Osborne Introducing The Classics
Welcome to the Robert Osborne Gallery. Through this initiative, the AFI commemorates the world’s most distinguished movie moderator, Robert Osborne (1932-2017). Osborne’s pioneering tenure as the primetime host of the Peabody Award-winning TCM Network made his name synonymous with film introductions. His encyclopedic knowledge of film history was illuminated by a longtime stint as a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter and by his extensive scholarly research as the official biographer of the Oscars®. Osborne’s passion for classic film was contagious, and he generously shared his passion with the next generation. Osborne’s film introductions, Steven Spielberg observed, “got us excited and reawakened to the greatest stories ever told… he brought us back to the movies.”
The Collection ensures that Osborne’s spirit endures at AFI and provides a dynamic and powerful resource for film scholarship. With The Robert Osborne Collection, AFI gratefully acknowledges his exceptional impact on the world of film scholarship for all and ensures that his life’s work is everlasting.