Oscars postponed by two months

The 2021 Academy Awards have been postponed until April. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC Television Network officials announced on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards, which were scheduled to take place on 28 February 2021, wer…

The 2021 Academy Awards have been postponed until April.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC Television Network officials announced on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards, which were scheduled to take place on 28 February 2021, were being pushed back to 25 April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused the closure of cinemas, stalled film productions, and no films to be released theatrically for more than three months.

As a result of the new date, changes have been made to the eligibility period for these awards only. Traditionally, the 2021 Oscars would honour films released within the 2020 calendar year, but on this occasion, the eligibility window has been extended, meaning films released between 1 January 2020 and 28 February 2021 can qualify for submission. It was previously announced that films intended to have a theatrical run but were given a digital release instead could be considered for this awards season.

In addition, the opening of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been pushed back from December 2020 until 30 April 2021.

“For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalised for something beyond anyone’s control,” said Academy president David Rubin and Academy chief executive officer Dawn Hudson. “This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.”

According to Variety, this is the fourth time the Oscars have been postponed. They were previously pushed back in 1938 due to massive flooding in Los Angeles, in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1981 following the assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

The 93rd Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 25 April 2021 and broadcast live on ABC.

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Academy to expand Best Picture Oscar category as part of diversity plans

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced plans to increase the Best Picture Oscar category to 10 nominees as part of its drive to improve diversity. AMPAS officials announced a raft of new changes to help the Oscars become a more…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced plans to increase the Best Picture Oscar category to 10 nominees as part of its drive to improve diversity.

AMPAS officials announced a raft of new changes to help the Oscars become a more inclusive and diverse competition on Friday, including the news that the Best Picture category will be set at 10 nominees, instead of the number changing every year, starting with the 94th Academy Awards for 2021 films.

“While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board,” Academy chief executive officer Dawn Hudson said in a statement, according to Variety. “The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend- and continue to examine – our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.”

To help them make further strides towards more diverse representation at the Oscars, the Academy and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are creating a task force of industry leaders “to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility by July 31, 2020”.

Academy officials will also set up a quarterly viewing process through the Academy Screening Room, the streaming site for Academy members, also starting with the 94th Academy Awards.

“By making it possible for members to view films released year-round, the Academy will broaden each film’s exposure, level the playing field, and ensure all eligible films can be seen by voting members,” they explained in a press release.

They also announced changes to the Board of Governors and unveiled plans for a series of panel discussions called Academy Dialogue: It Starts With Us. These will focus on the topics of race, ethnicity, history, opportunity, and the art of filmmaking, with the initiative to include a conversation hosted by governor Whoopi Goldberg.

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Daniel Radcliffe calls for an Oscar for stunt performers

Daniel Radcliffe wants to see stunt performers recognised for their work at the Oscars. The British actor has launched a new podcast series with his longtime Harry Potter stunt double David Holmes called Cunning Stunts in which they interview stunt pe…

Daniel Radcliffe wants to see stunt performers recognised for their work at the Oscars.

The British actor has launched a new podcast series with his longtime Harry Potter stunt double David Holmes called Cunning Stunts in which they interview stunt performers about how they achieved certain movie action sequences.

Talking to Deadline to promote the podcast, the 30-year-old called on the organisers of the Academy Awards to acknowledge stunt performers with their own category, especially as they put their lives on the line to create thrilling sequences, such as Holmes himself, who broke his neck performing a stunt on the final Harry Potter movie and was paralysed from the chest down, and Olivia Jackson, who was severely injured when a stunt went wrong while filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

“When you go through what happened with Dave or Olivia, or the many people we’ve talked to that have had severe things happen to them, you realise everyone has put their bodies on the line to make the things we love. It seems crazy not to acknowledge that,” he said. “If you can’t see the art of a brilliant stunt scene, you’re just not looking hard enough. I do think there’s a snobbery, but stunt work is an art form, and to do it well and do it safely is really, really hard.”

Radcliffe explained that they set up the podcast to help bring greater awareness to stunt work and debunk the myth that performers are “superhuman”.

“When the public sees something really painful or horrible, they think it was a visual effect or that there’s some clever, safe way of doing it. Often that’s not the case,” the star insisted. “There’s no way of faking, for example, falling down stairs. When you get hit by a car, you’re still getting hit by a car, even if it’s going slower than it would. They find the safest way of doing it, but it can still hurt.”

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David Oyelowo claims Academy members refused to vote for Selma following premiere protests

David Oyelowo has claimed members of the Academy refused to vote for his 2014 movie Selma after the cast protested the death of Eric Garner at the film’s premiere. During a virtual discussion as part of Screen Daily’s Screen Talks series on Thursday, t…

David Oyelowo has claimed members of the Academy refused to vote for his 2014 movie Selma after the cast protested the death of Eric Garner at the film’s premiere.

During a virtual discussion as part of Screen Daily’s Screen Talks series on Thursday, the British actor discussed the recent support for the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd, and recalled how Selma, a drama in which he starred as Martin Luther King Jr., was negatively impacted by the cast and crew taking a stand against police brutality and racism.

At the New York premiere of the film, Oyelowo, director Ava DuVernay and the entire cast – including Tessa Thompson and Colman Domingo – wore black T-shirts bearing the message “I Can’t Breathe” to stand in solidarity with African-American man Garner, who uttered those words during his arrest, shortly after which he died.

And as a result of their actions, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who vote for the Oscars, allegedly sabotaged its awards season chances.

“Selma coincided with Eric Garner being murdered,” he said. “I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called into the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring S-*-*-T?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that.'”

“It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite,” continued Oyelowo, referring to the social media campaign addressing the lack of diversity in the nominations. “They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

DuVernay shared the quotes on her Twitter account and added, “True story”.

The film, which told the story of protest marches calling for African-Americans to be given the right to vote, received two Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Best Original Song – and won the latter.

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Lady Gaga tried to wear diamond necklace to fast-food restaurant after 2019 Oscars

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished of…

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.

The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished off the look with long black gloves and a stunning 128-carat yellow cushion-shaped diamond necklace lent to her by Tiffany & Co.

Reflecting on the evening, where she collected the Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on the tune Shallow from A Star Is Born, Gaga revealed during a virtual chat for The Graham Norton Show on Friday that she tried to keep the eye-catching jewel on for the whole night.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen that night – I was just so happy to be there. My sister and I were barrelling through Champagne backstage and when we left, I didn’t tell anyone, and I still had the diamond on,” the 34-year-old shared. “Everyone freaked out that I was still wearing it. When I went to Madonna’s house, security guards were side-eyeing me and eventually, when we were heading to Taco Bell, my car was pulled over and Tiffany’s security politely removed it from my neck!”

The diamond is estimated to be worth $30 million (£24 million) and was last worn by Audrey Hepburn during a publicity photoshoot while she was promoting her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga spoke about her sixth studio album Chromatica, which was released on Friday, and noted it was pretty odd to unveil new music during the coronavirus crisis.

“I am so excited – I’ve been making it for two and a half years. It’s not odd. What is odd is being in the middle of a global pandemic!” she exclaimed. “It is the way it is, and we don’t always get to have things go the way that we see them in life. I’ve always had instilled in me that life can, and will, get very hard, so it’s very important to roll with the punches and deal with it.”

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Oscars bosses considering postponing 2021 ceremony – report

Bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are reportedly considering postponing next year’s Oscars ceremony.The 93rd Academy Awards is due to take place on 28 February 2021, but definitive plans are far from being finalised, and bosses …

Bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are reportedly considering postponing next year’s Oscars ceremony.

The 93rd Academy Awards is due to take place on 28 February 2021, but definitive plans are far from being finalised, and bosses are currently contemplating delaying the event, according to editors at Variety.

However, details of potential new dates have not yet been discussed, and the date is currently unchanged at U.S. TV network ABC, who air the ceremony.

“It’s impossible to know what the landscape will be,” Academy president David Rubin told Variety. “We know we want to celebrate film but we do not know exactly what form it will take.”

The news comes after it was revealed that the rules surrounding eligibility for Oscar nominations have been changed in light of the coronavirus outbreak, as many films due to be released in cinemas have headed straight to video-on-demand services instead.

Previously, a film must have had a seven-day theatrical release in Los Angeles to qualify for the Oscars, but for the 2020/2021 awards season, bosses have decided to temporarily relax the rules, and films that have been released digitally can qualify if the studio had originally planned for the movie to be released in cinemas.

“I think everyone is sympathetic to the filmmakers’ plight and we’re here to support our members and the film community,” Rubin explained. “It makes sense when we don’t really know what’s to come in terms of the availability of theatrical exhibition… We need to make allowances for this year only and during this time when theatres are not open so great film work can be seen and celebrated.”

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Screen Actors Guild Awards to consider movies not released in theatres

Officials at the Screen Actors Guild Awards will consider movies not released in theatres as part of the 2021 ceremony.In April, bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the Oscars, and the Hollywood Foreign Pr…

Officials at the Screen Actors Guild Awards will consider movies not released in theatres as part of the 2021 ceremony.

In April, bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the Oscars, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which oversees the Golden Globes, announced they would be making temporary changes to their eligibility criteria due to the unprecedented closure of cinemas caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

And on Thursday, organisers of the SAG Awards reportedly sent an email to film studio executives announcing that they would be following suit and allowing films which were supposed to have a theatrical release to be submitted for awards consideration.

“We are still revising our film release criteria but will be following the Academy’s rule change to allow titles with a planned theatrical release to be eligible if streamed or released on VOD first,” the email reads, according to Variety. “Full language will be announced in June along with the rest of our rules.”

Previously, to be eligible for consideration for Oscars glory, films had to be shown in a commercial cinema in Los Angeles County for a theatrical run of at least seven consecutive days. But this year, Academy representatives confirmed that movies which had been set for a theatrical run yet had to be released on streaming or video-on-demand services instead may still qualify for categories, including Best Picture, at the 93rd Academy Awards. The Hollywood event is set to take place on 28 February 2021.

A date for the 2021 SAG Awards has not yet been announced.

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Streamed films to be eligible for 2021 Oscars due to coronavirus pandemic

Films that were unable to show in cinemas due to the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for the 2021 Academy Awards. Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday that they w…

Films that were unable to show in cinemas due to the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for the 2021 Academy Awards.

Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday that they were making temporary changes to their eligibility criteria as a result of cinemas being closed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Previously, to be eligible for consideration for Oscars glory, films had to be shown in a commercial cinema in Los Angeles County for a theatrical run of at least seven consecutive days. Now, movies which had a planned theatrical run but had to be released on streaming or video-on-demand services instead may qualify for categories, including Best Picture, for the 93rd Academy Awards.

“The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theatre. Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering,” said Academy president David Rubin and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson in a statement. “Nonetheless, the historically tragic Covid-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules. The Academy supports our members and colleagues during this time of uncertainty. We recognise the importance of their work being seen and also celebrated, especially now, when audiences appreciate movies more than ever.”

All films released after cinemas fully reopen will be expected to comply with the traditional rules, although the Academy will expand the number of qualifying cinema locations to include cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Atlanta.

In addition, the Academy’s Board of Governors also announced that the sound editing and sound mixing categories would be combined into one from now on and that all eligible Academy members will be invited to vote in the preliminary round of voting for the Best International Feature Film category.

And as part of their sustainability effort, they will stop distributing physical DVD screeners following the 2021 awards show, which is set to take place on 28 February.

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Cameron Diaz used to buy red carpet dresses from department stores

Cameron Diaz used to buy her outfits for Hollywood film premieres from department stores.During a chat with friend and make-up artist Gucci Westman for a recent episode of her YouTube series Makeup & Friends, the Charlie’s Angels actress reminisced abo…

Cameron Diaz used to buy her outfits for Hollywood film premieres from department stores.

During a chat with friend and make-up artist Gucci Westman for a recent episode of her YouTube series Makeup & Friends, the Charlie’s Angels actress reminisced about her red carpet style over the years and insisted that she shunned stylists and designers for many years and instead opted to visit now-defunct luxury U.S. department store Barneys New York for her gowns.

“The red carpet is so different now. For my premieres, I would just go to Barneys and buy clothes and go to my premiere,” Cameron recalled, adding that women on the red carpet nowadays are more “objectified” than they were 10 years ago. “It wasn’t like a whole production where you got judged or, what’s the word, rated or scored for how you look.”

The duo, who met early on in their careers, also discussed the star’s look for the 2002 Academy Awards, when she stepped out in a stunning pink-and-red floral Emanuel Ungaro gown.

However, Cameron confessed that she didn’t even bother thinking about what she was going to wear until the last minute, prompting Gucci to pull in a favour from the designer.

“I was like ‘Oh, I’m going to the Oscars. I forgot,'” the 47-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the video, Cameron shared a rare glimpse into her marriage to Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden, with whom she shares baby daughter Raddix.

“I love being married. I love that the best thing that ever happened to me was finding my husband, and our partnership and his friendship and all that,” she sweetly shared.

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Sharon Stone’s 1996 Oscars dress was ruined by delivery driver

Sharon Stone had to put together an outfit from her own wardrobe for the 1996 Oscars after her custom-made gown was ruined by a FedEx driver. The actress shunned the traditional gown and walked the red carpet in a more casual ensemble featuring a grey…

Sharon Stone had to put together an outfit from her own wardrobe for the 1996 Oscars after her custom-made gown was ruined by a FedEx driver.

The actress shunned the traditional gown and walked the red carpet in a more casual ensemble featuring a grey turtleneck, black Valentino skirt, and Armani tuxedo dress at the 1996 event, where she was nominated for the first time for her role in Casino.

But during a recent chat with Naomi Campbell on her YouTube series No Filter with Naomi, the 62-year-old revealed that she was supposed to wear an outfit by Vera Wang but had to make a last-minute change due to the delivery driver mishap.

“Vera (Wang) was making me two dresses and we were trying to make one from this Fortuny fabric, and it kept stretching and changing and moving, so we weren’t quite sure it was going to come together but we were experimenting,” she explained. “We were making this other great dress, this pink dress, and it came and the FedEx guy dropped it out of the back of his truck and backed up over it. The box broke open and the dress had a black tire track across the whole of the front of (it). The day before the Oscars.”

Stone admitted she “freaked out” and called up Ellen Mirojnick, the Basic Instinct costume designer, and she pulled together an outfit from her wardrobe.

“I just kept throwing (clothes) on the bedroom floor, and she just kept sitting there looking at them like it was a science problem,” the star recalled. “She eventually started putting things together, so we ended up putting together this Gap shirt and a ready-to-wear Valentino skirt, then I had this Armani tuxedo dress that I wore as a jacket, and I picked a Gardenia out of the garden… And that was it.”

She added that her mother noticed a large hole in the armpit of her top and sewed it as she was leaving for the event, and predicted that Susan Sarandon would beat her to the Best Actress prize. Her “psychic” mum turned out to be right.

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