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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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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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Oscars to implement "representation and inclusion standards"
Red carpet at 81st Annual Academy Awards in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles
Red carpet at 81st Annual Academy Awards in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles Credit: Greg in Hollywood (Greg Hernandez) / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

In a statement on Friday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has announced that movies will be required to meet certain "representation and inclusion standards" to be eligible for an award. The new standards will be implemented next year, but the Academy was vague on the details of those news standards.

CEO Dawn Hudson's statement read: "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."

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The Academy officially changes Oscar rules due to coronavirus

Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for the 2021 awards season, announced The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

"Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and specialty categories for the 93rd Academy Awards," the board said in a statement.