Sunday, October 11, 2009

I Am Best Friends With Cate Blanchett's Oscar

I was in the city this afternoon for a lunch and afterwards we took a brief sojourn through ACMI's new exhibit Screen World, a fascinating look at the history of screen and technology as seen through the eyes of Australia. It's such a fun place to visit and I am going to return soon with a longer amount of time at my disposal.

You may remember recently that Cate Blanchett wore a crocheted rug on a red carpet. Well it was for the opening of this exhibit and it's not surprising that she was there since she gave them her Oscar! Yes, instead of keeping her Oscar on the mantle, on a grand piano or even in the loo (like Emma Thompson), Blanchett donated her statue to ACMI to be put on display. It's so shiny.

Forgive the bad photography, but the place is dark and flash photography doesn't work since everything is encased in glass. That's a costume from Elizabeth on the left. Blanchett has her own hub at the exhibit featuring videos and such. Her Oscar is so lovely though. ACMI has housed Adam Elliot's Oscar for Harvey Krumpet for years now so it's not like I've never seen one up close before, but it's still nice to see.

Baz Luhrmann's films feature heavily and as soon as my eyes noticed the Moulin Rouge! hub I immediately headed straight towards it. They have the original "Sparkling Diamond" costume that Nicole Kidman's Satine wears as she descends from the ceiling as well as a scale replica model of the Windmill as well as video from the film and of Luhrmann and Catherine Martin discussing it. Oscar-nominated editor Jill Billcock has her own hub, too, and she mentions two of her favourite sequences that she's even edited were the "El Tango de Roxanne" number from Moulin Rouge! and the opening scene of Romeo + Juliet, which I found interesting.

There are also props and artifacts from movies like Mad Max (the car!), Picnic at Hanging Rock and hubs devoted to actors such as David Gulpilil. I need to go back there soon when I have longer than 30 minutes to peruse. I wanna play the computer games and ogle the costumes of Dame Edna while looking at Japanese posters for Australian cinema. Fantastic.

1 comment:

J.D. said...

That is entirely amazingly awesome. All of it. Wow.