Org to honor actor at gala on Dec. 1

The American Cinematheque has selected Samuel L. Jackson to receive its annual honor, to be presented at the org’s gala Dec. 1 at the Beverly Hilton.

Board chairman Rick Nicita praised Jackson’s “iconic blockbusters” and “unique brand of conviction” as among the best in the biz. “We are happy to honor him for what he has given us so far in his acclaimed career,” he added.

Nicita singled out the recent “Star Wars” trilogy and Jackson’s Oscar-nominated role in “Pulp Fiction” as career highs.

“The obvious talent and commitment that he brings to each role has resulted in what is arguably the highest total box office gross of any actor in movie history,” Nicita said.

Jackson has been involved in five films in 2008, including last week’s top opener, the Neil LaBute-helmed “Lakeview Terrace.” “Soul Men” and Frank Miller action drama “The Spirit” are due later this year.

Cabler AMC will air the event on Dec. 9.

Last year’s honoree was Julia Roberts.

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