SAG Awards, BAFTAs, and More Award Shows Plan New Dates After Oscars Change

Click here to read the full article.

Now that the 2021 Oscars have officially been delayed from February 28 to April 25, 2021, many other award shows and festivals that play a crucial role on the Oscar season circuit are also changing their dates. IndieWire will be keeping track of the changing 2020-2021 awards season with this running list of new dates for important events on the circuit.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (July 2 Announcement)

SAG Awards executive producer Kathy Connell confirms the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will now take place on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8pm ET. Key deadlines and dates have also been released for the celebration of excellence in film and television.

More from IndieWire

Per a statement from the Screen Actors Guild: “With this new show date, the SAG Awards is extending its eligibility period by two months. Motion pictures, primetime television, cable,

Read More

Why Jeff Bezos is pouring billions into tackling climate change

Jeff Bezos - AP
Jeff Bezos – AP

Jeff Bezos wants you to know that Amazon is serious about tackling climate change. In the space of four days last week, his company launched a $2bn venture capital fund to invest in technologies that tackle carbon emissions, bought an electric self-driving car firm and revealed that it would rename a Seattle hockey stadium to the “Climate Pledge Arena”.

“Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action,” the billionaire founder wrote in an Instagram post captioning a rendering of the stadium’s future logo. 

In February, he announced a $10bn pledge in his own name to finance scientists and charities on the frontline of global warming, building on an order of 100,000 electric vehicles last year from car manufacturer Rivian and a 2040 target to have net zero emissions.

The moves are

Read More

Boards of Change gives Sacramento Black artists a platform, raises thousands of dollars

On June 4, Lina Washington and Kimberly Prince had an idea: The plywood boards covering Sacramento storefronts due to recent protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers would make perfect canvases for art.

Prince, who owns the Nekter Juice Bar in Midtown, posted on her Instagram story that she wanted the protective board on her store painted. Washington, a sports reporter with ABC10 news in Sacramento, shared the post and tagged people she thought would be interested. Washington and Prince recruited their friend, artist Shannan O’Rourke, and the three women named their initiative Boards for Change.

Within 24 hours, the idea spread rapidly. Other businesses wanted art, too, and artists began to call offering to volunteer their time to beautify the boards with images including hearts, protesters and messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

While still sitting in her bed

Read More

Sen. Tim Scott explains how GOP’s police reform bill leverages funding to ‘compel’ change

Though conservatives nationwide continue to condemn progressive-led calls to “defund the police” as part of the effort to reform law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the Senate’s lone Black Republican explained Sunday how his new bill leverages federal money in an attempt to push agencies to make use-of-force changes.

“It is important for us to use the resources that we provide law enforcement in a way to get them — to compel them towards the direction that we think is in the best interest of the nation, of the communities that they serve, and frankly of the officers themselves,” said Sen. Tim Scott in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

MORE: Republicans unveil ‘Justice Act’ aimed at policing reform, propose fast-track action

Scott, R-S.C., is the author of the “Justice Act,” the GOP-backedpolice-reform legislation introduced this week. The bill, which the White House has signaled has President

Read More

SC Gov. McMaster takes side on Strom, but not on colleges’ push to change building names

As a powerful movement builds across South Carolina to remove the names of monuments to racists and segregationists from university buildings and public squares, the state’s top elected official has so far been publicly silent on whether a 20-year-old law preventing those erasures without support of a super majority of legislators is just or should be repealed.

But Friday, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s spokesman gave the first indication of where the governor and former state attorney general stands on the Heritage Act, which says only a two-thirds vote by the General Assembly can remove or change war monuments and the dedication of roads, parks and other public spaces to historical figures.

“Boards of universities have every right to ask for these changes — that’s why the law exists as it does, and the governor is supportive of them doing so and the General Assembly debating them, with public input, as

Read More

Climate change ‘as urgent’ as coronavirus

Greta Thunberg says the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.

That means the world acting “with necessary force”, the Swedish climate activist says in an exclusive interview with BBC News.

She doesn’t think any “green recovery plan” will solve the crisis alone.

And she says the world is now passing a “social tipping point” on climate and issues such as Black Lives Matter.

“People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things”, says Ms Thunberg, “we cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet”.

She says lockdown has given her time to relax and reflect away from the public gaze.

Ms Thunberg has shared with the BBC the text of a deeply personal programme she has made for Swedish Radio.

In the radio programme, which goes online this morning, Greta looks back on the year in

Read More

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits

Getty Images

In conversations with clients, colleagues and friends, there’s one habit many seem to struggle with: spending money. No matter how much we earn, the amount we spend often impacts more of a person’s future financial success than their income, savings or investment returns. Try as we might, cutting back our spending is never easy. Until now.

The current pandemic has impacted all of us. For more than 40 million Americans, it’s meant the loss of a job and a steady income. For those fortunate enough to have their health and their jobs, nearly everyone I’ve spoken with is spending much less money than they were three months ago.

We know there eventually will be pent-up demand for travel, dining out and other activities. My family is already dreaming about the vacations we will take. However, this forced spending reduction may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to re-evaluate our spending

Read More

How will dating change after coronavirus? Psychology offers some clues

The dating scene could be a confusing place in world where at least some social distancing seems likely for the foreseeable future. And while many people will have maintained or begun contact with romantic partners online during lockdown, video chats and text messages are clearly not a long-term substitute for intimate (or even non-intimate) physical contact.

When it comes to online dating, science gives us some insight into how people normally behave. Parental investment theory, for example, predicts that in humans (and other animals), it is the sex investing more heavily in their offspring who will be more choosy or selective in securing a mate. Male reproduction requires relatively little investment over and above a few minutes of sexual contact, whereas female reproductive effort requires nine months or longer.

To see how these sex differences were evident in online opposite-sex dating, we conducted a study in which participants viewed and

Read More

How coronavirus will change the way we all shop

After three months of hibernation, non-essential shops in England will finally be able to re-open on Monday. But it is clear Covid-19 will have a lasting impact on retail well beyond the end of lockdown.

There’s socially distanced shopping, for starters. The new retail rules during this pandemic may take a bit of getting used to. It’s one thing queueing for groceries, but we’re going to have to be prepared to queue to get into all the other shops, too.

We’re being encouraged to shop alone and to avoid touching things, where possible. You may have to forget trying clothes on as the guidance says fitting rooms should be closed wherever possible.

Coronavirus is going to suck some of the fun out of one of our most popular social activities and not all of us will fancy waiting in line when we can buy what we want online.

Shoppers outside

Read More

Borrowed time: Climate change threatens U.S. mortgage market

A National Bureau of Economic Research working paper in February concluded that homes in flood plains are overvalued by $34 billion because homebuyers don’t fully price in the high risk of climate-related disasters.

“There are some systemic risks here which need to be considered and evaluated — and right now,” said former California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “U.S. financial regulators are much further behind in that regard.”

And that risk is growing. Homebuilding and mortgage originations in floodplains have risen steadily over the years even as the number of flood insurance policies has fallen, according to data provided to POLITICO by First Street Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to determine the probability of flooding for every U.S. home.

Between 2006 and 2018, nearly 600,000 houses were built in 100-year floodplains, bringing the total to 4.1 million homes. In that same time period, 300,000 mortgages were added to homes in floodplains,

Read More