The Academy of Motion Pictures, the organisation behind the Oscars, is opening a new museum next year. Called The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, it will be a tribute to the history of cinema, both live-action and animated. And now, the staff have announced the list of its first major exhibitions. According to Kerry Brougher, the Museum’s director, it will include an exhibition dedicated to the one and only Hayao Miyazaki.
Miyazaki is Japan’s ONLY Oscar-winning anime director. He won the award in 2003 for Spirited Away. They also gave him a Special Award for his service and career, making him a 2-time Oscar winner. When Brougher announced the Miyazaki exhibition, he said that it will be “the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States.”
The Museum website describes Miyazaki and the exhibit as follows:
“The Academy Museum’s opening temporary exhibition will be an unprecedented U.S. retrospective of famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, curated by Jessica Niebel in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Celebrated and admired around the world for his imagination, authorial vision, craftsmanship, and deeply humanistic values, Miyazaki continues to influence generations of filmmakers and film lovers.
The exhibition will take visitors on a thematic journey through his cinematic worlds using original production materials from Studio Ghibli’s archives and features such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). The exhibition will present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments. A catalogue, film series, and public events will accompany the presentation, and unique Studio Ghibli merchandise will be sold at the Museum’s shop.”
The Miyazaki exhibition will only be temporary though, as an exhibit about Black Cinema will follow it in 2020. Meanwhile, other highlighted exhibits will inclide classic films such as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Casablanca (1942), Psycho (1960), and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Film legends such as Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Oscar Micheaux, Sessue Hayakawa, and Beatriz Michelena will also get their own exhibits.
As for the museum itself, you can find it on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles. It will open sometime next year.