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Director Brett Ratner, who was to have produced the 2012 Oscars, has contributed $1 million to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Ratner had been tapped to produce the 2012 Academy Awards, but a series of controversial comments he made that many found sexist and homophobic, let to him withdrawing from that assignment. He subsequently made several P.S.A.’s for GLAAD and in March received GLAAD’s Ally Award for his efforts.
“I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum. I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, which the Academy co-sponsored. I couldn’t be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema’s greatest work,” Ratner said.
Commented Bill Kramer, the museum’s managing director of development, “Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of supporters.”
The Academy launched the Museum’s capital campaign in 2012 and reports it has already secured more than half of the campaign’s $300 million goal in commitments. The campaign is chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.
“Thanks to the generosity of founding supporters like Brett, we are now able to realize the long-held dream of the Academy and that of the global film community to build a museum dedicated to the history and future of the movies,” Iger said,
Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Wilshire May Company building. Slated to open in early 2017, the Academy Museum will contain nearly 300,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, theaters, screening rooms, education centers, and special event spaces.
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