Academy Museum Gala Honoring Oprah, Meryl Streep Raises Over $10M at Third Annual Event

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The Academy Museum Gala returned for its third year on Sunday night, honoring Meryl Streep, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Coppola among an A-list group of guests.

The Los Angeles event — which was originally scheduled for Oct. 14 but was delayed until December following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel — serves as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ marquee annual fundraiser, raising vital funds to support museum exhibitions, education initiatives and public programming; it has also quickly become one of Hollywood’s starriest nights.

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The gala raised more than $10 million in support of the museum, and presented four awards to reflect its mission to advance the understanding, celebration and preservation of film and to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema.

Colman Domingo, Niecy Nash-Betts, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Angela Bassett.
Colman Domingo, Niecy Nash-Betts, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Angela Bassett.
Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Third Annual Fundraising Gala, Presented by Rolex, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 3, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep.

Greta Gerwig presented Streep with the Academy Museum Gala Icon Award, celebrating her significant global cultural impact, and Chloe Zhao presented The Visionary Award to Coppola.

This year’s Vantage Award was presented by Christopher Nolan to Jordan, whose sister Jamila, accepted on his behalf as he was not present at the event — the star was involved in a car accident on Saturday night, and a source close to the actor says he is doing OK after the crash and skipped the gala out of precaution.

Ava DuVernay presented Winfrey with the Pillar Award, acknowledging her leadership and support for the Academy Museum.

Guest Attends the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Third Annual Fundraising Gala, Presented by Rolex, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 3, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Rachel Zegler, Ke Huy Quan and Tom Blyth.

DuVernay, Dr. Eric Esrailian, Halle Berry and Ryan Murphy served as co-chairs for the evening, and the long list of attendees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Angela Bassett, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Saoirse Ronan, Cillian Murphy, The Daniels, Ke Huy Quan, J.J. Abrams, Seth Rogen, Olivia Wilde, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Zoë and Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Garner, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Sandra Oh, Keke Palmer, Sterling K. Brown, Taraji P. Henson, Rachel Zegler, Gemma Chan, Lily Gladstone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natasha Lyonne, Barry Keoghan, Charles Melton, Fantasia Barrino, Awkwafina, Adrien Brody, Phoebe Dynevor, Camila Morrone, Christina Ricci, Addison Rae, Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner. (See full red carpet images from the night here).

Sofia Coppola - Academy Museum Gala - 2023
Visionary Award honoree Sofia Coppola — wearing Chanel, an ongoing supporter of the Academy — was photographed by Greg Williams at Fanny’s restaurant at the Academy Museum the night of the arts insitution’s annual gala.
Guest Attends Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Third Annual Fundraising Gala, Presented by Rolex, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 3, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Adrien Brody, Charles Melton and Robert Downey Jr.

Jacqueline Stewart, director and president of the Academy Museum, kicked off the night by welcoming guests during cocktails, before attendees made their way to dinner on the Dolby Family Terrace, which took design inspiration from the Hollywood landmark restaurant, Chasen’s.

Following the awards presentation, Billie Eilish and Finneas performed a surprise set, and guests concluded their night with a visit to the museum’s new exhibition, John Waters: Pope of Trash, a retrospective dedicated to Waters’s six-decade film career.

The evening was presented by Rolex.

Guest Attends the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Third Annual Fundraising Gala, Presented by Rolex, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 3, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Daniel Scheinert, Kirsten Lepore, Stephanie Hsu and Daniel Kwan

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