The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures held its third annual gala on Sunday, Dec. 3 and raised over $10 million to support the museum's exhibitions, education initiatives, and public programming. And the gala itself was quite the star-studded event!
Director and President of the Academy Museum, Jacqueline Stewart, welcomed the esteemed guests for cocktails in the museum's Sidney Poitier Lobby. Later, attendees were treated to a special beatnik dance performance choreographed by Stephen Galloway as they made their way to dinner on the Dolby Family Terrace. Before the night concluded, Billie Eilish and Finneas took the stage for a surprise performance.
Among those in attendance for the evening were Adrien Brody, America Ferrera, Angela Bassett, Cillian Murphy, Dua Lipa, Emerald Fennell, Eva Longoria, Fantasia Barrino, Gael García Bernal, Greta Lee, Julianne Moore, Ke Huy Quan, Keke Palmer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Paul Giamatti, Peter Sarsgaard, Regina Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Sandra Oh, Saoirse Ronan, Selena Gomez, Stephanie Hsu, Willem Dafoe and many more.
Presented by Rolex, the gala honored four Hollywood icons for their contributions to film both past and present. Greta Gerwig presented three-time Oscar winner and 21-time nominee Meryl Streep with the Academy Museum Gala Icon Award, celebrating her significant global cultural impact. The Visionary Award was presented to Sofia Coppola by Chloé Zhao in recognition of the Oscar-winning filmmaker's extensive body of work.
This year's Vantage Award was presented by Christopher Nolan to actor, director and producer Michael B. Jordan for his work as an emerging artist helping to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema. Jordan's sister, Jamila, was in attendance to accept on his behalf.