Cast member Julia Roberts attends the premiere of "Mother's Day" in Los Angeles April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten Image Credit: REUTERS

Actress Julia Roberts will be this year’s recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honour contributions to the art of cinema.

The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honour the ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’ actress on May 2.

Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Meryl Streep.

Museum director Bruce Barnes cites the breadth of Roberts’ career and roles over the past 30 years. She has earned a best actress Academy Award and three Golden Globes, along with more than a dozen other nominations.

The museum says it established the George Eastman Award in 1955 as the first retrospective award to honour film work of enduring artistic value.

Tickets for the May ceremony go on sale March 18.