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In this combination, from left, Awkwafina attends the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award on Jan. 18, 2020, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Cynthia Erivo arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif., Eva Longoria arrives at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, John David Washington arrives at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles and Zendaya arrives at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on June 16, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. Awkwafina, Erivo, Longoria, Washington and Zendaya are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo)

Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy

Jun. 30, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars announced the new invitees Tuesday. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will...

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, director Spike Lee, with cast members from his film

Hollywood says Black Lives Matter, but more diversity needed

Jun. 18, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As protests erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, every major entertainment company in Hollywood issued statements of support for the black community. But as unanimous as that show of solidarity was, it was also clear that this wasn't a fight Hollywood could watch...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, bronze alloy masks lie in a foundry in West Drayton, Middlesex,  ahead of the awards ceremony in February. Next year’s British Academy Film Awards have been postponed by two months, organizers said Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The move follows a decision by Hollywood’s film academy to shift the 2021 Oscars from February to April because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

British Academy Film Awards postpones ceremony by 2 months

Jun. 16, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Next year’s British Academy Film Awards have been postponed by two months, organizers said Tuesday. The move follows a decision by Hollywood’s film academy to shift the 2021 Oscars from February to April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The British Academy said the awards...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including having a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus

Jun. 15, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including having a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, inclusion standards

Jun. 12, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy...

FILE -This Feb. 9, 2020 file photo shows filmmaker Ava DuVernay at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. DuVernay directed the four-part Netflix series

Ava DuVernay joins the film academy's Board of Governors

Jun. 10, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been elected to the film academy’s Board of Governors for the first time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new members Wednesday, which include the “Selma” filmmaker, “A Star is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and...