Academy Museum postpones gala, citing war in Israel | ET REALITY


It’s hard not to see the Academy of Motion Picture Museum’s attempt to host this year’s gala — a glamorous party that raises more than $10 million for the museum and burnishes its image by attracting Hollywood celebrities — as anything but unfortunate. .

First, the Hollywood strikes complicated efforts to celebrate the holiday, since striking actors are prohibited from promoting films and few would want to rub shoulders socially with the executives of the big studios they are striking against. That difficulty was resolved after studio executives, who are among the museum’s largest financial backers, agreed not to attend and union officials said actors could attend as long as they did not promote films.

Then the war between Israel and Hamas cast a shadow over the festivities, which were scheduled for Saturday night. First, the museum announced that the red carpet, where stars parade in their best for photographers before entering, would be canceled. Then, on Thursday, the museum announced that the gala would be postponed.

“Out of respect for the devastating conflict and loss of life occurring abroad, we have made the decision to postpone the Academy Museum’s gala this Saturday,” the museum said in a statement Thursday night. “We hope to reschedule at a later date. We deeply thank everyone for their support.”

The gala was going to honor Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan and Sofia Coppola. The chairs of the gala, which raises funds for exhibitions, education and public programs, are director Ava DuVernay, actress Halle Berry, producer Ryan Murphy and producer Eric Esrailian, a doctor and an administrator.

The museum, through a spokeswoman, said it had no further comment.

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