The 2020 Oscars in February. Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC Television announced on Monday that the 93rd Oscars awards will be postponed from Feb. 21, 2021, to April 25, 2021, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The delay comes as much of the film industry has been forced to put movie production and debuts on hold as a result of social distancing restrictions implemented all over the world.

  • The Academy has subsequently extended its eligibility window for films from Dec. 31, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, to accommodate delays in production.
  • "Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control," Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

Worth noting: It's unclear whether next April's ceremony, which will take place more than a year after the pandemic was formally declared, will involve the traditional red carpet and live audience.

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Study: Hollywood casts more light-skinned actors for Chinese market

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An academic study has found that since 2012, when the Chinese government began allowing more foreign films into the country, Hollywood movies have cast more light-skinned actors in starring roles.

Key takeaway: The researchers concluded U.S. film studios were casting to fulfill the aesthetic preferences of Chinese movie-goers, in a culture that places a premium on light skin — a phenomenon known as colorism.

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Judge temporarily halts Trump's WeChat ban

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A federal judge early on Sunday temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning the downloads of the Chinese-owned, global messaging app WeChat.

Why it matters: The temporary injunction means WeChat will remain on Apple and Google's app stores, despite a Commerce Department order to remove the app by Sunday evening.

Bill Clinton slams McConnell and Trump: "Their first value is power"

Former President Bill Clinton on Sunday called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) vow to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat before the next presidential inauguration "superficially hypocritical."

The big picture: Clinton, who nominated Ginsburg to the court in 1993, declined to say whether he thinks Democrats should respond by adding more justices if they take back the Senate and the White House in November. Instead, he called on Republicans to "remember the example Abraham Lincoln set" by not confirming a justice in an election year.