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Reese Witherspoon to receive American Cinematheque award

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Reese Witherspoon is set to receive an honor from the American Cinematheque.

The actress will receive the annual award on Oct. 30 in a presentation that will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Witherspoon is the 29th annual recipient and joins a long list of honorees that include Eddie Murphy (1986), Robin Williams (1988), Jodie Foster (1999), Robert Downey Jr. (2011) and Matthew McConaughey (2014), according to a press release from the organization.

“Reese Witherspoon’s career is a perfect example of an actress flourishing in today’s world,” American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita said a statement. “She has refused to be limited to only certain types of roles and has continued to impress with her varied choices, ranging from smaller roles in dramas such as Mud to a tour-de-force, Oscar-nominated performance last year in Wild. She is an active and successful movie producer who is moving her career forward both behind and in front of the camera. The most appropriate role for Reese Witherspoon today is role model.”

The American Cinematheque Award is typically awarded to an “extraordinary filmmaker in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture” and the ceremony is one of the organization’s biggest fundrasiers. In addition to her work on the silver screen, Witherspoon is active in numerous charities, including Stand Up to Cancer and Children’s Defense Fund, where she serves on the board.

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