The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ extensive collection, housed at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Margaret Herrick Library, and Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, has received a donation of a costume worn by Eminem in his role as Jimmy, who went by the stage name “B-Rabbit,” in 2002 box office No.1 movie 8 Mile.
The lead single of the movie “Lose Yourself” became the first hip-hop song to win an Oscar for best original song in March, 2003. Together with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, Eminem received the honor. In the months of 2002–2003, the blockbuster single dominated the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for 12 weeks in a row. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance.
“We are thrilled and honored to expand the Academy’s collection with these exceptional pieces. To be housed at our archive, library and museum, these vital components of the filmmaking process highlight the collaborative disciplines that develop and produce the movies we love. They also demonstrate the Academy’s unique capacity to preserve the full range of film history formats. We are incredibly grateful to our donors for their remarkable gifts to the Academy and for their commitment to illuminating our film history.” – said Academy CEO Bill Kramer in a statement.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting and preserving film and film-related material since 1927. Its permanent collection contains more than 13 million photographs, 8.3 million clippings, 95,000 screenplays, 73,500 posters, 145,000 production and costume design drawings, 45,000 sound recordings, 39,000 books, 1,900 special collections, 242,000 film and video assets, and 8,000 props, process, and production items.
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