The Museum of Modern Art’s 2020 Film Benefit will honor George Clooney on December 7. The event will take place online and will also benefit Artist Relief, an emergency coalition of national arts grantmakers to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States, to help address the devastating impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“The arts, especially film, are critical to civil society especially during these challenging times,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art. “We are proud to continue championing the important contributions of film and filmmakers, and grateful to support Artist Relief and all of the vital work that they’re doing to help artists across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This year’s virtual film benefit will feature a program recognizing Clooney’s acclaimed work with a special musical performance. Clooney is both an acclaimed director and actor, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards in more categories than anyone else in Oscar history, winning for his supporting turn in 2005’s Syriana. His new film, The Midnight Sky, is set to debut Netflix this December.
“George Clooney’s vast contributions as an actor, director, and producer are surpassed only by his deep commitment to advocating for social justice and humanitarian aid around the world,” said Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA. “We take great pride in honoring someone who uses the arts to amplify such important causes and are immeasurably grateful to Mr. Clooney and those who support Film at MoMA, especially at the end of such a tumultuous year when the future of cinemas in New York City remains uncertain.”
The Museum of Modern Art’s 2020 Film Benefit is presented by CHANEL.