On September 25th, Sophia
Loren will receive the inaugural “Visionary Award” from the new Academy Museum,
honoring “an artist or scholar whose extensive body of work has advanced the
art of cinema.” This recognition marks the 60th anniversary from her
Best Actress Oscar for Two Women, and the 30th from her
Lifetime Achievement Prize.
This “Visionary Award” is just the
latest in a long list of accolades won by Loren, 86, throughout her career,
including a Golden Lion and a Volpi Cup in Venice, and 10 David di Donatello Awards.
In 1991 the American Film Institute included Loren in the list of the 25
biggest stars of all times.
The Academy Museum will open
officially on September 30th, preceded by a gala five days earlier
in which Loren will be the guest of honor. The building is designed by Renzo
Piano in the L.A. neighborhood o f Miracle Mile, and will open with an
exhibition dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki, organized in collaboration with Studio
Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy and Jason
Blum will be spearheading plans for the gala opening. Bob Iger, Annette Bening
and Tom Hanks will also be recognized for their leadership in bringing to
completion the $388 million campaign for the decades-in-the-making dream of an
Academy-sponsored museum in the heart of the motion picture industry.