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Oscars: Two women nominated for Best Director for the first time
Oscars: Two women nominated for Best Director for the first time
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For the first time in its 93-year-history, two women have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director: Chloé Zhao's Nomadland and Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman. Only five women have ever been nominated for this award.

Zhao is also the first Asian woman nominated for Best Director. She recently made history by being the first Asian woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Director. Nomadland is also nominated for five other Oscars, including Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand), Best Screenplay (Chloé Zhao), Cinematography (Joshua James Richards) and Film Editing (Chloé Zhao).

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Oscars: David Fincher's Mank nominated 10 times
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Netflix's Mank – a 2020 biographical drama about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of the screenplay for Citizen Kane by David Fincher – has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Directing, Cinematography and Production Design.

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Oscars: Steven Yeun first Asian-American to be nominated for Best Actor
Steven Yeun at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Walking Dead"
Steven Yeun at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Walking Dead" Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Steven Yeun has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Minari – a film about a Korean American family that moves to a farm in Arkansas in search of their American dream. Yeun is the first Asian-American actor to be nominated for the Lead Actor award in the Academy's 93-year-history.

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BAFTA announces 2021 nominees

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) has announced the 2021 nominees for its annual award show. Four out of six nominees for the Best Director Award this year are women, ending a decade-long run of all-male nominees in this category: Sarah Gavron (Rocks), Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Jasmine Zbanic (Quo Vadis, Aida?) and Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth).

Nomadland also sees nominations for Best Film, Best Leading Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Adapted Screenplay (Chloe Zhao), Cinematography (Joshua James Richards), Best Editing (Chloé Zhao), and Best Sound (Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder).

The late Chadwick Boseman is nominated for Best Film, Best Leading Actor for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

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Golden Globe 2021 wins: Nomadland, Borat, The Crown, Chadwick Boseman
Golden Globe 2021 wins: Nomadland, Borat, The Crown, Chadwick Boseman
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The 78th Golden Globes were dominated by streaming services, with Netflix productions winning in four categories.

Hulu's "Nomadland" won Best Picture Drama and Best Director Motion Picture for Chloé Zhao while Amazon's Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won the award for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy.

Netflix took home the most awards: I Care A Lot (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Screenplay), The Crown (Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress), The Queen’s Gambit (Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series) as well as the award for Best Actor for the late Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
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The Berlinale organizers announced the decision to have its upcoming film festival online. Originally set for February 11-21, 2021, the festival is pushing back the dates for its program to from March 1st to 5th.

The winners and a selection of the films from the March festival will then be presented in Berlin theatres in the summer.

"As an answer to the times in which we are living, we have decided to split our offer into two distinct, yet related events and in this way fulfil the mission of the Berlinale," said artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a press release.

Along with various businesses and schools, is already confirmed that Berlin's cultural institutions are to remain closed until the middle of January, and Lederer said in a Twitter video message that he expected the lockdown for cinemas to "go on a little longer."

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Berlinale 2021 will have gender-neutral performance awards
The Berlinale Palast during the Berlin Film Festival in 2007
The Berlinale Palast during the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 Credit: Maharepa (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, announced that the performance awards would be defined in a gender-neutral way. Instead of the awards for the Best Actor and the Best Actress, a "Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance" and a "Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance" shall each be awarded on a gender-neutral basis.

The organisers also announced the 2021 edition is planned to happen from February 11 to February 21 as a physical festival "in accordance with the then-applicable rules and regulations, thus ensuring the greatest possible security for all guests."

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Golden Globes set February 28 for 2021 cerimony
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced next year’s Golden Globes' ceremony would happen on February 28, 2021, the date recently vacated by the Oscars. The event will have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts.

The organisers also stated in their press release: "To accommodate both domestic and international film and television productions, the HFPA will provide further guidance around eligibility, voting period and revised nominations announcement timing in the coming weeks.".

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Viggo Mortensen to be awarded with Donostia Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival
Viggo Mortensen at the premiere of "The Road" during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
Viggo Mortensen at the premiere of "The Road" during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009 Credit: Josh Jensen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Viggo Mortensen is set to receive the prestigious Donostia Award at the 68th San Sebastián International Film Festival in recognition for his acting career. Mortensen is a three-time Oscar nominee and has starred in movies such as Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic and the Lord Of The Ring Trilogy. Additionally, his directorial debut "Falling" will be presented during the Film Festival.

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Oscars 2021 ceremony pushed back by two months
Oscars 2021 ceremony pushed back by two months
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Oscars 2021 has been postponed by two months, from February 28 to April 25.

The organisers of The Academy Awards also announced the eligibility window would be extended until the end of February, as the Covid-19 pandemic halted work on several films due to be released by the end of the year.

This is only the third time the Oscars have been delayed -- in 1938, due to the LA flooding; in 1968 after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Js; and in 1981 after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Regan.

The Academy also shared that nominations will be announced on March 15.

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MTV Movie & TV Awards June event cancelled, new date unclear
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The MTV Movie & TV Awards won't take place in June and has been postponed indefinitely. MTV is currently looking to move the event to December. According to Screenrant, "the network had been hoping to make that move even before the coronavirus hit."

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Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
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Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.