September 30th was an important day for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the culmination of six years of work to create a permanent exhibition in Hollywood. It’s been a little over a week since the star-studded grand opening and on October 12th, ABC invites viewers inside The Academy Museum for a one-hour special titled A Night in the Academy Museum. Co-hosted by Tom Hanks and Laura Dern, both of whom serve on the museum’s board of trustees, viewers will come away with a list of reasons to visit on their next trip to Los Angeles.
Let the stars be your guide, not the celestial bodies but actors who have a personal connection to each of the themed galleries. Cher, for example, is your host for the Identity Gallery, which celebrates the costume, hair and makeup designers. Donald Glover, who has lent his voice to a variety of animated projects, hosts a segment about the museum’s galleries on the animated medium, which includes a look at how the genre has been used to further negative stereotypes and even violence against women. There’s a lot to learn at the museum and A Night in the Academy Museum scratches the surface of what visitors can expect.
Other special guests in the special include Annette Bening, Jon M. Chu, Geena Davis, Eiza González, Emily V. Gordon, Aldis Hodge, Marsai Martin, Marlee Matlin, Melissa McCarthy, Kumail Nanjiani, Michelle Rodriguez, Jurnee Smollett and Diane Warren. In addition, members of the museum’s creative team provide occasional insight and background behind the various galleries they tour viewers through, including an entire exhibit devoted to the most-watched film in the world, The Wizard of Oz.
Experience A Night in the Academy Museum on ABC on Tuesday, October 12th, at 10/9c and visit AcademyMuseum.org to learn more about visiting in-person.
Alex joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and has been a lifelong Disney fan. His main beats for LP are Disney-branded movies, TV shows, books, music and toys. He recently became a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA).