A big Hollywood premiere that was a long time coming

A big Hollywood premiere that was a long time coming

Two years ago, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures had all the trappings of a full-fledged Hollywood disaster in the making. It was over budget and behind schedule. Amid the delays and a contentious debate about the museum’s mission and purpose, it parted ways with its founding director, and the museum board reached across the country to bring back its former fundraising chief, Bill Kramer, to rescue a project that now threatened to tarnish an already beleaguered Academy. Then the pandemic hit. Last week, the Academy Museum arrived with the kind of pomp and celebrity that only Hollywood can muster. Yes,
Two years ago, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures had all the trappings of a full-fledged Hollywood disaster in the making. It was over budget and behind schedule. Amid the delays and a contentious debate about the museum’s mission and purpose, it parted ways with its founding director, and the museum board reached across the country to bring back its former fundraising chief, Bill Kramer, to rescue a project that now threatened to tarnish an already beleaguered Academy. Then the pandemic hit. Last week, the Academy Museum arrived with the kind of pomp and celebrity that only Hollywood can muster. Yes,