Jeremy Irons, Julie Taymor, and Morgan Freeman Additional Presenters for the 45th Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Helen Mirren

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The gala is scheduled for April 30, 2018 in Alice Tully Hall to celebrate the Academy Award–winning actress and beloved figure of stage, screen, and television who has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

Mirren starred as Prospera in Julie Taymor’s Shakespeare adaptation The Tempest (2010), while Jeremy Irons worked with her on the TV miniseries Elizabeth I (2005), playing the Earl of Leicester to her queen. Freeman appeared alongside Mirren in both RED (2010) and RED 2 (2013), and she presented him with the Chaplin Award at the 2016 gala. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vin Diesel, and Taylor Hackford were previously announced as presenters.

The gala is the Film Society’s largest annual fundraiser, and aids its mission to support the art and craft of cinema and enrich film culture via year-round programming; education initiatives; Film Comment magazine; Artist, Critic, and Industry academies; and much more.

The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 when it honored Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has been presented to many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and, last year, Robert De Niro.

For information about attending the gala, please contact our Patron’s Desk at or call (212) 875-5076. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact or call (212) 671-4559. Tickets are on sale now; for more information visit

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.