Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican filmmaker who won three Academy Awards this year for
Artist James Turrell, the subject of a major LACMA retrospective in 2013, also will be honored. The museum said that the gala will take place Nov. 7 and that
DiCaprio stars in Iñárritu's upcoming movie, "The Revenant," which is in post-production and is expected to be released later this year. The movie, based on the Michael Punke novel, is a revenge story set in the 19th century on the American frontier.
LACMA's Art + Film gala typically honors two individuals — one from the world of cinema, and one from the art world. Last year's gala, which spotlighted Quentin Tarantino and Barbara Kruger, raised about $3.9 million, with proceeds going toward LACMA's film initiatives and future exhibitions, acquisitions and programming.
A Southern California native, Turrell is noted for his conceptual installations that explore light and space. His land-art project Roden Crater in Arizona has been in the works for years and is widely regarded as his most important piece.
LACMA is currently exhibiting the artist's "Breathing Light," a large-scale installation that allows visitors to walk through a light field.
"Birdman" won four awards at this year's Oscars ceremony. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a former superhero movie actor who is attempting to revive his career with a Broadway play. Iñárritu, who also shared an original screenplay Oscar for "Birdman," was nominated in 2007 for the movie "Babel."
Despite a recent leadership shake-up that saw the departure of its chief executive and creative director, Gucci will be back as the presenting sponsor of the gala.
LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan said in a statement accompanying the announcement that in just a few years, the gala "has established its reputation for honoring artists and filmmakers whose impact can be felt worldwide and that have particular relevance to Los Angeles."