The Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson has been selected as the 35th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. Johansson will be honored during the ceremony that will be held at the Beverly Hilton on November 18th.
The award is handed out by the nonprofit cultural organization American Cinematheque on an annual basis since 1986. It honors “extraordinary artists” in the entertainment industry who are “committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion pictures.”
Johansson will join a star-studded list of previous recipients that includes Eddy Murphy, Bette Midler, Jodie Foster, Samuel L. Jackson, and Charlize Theron, among others. Director Spike Lee was the most recent honoree, receiving the award for 2020 at a virtual presentation back in January.
American Cinematheque board chair Rick Nicita said in a statement that Johansson’s career “embodies the essence of the American Cinematheque Award” while adding that “her immense talent has shone brightly from her movie debut as a child through her emergence as a megastar of blockbusters.”
Scarlett Johansson made her acting debut at 10 years old in the 1994 comedy-drama North and has since established herself as one of the brightest talents of her generation. She has been both a critics-darling and a big box office draw, starring in independent and less-prominent movies as well as blockbuster hits.
Johansson’s most prominent works include Lost in Translation, for which she received BAFTA award as Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2003, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Prestige, Marriage Story, and Jojo Rabbit. She is best known to the wider audience as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.