honoring Scarlett Johansson and Participant.
Johansson received the American Cinematheque Award, while Participant was honored with the Power of Cinema Award, accepted by Participant CEO David Linde. The event is an annual fundraiser for the non-profit organization that continues its year-round programming, including at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with a grand reopening scheduled for 2022.
American Cinematheque’s Board Chairman Rick Nicita, and President Mark Badagliacca kicked things off, welcoming guests, before Jon Favreau, Andy Richter, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Feige, and Thomasin McKenzie each took to the stage throughout the night to toast Johansson.
Favreau reminisced about meeting her for the role of “Black Widow” and discussed her incredible sense of professionalism, while Cornish remembered being moved by Johansson’s performance in “Lost in Translation.” Curtis stepped onstage in a unique costume, entertaining the audience with a skit, while Feige highlighted Johansson’s talent as both an actress and producer. Finally, Jeremy Renner presented his “favorite human and superhero,” Scarlett Johansson, with the 2021 American Cinematheque Award.
Johansson, in a white Versace suit, joked about “joining the circus” and thanked her brothers who were both present and her husband SNL’s Collin Jost “who makes the whole country laugh every Saturday night,” and was by her side for the event. She also thanked her mother (who was not present) for taking her to movies and musicals starting when she was just three years old growing up in New York.
Additional attendees included Gwen Deglise, Alexandre Desplat, Hunter Johansson, Bryan Lourd and Bruce Bozzi. Veronique Bonnie, co-owner of event sponsor Cha?teau Malartic-Lagravie?re, presented Johansson with an engraved magnum that the actress signed. The bottle will be auctioned with proceeds to benefit Solar Responders, founded by her twin brother Hunter. Other sponsors included Amazon Studios, Hill Valley, Morgan Creek Productions, Variety, Champagne Fleur De Miraval, and LavAzza.