Turner Classic Movies is proud to pay tribute to our late host, Robert Osborne, with the Robert Osborne Award. This award will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival to an individual whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive and thriving for future generations. As the host of Turner Classic Movies for more than 22 years, Osborne shared his passion and knowledge of classic film to help preserve its legacy. For the 3rd annual award, TCM will honor film historian, author and film critic Leonard Maltin for his dedication to recognizing and celebrating the history of film.
Leonard Maltin will be presented with the Robert Osborne Award before a nitrate screening of COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) at the Egyptian Theatre.
Widely recognized and respected among his peers and in popular culture for film criticism, Maltin served as the movie reviewer for Entertainment Tonight for 30 years, and he is perhaps best known for his annual Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume TCM Presents Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide. Spanning multiple updates annually, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide was first published in 1969 and had its final update, the 45th edition, published in September 2014. This collection of thousands of short capsule movie reviews has spanned decades and has been a source for at a glance cast listings, plot summaries and Maltin’s own star ratings, long before the likes of film aggregation sites like IMDB were born. Maltin is also known for his wealth of knowledge on Disney’s history, and he served as TCM’s residential Treasures from the Disney Vault host. Maltin has contributed to various publications over the years, including newspapers, film journals and magazines, like Variety and TV Guide, and has been a host for several movie segments and shows. Maltin has been awarded a number of honors from festivals and societies for his work preserving the history of film, including Telluride, California Independent Film Festival and American Society of Cinematographers. He also holds the distinction of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for writing the shortest movie review for the 1948 film Isn’t it Romantic, to which Maltin’s review simply states, “No.”