Oscar Museum in Hollywood: How It Will Be

Finally, Hollywood has a space dedicated to the celebration of the seventh art. O Academy Film Museum (Museum of the Academy of Movies) opens to the public on September 30 after a delay of four years from the start date.

The project was announced in 2012, but began to spark dreams when the organization that promotes the Oscars was founded in 1927. Now, 92 years later, it has come true.

The museum occupies two buildings, one of which is seven stories high, in the heart of Los Angeles. The collection of 13 million artifacts will help tell the story of the film industry from the silent film era to the present day.

Among the gems are the shoes of Dorothy’s character from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939), the typewriter Alfred Hitchcock used to write the screenplay for ‘Psycho’ (1960) and one of the covers of Bela Lugosi in the feature film “Dracula”. “, 1931.

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At the opening of the room for the press, in addition to all the staging, actress Anna Kendrick and actor Tom Hanks welcomed the journalists. Hanks called the museum “the largest magic lantern in the world”, a reference to the first projectors in the history of cinema, which can also be seen in the new cultural space.

“There are other cities with movie museums, but with all due respect, this has to be their Parthenon,” Hanks said. “Cinema is a magical art that speaks to everyone, everywhere. I have to say that we talked about this museum at the Academy for almost 20 years and the end result is ten times better than we dreamed”, reiterated the owner of two Oscars. figurines.

Hanks is a board member, along with Laura Dern, Whoopi Goldberg, among dozens of artists, and led fundraising for the project with actress Annette Bening and Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Bob Iger . The cost of the museum was $482 million.

“We want to bring all of the international and diverse stories of cinema to our galleries,” said museum director Bill Kramer.

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Next Saturday (25), the venue will host a gala evening filled with Hollywood stars. Next week, on September 30, the doors will open to the public.

The history of cinema

The one who welcomes the public is Bruce, the main character of the film Shark (1975). At 548 kilos and 7.6 meters, the star of Steven Spielberg’s film, which won three Oscar statuettes, hangs in the central void and can be seen from all floors.

Spielberg, by the way, is one of the museum’s biggest donors and right at the entrance is the gallery named after his family. It is there, with a 13-minute presentation, that the visitor will be able to attend a quick introduction to the history of cinema, which begins with the work of the Lumière brothers and continues to the present day.

The real immersion takes place on the following floors. The largest gallery celebrates different eras, genres and directors, such as Orson Welles and the iconic “Citizen Kane” (1941), “Real Women Have Curves” (2002), by Colombian director Patricia Cardoso, as well as Spike Lee, Oscar Micheaux among many others.

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Also in this gallery are 40 clothes from films such as “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” (2019), “Girls Prefer Blondes” (1953), “The Unforgettable Wizard” (1978), “La La Land” (2016), “Rocketman” (2019) and “Interstellar” (2014). Just as the clothes in each film help tell the art behind the designers who craft pieces for blockbuster productions, the exhibition explains all the details that make a film: from sound production, sets, lighting, from editing, special effects to make-up and hairstyling.

The Impacto/Reflection installation explores how documentary narratives can drive change in society, with a focus on the Black Lives Matter, #Metoo movements, labor relations and climate change.

The Academy Museum, of course, devotes a lot of space to the Oscars. The viewer can watch the most famous speeches from the nine decades of America’s most famous film party and also see a gallery filled with royal statues. The first dates from 1927.

Pedro Almodóvar was the director chosen for the temporary exhibition in the Cinema History Gallery. Twelve big screens broadcast excerpts from films by the Spanish filmmaker who won an Oscar in 2002 for his script for the film “Talk to Her”.

It is at the end of the exhibition on the history of cinema that the happiness of pop culture fans comes. This is the time to meet the idols: this is where the “ET” is. (1982), The Androids of “star wars“C-3PO and R2-D2, the amphibious man from ‘The Shape of Water’ (2017), plus Marvel movie costumes, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990) and ‘Terminator’ prototype face Future” (1984).

The entire top floor hosts a temporary exhibition on Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, which is devoting a retrospective to him for the first time on North American soil. The public will be able to travel through the six decades of the artist’s career: 400 objects explain the creative process of the animator through drawings, layouts, posters and film screenings.

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The space dedicated to cinema could not miss the daily film screenings. There are two rooms that bring an extensive program curated by Brazilian curator Bernardo Rondeau.

“We have two screening rooms, one of which has a thousand seats and space for an orchestra. The program is very diverse and extensive, with films related to the exhibitions of the História do Cinema gallery and temporary exhibitions. We currently have entertainment by Hayao Miyazaki, in addition to the Oscar-winning productions. Every week, we also have films for children”, explains the curator who says he also wants to put Brazil on the program.

“I’m very interested in bringing Brazilian cinema to our theaters and galleries. In Spike Lee’s exhibition, for example, in the part that talks about the credentials he has as a filmmaker, we show a poster of the film Pixote (1981), directed by Héctor Babenco The museum has already acquired other Brazilian film material, pieces by Carmen Miranda and even a film of her trying on Rondeau clothes.

The Oscar-winning experience

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Visitors will also have the opportunity to receive an Oscar statuette, even if only for a short time. After typing the name on a computer, you enter the interactive space with a screen on which the image of the Dolby Theater is projected – the place where the trophies are awarded during the famous ceremony.

Then you hear the famous phrase: “And the Oscar goes to”. Then the visitor hears his name and is allowed to hold the statuette – a perfect replica, with the same weight and dimensions. For about 15 seconds it is even possible to perform to accept the prize. Everything is recorded on video and sent to the visitor by e-mail. But, unfortunately, it is not possible to take the figure home.

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