UPDATE The Motion Picture Academy Museum is finally opening to the press, and the wait was well worth it!
The much-advertised Academy Museum opened today to the press and VIPs, the official opening is September 30. The museum took a long time to build but it was well worth it. Well done to the Academy.
We spoke to esteemed Bill Kramer, director and president of The Academy Museum, who told us, “This is a long-held dream of the Academy, the city of LA, the film industry. We couldn’t be more proud to open the Academy Museum for all of us. It’s our museum, it’s everyone who walks through the door; their movie house. It is a cinema museum for members of the Academy, film artists, Angelenos and moviegoers from all over the world; it’s for everyone. It is the industry of our hometown and we need this institution that celebrates the work of our film artists and our film history. And we have it here!
Bill had told the VIP crowd earlier in the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater, after being introduced by Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick, earlier that “We know this museum will become an instant, must-see landmark for residents.” and tourists. To connect directly with the films that have left an indelible mark in their lives. ‘”
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and Film Academy President David Rubin followed up and explained that the Academy wanted a museum 92 years ago. Samsung heiress Miky Lee, who was a producer of “Parasite” and vice president of the Academy’s board of directors, also spoke. (The popular Ms. Lee was also the money behind Dreamworks in 1995.)
A short film followed with Bob Iger then Oprah Winfrey in honor of Sidney Poitier; the hall of the Museum is dedicated to him. The famous Italian architect Renzo Piano then spoke charmingly about his creation. “I’m not good for anything on my own. When I was little in Genoa, I loved the sea and the cinema. Everything is in a film, light and shadow. This is what is here. This bubble will never grow.
A cheerful Tom Hanks joked with the reluctant press, noting, “Thanks for holding your applause.” Tom then cheekily repeatedly promoted the ABC special, “A Night In The Academy Museum,” which he co-hosts with his Oscar-winning colleague Laura Dern on October 12.e at 10 o’clock in the evening. When audiences weren’t reacting to the way the charming Tom is also used, he joked: “To paraphrase Hans Solo’s words as he neared the Death Star, I have a good feeling. on this subject. You know I thought this joke was going to kill you are so jaded.
Hanks went on to say, “This museum is like the Parthenon for movies. Movies continue to be the magical art that speaks to everyone everywhere. This end result exceeds our dreams tenfold. He finished it in true Tom style, saying exuberantly: “Hello, hi, welcome to the Academy of Cinema! “
The many splendours inside include the main exhibition, Movie Stories, which has three floors and is packed with thousands of iconic pieces; Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Droids from Star Wars, Black Panther costumes, Tim Burton’s haunted houses, Peter Jackson’s heads from The Lord of the Rings and much more.
The Gallery of Significant Films and Directors features six works and artists, including the iconic Rosebud Sleigh which was donated by Steven Spielberg. And there’s an original JAWS shark that greets you when you get off the elevator.
The Museum, to its credit, does not shy away from the controversies that have long surrounded the Academy: the lack of diversity, and the snail progress that women, Latinas and blacks have made. There is a poignant empty display for the Oscar statue of Hattie McDaniel which she won in 1939 and which has disappeared. (McDaniel was forced to sit at the back of the room during that year’s ceremony because he was black.) A makeup and hairstyle show does not spare 1930s blackface and yellowface exhibits. and 40. The Mount Rushmore exhibit exhibit used at North By Northwest has a sign that mentions the desecration of the sacred Lakota land. Black filmmakers talk about the release of DW Griffith’s The Birth Of A Nation, which reinvigorated the KKK in the 1930s.
Editing, sets, composers, all craftsmen are in the spotlight. Excerpts from the most iconic films of our time are everywhere. Spike Lee has his own exhibit, with his personal memories, as does Pedro Almodovar, who is often racy and fascinating to watch. Animation galleries abound, and there’s a fun Oscars experience that creates an immersive environment that simulates the experience of accepting an Oscar on stage at the Dolby Theater. (Yes, I participated.)
A room dedicated to actual statues from the Oscars past, with Sidney Poitier is at the front and center. One of the museum’s inaugural temporary exhibitions highlights the work of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animator, director and producer behind Studio Ghibli. You can lay back and gaze at a blue sky and sit in the fake grass under a gorgeous light green work of art. Circular rooms are plentiful, to take a break and watch old music videos, sci-fi movies and more. To paraphasize Tom Hanks, the Academy Museum, so long under construction, celebrates the rich cinematic history that is Hollywood in a grand and splendid way!