Danny Dyer thanks David Cameron as he wins award

EastEnders star Danny Dyer had a few choice words for David Cameron as he accepted his TV Choice award for best soap actor.
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Second Edition of Green Carpet Fashion Award by Chopard to be Unveiled in Venice

MILAN – The second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, will be once again held at the La Scala theater — this year on Sept. 23 — and organizers Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Eco-Age and Chopard will unveil this year’s trophy on Saturday in Venice during the city’s Film Festival.
In accordance with Chopard’s commitment to produce all its watches and jewelry in ethical gold starting in July, the statuette is crafted from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
“Once again we are delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work with The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia for this year’s ceremony,” said Caroline Scheufele, copresident and artistic director of Chopard, as the awards “are closely aligned” with the company’s values of sustainability and the “celebration of the artisans involved in all levels of our supply chains.”
The trophy represents a woman, whose long braid is produced in Fairmined-certified ethical gold. “Draped in a long robe made of aluminum to lend a lighter touch, the silhouette of this noble 21st-century heroine evokes the models sketched by fashion designers,” stated the company. “She appears surrounded by a halo, borne by a thermoformed Plexiglas cape featuring engravings evoking a golden apple tree.”
On Saturday,

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Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film

The Academy’s board of governors has approved changes for a new award for outstanding popular film.
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Salma Hayek to Receive Franca Sozzani Award at Venice International Film Festival

IN THE NAME OF FRANCA: Salma Hayek will be the second recipient of the Franca Sozzani Award, which recognizes women who stand out for both their artistic careers and their social commitment.
The Mexican actress and movie producer will receive the award, established by late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani’s family, on Aug. 31 during the 75th edition of the Venice International Film Festival. The ceremony will take place at Sozzani’s favorite Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a five-star hotel on Venice’s Giudecca island.
“Her example and her teaching live on in a countless number of little everyday actions, which still punctuate life in the firm today,” said Fedele Usai, chief executive officer of Condé Nast Italia, which supports the Franca Sozzani Award. “This tribute to Franca is an opportunity to celebrate a person who was unique and unrepeatable, and who is a constant and challenging benchmark for all of us at Condé Nast.”
Julian Moore was the first to receive the Franca Sozzani Award last September.

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The 10 least-deserving NHL award winners of the last 20 years

Hindsight is 20-20, but here’s a look at the 10 least-deserving award winners of the past two decades, and who actually earned the hardware.
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Trump Has Yet to Award the National Arts Medals for 2016

Other presidents have dawdled, too, but President Trump is the first to go this long without awarding national medals in the arts and humanities.
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Atlein Wins 2018 ANDAM Main Fashion Award

SURF’S UP: Atlein, the young Paris-based label founded by surfing devotee Antonin Tron, has caught the main wave. Having limbered up as winner of the ANDAM First Collections prize in 2016, the designer on Friday, at a ceremony at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris, scooped the top prize of the 2018 ANDAM fashion awards.
The prestigious award comes with an endowment of 250,000 euros plus two years of mentoring from LVMH Group executive committee member Pierre-Yves Roussel, on matters including financial, legal, marketing, communications and production.
Roussel has been a member of the organization’s jury several times and played mentor to 2012 ANDAM winner Julien David.
Tron, who was also a semifinalist of the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, as part of his win will receive a donation from Swarovski of crystals worth 10,000 euros to use before the end of the year.
“It will allow us to take the business to the next step, it comes right at the time that we need it,” Tron told WWD, adding of the event: “It’s for young people, new ways of creating and making businesses; it’s the future.”
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the French designer worked

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Janet Jackson to Receive “Impact” Award at 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is being recognized for her incredible achievements in the past year.
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Women’s Prize for Fiction: Kamila Shamsie wins 2018 award for Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie’s novel Home Fire “speaks for our times”, judges said.
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Cannes 2018: ‘Women in Motion’ Young Talent Award Goes to Carla Simón

PRIZE MOMENT: With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, Kering on Friday revealed its Young Talent Award for the fourth edition of “Women in Motion” program will go to Catalan director Carla Simón, hand-picked by actress, producer and director, Salma Hayek Pinault.
Kering chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault will present the prize at a dinner hosted by the luxury group during the festival on May 13, joined by the film festival’s president and general delegate, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux. The award comes with funding worth 50,000 euros to go toward her filmmaking projects.
Simón’s first feature film, “Summer 1993,” based on the story of a six-year-old child who loses her mother to AIDS, filmed from the child’s point of view, was met with critical acclaim and went on to represent Spain at the 2018 Oscars.
Simón has also made numerous short films including “Born Positive,” “Lipstick” and “Those Little Things,” each of which was selected for international festivals. She is working on her second feature film and teaches cinema students at the Cinema en Curs, ESCAC and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
As reported, this year’s main Women in Motion award will go to American film director and screenwriter Patty Jenkins –

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SpongeBob and Mean Girls dominate Tony Award nominations

Stage adaptions of cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants and hit teen comedy Mean Girls lead the Tony Award nominations for best musical.
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Stuart Weitzman Wins Jefferson Spirit of Design Award

PHILADELPHIA — Jefferson, the officially combined Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University, held its 2018 Annual Fashion Show Thursday night, honoring American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman with the 2018 Spirit of Design Award. Previously awarded to John Varvatos, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger and Francisco Costa, the honor is presented to fashion luminaries who have made outstanding contributions to the fashion and design industry through innovation. Timberland vice president and 1997 alumna Kate Kibler was also on hand to receive the Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry, where she ruminated on her evolution from sewing her first project to her pants to her role in building strategy and vision for a major brand.
Style pundit Carson Kressley, a Jefferson honorary chair and university trustee, kicked off the night in his usual cheeky style. “This is a serious show with a complicated runway. It’s like LaGuardia back there,” he quipped to the audience of more than 1,000 burgeoning student designers, parents, industry insiders and representatives from Free People, Urban Outfitters, Lilly Pulitzer and Li & Fung.

A look by Alexandra Pizzigoni, who won the award for best senior collection in collaboration with textile designer Sivan Ilan. Photograph by Gary Schempp 

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Grey’s Anatomy Sneak Peek: What Will Become of Meredith’s Harper Avery Award After Scandal?

Grey's AnatomyWell, now we know what Meredith Grey is going to do with her disgraced Harper Avery award.
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Kap gets award for protesting ‘lawful lynchings’

Amnesty International gave Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award for his “refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.”
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What Remains of Edith Finch wins Bafta’s top games award

What Remains of Edith Finch scores an upset beating Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice at the Baftas.
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Oliviers to name best director award after Sir Peter Hall

The theatre great had been left out of the In Memoriam segment at Sunday’s Olivier Awards.
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Astro Chief Rohana Rozhan, Variety Award Honoree, Looks to Build on Strengths

Speaking at TV conference and market MipTV in Cannes, France, on Monday, where she received Variety’s Achievement in International Television Award, Rohana Rozhan, group CEO and executive director of Malaysian media group Astro, emphasized that the company would play to its strengths as the market evolved. Two decades after its launch, the satellite television company, […]

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Naomi Campbell Will Receive Fashion Icon Award at 2018 CFDA Awards

Naomi Campbell will be the recipient of the 2018 CFDA Fashion Icon Award. The CFDA today announced Campbell via Instagram, as it did the other nominees last week.
Issa Rae, best known for her HBO show “Insecure,” for which she has received two consecutive Best Actress Golden Globe nominations, is hosting the awards June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.
As for the evening’s other honorees, Diane von Furstenberg will receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. Narciso Rodriguez will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolina Herrera will receive the Founder’s Award in honor of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert. Edward Enninful will receive the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard. Donatella Versace will receive the International Award.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to Receive DVF Award

DVF’S WINNERS’ CIRCLE: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and ballerina and activist Misty Copeland will take home the Inspiration award at the 9th Annual DVF Awards that take place April 13 at the United Nations in New York.

Misty Copeland 
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Other award winners that evening will be Ariela Suster from El Salvador, who is the founder of the fashion and accessories brand Sequence, a social enterprise with the mission to disrupt the cycle of violence that limits at risk youth, who will receive the International Award.
Also winning the International Award is Jaha Dukureh from The Gambia, who is the chief executive officer and founder of the non-government organization, “Safe Hands for Girls” that provides support to African women and girls who are survivors of female genital mutilation and child marriages and addresses their lifelong, harmful physical and psychological consequences.
A People’s Voice Award will be selected from several nominees by popular vote and be revealed March 26. The nominees are Erin Loos Cutraro of She Should Run; Luma Mufleh of Fugees Family Inc.; Laura Hackney and Jessica Hubley of AnnieCannons Inc. and Georgie Smith of A Sense of Home. Voting is currently live on dvfawards.com.
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H&M Names Five Winners of Global Change Award

PARIS — Hennes & Mauritz AB named the five winners of its Global Change Award, and asked the public to vote online for one of them to help split the 1 million euro prize.
The fashion industry, including fast-fashion groups that offer inexpensive clothing at cutthroat prices, is under pressure to rein in waste as public awareness of environmental issues gains ground.
Winners were: Crop-A-Porter, which makes textile from food crop harvest leftovers; Algae Apparel, which uses algae as a dye; Smart Stitch, which makes dissolvable thread; The Regenerator, which separates cotton and polyester blends for recycling, and Fungi Fashion, which makes clothes from decomposing mushroom roots.
“All industries need to re-think, innovate and challenge status quo,” said H&M chief executive officer and board member Karl-Johan Persson.
The company noted that applicants offered a broad range of ideas, but that most of the solutions came from outside the fashion industry.
“This year’s Global Change Award winners are about disrupting business-as-usual to help transition us to a low-carbon and circular economy,” noted Vikram Widge, who heads climate finance and policy for the International Finance Corporation, and was a member of the award’s jury.
The winner of the public vote in the competition, now in its third year, will

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NHL Award Watch: New leader for the Hart

With a little more than a month left in the season, there’s a new favorite for MVP and some other shakeups as the races tighten down the stretch. Here’s our latest rundown of where things stand.
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Academy Award Winners 2018: Updating Live

The 90th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year. Nominees to look out for include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which leads the pack with 13 nominations, along with “Dunkirk” with eight nods and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with seven. All three […]

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Levenity Wins Dallas Fashion Award

RISING STARS IN DALLAS: Fashion Group International of Dallas presented its Rising Star Award for women’s fashion to Venny Etienne during its annual program to recognize emerging talent. The event was held Thursday at Seven for Parties.
Etienne, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology, launched his Levenity sportswear label in Dallas in 2015.
Known for jackets and coats, Levenity is sold primarily through its web site, custom orders and one store, 9J Boutique in New York, Etienne said. Everything is made at his studio at South Side on Lamar, a large loft building that shelters many artists.
The other nominees for women’s wear were Tendai Tawonezvi, who creates colorful sportswear primarily with African fabrics under the label Neobantu, and Jerry Matthews and Francesca Viamonte for Nine Muses Collection contemporary sportswear.
Jason Simmons clinched the Rising Star Award for men’s wear. His company, DeadSoxy, manufactures fashion socks in Dallas and guarantees they won’t slip.
The other men’s wear nominees were Josh Madans, founder of Billy Baker Co. jewelry, and Don Morphy Privé Clothiers, which manufactures fashionable shoes and tailored clothing in Italy.
The program also honored Jo Franco for makeup artistry, Aaron Fairooz for photography, Amber LaFrance as fashion blogger and painter

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Spirit Awards: Allison Janney Wins Supporting Actress Award for ‘I, Tonya’

Allison Janney has won the Best Supporting Actress Spirit Award for portraying a demented mother in “I, Tonya.” Janney, who’s favored to win the category at Sunday’s Academy Awards, topped Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,”  Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird,” Lois Smith for “Marjorie Prime,” and Taliah Lennice Webster for “Good Time.” Sayombhu Mukdeeprom […]

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The Exact Eye Creams Celebrities Use on Award Show Red Carpets

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NHL Award Watch: New leaders in Hart, Selke, Norris and more

Since our last edition, the PHWA released its midseason awards winners. Basically, it reaffirmed the chalk favorites for the awards, including some picks we frankly disagree with. Here’s the latest insight on all the major races.
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NFL Honors poll: Our picks for MVP, every major award

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Carrie Fisher Posthumously Wins First Grammy Award for The Princess Diarist

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher was honored with her first Grammy Award on Sunday.
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Lady Gaga, Grammy Awards 2017On music’s biggest night, Lady Gaga never disappoints on and off the red carpet.
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Fashion Scout Unveils Winners for The Ones to Watch Award

NEW FACES: Fashion Scout, an international showcase that aids emerging talent, has unveiled winners of The Ones to Watch award for London Fashion Week fall 2018. They are Maddie Williams, Zhi Chen’s I Am Chen, Susan Fang and Kristel Kuslapuu.
“We are excited to have expanded the award across the catwalk and presentation studio to fit with our winner’s creative views,” said Fashion Scout founder and director Martyn Roberts. “We have a bold and colorful eclectic mix of designers from diverse cultures.”
Launched in 2006, Fashion Scout has worked with, and supported designers including Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Eudon Choi and David Koma with dedicated showcases meant to attract press and buyers.
Fashion Scout will mount its Ones to Watch Catwalk show during London Fashion Week on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in The Vestibule Catwalk.
The Ones to Watch Presentation will take place on Feb. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Presentation Studio, Freemasons’ Hall.
Williams, Chen and Fang will take part in a collective showcase in the Vestibule Catwalk Hall, while Kuslapuu will present her range within the Fashion Scout Presentation studio.
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Trove Founders Mary Orton and Rich Scudellari Win Hilldun Business Innovation Award

WHY WAIT: The Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards is still a few weeks away, but this year’s winner of the Hilldun Business Innovation Award will be Trove’s Mary Orton and Rich Scudellari.
A few years back while working on Wall Street at Deutsche Bank, Orton started the style blog Memorandum for professional women much like herself in need of where-to-work options. After switching coasts for San Francisco, she built up her Instagram followers and focused full-time to style blogging.
With the help of her husband Scudellari, she created a style blog aggregator that pulls in outfit posts from top bloggers and lets users save favorite pieces, or click to buy them. The way she saw it, fashion bloggers were creating all this professional content, but there wasn’t an ideal platform for them in terms of discovery. The affiliate link remains the same, so the relationship between the recommending blogger and the merchant stays intact. Trove helps bloggers monetize through affiliate links, gain new followers and get insight into which content resonates. Users can save items to a digital “closet,” and Trove provides corresponding analytics into elements such as how many users clicked through the images and the number of people who

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MVP, rookie of the year and other award winners in each NFL division

Some choices were obvious, others might have been controversial. See who our NFL Nation reporters chose for offensive and defensive MVPs, coach of the year and rookie of the year in each division.
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‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao Receives Inaugural Bonnie Award

Chloe Zhao, who produced, directed and wrote the Western drama “The Rider,” has won Film Independent’s inaugural Bonnie Award, given to recognize a mid-career female director. The trophy, which includes a $ 50,000 grant, was presented to Zhao at the organization’s Spirit Awards brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Her film, which debuted at the […]

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Yohji Yamamoto Receives Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award

HONG KONG — “Let me say, I think I’m a good dressmaker, but I’m not a very good talker,” said Yohji Yamomoto.
The Japanese designer was in Hong Kong at the Design for Asia gala dinner Friday night to accept a lifetime achievement award. Dressed in all black, he tipped his signature hat onstage as he collected the accolade, given to a figure who has demonstrated “visionary shaping designs across a variety of fields, and who uses design to educate and promote wider use of design in society.”
Although the 74-year-old designer has been a celebrated figure for many years — best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring — he shared that the night held extra special meaning for him.
“In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this. Please let me become your family,” he said.
In 2011, Yamamoto received the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest honor in arts and culture in France, where he has shown his collections since 1981.
The night also honored hotelier Adrian Zecha, the founder of the Aman resorts and a new affordable luxury hotel

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It seems even fame and fortune cannot buy you style.
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Phallic ‘billiard rack’ earns Bad Sex in Fiction award

US author Christopher Bollen has been named winner of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for his novel The Destroyers.
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Sir Vince Cable ‘too good’ for Bad Sex book award

The Liberal Democrat leader’s novel Open Arms isn’t shortlisted for the prize, despite “many” nominations.
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The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia Award Fashion Prizes

DUBAI — The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia awarded three designers from the region the Fashion Prize earlier this week, an annual award going to the top talent from the Middle East. The designers represent three different categories: ready-to-wear, fine jewelry and accessories. The winners were chosen by a panel that included designer Reem Acra, Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio, DDFC chief executive officer Jazia Aldanhani and Vogue Arabia editor in chief Manuel Arnaut.
“It’s wonderful to discover such promising new talent in the region,” said Osorio. Accra, who is on the board of the council, said: “The DDFC Vogue Fashion Prize is so important for the region. It empowers the new generation of designers.”
This year’s winners were:
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Palestinian designer Faissal El-Malak grew up between Montreal and Qatar and studied in Paris before settling in Dubai. His work is rooted in his search for identity. “Both sides of my family are Palestinian refugees,” he said. “My identity was only based on ideas and memories of my grandparents. I didn’t have anything tangible until I discovered traditionally hand embroidered cushions and dresses that my mother had. That was the first time I had something that related to my identity.”
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PUBG Dev: ‘I Don’t Want to Win a Game of the Year Award’

PUBG’s creative director says “there have been far better games” this year.
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Footwear News Announces 2017 FN Achievement Award Winners

Footwear News will mark its 31st annual FN Achievement Awards on Nov. 28.
The awards, to be held at the IAC Building in Manhattan, will honor fashion designers, influencers and shoe brands.
Virgil Abloh’s rendition of the Air Jordan 1 has been noted as the Shoe of the Year. Hailey Baldwin will be named Style Influencer of the Year; both Alexa Chung and Attico will receive the Launch of the Year award; Stan Smith will receive the Manolo Blahnik Lifetime Achievement Award; Kith’s Ronnie Fieg will be named Collaborator of the Year; Tapestry chief executive officer Victor Luis is Person of the Year; Gianvito Rossi is Designer of the Year; Malone Souliers will receive the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award; Caleres’ ceo Diane Sullivan will receive the Icon Award for Social Impact; Lord & Taylor president Liz Rodbell and Famous Footwear division president Rick Ausick will be inducted into the FN Hall of Fame; Birkenstock will receive Brand of the Year; Steve Madden Ltd. will be named Company of the Year, and Puma will be awarded Marketer of the Year.
Footwear News editorial director Michael Atmore said of the event: “Every year, we work hard to select the brands, designers and influencers who shape the

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Actor Bill Pullman receives award and breaks it

Bill Pullman was given an award at the Woodstock Film Festival, but accidentally broke it before he could accept it.
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Queen Bette Midler Finally Wins Her First Competitive Tony Award

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Gamescom Award Applications Now Open

Applications for the Gamescom 2017 award are now open.

Exhibitors can now apply for the jury-voted award which crowns the best of Gamescom in among 23 categories. The winner will be voted by a selection of German and international media.

Additionally, IGN will be holding its own People’s Choice award – Final Fantasy XV was last year’s winner.

This year’s Gamescom will see more than 38 countries represented on the show floor, while security has been tightened up for cosplayers. 

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Bowie wins posthumous award for final album

David Bowie has been honoured with a posthumous award for his final album Blackstar.
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‘The Big Sick’ Wins Top Award at 2017 Nantucket Film Festival (Complete List)

Kumail Nanjiani’s semi-autobiographical romantic comedy “The Big Sick” was the big winner at the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival, which announced its award winners on Monday. Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” was the runner-up. Best of the Fest awards went to “The Big Sick,” “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Alexandra Dean,” “Monkey Business,” and “Wind River.” Stars… Read more »

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A Fashion Flashback to Gigi Hadid’s 2016 Much Music Video Award Outfits

Gigi Hadid, Much Music AwardsWhen a supermodel hosts an award show, the fashion takes center stage.
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Norell x Parsons x Neiman Marcus Award Reception

On Thursday, Parsons School of Design, in partnership with Norell fragrances and Neiman Marcus, revealed the winner of the Norman Norell couture design award. The student winner, Anthony Galante, was presented a $ 5,000 grant from Norell and his work will be presented and made for special order in the 2017 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The event followed the “Norell x Parsons” external projects spring 2017 course, which was created through a partnership with Parlux Ltd. and Neiman Marcus.
Through this course, students were given the opportunity to learn the history, heritage and legacy of designer and brand Norman Norell and re-create their own relevant interpretation for the award.
When speaking to the award and partnership, Ken Downing stated, “There was always a seduction to Norman Norell’s clothes. He never gave away all of her secrets immediately, it was with an open back, it was with a high slit. There was always a seductive quality even when he was creating daywear. You see that in some of the designs the students have put forth. I’m happy to see when fashion understands that we have to celebrate where we’ve been so that we can go forward in a very modern way.”
The 14 students’ looks were

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Chopard Names Trophy Award Winners

SHOOTING STARS: Chopard has designated Anya Taylor-Joy and George MacKay as the winners of its annual Chopard Trophy award for up-and-coming talent at the Cannes Film Festival.
The rising talents will both be walking the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals tonight for the premiere of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” directed by Noah Baumbach, and starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller.
The Chopard Trophy winners star together as the leads in Sergio G. Sánchez’s soon-to-be-released “Marrowbone.” Taylor-Joy’s other new films include Josh Boone’s “X-Men: The New Mutants” and “The Sea Change,” directed by Kristin Scott Thomas, while MacKay is filming Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia,” in which he plays Hamlet.
Charlize Theron will present the awards at a ceremony on Monday night at the Martinez hotel.
Previous recipients of the award include Shailene Woodley, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Gael García Bernal.

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Beyonce Wins a Peabody Award For "Lemonade"

The Peabody jury calls Bey's "Lemonade" a "sublime masterpiece", as the album continues to rack in awards almost a year after its release.
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Bafta TV Award nominations: Why did The Night Manager do so badly?

BBC drama The Night Manager looked a shoo-in for Bafta domination, but has just one nomination.
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SXSW Announces 2017 Audience Award Winners

The South by Southwest Film Festival announced the 2017 audience award winners on Saturday. The formal SXSW film festival prizes were announced earlier this week. Writer-director Jessica M. Thompson’s “The Light of the Moon” took the narrative feature competition prize. In his review for Variety, critic Andrew Barker called the film, starring Stephanie Beatriz, “sensitive without… Read more »

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The iHeartRadio Awards Pulled An Oscars And Gave Fifth Harmony’s Award To Zayn

Just a week after the Oscars flub heard round the world, the iHeartRadio Music Awards said, “Hold my beer.

Before the award show aired Sunday, iHeartRadio announced that Zayn Malik had won Best Music Video for “Pillowtalk.” Unfortunately, Zayn was not the true winner ― Fifth Harmony was.

The iHeartRadio team announced the mistake in a series of apologetic tweets Tuesday.

To add insult to injury, Zayn had already posted a heartwarming thank-you message for the Best Music Video award with Gigi Hadid by his side. 

Rather than mercilessly cast Zayn out in the cold, iHeartRadio announced the “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” singer had won Best Solo Breakout Artist ― a brand new category this year.

However, many on social media were quick to point out that they had not previously heard of nor voted in the new category.

Zayn fans began tweeting about the fiasco using the hashtag #iHeartWasRigged.

The category also came as a complete surprise to “Complicated” singer Olivia O’Brien, who didn’t even realize she’d been nominated for the award.

Well, this got messy quickly.

Here’s hoping Zayn, Fifth Harmony and iHeartRadio sort things out. If things get too hairy, we’re sure Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway have a getaway car iHeartRadio can use. 

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Spirit Awards: Ben Foster Wins Supporting Actor Award for ‘Hell or High Water’

Ben Foster has won the Spirit Award for best supporting actor for his role as a bank robber in “Hell or High Water.” “This is why we do what we do,” a moved Foster said in his acceptance. “This is a room full of architects and poets.” “Moonlight” editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders won… Read more »

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Duncan Jones Accepts BRIT Award for Dad David Bowie: This ‘Is for All the Kooks’

David Bowie‘s son Duncan Jones paid tribute to his late father’s legacy during the 2017 BRIT Awards on Wednesday, taking the stage to accept the icon’s posthumous award for MasterCard British album of the year.

“I lost my dad last year, but I also became a dad,” said Jones, 45, “and I was spending a lot of time after getting over the shock of trying to work out what would I want my son to know about his granddad.”

“And I think, it would be the same thing that most of my dad’s fans have taken over the last 50 years: he’s always been there supporting people who think they’re a little bit weird, or a little bit strange, a little bit different. And he’s always been there for them,” continued Jones.

Bowie – who died after a cancer battle in January 2016 – won the honor for his final album, Blackstar.

“This award is for all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks,” said Jones – whose mother is Bowie’s ex-wife, Angie Bowie.

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Earlier this month, Jones honored his father after the latter was awarded five trophies at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Jones wrote on Twitter, “So proud of you dad! Would hold you up forever.”


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AFTER SCHOOL: With news-making skills that seem to keep pace with her design ones, Laura Kim will be honored at Pratt Institute’s May 4 fashion show along with Fernando Garcia, her cocreative director at Oscar de la Renta.
The duo also started and design the Monse label, showing their most recent collection as a double billing with their Oscar de la Renta one during New York Fashion Week. They will pick up Pratt’s Fashion Visionary Award at the school’s 118th annual show at Spring Studios.
Kim learned sketching, pattern making and sewing, growing up in Seoul and Calgary before earning a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design at Pratt. Kim interned at TSE Cashmere, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta. With a B.S. in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Garcia also interned at Oscar de la Renta and later served as principal designer for six years. In 2015, they launched Monse, which counts Selena Gomez, Sarah Jessica Parker and stylist Kate Young among its fans. Lottie Moss, Doutzen Kroes and Mia Moretti were front row for last week’s show at Skylight Clarkson Square. Garcia replaced Peter Copping, who had been selected by Oscar de la Renta as the

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Mahershala Ali Planned to Celebrate His SAG Award Wins With His Pregnant Wife at Home

Mahershala Ali, 2017 SAG Awards, WinnersNo wild after-parties for Mahershala Ali last night.
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In these uncertain political times, more than a few winners and presenters at Thursday’s Fashion Group International Rising Stars Awards preferred to relay a message rather than stay on one.
In delivering her keynote address, Whoopi Goldberg told the crowd, “We’re not all the same — thank God. We don’t all think the same thing and that’s what makes us interesting. We can have these conversations without evil in our hearts, so that’s what I’m asking for. With all that you do, and all that you supply, supply it with a little bit of love in your heart. It can’t hurt.
“You know it’s going to be a little rocky for a while, but people always need to feel good. That’s where you come in. You’ll make people feel good, feel better. You know you can’t change it. It happened. We’re here now, so do whatever you can do to lighten it,” Goldberg said.
As a guest of Hilldun’s Gary Wassner, Goldberg, who launched an ugly holiday sweater collection last year, said she didn’t expect to be honored with FGI’s Spirit of the Rising Star award. With a role in ABC’s “When We Rise” miniseries about the AIDS crisis coming up, the Oscar-winning

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Octavia Spencer picks up Harvard Hasty Pudding award

Guan-Yue Chen, Hasty Pudding Theatricals President, left, and Dan Milashewski, vice president, kiss actress Octavia Spencer during a parade to honor Spencer as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, fresh off her nomination for a second Oscar, has picked up yet another award: Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.



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Meryl Streep Is About To Add Another Major Award To Her Mantel

Meryl Streep will soon be able to add another prestigious award to her ever-growing résumé. 

The Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Ally for Equality Award, in recognition of her longtime support of the LGBTQ community, in February. The actress, who was last seen on the big screen this summer in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” will be presented with the award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala, slated for Feb. 11 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

HRC President Chad Griffin praised Streep, 67, for standing up for the LGBTQ community “throughout her phenomenal career” in a blog post on his organization’s website. 

“Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community,” he said.

In August, Streep opened up about her connection to the LGBTQ community in an interview with PrideSource. “I just can’t remember when [LGBTQ] people were not in my life,” she said. “I’ve grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.”

Streep is no stranger to playing LGBT characters, too. In 1979, she played a lesbian in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” and was bisexual and shared a smooch with Allison Janney in “The Hours.” Then, of course, there was her much buzzed-about onstage lip-lock with Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards. And who could forget about her fantastical love scene in “Angels in America,” in which an angel (played by Emma Thompson) brought her to orgasm while hovering over Manhattan? 

She’s also courted a sizable LGBTQ fanbase with quotable turns in “She-Devil,” “Death Becomes Her” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

For more information on the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala, head here

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Turner Prize: Helen Marten wins 2016 award

Painter and sculptor Helen Marten is named the 2016 Turner Prize winner at a ceremony in London.
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Federico Marchetti Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Italy

MILAN – Federico Marchetti, chief executive officer of Yoox Net-a-porter Group, is the winner of the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The award, which Marchetti received on Thursday evening at the Italian Stock Exchange, recognizes his “original intuition” about the future possibilities of the Web and his creation of Italy’s biggest tech firm, with a market capitalization of more than 3 billion euros, or $ 3.18 billion, at current exchange.
“Anything is possible,” said Marchetti. “I started from scratch and as an outsider in 1999, so I would like to dedicate this award to the younger generation. Italy is a country of innovators and talents, which has given us a great competitive advantage. It’s not a question of capitals, but rather of execution. People are more important than capitals, they are the ones that turn ideas into reality,” said the entrepreneur, who also credited his team for growing the group.
Marchetti spearheaded the merger between Yoox and Net-a-porter in 2015, listing it on the Italian Bourse as YNAP. As reported, a strong performance in all channels and global markets helped YNAP close the first nine months of the year with sales of 1.33 billion million euros, or $ 1.47 billion, up 12.8 percent compared with pro-forma revenues of 1.18

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Khloe And Kourtney Kardashian Accept Award On Late Father’s Behalf

Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian picked up an honor for their late father in New York on Monday but sister Kim pulled out of the event to tend to her rapper husband Kanye West.

The reality TV sisters and their mother, Kris Jenner, were attending the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research yearly fundraiser.

“It’s such a lovely event that Kim usually comes to. Khloe and I have never been. So we’re really excited and cancer is something that’s really near and dear to our hearts,” Kourtney Kardashian told reporters on the red carpet.

Attorney Robert Kardashian Sr. died in 2003 just two months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He was honored on Monday with an award recognizing his philanthropic contributions during his lifetime.

Jenner presented a check to the foundation for $ 250,000 from all of her children.

“We’ve been coming to the event for a few years and it’s been one of the most rewarding things that we do on an annual basis,” Jenner said.

The foundation was set up by songwriter Denise Rich and is named after her daughter, who died 20 years ago.

Kim Kardashian had been expected to make her first public appearance since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris in early October. But she pulled out after West was hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion.

The night’s other honorees included Dr. Carl H. June, the director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies and director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Australian billionaire Heloise Pratt, chair of the Pratt Foundation.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Gigi Hadid’s AMAs Outfit Changes Deserve an Award of Their Own

ESC: Gigi Hadid, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards, Best DressesFive outfit changes later and Gigi Hadid continues to prove why she’s a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
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Politics intruded on this year’s awards ceremony, where Mr. Whitehead, whose novel explores the horrors of American slavery, urged writers to “fight the power.”
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Room Star, 9, Picks Up ‘Super Cool’ Award

Jacob Tremblay wins the audience’s heart as he says he will put his new trophy on a shelf next to his “Millennium Falcon”.
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Harold Koda to Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award by Pratt

Harold Koda will be saluted with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Pratt Institute Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit on May 5.
Koda, who has announced he will be exiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute as curator in charge in January, will be honored for his “outstanding fashion curatorship and scholarship, which have helped elevate fashion as an art form.” Koda’s latest work can be seen in the Costume Institute’s “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style.” His previous exhibitions include “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” “Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style” and “Madame Grès.”
Koda, who graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. and a B.F.A. in art history also studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and earned his M.A. in landscape architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Koda, whose early days at the Met were under Diana Vreeland and Richard Martin, has said he prefers the behind-the-scenes elements of curating or, as he put it, “sort of the unglamorous part.” This summer he told WWD the 2008 deal with the Brooklyn Museum to share its American and European collection was an absolute boon.
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Houghton’s Katharine Polk Receives St. Louis Fashion Award

TOPS IN ST. LOUIS: Houghton’s Katharine Polk took home the top honors and a $ 25,000 prize at Wednesday’s annual St. Louis Fashion Fund gala. Polk was chosen for the the Cateres Emerging Designer Award over Haus Alkire’s Julie Haus and Jason Alkire; Eckhaus Latte’s Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latte; Azede Jean-Pierre and NOVIS’ Jordana Warmflash. Each contender presented their spring collection in a runway show for more than 1,000 people.
Jury members Fern Mallis, Gary Wassner and Tomoku Ogera helped whittle down the finalists to select the winner. Before launching her own label, Polk started out by working at Badgley Mischka.
Polk wasn’t the only New York-based fashion person honored at the St. Louis Fashion Fund gala. Iris Apfel was recognized at Wednesday night’s event, as was Levi Strauss & Co.’s Paul Dillinger.

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Arthamptons Lifetime Achievement Award: Ruth Appelhof at the Maidstone

Just prior to the Arthamptons opening, I met with Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director of Guild Hall, who will receive the Arthamptons Lifetime Achievement Award on July 5. Over eggs Benedict at the Maidstone in East Hampton, we talked about her background in the arts, accomplishments at Guild Hall over her 16-year tenure, how things get done in the premiere arts institution out east, celebrities, and her interest in women artists.

Over the years, since you took the reins at Guild Hall, you have created a state of the art theater, exhibition space, and educational program. How do you explain your leadership strategy?

One of the keys to Guild Hall’s success is that people come often. We have built a large audience of people coming to hear jazz one night, classical the next. The diversity comes from Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse, as people call her. I call her Mary. She lived in a big house on Huntting Lane, and built the playhouse next to that for her daughter. She built the library. When she built Guild Hall in 1931, people said, you should call it the Woodhouse Arts Center. ‘No, I want it to be for all the arts,’ she said. ‘I want to call it Guild Hall.’ When I learned that, I realized the gift she gave us to look at all the arts, in equal balance. It gives Guild Hall the opportunity to do whatever we want, red carpets out for theater, and art. This year is going to be a banner year. I say that every year. We have Alec Baldwin at one end of our season and Roy Lichtenstein at the other. To have those bookends really says something about what a great place Guild Hall is. We support the local talent and thankfully it’s great.
How much are you involved in those decisions, such as the coming Roy Lichtenstein exhibition?

I like to say there is a round table discussion about once a month with all the programmers, fundraisers, marketing people, and support staff. Everything comes up in that forum. I like to think that many of those ideas came from me originally, but maybe not.

The Roy decision came about 15 years ago when I first got here. I thought, who was the absolute greatest artist that Guild Hall could ever exhibit from this area. It had to be somebody contemporary, who appealed to a wide audience, who made art considered above and beyond what you would consider of value. Roy’s work is so amazing. I remember talking to our curator, Christina Strassfield about doing it, and at the time she had done a smaller show of his work before I got here. She loved the idea too, as did the museum’s advisory committee and community board. The one critical piece to all this brainstorming was whether or not Dorothy, his widow, would let us do it. She was always generous to us, but we respected the fact that she was on the Parrish board. So I asked Mickey Straus if he would go with me to talk to Dorothy. He helped convince Dorothy that having the Lichtenstein show at Guild Hall would be important to his legacy. I remember going to this townhouse in Soho. She was so welcoming, and Mickey put forth this idea and Christina had some idea about how the show could be packaged, and Dorothy said yes. Since then working with the Lichtenstein foundation has been great. Most of what we are exhibiting is from the foundation, maybe 4 or 5 from private collections, but the foundation has works of art that have never been seen in public institutions before. We found a movie that he did, of the sea, and we have since discovered that he did a billboard in Hollywood that had been destroyed, and we are recreating that billboard thanks to his studio assistant. It will be an exciting and insightful exhibition; we all think we know his work so well from the cartoon series. This is way beyond that, and because it is “Between Sea and Sky,” it relates to the Hamptons.

What would this interview have been like had we talked a year ago, about the Motherwell show? Or other stellar exhibitions at Guild Hall, such as Rauschenberg? Or Rivers?

I know my enthusiasm would have been the same. How about Barbara Kruger? That was a great show. I thought with Motherwell, Phyllis Tuchman did such a great job. I had not realized that Motherwell was outside the circle of artists here; he was sort of in and out. But she explained that he was out because he came from a wealthy family. He wasn’t totally embraced by DeKooning and Pollock. He was more of an academic; that was fascinating. Then you see it in the work. He took a different tact.

But it was Lee Krasner who first brought you out east. Tell me about your relationship with her.

I love to tell my Krasner story. I was able to get to know Lee through a project I was doing in graduate school. I had children, was working full time, and single (divorced). I was going to Syracuse University, taking one course at a time over 20 years, getting degrees, paying through the GI Bill. (My father had served and died young.) I savored every course. In one, I had to do a bibliography on an artist of interest. I chose Lee Krasner. She was on her own but was making a reputation for herself. I sent her many pages of a long bibliography. It impressed her. ‘Would you like to come out and live with me next summer?’ she asked. ‘I would be available for interviews every morning.’ I couldn’t miss that opportunity. So I picked her up end of June in my orange Pinto, the most hideous car you could ever drive, with a hatchback. I don’t know why I chose that but that’s another story. Off we went to the Hamptons. She did not know how to drive, did not know the way, so we got lost. I stayed in the bedroom upstairs where she had painted the little paintings. She used that as her studio when Jackson was alive, and she proceeded to bring me into her life. I was meeting people, going to parties; we had dinner parties at the house. Living out here was amazing. I met all the artists. I went shopping with Lee at Dreesen’s. We were just like two pals. She was difficult so I had to be careful. I never knew what I would get into trouble with. And I did interviews with her. That was 1974 or ’75. I worried for years whether the reel-to-reel tape would disintegrate. I had no time to do anything about them. Finally Syracuse, where I also used to teach, transcribed and typed them up. They are now available, archived at Syracuse, but weren’t when Gail Levin wrote her excellent biography. I am hoping to get my interviews published and turned into a book, a memorabilia book.

As an art historian, would you say your passion is for women artists?

I am thinking of doing a book of interviews with women artists. Miriam Shapiro–she just died– was a dear friend of mine. I have also interviewed Judy Chicago. I do have a literary side. My latest interview is with Carrie Mae Weems. [Appelhof shows me the most recent edition of Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary.] Carrie won the MacArthur “genius” grant, had a show at the Guggenheim. And she is coming to Guild Hall on July 26, for a free multimedia performance.

Lynda Benglis is another local artist. I hope we will do a show in a few years. I’ve known her for a few years from those early days when I was working at the Whitney. Her work has expanded and developed beyond anything I could have imagined. I have just visited her in Santa Fe. Her studio is filled with fascinating new work.

You also had that controversial show of art by women when you first arrived at Guild Hall.

That was the first or second year I was here. When I was at the Whitney in the ’80’s, I met many women artists; many were out here. That exhibit was a passion for me, the culmination of a lot of my dreams. Mimi Shapiro was in it. Audrey Flack. When I was at the Whitney as a fellow, I proposed that show. They didn’t think that was what they were looking for, so I am happy I could do it here.

In your position you have also met many celebrities in the arts. Who has impressed you?

Celebrities out here have a big footprint in the community, and, I’ve learned, they are celebrities primarily because they are talented. I have to start with Alec Baldwin. His generosity never ceases: To take his talent and put it on the stage here! Before he did Equus, a few seasons ago, I kept saying, ‘Let’s do light fare.’ He never lets me live that down. Alec is on our board, and heads our theater committee. He said, ‘Maybe in two years, I will do All My Sons.’ Then another board member said, ‘I will produce it.’ The board is incredibly helpful to Guild Hall. They may be running big institutions in the city, but when they come out here, they are genuinely interested in the Guild Hall character. No one ever says we should be more like the Metropolitan.

Alec and Hilaria had a baby last week. What happened with the performances of All My Sons?

He missed one night. There was no one of that stature to understudy. So we cancelled, and he agreed to add a matinee.

So what is this lifetime achievement award you are getting from Arthamptons?

Arthamptons is the art fair of choice. The award must be an acknowledgment of the institution, the great job that we are all doing at Guild Hall. When we awarded Cindy Sherman, I remember her saying, I can’t understand why they would ask me, I’m so young.

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Kelli O’Hara Receives “Our Leading Lady” Award for 15 Years On Broadway (VIDEO)

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On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O’Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.

In the weeks leading up, fans took to social media with a fervor, debating who exactly should win for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. Many were in “Camp Kristin” for Chenoweth’s outstanding performance as Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of On The 20th Century. Others rooted for theater legend Chita Rivera and her performance as Claire Zachanassian in Kander and Ebb’s final musical, The Visit (which Rivera has said will likely be her final role on Broadway).

However, the support for O’Hara was fierce, and her fans were ultimately vindicated on TONY night as she received the award for her stunning and complex performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I.

Weeks before the TONY Awards, our team at Center On The Aisle (#COTA – the website I run in addition to contributing here on The Huffington Post) was also split, but peace came by acknowledging exactly what this incredible recognition represents. All three of these women were frontrunners, and deserved to win for different reasons. However, if the TONY Awards have a weakness, it’s that other than its Lifetime Achievement awards, they celebrate only a single performance–not the performer’s body of work and total contribution to the art form.

Realizing this, our team did a little research and found out that this year did not just bring Kelli her sixth nomination, her performance in The King and I marked a total of 15 years on Broadway, and her 10th Broadway show.

To acknowledge this, the #COTA team (with the help of a special celebrity guest included in the video below!) decided to take matters into our own hands and recognize Kelli O’Hara for all of these incredible performances (whether she won the TONY Award or not), which collectively have made her one of the most recognizable and talented actresses on stage today.

Check out the video below to see me present Kelli with Center On The Aisle’s first ever award, titled “Our Leading Lady.”

Steve Schonberg is the editor-in-chief of www.centerontheaisle.com.

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Independent Spirit Award Nominee Andrea Suarez Paz: “I Hope to Play Something Impossible”

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Actress Andrea Suarez Paz. Pic: Andrea Suarez Paz

Currently, up-and-coming actress Andrea Suarez Paz takes on the role of an immigrant mother in New York City, whose autistic son, marvelously depicted by Jesus Sanchez-Velez, wonders off into the baffling depths of the city’s subway system — a means of transportation that in so many ways resembles the complexities this metropolis throws at her patient residents. The New York Times calls Sam Fleischner’s tranquil account Stand Clear of The Closing Doors, a “small miracle of a film.” Suarez Paz was recently nominated for the much-sought after Independent Spirit Award for best supporting female, alongside Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Patricia Arquette and Carmen Ejogo. In an interview she reveals passions and insights.

What was your first reaction to the nomination for the Independent Spirit Award and how are you feeling now?

I was shocked and ecstatic! I found out about a minute before my four year old son got off the school bus, and it was hilarious trying to explain to him why I was jumping up and down. I now feel a really luxurious sense of relief that my work actually translated, that it was felt by the audience.

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Andrea Suarez Paz in Sam Fleischner’s ‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’. Pic: Andrea Suarez Paz

While acting, you have a very strong presence, on stage as well as now in your first feature. Where is that place of strength within yourself you seem to draw from?

Actually, I always try to remain conscious of the tools I have at hand: breath, body, voice — and I just incorporate them as I perform a particular story, or lines. I strive to be purely honest and I think there’s a lot of power that comes with that.

Why did you come to New York City to pursue this career? Had you also considered alternative places, as well?

I am really bad at alternatives. I get confused picturing all kinds of different scenarios. So I decided on New York City, because I was young and I fell for the mystique of Scorsese and De Niro, acting conservatories, the grime, the subway and the streets of New York. I was feeling empowered when I made the decision to make a radical change and move to New York City, without having any money or knowing anybody out here. That was over ten years ago and these have been some of the hardest, most grueling years of my life.

What drew you to your part in “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”?

Everything. It was a movie about being lost in New York City. The child is lost, the mother is lost and the vastness of the city is the backdrop of their drifting. You see the subway and the beach and they are both limbs of the same monster and it just made me wonder, what the hell is this merciless, amazing universe of a city? Where you are afraid to be found, even if nobody sees you? What would it be like for me to lose my precious child and to have to keep my cool, because my only chance of ever touching him again, relied in me not being deported? Not calling attention? Parts like these are an actor’s blessing!

How was working with director Sam Fleischner and what particular qualities does a good director have, in your opinion?

I think the quality I identify with the most when it comes to working in a team, is flexibility. In my opinion, a great director has a nice balance of a well set vision and the willingness to have that vision molded and changed by circumstances, the environment, other people’s input, etc. Sam actually taught me that. He made me realize how nurturing an attitude of flexibility is and how expanding. This also permeates into every cell of the process.

Who would you like to work with next and what type of character would you like to play?

It’s hard to say. I hope to be able to play something really multilayered, something impossible, that’s what I always wish for.

What part of the experiences as a mother in real life were you able to integrate in your part?

Well, I am a relatively new mom, but I remember when Sam and I started talking about the character and how he wanted to keep her very naturalistic and internal and sort of calculating. I thought, “Sure! That sounds very interesting, no problem,” and my son was about 9 months at the time. Then the film was postponed for a year for a few reasons and I was kind of bummed and he said to me that this time would be important, because I would have more experience as a mother. I thought, “a mother is a mother.” I didn’t think there’d be much difference. The months passed and I had been thinking about my character and how I would want to do things, considering she had to act so thoughtfully, so not from her gut, because she has so much at stake and she wants and has to keep it all together and I was having fun just making random cerebral choices here and there. In the meantime, my son had gotten better at walking, and one day while shopping at the supermarket, I suddenly lost him. Immediately my mouth went dry and my heart started pounding in my throat. It was a matter of seconds before I was screaming his name down the aisles and saying, “Please help, lock the doors, call the manager,” to other customers. I found him smelling coffee a few yards and I thought, “Oh, keeping it in is going to be harder than I thought.” Subsequently, I used that a lot, that having to quiet myself down, because that was my only option and what worked best, in order to find my son.

What type of preparation do you undertake to get into character?

I usually read the script many times and make many notes and then I spend my time ridding those notes of what comes from my own opinion rather than the character’s according to the story. That’s the hardest part, usually, letting go of my judgment. I try to work hard on staying true to the story and away from “what I would do.” It’s not what I would do it’s what this person is actually doing. That helps me free myself up.

In the film, your son Ricky is suffering from autism. What did you know about Asperger’s/autism beforehand?

I knew nothing about Autism or Asperger’s when I started the process. I read a lot of books in the subject, all varying widely in information. Nobody really knows what Autism is exactly or what to do about it in order to get the best outcomes as the child grows. I learned that no two brains are alike, autistic or otherwise, so in my research I found all kinds of stories and realized that even though every parent’s journey is different and personal, there is that common ground of not knowing how your child will develop. That is very stressful and it can, and usually does completely take over your life.

How do you feel are Latin American/Hispanic actresses represented in Hollywood these days? What are the perks, what are the obstacles?

I see mostly a lot of typecasting but I also see a lot of change happening and a lot of opportunity being shaped up. There are actresses doing a fine job of the sexy Latina stereotype and stuff like that but there are also women willing to push those boundaries and present the wider spectrum of what a Hispanic woman is, or are simply saying, “I am a woman with life experiences, I’ve lived a life that involves everything,” or you know, many of us are New Yorkers whether by birth or by transplant. We live in a city full of people from every corner of the world and we share the same experience of living, struggling and falling in love in the city, or whatever. I try not to see my ethnicity as an obstacle and I hope I can find empowering roles to play, just as many others like me. I think we have a good thing going and I’m willing to keep searching for those roles.
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IF Product Design Award Yearbook

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Outstanding design deserves a distinctive presentation – the iF product design award yearbook 2010 introduces all of the winners of the coveted iF product design award. In 2010, the publication provides an exciting look at the sixteen categories Transportation Design, Leisure / Lifestyle, Audio / Video, Telecommunications, Computer, Office / Business, Lighting, Furniture / Home Textiles, Kitchen / Household, Bathroom / Wellness, Buildings, Public Design / Interior Design, Medicine / Health+Care, Industry / Skilled Trades, Special Vehicles / Construction / Agriculture, and Advanced Studies. Each award-winning entry is presented in images and text. A detailed index of manufacturers and designers facilitates the search for particular products. Thanks to striking and authentic photographs, the yearbook offers impressions of the jury’s deliberations as well as expert opinions on the award-winning products themselves. The iF product design award yearbook 2010 is a user-friendly reference work for anyone with an interest in design and an informative archive for manufacturers, designers, and opinion makers from media, economy, and politics.

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Spirit Award Winners 2014 Include ’12 Years A Slave,’ Matthew McConaughey

The 2014 Spirit Awards, Film Independent’s annual honors for the year in indie film, were handed out in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday, with “12 Years a Slave” emerging as the day’s big winner. Steve McQueen’s drama earned awards for Best Feature, Best Director (McQueen), Best Supporting Female (Lupita Nyong’o), Best Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt).

“12 Years a Slave” received two other Spirit Award nominations: Best Lead Male for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Supporting Male for Michael Fassbender. Both of those categories were dominated by “Dallas Buyers Club,” as stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, respectively, took the lead and supporting trophies.

The other acting winner at the Spirit Awards was Cate Blanchett, who won Best Lead Female for her role in “Blue Jasmine.” It’s expected that all four Spirit winners will repeat at Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony, which would mark the first time in the 29-year history of the independent film awards that its acting honors matched a perfect four for four with the Oscars.

Elsewhere at the Spirit Awards, Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” won Best First Feature. “Fruitvale Station,” which debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is about the death of Oscar Grant, a black man who was shot by law enforcement officials at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station of the film’s title on New Year’s Day in 2009. During his acceptance speech, Coogler referenced the death of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot 10 times by a police officer after crashing his car and going to seek help. “I can’t help but think if Jonathan Ferrell looked like Matthew McConaughey he would have been alive today,” Coogler said (via THR). The director was given a standing ovation after his acceptance speech.

Other Spirit Award winners included Bob Nelson (Best First Screenplay for “Nebraska”) and Nat Sanders (Best Editing for “Short Term 12”). A list of 2014 Spirit Award winners is below.

BEST FEATURE
“12 Years a Slave”

BEST LEAD FEMALE
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

BEST LEAD MALE
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Fruitvale Station”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
“This Is Martin Bonner”

BEST SCREENPLAY
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST EDITING
Nat Sanders, “Short Term 12”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“Blue Is The Warmest Color”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“20 Feet From Stardom”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
“Mud”
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Golden Globes Facts: A Look Back At Hollywood’s Most Unpredictable Award Show

As we gear up for Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, which is guaranteed to provide more of the awards’ usual zaniness, let’s take a look back at some Globes trivia.

The Globes used to hand out two New Star of the Year accolades, one male and one female. They were discontinued in 1983. Winners included Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mia Farrow, Diana Ross and Bette Midler.
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Unsurprisingly, Meryl Streep holds the record for the most nominations. She has 28 nods and eight wins, for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Adaptation.,” “Angels in America,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Julie & Julia” and “The Iron Lady.”
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(Streep and Nicole Kidman celebrate their 2003 wins for “Adaptation.” and “The Hours,” respectively. Streep co-starred in “The Hours” and was nominated opposite Kidman for Best Actress – Drama.)

For many years, the Globes had no host and awards were handed out by journalists in attendance. That changed in 1958 when the Rat Pack stormed the stage and took over unofficial hosting duties. Ricky Gervais was the show’s first hosts since John Larroquette and Janine Turner emceed in 1995.
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Four actors have gone home with two awards in the same year: Sigourney Weaver (1989, for “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey” and “Working Girl”), Joan Plowright (1993, for “Enchanted April” and “Stalin”), Helen Mirren (2007, for “The Queen” and “Elizabeth I”) and Kate Winslet (2010, for “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader”). Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba are among the stars who have a chance to join that list this year.
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The Globes’ first trophy originated in 1945, one year after the inaugural awards. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held a contest to design a statuette that would reflect their aim to honor the best in film. The group’s president, Marina Cisternas, crafted a golden globe with a filmstip wrapped around it and mounted on a pedestal.
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(Lois Maxwell is seen with her 1948 trophy for New Actress of the Year, which she won for “That Hagen Girl.”)

Miss Golden Globe was instated in 1963. This year, Sosie Bacon (below) will take over the duties. Previous Miss Golden Globes who’ve gone on to see fame include Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, Tara Reid and Freddie Prinze Jr., who is one of only a few Mr. Golden Globes.
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The television prizes were added in 1956. Since then, only one other category — Best Animated Feature, which was introduced in 2007 — has joined the roster of awards. “Cars,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Brave” have since won.
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(“Cars” director John Lasseter accepts in 2007.)

Robert Redford is this year’s nominee whose first win was the longest ago. (He took home 1966’s Most Promising Newcomer honor, for “Inside Daisy Clover.”)
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Lupita Nyong’o’s (“12 Years a Slave”) and Barkhad Abdi’s (“Captain Phillips”) nominations are in honor of their first film roles ever.
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The Cecil B. DeMille Award has been handed out 60 times. Only a dozen women have been the recipients. Judy Garland remains both the first female and youngest winner in the award’s history. The oldest was 90-year-old studio mogul Samuel Goldwyn. Only two African-Americans have won: Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman. This year’s honoree, the notoriously awards-adverse Woody Allen, has said he will not attend the ceremony. Diane Keaton will accept in his stead.
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Allen is taking a note out of Marlon Brando’s playbook. Brando refused the Golden Globe he won in 1973 for “The Godfather,” using it as opportunity to protest U.S. “imperialism and racism.”
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Kerry Washington is the first black female to crack a leading-actress TV category (comedy or drama) since Regina Young was up for “I’ll Fly Away” in 1992.
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Six of 2014’s TV actor nominees received film nods in previous years.: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Don Cheadle, Michael J. Fox, Jon Voight, Janet McTeer. Julia-Louis Dreyfus joins that list thanks to her dual nominations this year, for HBO’s “Veep” and the movie “Enough Said.”
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Critics were so shocked when “The Tourist” and “Burlesque” racked up multiple high-profile nominations in 2011 that reports accused Sony, the movies’ distributor, of bribing HFPA voters with an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a meet-and-greet with Cher.
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The Globes’ reputation for filling nomination slots with critically panned movies didn’t begin with “The Tourist” and “Burlesque.” The most infamous example came in 1982 when Pia Zadora, star of the lambasted movie “Butterfly,” took home New Star of the Year the same year she garnered Worst Actress and Worst New Star at the Golden Raspberry Awards. Reports then surfaced that Zadora’s husband, Israeli multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis, had flown HFPA members to Vegas — sound familiar? — to watch Zadora perform.
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Other surprising nods in recent years include Kevin Spacey for “Casino Jack,” Sarah Jessica Parker for “The Family Stone,” “Patch Adams” for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Jim Carrey for “Liar Liar.”
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If either “American Hustle” or “12 Years a Slave” — this year’s most-nominated movies — sweeps up all of its categories, it would be the first movie to do so since 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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Christine Lahti had to be summoned out of the bathroom when she won in 1998 for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

“Nashville” (1975) is the most-nominated movie in Globes history, with nine nods. (It only took home one trophy, for Best Original Song.) “Cabaret,” “Bugsy” and “Titanic” each received eight nominations.
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Check out the full list of Globes nominees here, and make your predictions for this year’s show in the comments below.
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National Book Award Winners 2013

The 2013 National Book Awards were held tonight. Awards were given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Young People’s Literature, and Poetry. The winners are:

Fiction: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Nonfiction: The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Young People’s Literature: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Poetry: Incarnadine by Mary Szybist

Perhaps the most notable literary prize in America, the National Book Awards are in their 64th year. Past winners have included a few forgotten talents, but also many revered literary greats – Saul Bellow and William Faulkner, to name a few.

This year was the first time the National Book Foundation released both a long list and a short list of nominees. The short list for Fiction differed from those of recent years, in that it featured no debut authors.

Whether the awards accurately predict which books will catch fire with the American public has been a point of contention among writers. Critic James Wood called literary awards “the new reviews,” but Salon’s Laura Miller has called the National Book Awards “irrelevant.” The prominence of last year’s winners implies otherwise: Louise Erdrich took home the Fiction award for The Round House, and New Yorker veteran Katherine Boo, who’d previously won both a Pulitzer and a MacArthur Fellowship, snagged a win for her moving story of poverty in India, Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
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