Academy switches builders for museum project

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Saturday that it has switched construction companies for the forthcoming Academy Museum.

The long-awaited project began construction a year ago on the site of the May Company building on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Morley Builders and Taslimi Construction were hired to renovate the 1939 Streamline Moderne department store and add a spherical structure that will serve as a 1,000-seat theater.

In a statement, an Academy spokesperson said that a new builder, MATT Construction, will take over the project on June 1.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Actors Mahershala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Moonlight,' Emma Stone, winner of Best Actress for 'La La Land,' Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for 'Fences,' and Casey Affleck, winner of Best Actor for 'Manchester by the Sea,' pose in the press room during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land

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Best Picture: Moonlight

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Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea


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Directing: Damien Chazelle for La La Land


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Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight - Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea written by Kenneth Lonergan
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Best Original Song: "City of Stars" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Music (Original Score): Justin Hurwitz for La La Land

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Cinematography: Linus Sandgren for La La Land


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Short Film (Live Action): Sing - Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy


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Documentary (Short Subject):The White Helmets - Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

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Film Editing: John Gilbert for Hacksaw Ridge


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Visual Effects:The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

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Production Design: La La Land - David Wasco (Production Design) and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (Set Decoration)

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Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

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Best Short Film (Animated):Piper by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer


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Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman directed by Asghar Farhadi (Not pictured -- posing on his behalf is former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi (L) and engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari)

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Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences


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Sound Mixing: Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for Hacksaw Ridge

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Sound Editing: Sylvain Bellemare for Arrival


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Best Documentary (Feature): O.J.: Made in America - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

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Costume Design: Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


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Makeup and Hairstyling: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson for Suicide Squad


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Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight


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"Led by Morley + Taslimi, the Academy Museum is nearing successful completion of the first phase of construction, which focused primarily on the demolition, excavation, and structural renovation of the May Company building — housing most of the Museum's galleries — and the construction of new underground spaces," the Academy said. "Having reached this important milestone, the Museum looks forward to working with MATT Construction on its next major phase, including the building of the new spherical structure."

The project has been subject to delays in the past. The museum was initially intended to open in late 2016, but that schedule has repeatedly been pushed back. The Academy recently announced that the space will open in the spring of 2019, saying the museum will benefit from the publicity boost from that year's Oscar broadcast. The Academy has also undertaken a $388 million capital campaign to pay for the project.

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