The Governor’s Awards – an annual gala that honors honorary Oscars – has become the latest major Hollywood event to be postponed to Wednesday due to growing fears about an increase in corona virus cases fueling the omiciron variant.
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Norway’s Liv Ulman, and actress and director Elaine May were due to receive gold statues next month at an event that will attract people from Tinseltown to honor their careers.
“We have made the difficult decision to change our plans for personally hosting the Governors Awards on January 15,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.
“Given the uncertainties surrounding the variants and the impact this could have on our community, we think this is the best and safest decision for our honors and guests.” The academy said “rescheduled plans will come at a later date” for this season’s Governors Awards. The main Oscar ceremony is still scheduled for March 27.
In recent months, Hollywood’s annual film awards season has returned to regular in – person premieres, galas and receptions. But in the last few days many events have been skipped or delayed.
On Wednesday, the Star Critics’ Choice Awards gala was also postponed from the first slot in January. “In the upcoming awards season, we are currently looking forward to finding a new date to personally host our annual gala with our safety and health as our top priority,” the Critics’ Choice Association said in a statement.
The Red Star carpet event of the new Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fet, the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala, the annual Bafta Los Angeles Tea Party and the premiere of the Peter Dinglage musical ‘Sirano’ have all been delayed or canceled.
California currently has the lowest positivity rate of any U.S. state, at 3.3 percent, and continues to lead the country in vaccine doses, Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.
But last week, California still saw a “significant increase in the number of identified covid cases,” he warned.
Data indicate that omiciron has become a major variant of new cases in the state. As A-list movie events disappear, movie theaters are enjoying a rare spell of positive news, erasing Spider-Man: No Way home box office records.
The superhero movie grossed $ 260 million in domestic theaters in its first weekend. The opening of another film during Pandemic has never reached $ 100 million before.