The New Orleans Film Society will present its 2015 Celluloid Hero Award to Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey on Saturday during the society’s annual patron party and gala.
The gala will take place at 8 p.m. at the home of Sara and Paul Costello, 1213 Third St.
McConaughey and Gary Ross, director of “The Hunger Games,” “Seabiscuit” and “Pleasantville,” will attend the awards ceremony.
McConaughey, an Oscar winner for his performance in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club,” is in Louisiana filming “Free State of Jones,” which Ross is directing.
“It seems so apropos that in the New Orleans Film Society’s 25th year, we honor and celebrate Matthew McConaughey, one of the greatest actors of the last 25 years, with our Celluloid Hero award,” society President Alexa Georges said.
Prior to “Free State of Jones,” McConaughey filmed “Dallas Buyers Club,” HBO’s “True Detective,” “The Paperboy” and “Killer Joe” in the New Orleans area. He also spent time in the city as a volunteer following Hurricane Katrina.
Patron party tickets are $250 for NOFS members and $300 for others. They include entrance to an exclusive event at 7 p.m. featuring food by chef Susan Spicer and music supervised by David Torkanowsky.
Gala tickets are $150 for NOFS members and $175 for others. Under-35 gala tickets are $100.
Proceeds benefit the society’s programs. The NOFS, in addition to three annual film festivals and one film showcase, presents monthly screenings and events.
Attendance at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival reached nearly 40,000.