Zendaya and Eva Longoria invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Actors including Zendaya, Eva Longoria, and Olivia Wilde have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Officials at the Academy, which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday they have invited 819 industry fi…

Actors including Zendaya, Eva Longoria, and Olivia Wilde have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Officials at the Academy, which organises the Oscars, announced on Tuesday they have invited 819 industry figures to become an AMPAS member. Those who accept the invitation, which most do, will be able to vote in the 2021 Academy Awards, which have been pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on 25 April.

Other actors invited to join the 2020 class include Bobby Cannavale, Awkwafina, Ana de Armas, Natasha Lyonne, Constance Wu, Booksmart co-stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, Lakeith Stanfield, John David Washington, Zazie Beetz, GeorgeMacKay, and Ben Mendelsohn.

There are 75 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners, on the full list, with recent acting nominees including Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio, Harriet star Cynthia Erivo, and Little Women’s Florence Pugh.

Notable director invitees include Matthew Vaughn, Lulu Wang, Ari Aster, Matt Reeves, and Robert Eggers.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy President David Rubin in a statement.

Academy officials set inclusion goals in 2016 in response to the #OscarsSoWhite diversity controversy and vowed to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020. As such, the new class is comprised of 45 per cent women, 36 per cent underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49 per cent international from 68 countries.

“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one,” added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards.”

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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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BAFTA Film Awards postponed until April

The 2021 BAFTA Film Awards have been postponed by two months from February to April. On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, announced that the 93rd Academy Awards, which were scheduled to take pl…

The 2021 BAFTA Film Awards have been postponed by two months from February to April.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the Oscars, announced 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.

Shortly afterwards, a representative for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) confirmed their annual film awards would be postponed by two months too, so it can remain in its usual position as the last big movie prizegiving before the Oscars.

The BAFTA Film Awards, which were due to be held in London on 14 February, will now take place on 11 April, exactly two weeks before the Oscars.

“This change from the previously announced date of Feb. 14 acknowledges the impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended eligibility period. Further details on the ceremony will be announced later in the year,” a BAFTA representative said in a statement on Monday evening.

Further details about the eligibility requirements will be revealed in due course. It has been speculated that it will follow in the Academy’s footsteps and allow films that were released digitally to eligible for the 2021 awards only. The Academy has also extended their eligibility window beyond the 2020 calendar year and will consider films released up until 28 February 2021.

It is widely expected that the organisers of the other major movie ceremonies – the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards – will follow suit and reschedule their events accordingly, so they can maintain the usual order.

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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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Ava DuVernay elected to Academy’s board of governors

Ava DuVernay has been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors.The Selma filmmaker is among six people who have landed a place on the board, which oversees the Oscars, for the first time, and she was nominated to h…

Ava DuVernay has been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors.

The Selma filmmaker is among six people who have landed a place on the board, which oversees the Oscars, for the first time, and she was nominated to head the directors branch.

“Thank you to the members of the Directors Branch of @TheAcademy. Life is a funny, fascinating thing. You never know what’s around the corner,” Ava wrote in a post on Twitter.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has been speaking out about racial injustice and inequality following the death of George Floyd, and recently made her Netflix documentary 13th available to watch on YouTube in an effort to educate those on systemic racism in the U.S.

Also elected to the board of governors for the first time are casting director Debra Zane, producer Lynette Howell Taylor, editor Stephen Rivkin, make-up artist Linda Flowers, and Rob Bredow for visuals effects.

Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for her role in Ghost back in 1991, was among those re-elected to the board of governors and will serve another three-year term as a governor of the actors branch.

The election results mean the number of female board members has increased from 25 to 26 and people of colour from 11 to 12.

The Academy’s board is also expected to meet on Thursday, via video conference call, to discuss the possibility of postponing the 2021 Oscars in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline, it is expected that the current date of 28 February will be pushed into March or even April due to the industry-wide shutdown.

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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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Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for Best Director Oscar

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch. The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was …

Greta Gerwig was unable to vote for herself for a Best Director Oscar because she’s a member of the Academy’s acting branch.

The 36-year-old first rose to fame as an actress in films such as Frances Ha, No Strings Attached, and Jackie, so when she was asked to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, she was invited as an actor, meaning she can only vote on the acting categories for the annual Academy Awards.

However, Gerwig recently moved into writing and directing with 2017’s Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women, for which many hoped she would be nominated for Best Director. She was ultimately snubbed in the category in favour of all-male nominees, something which caused an uproar on social media.

In an interview with Variety, Gerwig said that while she had no expectations of being nominated, “there was clearly a chance,” and added, “There’s probably a handful of votes that went that way. I mean, mine did – oh no, I can’t!”

The filmmaker then explained that she was planning to switch branches from acting to directing and commented: “I think that the directors’ branch could probably stand to bolster its lady numbers… This will go to the top of my to-do list!”

Little Women received six Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. And Gerwig was also thrilled that her partner Noah Baumbach landed six nominations for his movie Marriage Story.

“It felt like it (the Best Picture nomination) was for everyone… So, there was a lot of ecstatic texting among the Little Women chain,” she continued. “Noah’s across the room, and he was like, ‘I got six too!’ I don’t know, it was an amazing day.”

Elsewhere, Gerwig confessed that she had been carefully monitoring the impressive box office performance of Little Women because she knows the takings dictate whether she gets another opportunity to direct, something she really wants.

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Oscars to go host-less for second year

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for re…

The 2020 Academy Awards will be without a host for the second consecutive year.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials decided to invite a string of guest presenters to carry the 2019 prizegiving after original host Kevin Hart quit for refusing to apologise for old homophobic tweets, but the event went so well, they are now sticking to the same formula for this year’s ceremony.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced the news on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California.

“There will be no traditional host again this year,” Burke said, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Repeating what worked for us last year: huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy, and star power.”

Last year’s Oscars, the first time in over 30 years the show had been without an emcee, proved to be a big hit, drawing almost 30 million viewers, up 12 per cent from 2018’s bash.

Voting for the awards closed on Tuesday evening, with the nominations to be announced on 13 January. And even though the ceremony won’t have a main host, Burke is adamant the bash will be highly entertaining.

“We expect another really commercial set of nominations,” she shared. “A lot of incredible elements have already come together that have convinced us that we are going to have an incredibly entertaining show. Our goal is really that. Our goal is to present the most entertaining show possible and the producers have already put together a plan for what is going to be an entertaining telecast.”

The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 9 February.

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