He may have missed that Oscar nomination in January for “Bob on a Boat” – aka, “All is Lost” – but Robert Redford will be collecting some more hardware this year after all. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the 77-year-old industry legend will be honored at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala.
The event, which will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015, will celebrate Redford's long and distinguished filmmaking career, as well as his work as an environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute. Notable recipients of the award – which was first presented in 1972 to its namesake, Charlie Chaplin – include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese.
“The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award,” FSLC Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum said. “Not only is he an internationally known and loved actor, director, and producer, but perhaps no other single artist has done more to champion the work of independent filmmakers.”
Redford appeared this year in Marvel's “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and he recently accepted a role as Dan Rather in James Vanderbilt's “Truth,” a behind-the-scenes look at the CBS news anchor's final days at CBS News. He was also honored by the Telluride and Santa Barbara film festivals in the last year, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Speaking of FSLC, the 52nd annual New York Film Festival wraps up this evening with the closing night presentation of “Birdman.”