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History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

History made, a good day for Brits, and the snubs: The Oscar nominations key talking points

Entertainment
Hollywood is getting ready for the biggest night of the year in what will be a decidedly different Academy Awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The nominees for the 2021 Oscars have now been revealed, with Netflix's Mank - starring Gary Oldman as social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz - leading the way with 10 nods. But it's not just about the numbers, with several big talking points arising from this year's shortlists. Image: Nomadland director Chloe Zhao is one of two women shortlisted for the best director award Women make historyIt's a rather incredible statistic, but before the 2021 nominations were announced, only five women had ever been shortlisted for best director before. That's ever, in the his...
Could these Brits shake up awards season?

Could these Brits shake up awards season?

Entertainment
PA/GettyBritish actors Riz Ahmed, Carey Mulligan and Michaela Coel were among the nominees for this year's Independent Spirit Awards.The awards honour the best in independent film; and often indicate who could win an Oscar.Ahmed was nominated in the male lead category for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer struggling with losing his hearing in Sound Of Metal.Mulligan was recognised for her role as Cassie in Promising Young Woman.The film - the directorial debut by star of The Crown and best director/best screenplay nominee Emerald Fennell - sees Mulligan's character seeking to avenge her best friend's rape.Getty ImagesAhmed is nominated in the same category as the late Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The drama, about a blues singer, is up against First Cow and Minari for...
Brits 2020: Dave wins and calls PM ‘racist’

Brits 2020: Dave wins and calls PM ‘racist’

Entertainment
London rapper Dave won album of the year at the Brits, moments after calling the prime minister a "racist".The star took home the night's main award for his provocative, personal album Psychodrama, which also won last year's Mercury Prize.But it was his fiery performance of the single Black which stole the show.In a newly-written verse, he called out the government response to Grenfell and said: "The truth is our prime minister is a real racist".Brit Awards: Red carpet in picturesHe also attacked tabloid coverage of the Duchess of Sussex, and made a reference to London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt. Two years after Stormzy demanded "where's the money for Grenfell?" on the Brits stage, Dave updated the lyric, saying: "Grenfell victims still need...
Coronavirus: Five Brits in French ski chalet catch virus

Coronavirus: Five Brits in French ski chalet catch virus

Health
Five Britons have tested positive for coronavirus in France, local health officials have confirmed. Four adults and a child came into contact with a British national who returned from Singapore in January, the French health minister said. They were all staying in the same ski chalet in Savoie, eastern France. It comes as four members of the same British family were admitted to hospital in Majorca after contact with a coronavirus carrier. They are being tested at the University Hospital of Son Espases in Palma.The British cases in France have brought the total number of people infected with the virus in that country to 11. Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday the five Britons were not in a serious condition. In Majorca, th...
Brits Rising Star Celeste: ‘I got sacked lots, but it was worth it’

Brits Rising Star Celeste: ‘I got sacked lots, but it was worth it’

Entertainment
Celeste Waite moved to London three years ago with just £100 in her pocket.The 25-year-old singer, who's just been named the Brits 2020 Rising Star, found herself a job in a restaurant to pay the rent and put all her effort into making music. Image: Adele won the Brits Rising Star award (then called Critics Choice) back in 2008 She tells Sky News it was a moment of truth: "I felt like it was a turning point whether I would make things happen or not."I needed to pay the rent, and I had to prioritise whether I wanted to work more hours to have more money to live off, or sacrifice that and go to the studio, but with no idea how long it would take to get to a point where I could be doing it full time."The self-taught musician chose singi...