During the 92nd Academy Awards, American film legend Tom Hanks announced that after several delays. the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will finally open on 14th December 2020. The museum itself will launch with a very special exhibit dedicated to none other than Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. Of course, old “Miya-san” is a 2-time Oscar winner and film legend.
The Miyazaki exhibit will be a very special one. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reported that “One of the first exhibits will be an immersive look at the world of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli animated films”. These include two of his greatest works, My Neighbor Totoro and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away,
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.”
Meanwhile, other highlighted exhibits will include 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.