Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Oscars: This Saturday’s Academy Museum Gala Honoring Meryl Streep Called Off Because of Middle East Conflict


The Motion Picture Academy Museum has called off Saturday’s annual gala.

“Out of respect for the devastating conflict and loss of life happening overseas, we have made the decision to postpone the Academy Museum gala this Saturday. We look forward to rescheduling at a later date. We thank everybody deeply for their support.”

This year’s gala honorees included Meryl Streep, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Coppola.

The guest was all A list with expected guests like Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Goldie Hawn.

But the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza makes it impossible to have a huge celebration. Earlier in the day the Academy Museum call off the red carpet. But now they’ve scuttled the whole event until sometime in the future. The Museum certainly needs this fundraiser to be a success but having it now is obviously unwise.

Right now, the Academy has also moved its Governors Awards to early January because of the SAG strike. But now that the studios have walked away from negotiations, the fear is that event will also have to be moved. It’s hard to imagine the SAG strike continuing past the end of the year, but the union is adamant that they must be paid fairly. The longer the studios hold out, the less chance of new content existing for 2024.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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