Academy Museum to honor Sophia Loren, Haile Gerima at gala

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is assembling a star-studded forged for its opening gala in September. Italian screen legend Sophia Loren and independent filmmaker Haile Gerima will be honored with specific awards, and Tom Hanks, Annette Bening and Bob Iger are being saluted for their efforts to increase $388 million for the lengthy gestating museum, the organization mentioned Monday.

The gala will be held on Sept. 25 as the kick-off to a week of celebrations major up to the museum’s opening to the public on Sept. 30.

Invoice Kramer, the director and president of the Academy Museum, claimed in a statement that the museum is “committed to celebrating and championing the work of movie artists, scholars and professions through our exhibitions, screenings, applications, collections and now, by means of our annual gala.”


Gerima is acclaimed for his portraits of Black city everyday living in movies like “Bush Mama” and “Ashes & Embers.” The Ethiopian-born filmmaker will be acquiring the inaugural Vantage Award, recognizing artists who have contextualized or challenged dominant narratives in film. Loren will be finding the Visionary Award for artists whose function has sophisticated the art of cinema.

Gala co-chairs incorporate Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum.

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, The Academy Museum of Movement Pictures is located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the historic Saban Building. Inaugural attractions include an show celebrating famous Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and Bruce, the 1,208 pound, 25-foot-extended, 45-calendar year-old fiberglass shark manufactured from the “Jaws” mildew.

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