The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the newest acquisitions to its expansive collection–the largest film-related collection in the world–housed at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Margaret Herrick Library, and Academy Film Archive, leaders in the fields of conservation, preservation, and exhibition of film-related objects and materials.
Recent acquisitions range from costumes featured in the Best Picture Oscar® winner Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022); a collection of more than 600 rare silent film posters; personal film collections and film-related materials of producer Gale Anne Hurd, director Harold Ramis, filmmaker Gregg Araki, and film scholar Kevin Brownlow; conceptual art for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982); and more than 150 hand-painted animation artworks dating back to 1932, donated by Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. Their generous donation will be commemorated by the renaming of the Margaret Herrick 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,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer. “To be housed at our archive, library, and museum, 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.”
“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,” said 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.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting and preserving film and film-related material since 1927, and its unparalleled permanent collection contains more than 13 million photographs, 8.3 million clippings, 95,000 screenplays, 73,500 posters, 145,000 production and costume design drawings, 45,000 sound recordings, 39,000 books, 1,900 special collections, 242,000 film and video assets, and 8,000 props, process, and production items representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup and hairstyling, visual effects, promotional materials, and more.
The Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw Graphic Arts Department houses the Academy’s collection of posters and production art, including animation artwork, production and costume design drawings, storyboards, and other design works. The department, part of the Margaret Herrick Library, was established in 1998, and its production art collections, acquired from designers, private collectors, and professional organizations, document more than 80 years of motion picture design.
Components of the Academy’s collection can be accessed by the public through:
- Exhibitions, public programming, and film screenings at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures;
- The Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library reference and research collection;
- The Academy Film Archive access center;
- Online at oscars.org.
A detailed list of new collections items follows.
- Quilted vest, floral blouse, and pants ensemble worn by Oscar-winning actor Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang; striped shirt, pants, and sneakers worn by Oscar-winning actor Ke Huy Quan as Waymond Wang; turtleneck, pants, and vest ensemble worn by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Lee Curtis as Deirdre Beaubeirdre; Jumbled Jobu costume worn by Oscar-nominated actor Stephanie Hsu as Joy Wang/Jobu Tupaki in Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
- Costume worn by actor Gina Lollobrigida as Lina Cavalieri in Beautiful but Dangerous (1955); Gift of Gina Lollobrigida, Tiziana Rocca, and Costumi d’Arte-Peruzzi
- Coat, hat, blouse, and pants worn by Oscar-winning actor Regina King as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018); Gift of Annapurna Pictures
- Suit worn by actor LaKeith Stanfield as Cassius Green in Sorry to Bother You (2018); Gift of Annapurna Pictures
- Costumes worn by Christian Bale and Amy Adams as Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney in Vice(2018); Gift of Annapurna Pictures
- Costume worn by Eminem as Jimmy in 8 Mile (2002)
- Blue velvet suit worn by Mike Myers as Austin Powers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
- Pinstripe suit worn by Raul Julia as Gomez Addams in Addams Family Values (1993)
- Adelina Fortnight, Lionel Frost, and Mr. Link puppets from Missing Link (2019); Gift of LAIKA
- Jessie maquette from Toy Story 2 (1999); Gift of Ash Brannon
- Matte painting from Cliffhanger (1993); Gift of Michele Moen
- A prosthesis from Red Rocket (2021); Gift of Sean Baker
- Clapboards from The Omen (1976), Thelma & Louise (1991), and Sleepy Hollow (1999)
- Typewriter used by Frank Pierson to write Cat Ballou (1965) and Cool Hand Luke (1967); Gift of Michael Pierson and Eve Pierson
- Oscar statuette presented to blacklisted screenwriter Nedrick Young under the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas for Writing (Story and Screenplay written directly for the screen) for The Defiant Ones(1958); Gift of families of Ned, Paul, and David Young
- Conceptual drawing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), illustrated by Academy Award®-winning s pecial effects artist Carlo Rambaldi
- Dwight Manley collection of silent film materials: More than 600 silent era movie posters, including an alternative poster for The Sheik (1921), illustrated by F.P. Fragasso; Gift of Dwight Manley
- Two dozen costume design drawings illustrated by Julio Martinez for Diana Ross in Mahogany(1975); Gift of Julio Martinez
- Steven Spielberg Animation Collection: 157 pieces of original animation art, dated from 1932-1952, including cels and setups from films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Pinocchio (1940), and animation setups and cels for characters, including Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Woody Woodpecker; Gift of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
- Gale Anne Hurd papers: Detailed production records, scripts, photographs, and drawings from Hurd’s career as a producer of films including The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Raising Cain(1992), Armageddon (1998), and The Hulk (2003); Gift of Gale Anne Hurd
- Harold Ramis papers: Materials documenting Ramis’s career as a writer, director, and actor, including handwritten and annotated scripts for National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Ghostbusters (1984), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999); Gift of Erica Mann Ramis
- Delmer Daves papers: Materials from the career of director-writer Daves, including correspondence, journals, and story idea notebooks, extensive files of stories and treatments, and photographic coverage of his films, including Destination Tokyo (1943), Dark Passage (1947),Broken Arrow (1950), and 3:10 to Yuma (1957); Gift of Jennifer Daves and Michele Daves
- Marsha Hunt papers: Career papers of actor and activist Hunt, including scripts, correspondence, photographs, and other ephemera. Hunt is known for her roles in Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Human Comedy (1943), and Raw Deal (1948), and for her devotion to numerous humanitarian causes after her film career was curtailed by the Hollywood blacklist; Gift of Marsha Hunt
- Betsy Heimann Collection: Additions to the collection, including five drawings for Green Book(2018), illustrated by Sue Harragin for costume designer Betsy Heimann; Gift of Betsy Heimann
- Large model pirate ship, three-dimensional prop skull of One-Eyed Willy, and treasure map from The Goonies (1985); Gift of Lauren Shuler Donner
FILM AND VIDEO ELEMENTS
- Personal collection from Gregg Araki, including film elements and video materials from The Doom Generation (1995) and assorted moving image material from The Living End (1992), Nowhere (1997), Mysterious Skin (2004), and Kaboom (2010) and more; Gift of Gregg Araki
- Personal collection of Harold Ramis, including film and video materials relating to the films Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), Multiplicity (1996), Analyze This (1999), and more; Gift of Erica Mann Ramis
- Video materials relating to The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), No Escape(1994), and True Whispers (2002); Gift of Gale Anne Hurd
- Frank Thomas home movies (ca. 1950s-1960s); Gift of Theodore Thomas
- Personal collection of Delmer Daves, including home movies (ca. 1930s-1970s), audio tapes, and film titles including Bachelor Father (1931), Bird of Paradise (1932), Destination Tokyo (1943), Broken Arrow (1950), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and more; Gift of Jennifer Daves and Michele Daves
- Personal collection of John Avildsen, including home movies and early works such as Smiles(1964), Turn On to Love (1969), Okay Bill (1971), and Traveling Hopefully (1982); Gift of Anthony Avildsen
- Personal collection of film scholar Kevin Brownlow, including more than 700 16mm and 9.5mm films