On Monday, The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science met to decide the fate of the 2021 Oscar awards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made to postpone the awards for 2 months from February 28th to April 25th.
Due to the coronavirus, theaters have been shut and movie release dates have been rescheduled all across The United States. Film festivals have also been postponed around the globe.
AMPAS board of governors now almost a female majority
This news came after the AMPAS announced the addition of six new members to the board of governors. The board is now structured with 26 women and 12 people of color with a total of 56 members.
Further, the academy disclosed the details of the next phase of its equity and inclusion initiative. The new phase will set the best picture category to 10 nominees instead of the usual 9. These changes will take effect starting from the 2022 Oscars.