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Academy Museum to honour Julia Roberts at 2nd annual gala

Julia Roberts is being honoured by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at its second annual gala in October, the organisation said. The Oscar-winner will be presented with the Icon Award in recognition of the significant global cultural impact of her career.

“Over the course of her expansive and renowned career, Julia has embodied iconic characters and memorable roles,” said newly instated Director and President of the Academy Museum Jacqueline Stewart in a statement. “We are thrilled to be honouring her continued excellence in the industry and contribution to the arts.”

Roberts won an Oscar in 2000 for her leading role in Erin Brockovich.

Director Steve McQueen, actor Tilda Swinton and Parasite producer Miky Lee are also receiving awards at the gala on October 15 in Los Angeles.

The gala serves as a fundraiser for the museum’s programming and educational initiatives.

Last year’s inaugural event raised over USD11 million. The museum also unveiled a starry Gala Host Committee which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Duvall, Regina Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ariana DeBose and many more.

Julia Roberts. PHOTO: AP