Brett Ratner — the producer-director who famously had to resign as Oscar host after making an anti-gay slur — apparently isn’t holding any grudges as he has donated $1 million to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
“Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of supporters,” said Bill Kramer, the museum’s managing director of development.
AMPAS has already raised more than half of the $300 million it needs to raise for the museum with a fundraising campaign chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.
“I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum. I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at LACMA, which the Academy co-sponsored. I couldn’t be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema’s greatest work,” said Ratner in a statement.
Designed by Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the museum will be located next to the L.A. County Museum of Art in the former May Co. building, and is slated to open in 2017. a new spherical wing will house the David Geffen Theater.