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BILL KRAMER NAMED CEO OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted today to name Bill Kramer, current Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, as its new CEO, following the departure of Dawn Hudson after 11 years of esteemed service. 


Kramer will lead the global membership, the Oscars, the institution’s education and emerging talent initiatives, the Academy’s extensive collections housed in the Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, and the Academy Museum and its ongoing calendar of exhibitions, screenings, educational and public programs, and retail operations.

In his current role, Kramer was responsible for successfully opening the Academy Museum in September 2021. The museum has sold more than 550,000 tickets in its first nine months in operation. Under Kramer’s direction, the museum successfully developed five floors of world-class exhibitions devoted to the arts and sciences of moviemaking and formalized channels between Academy members and the museum for overall content creation.

In addition, Kramer and his museum team developed the Academy’s first permanent retail store, both in the museum and online, generating sales of more than $5.5MM to date. Under Kramer’s leadership, the museum created the Academy’s first global publications imprint that launched with a Hayao Miyazaki catalog, which is currently in its fourth print run, and with a Spike Lee book to be issued this month. Kramer and the museum’s programming team developed the Academy’s first robust public screenings series with more than 40 programs presented each month, including Branch Selects, a screening series co-created with the Academy’s 17 member branches.

To ensure the financial health of the museum, Kramer oversaw the completion of the $388 million fundraising campaign that launched the museum project and established an ongoing $40 million annual operating revenue program that includes an annual gala, ticket sales, museum membership, and more.

“Bill Kramer has been a transformational leader in establishing the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures as a beacon for movie lovers and a manifestation of everything the Academy represents and celebrates. His vision for the Academy’s future is likewise bold and inspiring, and our governors have agreed he is the ideal choice to lead at this pivotal moment for the organization. We believe Bill has the ability to bring together all corners of the motion picture community, and we’re thrilled to have him in this role to elevate the organization and unite our global membership,” said Academy President David Rubin. “I cannot stress enough the deep respect and appreciation we have for the groundbreaking achievements Dawn Hudson has brought to the Academy during her eleven years as CEO.  She initiated unprecedented efforts to create more space for diverse voices, both within the membership and our industry.  She was tireless in shepherding our long-awaited museum to its opening and has fortified the Academy’s financial stability, allowing us to develop programs and provide mentoring for those in front of and behind the camera. Our gratitude for her accomplishments and guidance is beyond measure.”

“What a privilege it’s been to work with an exceptionally talented staff and dedicated board members to create a truly global institution, a world-class museum that honors this art form so beautifully, an abiding commitment to representation and inclusion, and a modern organization ready to lead in a changing world,” said Hudson. “I’ve worked with Bill for close to a decade, and no executive is more innovative, more connected to artists, or more passionate about the opportunities that lie ahead than he is. The Academy and the Academy Museum are in the best of hands.”

Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees and Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said, “The Academy Museum Board of Trustees is thrilled that Bill will be continuing his work with us as the CEO of the Academy and as a Trustee of the Museum Board. The museum’s opening has been a resounding success, and I look forward to working with Bill to help further amplify the museum’s robust programs and create a unifying and strategic vision for the future.”

“It is the great honor of my career to take on the role as CEO of the Academy,” said Bill Kramer. “I deeply believe in the power and artistry of cinema. I so look forward to galvanizing the unparalleled assets of the Academy—the Oscars, our global community of more than 10,000 Academy members, and our museum, library, and archive—to promote and elevate the arts and sciences of the movies and inspire the next generation of filmmakers. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and for the incredible work of my colleagues Brendan Connell, Jr. and Jacqueline Stewart, who will continue the exceptional work of the Academy Museum.”

During his earlier tenure as managing director of the Academy Museum, Kramer served as the chief planning, public relations, advancement, exhibitions, and government relations officer for the museum’s pre-construction phase, successfully leading the project’s fundraising campaign and managing the project’s public approvals process. Kramer also oversaw the production of the museum’s first exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which explored the central role that costume design plays in cinematic storytelling and featured more than 100 iconic movie costumes.

Prior to returning to the Academy Museum in 2019, Kramer served as vice president of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), one of America’s most institutionally and programmatically diverse arts institutions, where he led a 45-person team tasked with raising significant private and government funding, overseeing a visual art expansion program, and platforming BAM’s growing film program to an international audience.

Kramer has led capital and comprehensive campaigns for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has served in senior business and fundraising positions at the Sundance Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Columbia University School of the Arts.

Kramer will assume his new role on July 18. Hudson will remain with the Academy as an advisor during the transition period. The appointment of a new Director of the Academy Museum is currently being addressed by the Museum Board of Trustees and the Academy Foundation Board and will be announced in the near future.


ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Upcoming Film, Education, and Public Programs at the Academy Museum.

June –July Film, Education, and Public Programs

Los Angeles, Calif. – This summer, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures launches the film series Summer of Love, celebrating big screen romances from the 1990s, including Love Jones (1997), a new 4K restoration of Mississippi Masala (1991), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and much more. The museum will also be the exclusive Los Angeles venue for the first-ever US retrospective of Hungarian screenwriter and director Márta Mészáros; as well as 40th anniversary screenings of cult classic fantasy film The Last Unicorn (1982), with author/screenwriter Peter Beagle in attendance for a Q&A, and groundbreaking gay romance Making Love (1982)—with a Q&A featuring A. Scott Berg, Barry Sandler, and Harry Hamlin.

On June 3, teens are invited to a screen-printing poster workshop with Self Help Graphics & Art, and later that evening, at 7pm in the David Geffen Theater, activists Dolores Huerta and Eva Longoria will be in conversation on how film can have an impact on social change. On June 26, Carlos López Estrada will discuss poetry and the inspirations behind his film Summertime (2020). Our June Calm Morning program—our sensory-friendly activities—and accommodative screening, will focus on early cinema through explorations of our exhibition The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, while July will focus on the fantastical worlds.

Films are shown in 35mm, 70mm, and digital laser projection in our beautiful 288-seat Ted Mann Theater (TMT) and 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater (DGT). In some cases, films have been restored by the Academy Film Archive or another film partner. Select screenings include introductions, Q&As, and/or special guests, so please check our website for updates, download our digital film guide, or follow us @academymuseumscreenings on Instagram.

Education and Public Programs

Activism and Film: Dolores Huerta and Eva Longoria in Conversation
Fri, Jun 3 | 7pm | DGT
Exploring the intersections of activism and filmmaking, American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will be in conversation with actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, and activist Eva Longoria. The Walt Disney Company Piazza will be activated with music and local food vendors and a poster screen-printing workshop with Self Help Graphics & Art for teens leading up to the talk.

My Place in the Sun
Book Signing | Fri, Jun 10 | 5pm | Academy Museum Store
In the book My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington, George Stevens Jr. emerges from the shadow of his celebrated Hollywood director father to claim his own place as a visionary force in American culture. Join us at the Academy Museum Store for a book signing with author George Stevens Jr.

Building Character: Animation
Sat, June 11 | 6pm | TMT
Learn about the process of creating a character in animation with Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lethtomaki (EncantoWreck-It Ralph).

Grease: The Directors Notebook
Book Signing | Sat, Jun 11 | 1pm | Academy Museum Store
Released more than four decades ago, Grease (1978) is one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time and a bona fide global sensation with legions of devoted fans across generations. Join us at the Academy Museum Store for a book signing with Grease director Randal Kleiser.

Film and Poetry with Carlos López Estrada and Get Lit
Sun, Jun 26 | 5pm | TMT
Academy Award-nominated director Carlos López Estrada will talk about the influence and inclusion of poetry in his films. He will discuss his film Summertime (2020)—a collaboration with the youth poetry organization Get Lit. An accompanying poetry workshop for teens will be facilitated by poets from Get Lit, during which teens can create poems about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city.

Calm Mornings
Ongoing
Calm Mornings is an ongoing monthly program that creates an environment for all visitors to enjoy less-sensory-stimulating spaces with moderated sound and lighting displays. In June, visitors are invited to explore the magic of pre-cinematic optical toys before an 11am accommodative screening of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) in the Ted Mann Theater. The July program will encourage visitor to explore fantastical worlds featured in our Stories of Cinema exhibition, followed by the 11am accommodative screening of The Red Turtle (2016) in the Ted Mann Theater.

Film Programs

Summer of Love: 1990s Romances
June 2–July 30
The 1990s saw the release of many iconic romance films that forged paths for ones to come by pushing the boundaries of the genre. From the comic to the repressed, the doomed to the joyfully queer, the last decade of the 20th century expanded conventional notions of love. We invite you to come spend this summer of love with us. The series kicks off with a 4K restoration of Mississippi Masala (1991) with an introduction by community partner Visual Communications.

Mississippi Masala
Thu, Jun 2 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

But I’m a Cheerleader with Point Break
Sat, Jun 4 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Age of Innocence
Fri, Jun 17 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

The Watermelon Woman with Greetings from Africa
Sat, Jun 18 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Best Man
Sun, Jun 19 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

Love Jones
Fri, Jun 24 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

My Own Private Idaho
Thu, Jun 30 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Before Sunrise
Fri, Jul 1 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mmSleepless in Seattle
Fri, Jul 8 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Double Happiness with Beau Travail
Sat, Jul 9 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Happy Together with Chungking Express
Fri, Jul 15 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Out of Sight
Sat, Jul 16 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Clueless
Fri, Jul 22 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Jerry Maguire
Fri, Jul 29 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Strictly Ballroom with Romeo + Juliet
Sat, Jul 30 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm
Márta Mészáros
June 3–July 7
The Academy Museum is honored to show the West Coast debut of the first US retrospective of pioneering Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros. The series includes 11 titles, complete with Diary for My Children, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
The Girl with  Binding Sentiments
Fri, Jun 3 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! with Riddance
Thu, Jun 9 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Adoption with Nine Months
Fri, Jun 10 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Heiresses with The Two of Them
Thu, Jun 16 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Diary for My Children with Diary for My Lovers
Sat, Jun 25 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Diary for My Mother and Father
Thu, Jul 7 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP
Special Screenings

A Trip to the Moon and Other Trips through Time and Space…with Serge Bromberg
Sat, Jun 11 | 7:30pm | TMT
Serge Bromberg presents his most astounding film discoveries in a unique one-man-show, accompanying these rare films on the piano, honoring the way they were originally featured. In addition, Bromberg speaks about the origin of the films—and in these stories, fact is often stranger than fiction.

Making Love
Thu, Jun 23 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP
This 40th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking film, which tells the story of a man coming to terms with his sexuality, will be followed by a Q&A with A. Scott Berg, Barry Sandler, and Harry Hamlin.

The Last Unicorn
Sat, Jul 30 | 3pm | DGT | DCP
Voiced by actors Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, and Angela Lansbury, this animated fantasy film also celebrates its 40th anniversary. Screenwriter and author Peter S. Beagle and producer Michael Chase Walker will be on hand for a Q&A.
Family Matinees
Ongoing
Every Saturday, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. All movies in this series are rated G or PG, unless otherwise noted. The final Family Matinee of every month is an accommodative screening where we offer open captioning, keep the theater dimly lit, and maintain a lower volume for neurodivergent viewers. This June, the programming is celebrating LACMA’s exhibition City of Cinema: Paris 1895–1907 by taking a journey back to the dawn of cinema in the City of Lights. In July, programming will feature Academy Award-honored family-friendly summer movies.
Hugo in 3D
Sat, Jun 4 | 11am | TMT | DCP

Shorts Program: The Mysterious Screen
Sat, Jun 11 | 11am | TMT

Shorts Program: The Magic Cinema of Georges Méliès
Sat, Jun 18 | 11am | TMT

Hugo (Accommodative Screening)
Sat, Jun 25 | 11am | TMT | DCP

The Princess Bride
Sat, Jul 2 | 11am | TMT | 35mmDick Tracy
Sat, Jul 9 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

Babe
Sat, Jul 16 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Sat, Jul 23 | 11am | TMT | 35mm

The Red Turtle (Accommodative Screening)
Sat, Jul 30 | 11am | TMT | DCP

The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:

Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism. Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming. Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema. Gigi Pritzker Pucker and the Pritzker Foundation in generous support of social impact programs. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film. Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited. The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision in celebration of Mexican Cinema. Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.

FINAL DAYS TO VIEW HAYAO MIYAZAKI AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM.

Acclaimed Exhibition Closes Sunday, June 5

Los Angeles, Calif. – Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, will close on June 5, 2022. Marking the first museum retrospective in North America dedicated to the legendary filmmaker and his work, the exhibition has been on view since the museum’s opening on September 30, 2021.

Presented in the museum’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery on Level 4, the exhibition features approximately 300 objects from Miyazaki’s animated feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away (2001).

Thematically organized in seven sections, the exhibition is designed as a journey. Visitors travel through Miyazaki’s six-decade career via a dynamic presentation of original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and animation cels, as well as large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments. June 5 is the last day visitors will be able to see many of these objects in person—a rare and exclusive opportunity as many have never been on view outside of Japan.

Highlights of the exhibition include the entry corridor where visitors follow 4-year-old Mei, a character from My Neighbor Totoro, into the Tree Tunnel gallery, a transitional space that leads into Miyazaki’s enchanted worlds; the Sky View installation, where visitors can enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation, addressing another frequent motif in Miyazaki’s films—the desire to reflect and dream; and the immersive Magical Forest with its Mother Tree installation. Standing at the threshold between dream and reality, colossal, mystical trees in many of Miyazaki’s films represent a connection or gateway to another world. In the forest, visitors will discover spirits appearing and disappearing and be able to read some of Miyazaki’s poetry.

Hayao Miyazaki was curated by the museum’s Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán, and organized in collaboration with Japan’s Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded in 1985.

WHEN
Exhibition closes Sunday, June 5.

The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

FILM SCREENINGS
In celebration of the final months of the exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum is screening key films by the director. All will screen in the David Geffen Theater on English-subtitled 35mm prints, most newly-struck by the Academy Film Archive.

Upcoming screenings include:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) | Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm
  • Ponyo (2008) with discussion between Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán | Friday, May 27 at 7:30pm

STORE
The Academy Museum Store carries a wide selection of merchandise inspired by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, including the exhibition catalogue and other items exclusive to the Academy Museum.

ADMISSION/TICKETS
Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app.

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger, and for California residents with an EBT card is free.

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Matinees are $5 for all. Ticket prices for Academy Museum members are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students, children, and matinee-goers.


Image Credit: Mother Tree, Hayao Miyazaki, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/© Academy Museum Foundation

Exhibition Credit: Hayao Miyazaki is presented by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. It is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®. Major support comes from Arthur and Gwen Hiller, Jocelyn R. Katz, Company 3, and GKIDS. This exhibition is also supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Special thanks to the Japan Foundation for their partnership.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

In March, the Academy Museum announced the first round of exhibition rotations, which are scheduled for the 2022–2023 season. These rotations further the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through dynamic and diverse exhibitions. More information about these rotations can be found here.

Updates at the Academy Museum.

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, shares an exciting Mother’s Day Gift Guide, links to the latest and greatest Academy Museum Podcast episodes, and exciting updates to the digital platforms, which include self-guided tours that take visitors outside the walls of the museum and augmented reality activations to enhance guests’ onsite experience.

THE ACADEMY MUSEUM PODCAST

Season 1: And the Oscar® Goes to…
New Episodes Out Now


Trailer – Introducing The Academy Museum Podcast, from LAist Studios

2002: This Door Has Been Opened

1999: For Your Consideration

2019: Muchas Gracias, Mexico

DIGITAL UPDATES

Hollywood Past & Present
The Academy Museum’s Inaugural Past & Present tour looks at locations associated with the Academy Awards, from the first ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel to the Academy headquarters.

Augmented Reality
Activate the animation of pre-cinema optical toys, dissect film scenes, such as a seminal fight sequence from Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon (1973), and gain a clearer understanding of essential tools such as the multiplane camera.

Academy Museum App in Apple Store | Academy Museum App on Google Play

Academy Museum Hosts Its First-Ever Oscars Viewing Party during the 94th Academy Awards.

Los Angeles, Calif. – On March 27, 2022, on the occasion of the 94th Academy Awards®, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures hosted the inaugural Oscars Night at the Museum. More than 1,000 guests at the sold-out event experienced some of the excitement of the awards pre-show as they walked the red carpet in their most creative and glamorous black-tie looks.

Throughout the evening attendees captured the evening in photo booths featuring a 360° slow motion camera and a photo mosaic wall; enjoyed sets from DJs Mamabear and Lady C courtesy of dublab; explored the museum’s 50,000 square feet of galleries; accepted their own award in The Oscars® Experience in the East West Bank Gallery; and had an opportunity to shop for exclusive merchandise at the Academy Museum Store.

The energy of the live broadcast was telecast in the museum’s state of the art David Geffen Theater, hosted by TCM’s Dave Karger with emcees, Chris and Vanessa Spencer, Tom Lenk, D’Lo, and Jesus Trejo performing during commercial breaks. Guests enjoyed food from Wolfgang Puck Catering in the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby in addition to offerings from local food vendors Vurger Guyz and Thai-Mex Cocina.

Las Fotos Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teenage girls and gender-expansive youth from communities of color through photography and mentoring, helped document the festivities.

About the Academy

The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition.

Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces New ExhibitionsScheduled for the 2022-2023 Season. Hollywoodland Will Become the Museum’s First Permanent Exhibition and Will Showcase the Founding and Founders of the Film Industry in Los Angeles.

Upcoming Exhibitions Will Include Galleries Devoted to The Godfather, Agnès Varda, BOYZ N THE HOOD, Lourdes Portillo, Casablanca, the history of Black Cinema from 1898–1971, and Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer.

Los Angeles, March 21, 2022The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the first round of exhibition rotations, which are scheduled for the 2022–2023 season. These rotations further the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through dynamic and diverse exhibitions.

Beginning this summer, the Academy Museum will open the expansive exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971which will explore the history of Black cinema, from its earliest days to just after the civil rights movement. In the fall, the museum will open galleries devoted to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) and the influences of French filmmaker Agnès Varda. In early 2023, several new exhibitions will open, including spaces dedicated to BOYZ N THE HOOD(1991), Casablanca(1942), documentarian Lourdes Portillo, and the collaborative work of production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer.

In late spring 2023, the Academy Museum will open its first permanent exhibition,Hollywoodland , chronicling the founding and the founders of the Hollywood studio system in Los Angeles. In addition, new objects, images, and interviews will be added to numerous galleries, including Gregory Peck’s Oscar for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), storyboards and scripts from Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) and The Birds (1963), costumes designed by Travis Banton, Edith Head, and Ann Roth, and interviews with film editors Maysie Hoy, Carol Littleton, and Sam Pollard, among others.

Concurrently, the Academy Museum’s public spaces—the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, the Ted Mann Lobby, the Netflix Lounge, the Walt Disney Company Piazza, the Dolby Family Terrace, the Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine, and the spine of the museum—will be refreshed by Kulapat Yantrasast and WHY Architecture. Incorporating cinematic elements and moments of digital engagement and connectivity, these spaces will be designed to more deeply enhance the visitor experience.

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “The history of film is endlessly rich and varied, which is why we envisioned the exhibitions of the Academy Museum as a continually evolving set of installations and virtual content. We are delighted to present a new round of stories, explorations, moving images, props, and other objects that explore the many facets of moviemaking – from the founding of Hollywood to present day. These rotations give our visitors many wonderful reasons to come back, while offering an extraordinary invitation to others to engage with the museum.”

Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “In our core exhibition, we are excited to continue offering a multitude of perspectives on film and filmmaking, drawing on the unmatched resources of our collection. These new exhibitions contrast two different versions of a ‘classic’ film with Casablanca and BOYZ N THE HOOD.  They highlight different ways in which directors can inspire others with Coppola’s landmark The Godfather and the iconoclastic Agnès Varda. And they showcase two strikingly different approaches to the filmmaking process with the fierce independence of Lourdes Portillo and the deep collaboration of Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer. In addition, the epic exhibitionRegeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 will invite visitors to explore the broad range of Black participation in filmmaking dating back to the beginning of cinema, while Hollywoodland will help visitors better understand how and why Hollywood’s studio system was created here in Los Angeles.”

Information on upcoming exhibition rotations follow below.

REGENERATION: BLACK CINEMA 1898–1971
In August, the Academy Museum will open Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 —a research-driven, in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking. It will highlight the work of independent Black filmmakers from the dawn of cinema to the civil rights movement. The exhibition will elevate this underrepresented aspect of artistic production and present a more inclusive story about film history. Featured artists include Lena Horne, Sidney Poitier, Paul Robeson, William Greaves, Josephine Baker, the Nicholas Brothers, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, and more. The exhibitionis co-organized by Doris Berger, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs for the Academy Museum and Rhea L. Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the National Portrait Gallery. Additional details will be announced soon.

HOLLYWOODLAND
Opening in late Spring 2023,Hollywoodlandwill trace the history of filmmaking in Los Angeles back to its roots at the beginning of the 20th century, illustrating how and why the city became the world capital of cinema that it still is today. This immersive gallery will convey the evolving topography of Los Angeles along the timeline of the developing movie industry, allowing visitors to feel a tangible proximity to this rich history and encouraging further exploration of the city’s landmarks upon departing the Academy Museum. The exhibition will focus on the predominantly Jewish founders of the early Hollywood studio system, delving into how their personal narratives shaped the distinct characteristics of the movies their respective studios produced. It will foreground the ways in which the birth of the American film industry—and therefore the projected depiction of the American Dream—is truly an immigrant story.  In addition to highlighting the origins of the studios commonly known as “The Majors,” the exhibition will also explore the independent producers working in Hollywood in the early 1900s. Among these studios and producers, there are high-stakes stories of ingenuity that will engage visitors and offer a deeper understanding of Hollywood history. The exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Dara Jaffe in collaboration with Associate Curator of Digital Presentations Gary Dauphin.

STORIES OF CINEMA EXHIBITION ROTATIONS
Like cinema itself, thegalleries of the museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema will evolve and change over time to highlight different movies, artists, eras, genres, and more. Following are new rotations that will be presented in the 2022–2023 season in Stories of Cinema.

The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather,will open on November 3, 2022 and will showcase the collaborative process of the making of this masterpiece through a wide array of original objects, images, and stories. In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s popular novel provided an operatic and poignant reflection on the American Dream that not only radically transformed the moviegoing experience, but also the moviemaking process. Featured costumes, props, scripts, and equipment will highlight the contributions of each cinematic branch, exploring how they innovated amidst the limitations and freedoms of “New Hollywood.” Object highlights include Don Corleone’s desk and chair used in The GodfatherTrilogy, Coppola’s original “Godfather notebook,” and a costume worn by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II. This exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Sophia Serrano. Leading up to The Godfather gallery rotation, the Academy Museum Store will be releasing an exclusive limited-edition The Godfather LP in partnership with Amoeba Records. The album will feature music from The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and will include music from the trilogy. Pre-order your copy today at academymuseumstore.org.

Also opening on November 3 is Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda. Rather than drawing inspiration from other filmmakers or films, Varda was influenced by her life, experiences, and the world around her. As a result, her work is undeniably personal. This gallery will highlight her influences and films from her six-decade long career ranging from La Pointe Courte (1955) to Varda by Agnès (2019). A photographer prior to becoming a filmmaker, the gallery will explore Varda’s time behind the still camera including prints, contact sheets, and photography related production materials. From her years living in Los Angeles to her familial relationships, the autobiographical elements that permeate all aspects of Varda’s filmography will be represented using personal postcards, props, family photographs, and other production materials. Additionally, Varda’s career as a fine artist and her longstanding love of art history which influenced many of her films will be explored using production notebooks, posters, and a model for one of her cinema shack installations. This exhibition is organized by Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger and Assistant Curator Ana Santiago.

In February 2023, the Significant Movies and Moviemakersgallery will reopen with a four-gallery experience that will showcase the classic drama Casablanca(1942), the groundbreaking film BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), the collaboration between production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer, and documentarian Lourdes Portillo .

The museum’s celebration of Casablancawill feature original production objects highlighting beloved characters, settings, music, and the cinematic virtuosity that made the 1942 film one of Hollywood’s most enduring classics. The gallery will explore the influx of European émigrés who contributed their talents both in front of and behind the camera, echoing the narrative themes of the film itself. Though Casablanca is a timeless piece of cinema in its romance and artistry, it is also meaningfully and inextricably tied to the context of its war-time production during a refugee crisis—a context this gallery will seek to illustrate. This exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Dara Jaffe.

The BOYZ N THE HOODgallery will explore the 1991 movie’s groundbreaking depiction of Black life in South Los Angeles, as well as its lasting impact in popular culture. The space will highlight writer-director John Singleton’s unique vision for the film, for which he became both the first African American and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Director. This gallery will also spotlight the larger cast and crew, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, and Angela Bassett, and show the pivotal role the film played, not only in their careers, but also in ushering in a new generation of Black talent in Hollywood. This gallery is organized by Research Assistants Esme Douglas and Manouchka Kelly Labouba.

Longtime collaboratorsproduction designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer have translated a diverse array of periods and locations to screen. From bringing to life Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel in Anna Karenina (2012), to depicting Winston Churchill’s war room in Darkest Hour (2017), this gallery will spotlight Greenwood and Spencer’s collaboration and give a glimpse into their design process. Objects such as research materials, production design drawings, and a set model will be featured in the gallery, organized by Ana Santiago.

A gallery devoted to Lourdes Portillowillhighlight the life and career of this vital documentarian, visual artist, journalist, and activist. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, Portillo’s documentaries blend experimental and traditional modes of storytelling to forefront issues of identity and social justice in the US and Latin America. This gallery focuses on key projects including Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (1985), La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988), The Devil Never Sleeps (1994), and Señorita Extraviada/Missing Young Woman (2001). This gallery is organized by Sophia Serrano.

STORIES OF CINEMA NEW COLLECTION ROTATIONS
Also during the 2022-2023 season, new objects and media selected from the vast collection of the Academy, as well as loans from private collections, will go on view throughout the Stories of Cinema galleries.

This spring, the Inventing Worlds and Characters galleries that are dedicated to animation and effects will feature: new works highlighting the independent animation of John and Faith Hubley including character animation, cel setup, and backgrounds from Moonbird (1959) and Cockaboody (1974); new cels from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988); concept drawings by Ray Harryhausen for Jason and the Argonauts (1963); and concept drawings by Georges Méliès for The Conquest of the Pole (À la conquête du pôle, 1912).

In November, the Identity gallery will feature costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951) designed by Edith Head; Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018), designed by Sandy Powell; Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc in Suspiria (2018) designed by Giulia Piersanti; and Richard Pryor as Charlie Snow in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1973), designed by Bernard Johnson. The gallery will highlight renowned make-up artist Ken Diaz and legendary costume designer Ann Roth through in-depth case studies of their work.

In spring 2023, new additions to the gallery will include costumes worn by Anna May Wong as Tu Tuan in Limehouse Blues (1934), designed by Travis Banton; Carmen Miranda as Rosita Rivas in Weekend in Havana (1941), designed by Gwen Wakeling; Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946), designed by Leah Rhodes; Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1946), designed by Milo Anderson; and Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), designed by Moss Mabry.

In November, the Academy Awards History gallery will showcase Gregory Peck’s Oscar for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), the Elie Saab gown worn by Halle Berry to the 74th Academy Awards in 2002, the tuxedo worn by Francis Ford Coppola to the 45th Academy Awards in 1973, and the Swarovski-studded vegan leather jacket worn by costume designer Jenny Beavan to the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.

In November, the Story gallery, dedicated to showcasing the creation and development of story in cinema, will highlight case studies on Hitchcock’s adaptations of Daphne du Maurier’s writing: Rebecca (1940) and The Birds (1963). The Rebecca study will look at the role producer David O. Selznick played in bringing the film to the screen, as well as the importance of Kay Brown, Selznick’s East Coast Story Editor, and writer Joan Harrison. The Birds installation will focus on Evan Hunter’s script and Harold Michelson’s storyboards of the now iconic sequence outside the schoolhouse.

Additional new objects from films spanning the silent era to the present day include script pages from Stella Dallas (1925), written by Frances Marion; script pages from Adam’s Rib (1949), written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin; notebooks and script pages for Mosquita y Mari (2012), written and directed by Aurora Guerrero; and script notes and script pages from Queen and Slim (2019), written by Lena Waithe.  

In spring 2023, the Image gallery—which already includes vital interviews and the works of many cinematographers, production designers, and set decorators—will be expanded to include conversations with film editors Carol Littleton, Maysie Hoy, and Sam Pollard. These important interviews are from the Academy Oral History Collection.

Visiting the Academy Museum
Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app. General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger, and for California residents with an EBT, card is free.


Images: (top left): The Nicholas Brothers in a scene from Stormy Weather (1943), Fayard Nicholas, left, and Harold Nicholas, photographic print, gelatin silver. Courtesy Margaret Herrick Library, © Twentieth Century Fox; (top center): The Godfather (1972), film still, courtesy of Paramount Pictures; (top right) Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman during production of Casablanca (1942), Warner Bros., Image courtesy Margaret Herrick Library; (bottom left): Agnés Varda on the set of Lon Bonheur, ©1964 ciné-tamaris, photo by Marilou Parolini; (bottom center left): BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991) film still, Sony Pictures Entertainment; (bottom center right): Carl Laemmle, undated, Courtesy Margaret Herrick Library; (bottom right): Lourdes Portillo, Courtesy International Documentary Association

CreditStories of Cinema is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director and President Bill Kramer, Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Exhibitions Curator Jenny He, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, Ana Santiago, and Sophia Serrano, with support from Research Assistants Esme Douglas and Manouchka Kelly Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces. The exhibition is presented by PWC. Major funding is provided by Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. Generous support provided by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Ruderman Family Foundation, FotoKem, Barbara Roisman Cooper and Martin M. Cooper, Jocelyn R. Katz, John Ptak and Margaret Black, Lauren Shuler Donner, Randy E. Haberkamp, Kevin McCormick and A. Scott Berg, and John and Lacey Williams. Technology solutions are generously provided by Panasonic and Sony Electronics Inc. Stories of Cinema is powered by Dolby, and Dolby is the exclusive audio partner for the Composer gallery. Academy Museum digital engagement platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 is the recipient of the 2018 Sotheby’s Prize. The Sotheby’s Prize was founded to support and encourage museums to break new ground by recognizing curatorial excellence and facilitating an upcoming exhibition that explores overlooked or underrepresented art history. The Sotheby’s Prize was awarded by a jury of museum curators and directors comprising Sir Nicholas Serota, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor, Connie Butler, Emilie Gordenker, and chaired by Allan Schwartzman. Regeneration  is also made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. Academy Film Archive restorations are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
 

Academy Museum and LAist Studios to Launch The Academy Museum Podcast.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Southern California Public Radio’s
LAist Studios to Launch The Academy Museum Podcast, a New Podcast Series Exploring the Impact, History, Art, and Artists of Cinema.

Hosted by the Academy Museum’s Chief Artistic and Programming Officer,  Jacqueline Stewart, the First Season, “And The Oscar® Goes To…,” Examines 10 Pivotal Academy Awards® Ceremonies

Los Angeles, Calif., March 17, 2022 —The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is partnering with Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios to release The Academy Museum Podcast―a new multi-season audio series that examines the myriad stories of our cinematic history inspired by the museum’s galleries. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a MacArthur Fellow, will host the series. 

The inaugural season of this podcast, And the Oscar® Goes To…, premieres onFriday, March 25.This 10-episode season goes behind-the-scenes of touchstone Academy Awards®ceremonies, probing key social and cultural moments that impacted film artists as well as film fans over the years. Subsequent episodes will launch weekly. 

Episodes include revelatory interviews and in-depth conversations with Oscar® winners, film artists, industry leaders, activists, journalists, and scholars, as well as archival audio and other exclusive content that will only be accessible through the podcast. Guests include Halle Berry, Scott Feinberg, Dave Karger, Gregory Nava, Kimberly Peirce, and Bruce Vilanch, among others. Listeners can find the series on the Academy Museum and KPCC websites, as well as on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other podcast platforms. 

The Academy Museum Podcast will significantly expand the reach of the incredible exhibitions and programs that the museum is presenting both on our campus in Los Angeles and via our virtual programming. Our podcast will allow us to take deeper dives into the multitude of stories about how films are made, how the film industry has evolved, and the impact of cinema on our lives,” said Stewart.

“LAist Studios is thrilled to partner with the Academy Museum—the most spectacular new movie museum in the United States—to bring the stories of our hometown industry to our listeners,” said Herb Scannell, CEO and President of Southern California Public Radio. “The Academy Museum Podcast offers unprecedented access to iconic and important movie moments.”

The first episode for this season, “2002: This Door Has Been Opened,” revisits the historic night when Halle Berry became the first Black woman to win the Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Monster’s Ball (2001). Her emotional speech closed out a night that was marked by a celebration of Black excellence: Sidney Poitier received a lifetime achievement award and Denzel Washington won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Training Day (2001). But while the night seemed to signal a historic shift, Berry now calls her historic win “one of my biggest heartbreaks.” Berry reveals to Stewart how the night felt from her perspective and the ways in which the win impacted her career.

Future episodes include:

  • “1940: Cinema’s Best Year?” ―This episode will explore the bevy of iconic films released in 1939—Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonThe Wizard of OzStagecoachThe Women, and more—and look at the double-edged experience of Hattie McDaniel on the night she became the first Black Oscar® winner for Gone with the Wind
  • “1951: It’s Going to be a Bumpy Night” ―This ceremony celebrated two films that captured the complexities of show business and its impact on women: All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard.
  • “1953: Broadcasting the Oscars” ―The episode will look at the history of broadcasting the Oscars®, from radio to television, the rituals fans have created around the broadcast, and a discussion of the future of presenting the Academy Awards in the age of social media.
  • “1954: The Brave One(s)” ―This episode will examine the long history of blacklisting in Hollywood, looking at the treatment of writers including Walter Bernstein and the Academy’s posthumous recognition of Dalton Trumbo in 1993.
  • “1973: Marlon Brando Cannot Accept This Very Generous Award” ―This episode will revisit the speech actor Sacheen Littlefeather delivered on Marlon Brando’s behalf to explore Native American representation in cinema and controversies about using the Oscars stage as a platform for activism.
  • “1999: For Your Consideration” ―This episode will look at how campaigning changed the Oscars game at the turn of the century and the long history of campaigning dating back to Louis B. Mayer.
  • “2000: Boys Don’t Cry” ―This episode will discuss LGBTQ+ representation in media, the complex issue of straight actors playing trans and gay characters, actors who come out, and actors who change gender identities.
  • “2015: Oscars So White” ―This episode will explore the evolution of this issue, the ways the Academy continues to respond, and what this meant for the show’s producers.
  • “2019: Muchas Gracias, Mexico” ―This episode will look at the success of Mexican film artists at the Oscars―Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, and Emmanuel Lubezki and why US Latinx filmmakers and films are far less prevalent in the industry overall.
     

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

About Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and LAist Studios
Southern California Public Radio (scpr.org) is a member-supported multi-platform public media organization that has garnered more than 500 journalistic honors since 1999. Recognized as a national leader in public service journalism and civic engagement, SCPR’s flagship radio station, 89.3 KPCC-FM, reaches more than 900,000 listeners every week as the most listened-to public radio news service across Southern California. The network’s five stations (89.3 KPCC-FM, 89.1 KUOR-FM, 90.3 KVLA-FM, 89.9 FM, and 89.5 KJAI-FM) deliver award-winning local news coverage to the diverse communities of the region, including a robust slate of signature programs from NPR, APM, the BBC and PRI. LAist (laist.com) is a digital news site committed to in-depth reporting about life in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Its award-winning work reaches over seven million people per month, and in 2019, the brand grew to include LAist Studios (laiststudios.com), a dedicated podcast development and production studio. Furthering SCPR’s commitment to premium on-demand audio storytelling, podcasts from LAist Studios aim to reflect the ethos of Los Angeles—a forward-looking, minority-majority community built upon unmatched diversity, inclusion, and drive—going beyond geographical borders to connect with listeners around the globe who share the LA state of mind.

Academy Museum Gala to Honor producer Miky Lee, writer Steve McQueen, and actor Tilda Swinton on October 15, 2022.

GALA CO-CHAIRS ARE HALLE BERRY, JASON BLUM, RYAN MURPHY, AND LUPITA NYONG’OTHE EVENING IS SUPPORTED BY ROLEX.

Los Angeles, Calif.- March 16, 2022—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced details of its second annual gala, to be held on October 15, 2022. The Academy Museum Gala will celebrate the acclaimed new museum’s one-year anniversary and will honor Academy Museum Trustee and groundbreaking producer Miky Lee, Academy Award®-winning director, producer, and writer Steve McQueen, and Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton.

The evening is being co-chaired by Academy Award-winning actor and Academy Museum supporter Halle Berry, Academy Museum Trustee and producer Jason Blum,Academy Museum Trustee and screenwriter, director, producer Ryan Murphy,and Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. The evening is presented by Rolex and will raise vital funds to support the museum’s access, education, and programming initiatives. Rolex is also the official watch partner and founding supporter of the Academy Museum.

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “Our inaugural Gala in 2021 was a wonderful celebration of the artists and patrons of the Academy Museum. It was an incredible reminder of the power, artistry, diversity, and resilience of our film industry. At our 2022 Gala, we are deeply honored to recognize three members of our international film community whose outstanding achievements inspire us all: Miky Lee, Steve McQueen, and Tilda Swinton. We express our gratitude to Halle Berry, Jason Blum, Ryan Murphy, and Lupita Nyong’o for hosting this important evening and to Rolex for being a steadfast and engaged supporter of the Academy Museum Gala and global cinema.”

The three awards presented annually at the Academy Museum Gala reflect the museum’s mission to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema and to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema.

  • The gala’s Vantage Award, honoring an artist or scholar who has helped to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, will be given to Steve McQueen.
  • Tilda Swinton, an actress known for dedicating herself to collaborations with some of cinema’s most daring innovators, will receive the Visionary Award, honoring an artist or scholar whose extensive body of work has advanced the art of cinema.
  • Miky Lee will receive the gala’s Pillar Award, which acknowledges exemplary leadership and support for the Academy Museum.

The 2021 Academy Museum Gala raised more than $11MM for the museum’s film, educational, and access programming. Additional details about the 2022 Gala will be announced in the coming months.

ABOUT THE HONOREES
Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) is vice chairwoman of South Korea’s CJ Group and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the group’s entertainment and media subsidiary, CJ ENM. CJ ENM is the country’s foremost film and television studio, cable operator, and music producer.

Lee earned her BA at Seoul National University and received her MA in Asian Studies from Harvard. In 1994, Lee founded the entertainment and media division of CJ and invested in DreamWorks SKG as one of the early investors. Since then, Lee has continued to strengthen CJ’s presence by leading the global phenomenon of the Korean cultural movement. In fact, she was the key driving force behind K-POP’s global success, creating and growing KCON, the world’s largest fan celebration of Korean culture and music.

Lee was on the Forbes Asia list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen in 2012 and 2014. In 2017, Lee was named one of the founding Leadership Champions of the World Bank affiliated Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi).

CJ ENM has been involved in films such as Jung Ji-woo’s Happy End (1999), Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security. Area (2000), and Kang Woo-suk’s Silmido (2003). In 2019, Lee was executive producer of Parasite, the first foreign language film in history to win the Best Picture Oscar; she was later named The Hollywood Reporter’sInternational Producer of the Year in 2020. CJ ENM r ecently acquired the production-distribution company Endeavor Content.

Lee has been a Board Member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures since 2019 and currently serves are the Board’s Vice Chair. She has been deeply supportive of the museum’s expansive AAPI film programming.

Steve McQueen is a Turner Prize and Academy Award-winning artist and filmmaker. In all of his work, McQueen is committed to telling deep and compelling truths that are often untold or overlooked.

In 2008, McQueen’s critically acclaimed first feature Hunger, a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, won the Camera d ’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His second feature Shame, about the horrors of addiction, won two awards when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. His third film  12 Years A Slave (2013), an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 slave narrative memoir, received numerous prizes, most notably winning three Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 2018, he released  Widowsstarring Viola Davis, who was nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA.

McQueen’s most recent project, Small Axe, is an anthology of five films which brings to life the experiences of London’s West Indian community. An unprecedented two of the films were selected for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. As well as being nominated for a Golden Globe, the series of films won LA Film Critics Best Picture 2020. The anthology reflects the Black British experience from the late

1960s to the early 1980s.

McQueen is currently working on Occupied City, a new documentary that looks at Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II.

Tilda Swinton’s cinematic resume is varied and growing. She has appeared in a multitude of films, starting in 1985 with Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio.  She and Jarman made seven more films together, including The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1989), The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991) (for which she won the Best Actress award at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and Wittgenstein (1993), before Jarman’s death in 1994.  She gained wider international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of the title character in Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf and directed by Sally Potter.

She has established ongoing filmmaking relationships with, among others, Jim Jarmusch, Joel and Ethan Coen, Lynne Ramsay, Luca Guadagnino, Joanna Hogg, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, and Bong Joon Ho. She has worked with Hungarian master Béla Tarr and with Judd Apatow. In 2020, she made the greatly acclaimed The Human Voice with Pedro Almodóvar.

Since 2008, she has curated bespoke film festivals, both in and around her home village in Scotland and internationally. Always intended to be unexpected and inspired by wonder and the enchantment of communal experience, these magical gatherings—informed by treasure hunts, children’s parties, and flash-mob spontaneity—are testament to her dedication to what she calls Big Cinema, to which she remains devoted.

She received both the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 2008 for Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007).  In 2020, she was the recipient of both a BFI Fellowship and a Leone d’Oro at the Venice film festival for her lifetime’s work.

In 2021, Tilda Swinton’s work included Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria, Joanna Hogg’s Souvenir 2, and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. 2022 will see the premieres of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing with Idris Elba, Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, Joanna Hogg’ s The Eternal Daughter, and Julio Torres’s untitled feature comedy with A24.

About Rolex
For almost a century, Rolex and cinema have enjoyed close ties. A kinship that started spontaneously—Rolex watches, a symbol of fortitude and strength, appeared on actors’ wrists in many memorable films—has grown ever stronger over the years, notably through the watchmaker’s active support for film directors, whether established or rising talents. The close relationship between Rolex and the film industry was formalized in 2017 when the brand signed a partnership agreement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Rolex thereby became the Academy’s Exclusive Watch and Proud Sponsor of the Oscars ceremony, for which it also designs and hosts the Greenroom, an elegant space where presenters and guests mingle before going on stage. In 2018, the brand became a sponsor of the Academy’s annual Governors Awards honoring lifetime achievement. Its support of the Academy Museum is part of this broadening relationship. The two organizations are united by a commitment to excellence, a sense of history and a mission to preserve and celebrate the creation of extraordinary works—masterpieces.

Images: (left) Miky Lee, photo by Tracy Kumono; (center) Steve McQueen, photo by John Russo; (right) Tilda Swinton, photo credit: Michael Lavine / CPi Syndication

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.

EVA LONGORIA APPEARS IN “SEEN,” THE ACADEMY’S INTERVIEW SERIES FOCUSED ON FILMMAKERS AND ARTISTS

Available now on the Academy’s YouTube

Eva Longoria, actor, director, producer
Nick Barili, journalist, director, writer, producer

Los Angeles, Calif. – The newest episode of “Seen” – features Eva Longoria in conversation with journalist and series host Nick Barili.  Longoria and Barili visit the campus of California State University, Northridge, from which Longoria received a master’s degree in Chicano Studies in 2013.  Longoria opens up about the importance of knowing your history, and why she kept her day job for the first two years of her acting career.

The episode is available now on the Academy’s YouTube.

For more information on this episode of “Seen” and others in the series, please click here.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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Academy Museum Announces February and March Programs, marking the 50th anniversary of the release of The Godfather.

50THANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF THE GODFATHER WITH FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, A SPECIAL SCREENING OF PAN’S LABYRINTH WITH GUILLERMO DEL TORO, RETROSPECTIVES OF ISAO TAKAHATA, PIER PAOLO PASOLINI, AND CECILIA MANGINI, AND RARE SCREENINGS OF RECENTLY RESTORED FILMS.

Ongoing Series including Oscar® Sundays, featuring Oscar-recognized films; Branch Selects, which features films co-programmed with Academy Branches; and Family Matinees.

Los Angeles, Calif., January 25, 2021The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will continue its eclectic calendar of film screenings and public programs this winter with retrospectives of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, presented in conjunction with the museum’s Hayao Miyazaki exhibition, and Italian directors Cecilia Mangini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, the latter of which launches the Academy Museum’s partnership with Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of The Godfather, the museum will be screening the entire trilogy, including a special Academy Museum Member screening of The Godfather (USA, 1972) with Director Francis Ford Coppola. The museum will also host writer-director Guillermo del Toro for a special screening of his film Pan’s Labyrinth (USA, 2006) with an extended conversation about the movie, and screen the world premiere of a brand-new print of Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers, Robert J. Kaplan’s film starring actress Holly Woodlawn, from the Academy Film Archive.  

The recurring series Available Space, showcasing experimental and independent film and media, will highlight the work of Johann Lurf and a sampling of restorations by the Academy Film Archive of the films of Stan Brakhage. The museum’s Weekend With… series will feature screenings of films by Moufida Tlatli and Jill Sprecher. Screenings highlighting the films featured in the museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema , films curated by members of the Academy branches, movies honored at the Oscars® and Saturday Family Matinees will continue to offer audiences familiar classics and new discoveries. Throughout February, the museum’s ongoing series spotlight the work of film artists, including Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, and the late Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Godfather Trilogy:In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Godfather (USA, 1972), the Academy Museum will be screening Francis Ford Coppola’s complete trilogy, concluding with the director’s 2020 recut of the third chapter, in new 4K restorations. The March 21screening is for Academy Museum Members and includes a pre-screening Q&A with Director Francis Ford Coppola. (March 21–24)
  • Guillermo del Toro presents Pan’s Labyrinth: A special screening of Pan’s Labyrinth followed by a conversation with writer-director Guillermo del Toro. The film earned six Academy Award nominations including Foreign Language Film, and won for its stunning Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. (Feb 9)
  • Everyday Life: The Films of Isao Takahata: Presented in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, this retrospective includes all of Takahata’s Studio Ghibli features, beginning with the stunning World War II tragedy Grave of the Fireflies (Japan, 1988), as well as a selection of the theatrical films he made earlier in his career. Many of these earlier works also feature collaboration from a young Miyazaki, whom Takahata met when both were working at the famous Toei Animation studio. (Feb 3–16)
  • Carnal Knowledge: The Films of Pier Paolo PasoliniThe Academy Museum honors the centennial of poet, philoso­pher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with a complete retrospective of his narrative films interspersed with some unique short and documentary works from his prolific career, all screening on preserved 35mm prints or new DCPs. (Feb 17–Mar 12)
  • Special Screening, Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers:Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new print of this 1972 musical satire from the Academy Film Archive. Directed by Robert J. Kaplan, this nearly lost film stars Andy Warhol Factory superstar and Lou Reed muse Holly Woodlawn, as a small-town girl trying to make it in the Big Apple. (Feb 14)
  • Rare Takes: The Works of Cecilia Mangini: In dialogue with the Pier Paolo Pasolini retrospective, the Academy Museum presents a series on the work of his collaborator Cecilia Mangini, the first woman to make documentaries in post-war Italy. The retrospective follows her passing at the age of 93 in 2021. (Mar 5–20)
  • Weekend With…: The series offering audiences the chance to dive deep into the work of a filmmaker, actor, or key creative over the course of one weekend, continues with:
    • Weekend With…Moufida TlatliFeaturing rarely screened films by Tunisian film editor-turned-director Moufida Tlatli, among them The Silences of the Palace (Tunisia/France, 1994) and The Season of Men (Tunisia/France, 2000). (Feb 19)
    • Weekend With…Jill SprecherTwo days of screenings celebrating the work and influences of Jill Sprecher, director of Clockwatchers (USA, 1998) and Thirteen Conversations about One Thing (USA, 2002), will feature post-screening conversations with the filmmaker. (Mar 18–19)
  • Available Space, the Academy Museum’s ongoing series showcasing experimental and independent film and media, will include:
    • ★ by Johann Lurf, featuring a screening of the 2022 edition of an epic chronological assembly of sequences of the starry sky from the very beginning of cinema up to the present year (the film is updated annually), preceded by the Vienna-based filmmaker’s short film Twelve Tales Told (Austria, 2004), in which he interweaves a dozen major studio logos to create a cinematic time-sculpture celebrating and satirizing the epic-scale branding of industrial cinema. (Feb 24)
    • And Early and Late Brakhagea sampling of restorations by the Academy Film Archive, with a unique focus on films drawn from Brakhage’s earliest years of production alongside films from his last years of activity, including his final masterpiece of hand-painting Panels for the Walls of Heaven (USA, 2002). (Mar 10)

ONGOING SERIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Oscar® Sundays: Held every Sunday evening in the David Geffen Theater, this series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards. For the month of February, the museum will highlight Black filmmakers cited at the Oscars and in March films written by women, such as Lilies of the Field (USA, 1963), Moonlight (USA, 2016), When Harry Met Sally… (USA, 1989) and Thelma & Louise (USA, 1991).
  • Family Matinees: Held every Saturday for families of all ages, screenings in February will celebrate Black filmmakers and include A Wrinkle in Time (USA, 2018) and Soul (USA, 2020), among others.
  • Branch Selects: The series, which will screen 52 titles over the span of 2022 curated by members of the 17 branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, continues with Citizen Kane (USA, 1941), Doctor Zhivago (USA, 1965), and The Graduate (USA, 1967), among other films that celebrate the achievements of each branch’s craft.
  • Stories of Cinema: Featuring screenings of films and filmmakers highlighted in the museum’s core exhibition, the series will continue with I Am Not Your Negro (USA, 2016), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, 2000), and The Tree of Life (USA, 2011), among others.

In addition, education and family programs will be ongoing at the Academy Museum. Programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and will include family studio activities, family matinee screenings, and in-gallery tours. ASL interpreted tours for hard of hearing and Deaf communities and visual description tours for low vision and blind communities will be offered monthly as well as accommodative Calm Mornings and family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers. A full schedule of Family Matinees may be accessed here.

You can see the full schedule of the Academy Museum’s film screenings and public and educational programs here.


REGISTRATION AND TICKETING FOR FILM SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS
Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets are available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website.

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members.

Beginning in February, admission to daytime film screenings will be $5. This includes Family Matinees.

Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

Museum Members receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, and exclusive members-only advance film screenings, by visiting the museum’s website.

To visit the museum or attend a program or screening, all visitors must have an advance reservation and
visitors ages 12 and up must show proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test which was taken within 72 hours before arrival at the museum. Digital vaccine records or physical vaccine cards are acceptable proof.

The museum will require visitors to follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines by the state of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.

The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:
The Richard Roth Cinema-Arts Fund to showcase global cinema.
Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism.
Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming.
Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film.
Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited.
The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision, which is co-presenting Roberto Galvadón, the first of three-film series that celebrates Mexican cinema.
Mexico’s two major film archives, the Cineteca Nacional and the Filmoteca de la UNAM, to whom we are grateful for making the Roberto Galvadón program possible.
Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.

IMAGE CREDITSLilies of the Field (1963), film still, courtesy of Park Circus; Grave of the Fireflies (1988), film still courtesy of Studio Ghibli/GKIDS; The Godfather (1972), film still, courtesy of courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers (1972), film still, courtesy of H.G. Entertainment, Ltd.