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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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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Natalie Portman honours snubbed female directors in Dior cape at 2020 Oscars

Natalie Portman had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered into her Dior cape at the 2020 Oscars.The 38-year-old made a powerful statement at the prestigious event on Sunday, and walked the red carpet in a black floor-length gown with intric…

Natalie Portman had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered into her Dior cape at the 2020 Oscars.

The 38-year-old made a powerful statement at the prestigious event on Sunday, and walked the red carpet in a black floor-length gown with intricate gold embellishment.

The dress was overlaid with a black cape, which was embroidered with the names of several female filmmakers in gold thread.

Natalie told Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman that her decision to wear the cape was to “recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.”

Stitched onto the Dior cape were the names of Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig for Little Women, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Marielle Heller, as well as Atlantics’ Mati Diop, Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas, Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el, and Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Har’el, who didn’t attend the ceremony, shared a picture of Natalie’s outfit and then a close-up of her surname on the cape, and wrote on Twitter, “My first time at the #Oscars couldn’t have been more beautiful.”

And this isn’t the first time that Natalie, who scooped the Best Actress gong at the Oscars in 2011 for her role in Black Swan, has openly criticised Hollywood for failing to recognise female filmmakers.

At the Golden Globes back in 2018, Natalie famously called out the awards for the lack of female representation as she presented the Best Director category.

“Here are all the male nominees,” she stated as the five male nominees, including Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro, were introduced.

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Kerry Washington felt ’empowered’ in risque Golden Globes ensemble

Kerry Washington felt “empowered” in the racy ensemble she wore to the Golden Globes last month. The Scandal star stepped out onto the red carpet at The Beverly Hilton hotel wearing a daring black Altuzarra ensemble which was comprised of a skirt with …

Kerry Washington felt “empowered” in the racy ensemble she wore to the Golden Globes last month.

The Scandal star stepped out onto the red carpet at The Beverly Hilton hotel wearing a daring black Altuzarra ensemble which was comprised of a skirt with a thigh-high slit and a blazer with nothing underneath except for a bejewelled harness.

In a cover interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, Kerry explained that the outfit made her feel sexy and empowered that the same time.

“It was both really sexual and sensual but also extremely empowered and boundaried,” she said. “My favourite compliment was when this woman came up to me and said that she loved it because it was ‘so sexy’ but it also implied that ‘you can look but you can’t touch.'”

The 43-year-old also received praise from her fellow celebrities during the evening, although Isla Fisher was concerned she was going to expose herself.

“Isla Fisher was at a table with J.Lo, and Isla was like, ‘I’m so stressed out. I just feel like Kerry’s jacket is going to fly open, and it’s going to be a disaster,'” Kerry recalled. “Jennifer Lopez, who is the queen of Topstick (tape), just turned to her and said, ‘She’s fine!’ Jennifer and I are from the same neighbourhood in The Bronx, so she’s always looked out for me.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress, who is an ambassador and creative consultant for skincare brand Neutrogena, explained that she keeps in shape by doing exercises such as Pilates and yoga, while she and her children are big fans of swimming too.

“My husband teased me that if I did the (DNA test) 23andMe, it would come back 11 per cent mermaid. My kids are the same way. They’re just fish,” she joked.

Kerry and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, who have been married since 2013, are parents to Isabelle, five, and Caleb, three.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes tuxedo sells for over $27,000

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.

The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards bash in Los Angeles earlier this month.

After the ceremony, the custom-made two-piece, which featured geometric black and gold ribbon applique, Chantilly lace and a silk lapel, was signed by the star and put on the auction site eBay.

On Sunday, the auction closed with just one bid of AU$40,000, the equivalent of $27,450 (£21,200).

In a statement announcing she was auctioning the item, Phoebe said: “I’m very excited that this stunning, one of a kind, couture tuxedo created by Australian geniuses Ralph & Russo will continue its journey by contributing to this urgent cause.

“If money raised by its auction can help raise funds to fight the disaster in Australia, the future impact of this suit will be far greater than the luck it brought me and the Fleabag team at the Golden Globes.”

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

The bushfires in the country have caused mass destruction, killing at least 25 people, hundreds of millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

A host of stars including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, Ellen DeGeneres, and Pink have donated to relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, and Olivia Newton-John are headlining a benefit concert for those affected next month.

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Reese Witherspoon had ‘hard time’ picking dress for Golden Globes

Reese Witherspoon had a “hard time” choosing a dress to wear to the 2020 Golden Globes.The Legally Blonde actress recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at her preparing for the annual ceremony in an Instagram video, with the clip showing her kicking…

Reese Witherspoon had a “hard time” choosing a dress to wear to the 2020 Golden Globes.

The Legally Blonde actress recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at her preparing for the annual ceremony in an Instagram video, with the clip showing her kicking off her busy day with an early morning yoga session to help clear her mind and de-stress.

Reese, who was up for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Bradley Jackson in The Morning Show but lost out to Olivia Colman, then headed to her dress fitting with stylist Petra Flannery.

The mother-of-three seemed overwhelmed by the huge choice of show-stopping outfits on display and told the camera that it was her favourite part, as she got to pick “from the most talented designers”.

Trying on the white crepe one-shoulder asymmetric Roland Mouret gown first, which she eventually wore, Reese is then seen posing in a variety of different dresses, including a black version of the white crepe number.

She’s also filmed wearing a purple feathered number, a black suit with an embellished tuxedo jacket, and a chic knee-length ’50s-style black one-shouldered gown.

Reese proceeds to take viewers through her hair and make-up session in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills hotel, and confessed that she had a difficult choice to make as she fell in love with two gowns at her fitting.

“I had a really hard time deciding between two dresses. So, this is it. I hope I made the right choice. I’m making a really brave decision here at the Golden Globes to wear white,” the 43-year-old joked of the Mouret gown, before sharing her fear that her pristine outfit would get covered in make-up when she’s hugging other stars. “I’m so scared. I never wear white!”

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Sandra Bullock’s dog matched her Golden Globes gown with custom bow

Sandra Bullock had a very stylish Golden Globes date after the designers at Oscar de la Renta made a custom bow for her rescue dog.The Bird Box star attended the Los Angeles ceremony in a strapless ochre gown on Sunday and took along her pup Sweetie, w…

Sandra Bullock had a very stylish Golden Globes date after the designers at Oscar de la Renta made a custom bow for her rescue dog.

The Bird Box star attended the Los Angeles ceremony in a strapless ochre gown on Sunday and took along her pup Sweetie, who wore a large bow made of the same fabric around his neck.

The news was announced by representatives for Wagmor Pet Hotel & Spa, the organisation through which Bullock adopted her furry pal, via Instagram on Thursday, when they shared a snap of Sweetie sitting by Sandra’s feet and looking up at her owner while wearing the bow.

“We love this so much. @oscardelarenta dressed our rescue Sweetie for the #Golden Globes. #Sandra Bullock sent this to us and asked us to post an update,” they wrote, alongside an image of Bullock and Sweetie in the matching attire.

The statement also revealed the dog’s horrific past.

“To think this sweet girl spent her first three years in a kennel. Her vocal cords were cut with a spoon. She was shown zero affection. Now look at her,” the animal rescue charity bosses added. “Sandra looks STUNNING too.”

Representatives from the fashion brand also shared images of the matching look and wrote in the caption, “Sweetie de la Renta nails the mommy-and-me look for tonight’s Golden Globes.”

Bullock was on hand during the annual event to present the final award for Best Motion Picture – Drama to director Sam Mendes for his World War I drama 1917.

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Charlize Theron dyed her hair two hours before 2020 Golden Globes

Charlize Theron had her hair cut and coloured just two hours before walking the red carpet at the 2020 Golden Globes.The 44-year-old attended the Hollywood event on Sunday wearing a stunning black and green couture dress by Dior, and complemented the l…

Charlize Theron had her hair cut and coloured just two hours before walking the red carpet at the 2020 Golden Globes.

The 44-year-old attended the Hollywood event on Sunday wearing a stunning black and green couture dress by Dior, and complemented the look with a fresh trim on her now-iconic pixie cut.

However, her longtime hairstylist Adir Abergel later shared his impressive work on Instagram, revealing that he had very little time to transform Charlize’s platinum blonde to more of a golden hue.

“Golden Globes goddess. Love collaborating with the most amazing team. We got to cut and color and style your hair in less than two hours. Love you @charlizeafrica,” he wrote alongside a picture of the Oscar-winning beauty.

Fans of the actress were quick to comment on Charlize’s new ‘do, with one writing: “Wow wow! In two hours? Reminds me of Twiggy in the ’60s absolutely flawless.”

Another commented: “She’s always hair goals. I’m cutting mine off this week.”

Charlize was up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the annual ceremony for her role as former Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, but lost out to Renee Zellweger, who scooped the award for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

She later presented her That Thing You Do! co-star Tom Hanks with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Meanwhile, Charlize took to Instagram on Tuesday to thank the team at Dior for creating her one-shouldered emerald green dress, which featured an exposed black bustier.

“Oh no! My bra is showing?!” she joked. “Shoutout to my incredible team for making me feel so good for the #GoldenGlobes.”

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Troian Bellisario re-wore wedding dress to Golden Globes party

Troian Bellisario re-wore part of her wedding dress to a Golden Globes party on Sunday night.The Pretty Little Liars actress and her husband Patrick J. Adams attended Amazon Studios’ bash at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, alongside the likes …

Troian Bellisario re-wore part of her wedding dress to a Golden Globes party on Sunday night.

The Pretty Little Liars actress and her husband Patrick J. Adams attended Amazon Studios’ bash at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, alongside the likes of Orlando Bloom, Jon Hamm, Tiffany Haddish, and Snoop Dogg.

Troian looked lovely in a pale pink top and flowing white skirt, and taking to Instagram after the party, explained that she actually wore the skirt to her wedding in December 2016.

“Wore half my wedding dress. Home by 11. Eating ice cream. Happy #goldenglobes2020,” she captioned the snap, which showed her and the Suits star eating from a pint of ice cream.

Accordingly, Troian’s post quickly garnered a lot of praise from her followers, with one writing, “Eating ice team in a wedding dress, that’s goals mannnnn (sic),” while another simply added: “Goals”.

For her camp-themed wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, California, Troian walked down the aisle in a bohemian-style dress from Cortana featuring a long-sleeved top. She accessorised with a gold headpiece from Amaroq.

“I’d never been someone who imagined my wedding dress as a little girl or even, truthfully, four months before the wedding!” the 34-year-old told Hello! magazine at the time. “I found myself gravitating toward really simple designs. I finally settled on these two pieces by Cortana because I could wear the silk top again… Some women say, ‘I feel like when I put on the right pair of shoes, I can take on the world’ – when they laced me up in this dress, I had that same feeling.”

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Stella McCartney ‘proud’ to design Joaquin Phoenix’s awards season tuxedo

Stella McCartney is “proud” to have designed Joaquin Phoenix’s sustainable awards season suit. The 45-year-old star beat the likes of Adam Driver, Antonio Banderas, Christian Bale, and Jonathan Pryce to win the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama p…

Stella McCartney is “proud” to have designed Joaquin Phoenix’s sustainable awards season suit.

The 45-year-old star beat the likes of Adam Driver, Antonio Banderas, Christian Bale, and Jonathan Pryce to win the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama prize for his portrayal of iconic comic book villain Joker in the film of the same name at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Phoenix wore a black tuxedo by the British designer and accompanied the outfit with a crisp white shirt, black bow tie, and Garrett Leight California Optical sunglasses.

Accordingly, McCartney praised the actor for choosing a custom-made tuxedo that was created with sustainable materials that haven’t been tested on animals, in keeping with her vegetarian brand’s ethos, and wearing the same outfit for the whole awards season.

“This man is a winner… wearing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet and all of its creatures,” she wrote on Instagram besides photos of Phoenix with his award. “He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud and honoured to join forces with you Joaquin, keep inspiring and keep shining your light x Stella.”

The Golden Globe winner, who is a vegan and an animal rights campaigner, has previously worn McCartney designs on the red carpet. He sported one of her tuxedos to the premiere of Joker at the Venice Film Festival in August and when he won the Best Actor prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France for his performance in You Were Never Really Here.

Phoenix took his animal rights campaigning one step further this year, as he successfully lobbied Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) officials to serve a vegan meal at the prizegiving on Sunday. His representative confirmed the news to New York Post’s gossip column Page Six.

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