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Oscar Award gets new date

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The 2021 Oscars ceremony was moved to April from February on Monday due to the havoc caused in the movie industry by the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony for film’s highest honours will take place on April 25, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.

It had originally been scheduled for Feb. 28.

The coronavirus epidemic shut down movie theatres worldwide in mid-March and brought production of films to a halt.

The Academy also extended the deadline by which movies must be released in order to be eligible for an nomination to Feb. 28, 2021, from Dec. 31, 2020.

“Extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalised for something beyond anyone’s control,” Academy President David Rubin and Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

The production shutdown meant that many filmmakers feared their movies would not be finished by the usual year-end Oscar eligibility deadline.

Dozens of other movie releases have been moved to 2021.

It was only the fourth time in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards that the date has been changed; in 1938, due to floods in Los Angeles, in 1968 because of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1981 after the attempted assassination of then-President Ronald Reagan.

The new date for the Oscars is expected to prompt the Golden Globes and other award shows to also reschedule their events.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Monday said it was shifting its film awards ceremony to April 11 from Feb. 14.

Hollywood movies were last week given the green light to resume production in the Los Angeles area with detailed guidelines on social distancing and frequent testing.

However, most are not expected to resume until September.

Hollywood hopes the big movie theater chains will reopen by late July, when thriller “Tenet” and “Mulan” are due to be released.

(Reuters/NAN)

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Popular Nollywood actor, Hank Anuku has debunked rumours of his death

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The veteran actor posted a video on his Instagram page where he addressed the issue of his death.

Hanks told his fans that he is still alive. He added that his haters are dead because he serves a living God.

The actor said the rumours of his death was peddled by people with poisonous minds. He added that they shall all be disappointed.

“I am Hank Anuku Nollywood Actor n I’m Alive. My haters r dead n Jesus Christ is my deliverer n he liveth. Poisonous press vipers on prawl but they shall b perplexed n disappointed in Jesus’s name Amen. 1love fans.”, he captioned the video.

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Pregnant Nigerian singer, Mhiz Amber found dead in Calabar; friends demand justice

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A budding Nigerian singer, one Juliet Ita who’s known better as Mhiz Amber, was discovered dead in the house she shared with her foreign lover, Jim Roach —said to be Lebanese— in Calabar, Cross River State.

The circumstances surrounding her death have prompted her friends to call for a thorough investigation. According to reports, the singer had been in a relationship with Jim Roach for about 10 years before her death on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

The lifeless body of Juliet, who is said to be 5 months pregnant, was found hanging in the apartment. It was gathered that Roach later reported the death to the police and claimed she committed suicide following an argument they had on Friday.

However, her friends have rejected the claim and are now calling for an investigation as they say the duo had been having issues in their relationship and it usually turned violent.

Also, according to one of her friends, before Juliet found out that she was pregnant, she had already decided to quit the relationship and asked Roach to pay her off with N5million but he allegedly agreed to pay her N2.2 million and was yet to fulfill the promise before her death.

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