Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges‘ contributions to film will be celebrated at the 49th annual Film at Lincoln Center gala, with Bridges receiving the Chaplin Award.
The ceremony will take place April 29 at Lincoln Center. An acclaimed actor, producer, and musician, Bridges’ film career has spanned seven decades and features a slew of iconic roles in “True Grit,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Hell or High Water,” “Heaven’s Gate,” and “Crazy Heart,” for which Bridges won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award.
The Chaplin Award tribute will feature excerpts from a selection of his work, appearances by co-stars, friends, and colleagues, and the presentation of the award itself. The Chaplin Award Gala is the major annual fundraiser for Film at Lincoln Center; proceeds support the nonprofit organization’s year-round programs, including film series, student programs, and film festivals such as the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films. Last year, Viola Davis was feted at the awards ceremony, with Cate Blanchett being toasted the year prior in 2022.
“Jeff Bridges is one of our most distinguished and beloved actors whose body of work, commitment to his art, and lifetime of career achievements demonstrate a significant contribution to the art of film,” Dan Stern, chairman of the board of Film at Lincoln Center, said. “We at Film at Lincoln Center are honored to present the 49th Chaplin Award to Jeff Bridges, and look forward to celebrating with Jeff, his family, his colleagues, and the Film at Lincoln community and supporters.”
Lesli Klainberg, president of Film at Lincoln Center, added, “One of America’s greatest actors, Jeff Bridges is an artist and creative soul who naturally brings compassion and depth to every role he inhabits. His humanity and intelligence inform iconic characters such as Rooster Cogburn in ‘True Grit,’ Duane Jackson in ‘The Last Picture Show,’ and of course the iconic Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski in ‘The Big Lebowski.’ The Chaplin Award is meant to recognize the work of artists who believe in cinema and Film at Lincoln Center is delighted that Jeff Bridges will receive the 49th Chaplin Award.”
Bridges’ film career began as a baby in “The Company She Keeps” and continued alongside brother Beau Bridges in father Lloyd Bridges’ TV series “Sea Hunt” and “The Lloyd Bridges Show.” Bridges’ latest TV role is in FX/Hulu thriller series “The Old Man.”
Gala tickets for the 49th Chaplin Award Gala are on sale now.