Country music star Kenny Chesney will provide musical entertainment during the award show, which will also honor Jeffrey Katzenberg with the first annual Sid Grauman Award, acknowleging his achievements in the motion picture industry.
Witherspoon was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, for her work both as actor and producer under her Pacific Standard production banner.
Since 1986, the organization has annually honored a filmmaker who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture. Funds raised benefit the year-round programming of the non-profit cultural organization, the American Cinematheque.
The executive producers of the show are Paul Flattery, Barbara Smith. Irene Crinita is serving as producer, while Corrinne Mann is the event producer.
The presentation will take place Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.