The British director Alan Parker, whose films have won 10 Oscars and 10 Golden Globes, also explored US race relations with "Mississippi Burning."
The delays have been prompted by concerns that a field consisting only of films released in 2020 would not be as broad or competitive as in previous years.
With many studio blockbusters and indie arthouse movies forced to push back their release dates until theaters reopen, the cut-off date for Oscar-eligible films has also been extended by two months, to the end of February.
DuVernay's election comes well after the #OscarsSoWhite movement was launched in January 2015 in response to the Academy picking an all-white slate of nominees — the same year "Selma" was in contention.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry.
"Can we get 'Gone With the Wind' back, please?" he said to thousands of supporters, referring to the film about the Civil War-era South that won the best-picture Oscar 80 years ago.
The Oscars, which included performances by Janelle Monae and Eminem this year, reportedly took a ratings hit by 20 percent from a year ago, to an average TV audience of 23.6 million total viewers.
‘Parasite’, a South Korean film, has won four Oscars –– the most for this year, including Best Picture. This has people wondering whether Hollywood is finally less insular, or if there is still a long way to go.
Bong Joon Ho’s masterfully devious class satire takes Hollywood’s top prize at the Oscars, along with awards for best director, best international film and best screenplay.
The 2020 Oscars ceremony takes place on Sunday in Los Angeles, the climax of Hollywood's awards season.
Hollywood has embraced diversity on-screen, but progress has been much slower off-screen.
Amani Ballour, 32, is seen facing bombardments and shortages of food and medicine while also challenging sexist attitudes in "The Cave," which is shortlisted for best documentary feature at this year's Academy Awards.
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