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Tyler Perry to Receive Humanitarian Award at Oscars 2021

Tyler Perry is going to receive a new award!

According to a report from Deadline on Thursday (January 14), the multi-hyphenate has been selected by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Board Of Governors to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2021 Oscars.

Deadline writes that Tyler “is being honored for his extensive work on humanitarian and social Justice causes.” Past recipients of the award include Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie.

The Academy’s press release calls Tyler “a prolific producer, director, actor, writer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose commitment to a wide spectrum of charitable and social justice causes has been particularly impactful during the challenges of the past year, addressing economic distress caused by the pandemic, racial reckoning and homelessness in his community.”

Tyler recently shared that he flew to Georgia in order to cast his vote after not receiving his absentee ballot – click here to read more!

The 2021 Oscars have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic – click here to find out when the show will be airing.

Oscars 2021 Will Be In Person, Academy Confirms

The Academy is finding a way to host the 2021 Academy Awards in person next year.

If you don’t know, the Oscars were pushed from February 2021 until April 25, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus health crisis has caused large gatherings to be halted as indoor, in person large events can become super-spreader events.

The Oscars, however, are going to find a way to make it happen.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a rep from the Academy and ABC told Variety. Meanwhile, THR is claiming that no decision has been made on this topic at this time. This means the Oscars will not be held virtually via Zoom like the 2020 Emmys.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” an awards publicist added. The Dolby Theater can seat 3,400 people, but it’s unclear what restrictions will be in place at the time and how many people can safely be in the room at once.

Ahead of the Oscars are four other major, usually in-person and live film and TV awards shows: Golden Globes (February 28), Critics Choice (March 7), SAG (March 14) and BAFTAs (April 11 in the UK).

A vaccine is on the way and there has been some extremely positive news about it.

Netflix Could Break a Huge Record at 2021 Oscars If the Nominations Go Their Way!

Movie buffs are thinking that Netflix could break a major record at the 2021 Academy Awards next year!

Currently, the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holds an 85 year old record at the Oscars. The record is for the most nominations scored by a studio in the Best Picture category. MGM earned give nominations in that category back in 1937 at the ninth Academy Awards. That record has not yet been broken…but could be in 2021.

This year, with the Coronavirus pandemic, the streaming service was able to still release an arsenal of films while other studios were prevented from releasing their movies in theaters.

Films that could earn nominations from Netflix include Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Other Netflix films this year include Ryan Murphy‘s The Prom, Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods, George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, and more, Variety reports. We won’t know the awards season nominations for some time now, but many are still guessing!

Meanwhile, Netflix just announced their most-watched scripted limited series of all time!

'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Will Submit All Actors Into the Same Category at 2021 Oscars

The entire cast of the movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be competing in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars next year.

The movie, which was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, features 12 actors billed above the title and it’s definitely an ensemble piece. Many expected that Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne would be campaigned as lead actors while the rest of the cast would be in the supporting category.

Now, it’s been confirmed by THR that all actors will be campaigned in the supporting category. Another time that this has happened recently was with the movie Spotlight, which went on to win Best Picture.

The cast of the film includes, in alphabetical order, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Danny Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Caroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Robbins, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Jeremy Strong.

Many believe that the actors with the best chance at landing a nomination are Abdul-Mateen II, Cohen, and former winner Rylance.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is now streaming on Netflix.

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'Hamilton' Is Not Eligible at the Oscars, But Other Awards Are Still Possible

The filmed version of the Broadway musical Hamilton will not be nominated for any awards at the 2021 Oscars, because the film is not eligible.

Variety has confirmed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that “recorded stage productions are not eligible for consideration.”

The Hamilton movie was originally supposed to be released in theaters in October 2021, but Disney decided to put the film on Disney+ to give fans some amazing content while movie theaters are shut down due to the pandemic.

Actor James Whitmore earned a Best Actor nomination at the 1976 Oscars for his performance in a recording of the one-man stage play Give ‘em Hell, Harry, but rules were changed in 1997 to make these types of performances ineligible.

The cast and crew of Hamilton has already been awarded plenty of prizes. The show won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

The Hamilton movie still has a shot at being nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) category. The “the principal host for variety series and the principal host/performer for variety specials are eligible to be entered with the program categories. Secondary performers are not eligible.” This means that Lin-Manuel Miranda will likely be eligible alongside the producers in this category.

The film will also be eligible in some crafts field, like directing, music direction, and more.

Will an actual movie adaptation of Hamilton ever be made? Here is what Lin had to say about that!

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Oscars 2021 Delayed By Two Months

The 2021 Oscars have officially been delayed amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The show, which was originally supposed to air on February 28, 2021, has been pushed to April 25, 2021. Oscars eligibility has also been extended. It began on January 1, 2020 and was set to expire on New Year’s Eve. However, now films will be eligible until February 28, 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 penalized for something beyond anyone’s control,” Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement (via Variety). “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 usually takes place in the fall, will also be pushed.

COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty with regards to major events. In other awards show news, another show is still up in the air this fall.

Oscars to Set Inclusion Standards for Eligibility, Change to Best Picture Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is implementing some major changes.

The organization announced the “Academy Aperture 2025″ initiative on Friday (June 12), which goes into effect beginning with the 2021 Oscars.

The Academy is setting up a task force “to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility by July 31, 2020,” according to THR.

“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. 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,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

The Academy also decided on returning to 10 best picture nominees for 2021 in order to maximize the diversity of the films nominated.

They will also implement a “quarterly viewing process” through the Academy Screening Room, the streaming site for Academy members, making it possible to view films year-round in order to broaden each film’s exposure.

The governors of the Academy also passed a resolution calling for an amendment to impose maximum term limits on those who serve on the board. According to the new rules, members will be permitted a lifetime maximum of 12 years. Unconscious bias training will be mandatory for all Academy governors, branch executive committee members and Academy staff, and will be offered to the organization’s roughly 9,000 members.

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