The largest film-related collection in the world continues growing, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced invaluable new acquisitions to the Academy Collection: Costumes worn by Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan and Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All at Once, a personal collection from Steven Spielberg, and more.
The newest assets will be housed across the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Academy Film Archive, and the Margaret Herrick Library, with the Steven Spielberg Animation Collection — featuring more than 150 hand-painted pieces of animated artwork dating back to 1932 — commemorated by the renaming of the library’s Graphic Arts Department as the Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw Graphic Arts Department.
"We are thrilled and honored to expand the Academy's collection with these exceptional pieces," says Academy CEO Bill Kramer. "These vital components of the filmmaking process highlight the collaborative disciplines that develop and produce the movies we love. They also demonstrate the Academy's unique capacity to preserve the full range of film history formats. We are incredibly grateful to our donors for their remarkable gifts to the Academy and for their commitment to illuminating our film history."
Other exciting new acquisitions include costumes from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice and 8 Mile; the Oscar presented to blacklisted screenwriter Nedrick Young for The Defiant Ones; props from The Goonies and Simon Rex's prosthesis from Red Rocket; plus, collections from filmmakers Gregg Araki and Harold Ramis, actor Marsha Hunt, producer Gale Anne Hurd, and much more.
"These new additions to our collections represent the diverse array of films and filmmakers we are focused on collecting. They support our goal to expose our audiences – from scholars and students to filmmakers and film lovers – to materials that spark joy, inspiration and exemplify the rich history of the cinema," says Jacqueline Stewart, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. "We are excited that these iconic collections will be available for future research and public engagement."
Preview some of the new acquisitions below.
Typewriter used by Frank Pierson to write 'Cat Ballou' (1965) and 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967).
Costume worn by Gina Lollobrigida as Lina Cavalieri in 'Beautiful but Dangerous' (1955).
Costume worn by Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022).
Costume worn by Jamie Lee Curtis as Deirdre Beaubeirdre in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022).
Costume design drawings illustrated by Julio Martinez for Diana Ross in 'Mahogany' (1975).
Animation cel of Bugs Bunny as Carmen Miranda, ca. 1944, from the Steven Spielberg Animation Collection.
Animation cel from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (1937), from the Steven Spielberg Animation Collection.
Alternative poster for 'The Sheik' (1921), illustrated by F.P. Fragasso, from the Dwight Manley collection of silent film materials.