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Academy Museum Gala Honoree Miky Lee Talks CJ Group Global Strategy, Cultural Diversity Goals

Miky Lee — vice chairwoman of Korean conglomerate CJ Group, executive producer of Parasite and vice chair of the Academy Museum board — is set to receive the Pillar Award at the museum’s second annual gala Oct. 15, alongside Visionary Award honoree Tilda Swinton, Icon Award winner Julia Roberts and Vantage Award winner Steve McQueen. […]

Academy Apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for Her Mistreatment at the 1973 Oscars (Exclusive)

The first time Sacheen Littlefeather encountered the Academy, in 1973, she was booed onstage at the Oscars, heckled with mock ululations and so-called “tomahawk chops” offstage, and threatened with arrest and physical assault. Nearly half a century later, she will return to the Academy as an invited guest of honor for an evening of reflection […]

Fanny’s Restaurant Debuts Supper Club Series Named After ‘Funny Girl’ “Hello, Gorgeous” Line

“Hello, Gorgeous.”  That is, of course, the classic line uttered by Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice in 1968’s Funny Girl. Starting Saturday night, it’s also the name of a new monthly live music series and supper club at the character’s namesake restaurant, Fanny’s, inside the Academy Museum. Fanny’s, from restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster and […]

Academy Museum Staff Seeks to Unionize With AFSCME

Less than a year after the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened its doors, staffers working in the front and back of the house at the industry institution are seeking to form a union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). A group calling itself the Academy Museum Workers United (AMWU) […]

How the Academy Museum’s Jewish Exclusion Became Exhibit A

Producer John Goldwyn turned down his invite to the September 2021 opening gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The grandson of Samuel Goldwyn — an industry founding father whose executive endeavors a century ago led to the formation of both Paramount and MGM — had been astonished to learn, before the institution’s debut, that […]

Steve McQueen, Tilda Swinton, Miky Lee to Be Honored at Academy Museum Gala

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will honor director and producer Steve McQueen, actor Tilda Swinton and producer Miky Lee at its second annual gala to celebrate its one-year anniversary, it was announced Wednesday. The gala will take place on Oct. 15. The gala’s Vantage Award, which honors an artists or scholar who has “helped […]

How the Academy Museum Quickly Became Hollywood’s New Hotspot for Premieres and Glitzy Fundraisers

Hollywood officially has a new hotspot: the Academy Museum. Following its starry, black-tie opening on Sept. 25, the mid-city destination has become a go-to events space for premieres, parties, screenings and glitzy fundraisers. To cite just a few: Belfast star Jamie Dornan captivated the premiere crowd singing “Everlasting Love” at a Nov. 8 afterparty; Ava […]

Critic’s Notebook: A Dazzling and Sometimes Frustrating Showcase for Hollywood History at the Academy Museum

According to Hollywood lore, a world-class motion picture museum situated in Los Angeles has been in the works for nine decades. By the 1960s, a group of industry legends — including Walt Disney, Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson — had moved forward with the concept. Yet they threw in the towel after […]