Julia Roberts will need to make a little extra space on her mantle when she’s given the Academy Museum Gala Icon Award this fall. The 54-year-old A-lister, who can already boast about her Oscar, three Golden Globes, and a SAG Award (not that she’d do that, she’s way too classy) will receive her prize at the big shindig on October 15, as per Variety.
Previously announced winners for this year’s event include Tilda Swinton, winning the Visionary Award, Steve McQueen, winning the Vantage Award. Miky Lee, producer of Parasite and numerous other South Korean films, will be presented with a Pillar Award.
The inaugural gala in 2021 presented Sophia Loren with a Visionary Award, Tom Hanks, Annette Benning, and former Disney boss Bob Iger with Pillar Awards, and Haile Gerima, a professor, filmmaker, and key member of the L.A. Rebellion group, with the Vantage Award.
The newly installed Academy Museum President, Jacqueline Stewart, said that the Erin Brockovich and Pretty Woman star “has embodied iconic characters and memorable roles,” and that her organization is “thrilled to continue honoring her excellence in the industry and contribution to the arts.”
Roberts’s hotly anticipated return to rom-coms, opposite George Clooney, comes this October, in Ticket to Paradise. Its release in the U.S. just so happens to be six days after this event. Quelle coïncidence!!
The museum also announced its 2022 gala host committee, which includes Adrien Brody, Amanda Seyfried, Ariana DeBose, Awkwafina, Billie Lourd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chloë Sevigny, Colman Domingo, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Darren Criss, Eddie Redmayne, Eiza González, Elle Fanning, Emma Roberts, George C. Wolfe, Glenn Close, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Thomas Sadoski, Jon Hamm, Jonathan Majors, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Keke Palmer, Kid Cudi, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Letitia Wright, Lily Collins, Lucy Liu, Natasha Lyonne, Orlando Bloom, Regina Hall, Renée Zellweger, Riley Keough, Robert Duvall, Ron Howard, Ruth Negga, and Selma Blair, among others. (These names were clearly alphabetized by first name rather than last, which isn’t the way we like to do business, but never 100 percent agreeing with Academy decisions is part of the tradition, no?)
The gala, which raises funds for the museum, is sponsored by Rolex, and the evening will be co-hosted by Halle Berry, Jason Blum, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ryan Murphy. The 2021 event raised more than $11 million, and in late October the museum went into the NFT business, minting digital collectible versions of its Pillar Award.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, opened to the general public in September 30, 2021. The 300,000-square-foot campus, designed by 84-year-old Italian architect Renzo Piano, features two theaters, more than 13 million photographs, 67,000 posters and 137,000 pieces of production art. It currently has a 3.5/5 rating on Trip Advisor.