Inside the Star-Studded Second Annual Academy Museum Gala With Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Jessica Chastain
The Academy Museum Gala returned to its original location on Saturday night with a star-studded show.
Swinton, who received the Visionary Award for “an artist or scholar whose extensive oeuvre has advanced the art of cinema,” told The Hollywood Reporter that the recognition was “sort of unimaginably honoring.”
She continued, “I can’t get my head around this,” she said.
McQueen received the Vantage Award for an “artist or scholar who has helped contextualize and challenge dominant cinematic narratives.” He added that it was an honor to be honored at the Academy.
Robert’s appearance caused quite a stir among the starry crowd. Chastain, who walked the press line along with her The Good Nurse costar Redmayne, joked that Julia Roberts brought him out. Redmayne confirmed this sentiment. Chastain was asked if he had any conversation starters for Roberts. He replied, “I’m just standing in front of a girl, asking her to like him …”. This encounter would actually be a 2nd attempt.”
“I did actually meet her once, she very generously gave me an award once and made a fool out of myself,” the actor stated. “I just gushed. I felt embarrassed about that.” And since the gala also serves as a major fundraiser for the museum, Chastain also noted, “they raised $11 million last year so hopefully –open your wallet, Redmayne. Make it 12!”
Majors also praised Swinton on the red carpet, calling her his favorite actress. “I heard she’s coming to be here. He confided that he was too shy to speak to her, but she is my favorite. He also spoke about the importance of the Academy Museum as a place for film history in Los Angeles.
He said, “Cinema can be used as a tool of democracy. If we can preserve our progress in capsules and can memorialize it in some way, then we should.” It teaches us lessons, and shows us how to live better. I’m glad to be there and to honor these people and their contributions today.
Swinton said, “The thing with film is that it never gets old, and it’s really important that the archive be available to everyone.” This museum is truly amazing. It’s so alive, so inclusive. I was there yesterday. I think anyone who lives in L.A. should come and spend as much time as possible here.
The event was attended by Judd Apatow and Jason Blum, The Daniels as well as Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Judd Apatow and Xolo Mariduena. Other guests included Hailey Bieber (Judd Turner-Smith), Jurnee Slomollett, Lily Collins and Kaitlyn Dever. Novak, Alexandra Daddario and Alexa Demie joined Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Colman Domingo and Lena Dunham to kick off the celebration. Yeoh also participated in a choir who performed on the restaurant balcony, before the party moved into the main room.
For the awards portion, Jeffrey Katzenberg presented to Miky Lee, noting she was an early investor in DreamWorks; Guadagnino, who walked the carpet with his Bones and All star Taylor Russell, presented to Swinton, who starred in his Suspiria. Daniel Kaluuya presented to McQueen, who directed him in Widows, and Clooney presented to his Ticket to Paradise co-star Roberts (who wore Thom Browne).
The night ended with Diana Ross performing a surprise performance. Blum, Alicia Vikander, and Universal’s Donna Langley were among the people dancing to her hits. This year’s gala raised $10 million to support the museum’s access, education and programming initiatives.
Blum and Ryan Murphy, Academy Museum trustees, and Halle Berry and Lupita Nyong’o co-chaired the event. The event was produced and designed by Rolex. Gala creative director Lisa Love, and Raul Avila, the artistic director, were responsible for the production. Guests were also sent home with a bag of chocolates from the luxury watch company.
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