2021 OSCARS ARE POSTPONED – (06/16/2020)
For the fourth time in history, the Oscars have been postponed due to the novel coronavirus. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards telecast has been postponed by two months, from February 28, 2021, to April 25, 2021.
In a statement, Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said: “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 penalized for something beyond anyone’s control. 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.”
The Governors Awards gala, which typically takes place in the fall, has also been postponed. Date TBD. The December opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was pushed to April, and will happen in tandem with the Oscars.
The eligibility rules have also been loosened to accommodate disrupted productions. Now, the submission deadline for specialty categories (animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film and live action short film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including best picture, original score and original song, is now Jan. 15, 2021, Variety reports.
The format of the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, set to air on ABC, is also in flux.
“We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event that also captures the excitement of the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement.
The Oscars have been delayed previously in 1938 after massive flooding in Los Angeles, in 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and again in 1981 following an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
In 2020, major winners included Parasite for Best Picture, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor in Joker and Renee Zellweger for Best Actress in Judy.
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CELEBRITIES REACT TO MOMENTOUS SUPREME COURT RULING ON LGBTQ RIGHTS – (06/16/2020)
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Celebrities reacted to a landmark decision Monday by the Supreme Court in which they declared it illegal for an employer to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 6-3 ruling made members of the LGBTQ community part of the Title VII Civil Rights Act. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote: “In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”
Cynthia Nixon celebrated the “HUGE VICTORY FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS!!!”
“We have won at the Supreme Court of the United States,” Laverne Cox said while tearing up in part of an Instagram Stories post. “It’s very emotional. We won at the Supreme Court. I can’t even believe it. I’m overwhelmed. A six-three decision stating that it is illegal to fire someone for being LGBTQ in the United States of America.”
Andy Cohen tweeted: “Hey Brett Kavanaugh—f–k you.”
Ellen DeGeneres applauded the “historic” moment, and Meghan McCain wrote that the ruling was “huge and long overdue.”
Mandy Moore dubbed the decision “incredible news,” adding that it’s “a bright spot in a dark time.”
George Takei tweeted: “The LGBTQ civil rights movement began 51 years ago with the Stonewall Riots, led by trans POC heroes. Today we mark another milestone in our struggle for equality with a victory in the Supreme Court, extending Title VII nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQs.”
Busy Philipps cheered the “LEGITIMATELY GREAT news!”
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HALSEY LEAKS ‘MANIC’ BONUS ‘TRACK WIPE YOUR TEARS’ – (06/16/2020)
Halsey has leaked an unreleased version of Manic bonus track, “wipe your tears” to celebrate Pride Month.
The singer – who won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist in 2018 – shared the second take of the track, which features on the Japanese edition of the LP, and teased that there is a third version.
Halsey admitted she’ll probably “get in trouble” with her record label for posting the recording online. She tweeted: “prolly gon get in trouble for this but, happy pride ! here’s the full OG version of wipe your tears. my favorite wlw song of mine that ended up on a special release of Manic. if it gets taken down it ain’t my fault”
When one of her followers replied to her that the leaked version is “superior” to the final cut, Halsey responded: “There’s actually 3 versions of this song in existence hahaha. You guys have 2 of them now.”
When another fan demanded she leak the third one, she wrote back: “Omg pls I jussssst leaked the 2nd lemme breathe y’all ravenous. I can’t I’ll get in too much trouble cause it has a feature hahah” Halsey then added: “Y’all gonna get me in trouble now shush. If I ever leaked a demo version of a song, I don’t leak it bc I did. No I didn’t.”
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SPONGEBOB IS GAY: It’s true. There has long been a debate about SpongeBob Squarepants’ sexuality, and now, Nickelodeon seemed to confirm his status with a tweet that showed SpongeBob with trans star Michael D Cohen and the bisexual The Legend of Korra character Avator Korra, writing: “Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community.”
2020 BET AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE IN – (06/16/2020)
Nominations for the 2020 BET Awards are in, with Drake leading the charge with six nominations. The virtual show will be held June 28th. Drake snagged Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year for “No Guidance” with Chris Brown.
Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch got five nods each. Stallion’s five nods include Best Female Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Album of the Year and Video of the Year, and Ricch’s are for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Album of the Year, Video of the Year and Viewer’s Choice categories as well as Best New Artist.
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy also got a nom for her appearance on her famous mom’s song “Brown Skin Girl” from The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album. The anthem, which also features WizKid and SAINt JHN, is nominated for the BET Her Award.
The BET Awards recognize achievements in music, TV, film and sports, across 21 categories. Stay tuned for more on this year’s Humanitarian and Lifetime Achievement honorees and the show’s talent and hosts.
Check out the BET Awards, celebrating the ceremony’s 20th anniversary and BET’s 40th anniversary, simulcast live at 8 pm EST across ViacomCBS networks, including BET and BET HER, and in its national broadcast premiere on CBS.
The show will be hosted by Insecure star and comedienne Amanda Seales.
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