The Academy Museum Opens on Sep 30!
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures finally is going to open to the public on Sep 30. Originally set to open in 2019, the Academy Museum has pushed their grand opening back over and over facing the global pandemic.
Though the museum hasn't open yet, I have been enjoying browsing their websites. Again, from a diversity perspective, I will share some insights here.
The most recent big news about the Academy Museum is that they are dedicating the grand lobby to legendary Sidney Poitier.
Given the history of the Academy Award, it is no doubt a white-male-dominant world. Sidney Poitier was the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, Dedicating the lobby to Sidney Poitier is recognizing and emphasizing the importance of people of color in this industry.
One of the opening exhibitions that catches my eyes at first sight is Hayao Miyasaki's "the first of its kind in North America" show. Miyasaki's films are organized into 7 sections for fans and visitors to explore his wonderful animation world through a in-person experience.
I can't wait to visit the Academy Museum for so many reasons. Now that I think about it, I wonder why an Oscar museum comes into play up until this point. This seems like needed to happen way back in the long history of 92 years!