For us—the esteemed members of the Academy seated in the auditorium—the evening’s guest lecturer is a small hunched man (Kathryn Hunter) who will recount his former life as an ape. Five years ago, he swung from trees and chomped on bananas. Today, via a series of circumstantial accidents and a lot of teaching and training, he stands at the lectern in bowler, bowtie, and long-tailed tux (a/k/a “monkey suit”) to recount his journey into humanity and his subsequent doubts... More >>>