Annual Gala

 

2017

Kevin Spacey (rescinded 2017)

 

Ms. Johansson was interviewed on stage by film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times and presented with the Renaissance Award.

Mr. Ruffalo was interviewed on stage by film critic Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2014

Morgan Freeman

Mr. Freeman was interviewed on stage by director and producer Jon Turteltaub and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2013

Gwyneth Paltrow

Ms. Paltrow was interviewed on stage by actress Amanda de Cadenet and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2012

Reese Witherspoon

Ms. Witherspoon was interviewed on stage by director Alexander Payne and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2011

Jamie Foxx

Mr. Foxx was interviewed on stage by actor Robert Downey, Jr. and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2010

Robert Downey, Jr.

Mr. Downey was interviewed on stage by director, producer, writer, and actor Todd Phillips and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2009

George Lucas

Mr. Lucas was interviewed on stage by actor, director, and writer Jon Favreau and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.

2008

Alan Arkin

Mr. Arkin was interviewed on stage by theater critic Richard Christiansen of the Chicago Tribune and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2007

William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman

Mr. Macy and Ms. Huffman were interviewed on stage by actor John Mahoney and presented with the Renaissance Award.

2006

Bob Balaban

Mr. Balaban was interviewed on stage by film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. Actor Jeff Goldblum presented Mr. Balaban with the Renaissance Award

2005

Michael Mann

Mr. Mann was interviewed on stage by film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.

2004

John Woo

Mr. Woo was interviewed on stage by Gene Siskel Film Center director of programming Barbara Scharres and presented with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Filmmaking.

2003

Roger Ebert

Mr. Ebert was interviewed on stage by director, actor, and writer Harold Ramis and director, producer, and writer Andrew Davis and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2002

Nicole Kidman

Ms. Kidman was interviewed on stage by film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and presented with the Renaissance Award.