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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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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Academy acknowledges members”unacceptable’ behaviour towards Selma premiere protest

The Academy has acknowledged David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay’s claim that their 2014 movie Selma was sabotaged by some Oscars voters following an anti-racism protest at the film’s premiere. On Thursday, the British actor, who portrayed Martin Luther Ki…

The Academy has acknowledged David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay’s claim that their 2014 movie Selma was sabotaged by some Oscars voters following an anti-racism protest at the film’s premiere.

On Thursday, the British actor, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the historical movie, alleged members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) damaged Selma’s awards season journey after he, director DuVernay and the cast attended the film’s New York premiere wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to stand in solidarity with late police brutality victim Eric Garner, who uttered those words during his arrest earlier that year.

DuVernay retweeted Oyelowo’s comments and backed them up with the caption: “True Story”.

A short time later, representatives for the Academy took to Twitter to respond to their claims, while also making a promise to do better.

“Ava & David, we hear you. Unacceptable. We’re committed to progress. @ava #DavidOyelowo,” they simply wrote.

The 2015 Oscar nominations, which honoured films released in 2014, sparked controversy and the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, as all 20 actors nominated in acting categories were white. After the same issue happened again in 2016, Academy officials announced a raft of changes to help them reach their goal to double the number of diverse members by 2020.

Oyelowo recalled the story during a virtual appearance on Screen Daily’s Screen Talks series on Thursday.

“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,'” he said. “It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

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Kate Bosworth loved ‘edgy’ canary yellow dress she wore to 2019 Oscars after-party

Kate Bosworth still thinks about the “edgy” canary yellow dress she selected to wear to a party following the 2019 Oscars.In an Instagram Live interview with make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury for her Charlotte’s Beauty Happy Hour series, the 37-year-old w…

Kate Bosworth still thinks about the “edgy” canary yellow dress she selected to wear to a party following the 2019 Oscars.

In an Instagram Live interview with make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury for her Charlotte’s Beauty Happy Hour series, the 37-year-old was asked to name the “iconic beauty moment” that changed her life.

And while the Blue Crush actress has had many stunning red carpet moments, it was her show-stopping sleeveless yellow gown by Vietnamese designer Cong Tri, which featured delicate embellishment and a sweeping train, that was at the top of her list.

“I wore this canary yellow dress for the Vanity Fair Oscars party, it’s a hard colour to wear,” Kate explained. “Any time I can skate the line to edgy I will. It’s a little tricky, but any time it works, it’s fun.”

Elsewhere in the Q&A session, the star shared her skincare ritual, and said she’s a huge fan of using at-home laser therapy treatments on her face.

“I use a handheld laser called Light Stim, it’s a handheld mask that emits red and blue frequencies. It’s really incredible, I use it all the time,” she noted.

Kate also revealed she is a devout sunscreen wearer and desperately seeks shade when out and about.

“I always protect my skin with sunscreen, I am always hiding under things when there is sun. I will take a baggy sweatshirt and drape it over my head!” the blonde beauty laughed.

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Florence Pugh changed her mind over wrist tattoo at last minute

Florence Pugh has shared how she ended up getting a bee design tattooed on her wrist. During Elle U.K. magazine’s Ask Me Anything video series, the Little Women actress showed off the inking on her left wrist and revealed that she doesn’t know why she …

Florence Pugh has shared how she ended up getting a bee design tattooed on her wrist.

During Elle U.K. magazine’s Ask Me Anything video series, the Little Women actress showed off the inking on her left wrist and revealed that she doesn’t know why she asked for the bee because she had always been planning to get one of a snail.

“It’s the only one that I have. If I ever spoke about getting a tattoo, it was always that I was going to get a snail,” she explained. “And on the day, Evan Tattoo, he’s in New York, he’s an amazing tattoo artist, I went in with friends and they all got their tattoos done, and he said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want anything?’ and for some reason, it came out of me, and I said, ‘I want a bee.’

“Basically, I ended up shaving part of the bum (off the bee design), I said I wanted it to be rounded but slightly pointy – there’s very specific bees and this is a worker bee.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 24-year-old named the tiered blue Louis Vuitton dress she wore to the Oscars and the pink and white Emilia Wickstead gown that she sported to a Little Women premiere as her favourite red carpet looks.

She also explained that while she likes to get dolled up for the red carpet, but has no issue with looking “normal” in her Instagram cooking videos.

“When I’m making marmalade, I don’t have pretty hair. There are moments in my life when I get dolled up and two amazing artists will come to my house and paint, pull and brush me for two hours. Then I go to the red carpet,” Florence continued. “That’s a two-hour event, then I go home and take it off. But when I make marmalade, I look normal.”

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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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