The Winners and Losers of Fall TV 2018

TV Split, Josh Dallas, Angela Bassett, Emmy RossumThe air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the ratings are in. Fall TV is in full swing, with the big five networks–ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW and CBS–all having debuted the majority of their new…

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Game winners, old-man dunks and a bat: 20 defining Manu moments

As Manu Ginobili calls it a career after 16 years with the Spurs, we look back at the 20 most memorable moments No. 20 gave the basketball world.
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Teen Choice Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List

2018 Teen Choice AwardsThe teens have spoken!
Tonight, the 2018 Teen Choice Awards will be broadcast live from The Forum at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. Nick Cannon will host the annual award ceremony and Lele Pons will…

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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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Isko Names ‘I-Skool’ Awards Winners

MILAN — Leading Turkish denim mill Isko celebrated the winners of the fifth edition of its Isko I-Skool fashion competition this week in Milan, at Base venue, a former locomotive plant, with a fashion show, ceremony and party.
The competition — which saw 216 applications submitted by fashion students hailing from countries including the U.S., China, Italy and South Korea, among others — was dedicated to upcoming fashion designers and marketing students. The 20 finalists’ works were evaluated by the judging panel presided over by siblings Sarah and Carol Piron, founders of Belgium-based brand Filles a Papa.
The denim design contest challenged the talents to develop a manifesto and a collection around the “Undocumented” theme, focusing on an innovative and responsible take on denim, while keeping the marketability of the piece in mind. “This is an opportunity for us to share our knowledge and our vision with the younger generation… ‘Undocumented’ to us means crossing the borders, pushing the limits,” said Isko’s brand director Fabio Di Liberto.
The recipient of the Undocumented Award for the best denim design was Jaeha Im from Seoul-based ESMOD fashion school. The designer showcased a men’s wear outfit, which referenced the traditional way of dressing of his native

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Lowe: Biggest winners and losers of NBA free agency

With LeBron in L.A. to make the West even stronger, Zach Lowe bounces around the league to assess the best and worst moves.
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Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

The Maple Leafs landed John Tavares, but they weren’t the day’s only winner; likewise, the Islanders have company on the losing side of the ledger.
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Lane Crawford Reveals Australian Creative Call Out Winners

SYDNEY — Sydney industrial designer Tom Fereday is the winner of Lane Crawford’s first Australian Creative Call Out, WWD can reveal.
Chosen from a field of over 240 Australian applicants, Fereday will receive prize money of 500,000 Hong Kong dollars or $ 63,700 at current exchange, as part of an 18-month partnership with the company, which will also include access to Lane Crawford’s retail platform and mentorship.
A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney and a Marc Newson mentee, Fereday founded his design studio in 2012 and his award-winning work has been exhibited in Milan, Stockholm, Las Vegas, New York and London. Clients include Louis Vuitton – a number of pieces of Fereday’s furniture feature in the company’s Westfield Bondi Junction store in Sydney.
An additional 12 runnersup — half fashion brands, the others a mix of architecture, design and art studios — will enter the incubator program, receiving mentorship and commercial advice and being featured by Lane Crawford across marketing campaigns.
The fashion and apparel brands — Chris Ran Lin, Christian Kimber, Jonathan Liang, Thomas Puttick, Nagnata and Rachel Burke — will have the opportunity to launch their collections with Lane Crawford for at least two seasons.
The other runners-up are Electric Confetti, A.C.V

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International Talent Support Contest Names Winners

TRIESTE, Italy — International Talent Support — also known as ITS — is back. The 16th edition of the event aimed at promoting the next generation of young designers and offering them financial support, as well as publicity, named its winners on Wednesday here.
The contest went through a one-year hiatus due to scarcity of funds and the loss of two longtime sponsors. Barbara Franchin, founder and director of the talent scouting competition, said this caused a “shock” and she “decided to stop and take time to reflect on what we’ve done, who we are, what’s the contest’s purpose, focusing on the people we helped, if we actually helped any.” Answers came via ITS’ longtime supporters and its team, leading Franchin to bring the contest back.
An international jury gathered at the Magazzino 42 venue, a former warehouse on one of the Italian city’s many piers, to evaluate the works of 30 finalists selected among more than 900 applications ITS received from students from 80 countries. The projects were divided into four categories: fashion, accessories, jewelry and artworks. Collections were showcased with a runway show, while the other projects were displayed through a dedicated exhibition.
OTB’s founder and chairman Renzo Rosso was one of

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Trade Grades: Coyotes slight winners in Domi-Galchenyuk swap

It’s a double change of scenery with two young first-rounders switching homes. Who won the trade?
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Food Network Star Winners: Where Are Your Favorite Chefs Now?

Next Food Network Star, Guy Fieri, Melissa d'Arabian, Aaron McCargo Jr.Everyone wants to be a star on the Food Network. But what happens when you actually get the chance to heat up the network’s kitchen?
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The 20 Winners and Losers of the 2018 TV Season (So Far)

Jersey Shore, Queer Eye, Grey's Anatomy, The Walking DeadNo, it’s not 2011 again.
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Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft lottery

The Sabres get first dibs on this draft class, while the Canadiens and Hurricanes moved up. The Senators — and the Canucks’ mascot — were not so lucky.
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NBA playoffs: Predicting Game 7 winners, plus who makes West finals

The ESPN Forecast panel predicts Cavs-Pacers and Bucks-Celtics Game 7s, plus the Pelicans-Warriors and Jazz-Rockets series.
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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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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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BRIT Awards 2018: Complete List of Winners

Dua LipaThe time has finally come for the 2018 BRIT Awards!
Host Jack Whitehall rolled out the red carpet at London’s O2 Arena Wednesday. Rita Ora and Liam Payne are teaming up to sing…

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Ant and Dec big winners again at TV awards

Ant and Dec won best presenters for a 17th time in a row at the National Television Awards and also collected the first ever Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.
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Apple’s Big Cash Winners: Shareholders

Apple announced a $ 38 billion tax windfall for the U.S. government this week, but the biggest beneficiary of the company’s response to tax-system changes will likely be its shareholders.
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Apple’s Big Cash Winners: Shareholders

Apple announced a $ 38 billion tax windfall for the U.S. government this week, but the biggest beneficiary of the company’s response to tax-system changes will likely be its shareholders.
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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.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, the British eco-designer Maddie Williams won the Catwalk Textiles Award and the

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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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Predicted winners and player scouting for NFL divisional games

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Miss America bosses quit over emails mocking winners

The bosses of Miss America have resigned after emails were published containing disparaging comments about past winners.
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Mar del Plata: ‘Dancing,’ ‘Nonmoral Upbringing,’ ‘Flare’ Amog Mar.Doc Lab Winners

Buzzed-up documentary projects such as “Inside Myself I’m Dancing,” “The Flare” and “Nonmoral Upbringing” were among winners at Mar del Plata’s 2nd Mardoc.Lab, a move to foster the internationalization of Argentine documentary projects, whether by overseas co-production, or distribution, innovating new business models.” The lab also provides an opportunity for industry audiences to learn more […]

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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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From American Idol to American Powerhouse: How Kelly Clarkson Soared While Other Past Winners Failed to Launch

Kelly Clarkson, Success After American Idol“Catch my breath, no one can hold me back,” Kelly Clarkson once belted. “I ain’t got time for that.”
It was 2012 when the songstress delivered the lyrical thesis….

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Can books by Nobel winners become good films?

This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature has seen his two biggest works made into two very different films.
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From Game of Thrones to Bachelor in Paradise: 2017 Summer TV’s Winners & Losers

Summer Winners & LosersSummer is officially over.
OK, sure, the season may not technically be over and it may still be boiling hot in many parts of the country, but with the first new offering of the fall TV…

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TV Scoop Awards 2017: The Full List of Winners

TV Awards WinnersSo many congratulations are in order!
The full list of winners for the 2017 TV Scoop Awards is officially here after weeks of tireless voting, and we have to commend everyone on some…

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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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Radio Disney Music Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List

Britney Spears, 2016 Billboard Music AwardsWho’s ready to celebrate the best tunes as heard on Radio Disney?!
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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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Calzedonia Group Names Winners of Verona’s Arena Contest

Calzedonia Group’s president Sandro Veronesi and Verona’s mayor Flavio Tosi revealed the winners of the competition dedicated to the city’s renowned Arena on Jan. 31, at the Politecnico university in Milan. Launched last March with the sponsorship of the Italian underwear and stocking specialist Calzedonia, the international contest aimed at selecting the best ideas for the creation of a movable covering for the Roman amphitheater was won by the group of architects SBP & GMP.
“The Arena is a unique historic-architectural reality worldwide,” said mayor Tosi, underscoring that the main goal of the contest was to ensure the protection and conservation of the building and to improve its functionality in hosting public events. Tosi mentioned how every year, about 14 million euros, or $ 15.1 million at current exchange, are invested in protecting Verona’s symbol from bad weather. “The rain is the major enemy of the Arena,” he said, explaining how this is causing fallings in the structure.
First introduced in 1995, the idea of creating a 129,167-square-foot movable covering was never really discussed since last year, when it was presented to the government’s ministers, who asked to receive real projects in order to evaluate the actual feasibility of the concept.
Veronesi contacted mayor Tosi

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Producers Guild Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List

Producers Guild Awards LogoIt’s time to celebrate the best of the best in production!
In just a few short hours, industry heavyweights and your favorite celebs from film and television will arrive to celebrate…

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100 Women 2016: The winners of the BBC hackathon develop app

The BBC 100 Women team have hosted a hackathon with Facebook UK to give female developers the chance to create a unique social media product.
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The Top 10 Distinctions Between Winners and Whiners

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Be a winner in your personal and professional life with this pull-no-punches guide Let?s face it: to become a winner in the face of unpredictable times requires hard work and a determined mindset. Winners choose to be winners. Whiners let others control their fate. Which one do you want to be? In The Top Ten Distinctions between Winners and Whiners, Keith Cameron Smith reveals the secrets to becoming a winner in both your professional and personal life. Discover powerful exercises you can start immediately that will make a positive and lasting change in your life. Master the 10 vital principles and move past the status quo and up the ladder Create positive meaning and build relationships Hundreds of top producers from many network marketing companies as well as upper managers from several Fortune 500 companies are using The Top 10 Distinctions between Winners and Whiners to inspire their teams. Take responsibility for your success and steer clear of naysayers and negativity with The Top Ten Distinctions between Winners and Whiners.

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Critics Choice Awards 2016 Recap: Amy Schumer’s Speech, the Full Winners List, and More Big Moments

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16 Best of Beauty Winners This Allure Beauty Editor Loves

Just when I think I can’t fit so much as one more lipstick into my apartment, Best of Beauty testing starts and I discover dozens of new mascaras, highlighters, nail polishes, and more that I have to add to my beauty arsenal. Here are 16 of this year’s award winners I’ve added to my rotation.
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British Fashion Council Names MA Scholarship Winners

AN EDUCATION: The British Fashion Council on Thursday named the three designers who have won MA scholarships for 2015 via its British Fashion Council Education Foundation.
They are Benny Andaloo, a BA graduate from Central Saint Martins, who will study the MA Fashion Men’s Wear course at CSM; Gabriella Sardena, a BA graduate from Manchester School of Art, who will study the MA Fashion Textiles course at CSM; and Shaun Harris, a BA graduate of Kingston University, who will study for an MA in Fashion Women’s Wear at the Royal College of Art.
The BFC Education Foundation is a registered charity, and the scholarship scheme is funded by donations from Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha.  The initiative funds both BA and MA scholarships, with fees for BA courses for U.K.-based students at 27,000 pounds, or $ 42,500, excluding living costs, and MA fees at around 9,500 pounds, or $ 14,900. The scholarship initiative is also supported by the British government with its employer ownership funding program, which allows employers to invest in the skills of a future work force.
Past recipients of the scholarships include Erdem Moralioglu, who won in 2002, and Aitor Throup, who won in 2004.

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Weddings of the World Cup Winners: 3 Team USA Players as Brides, and 1 Mega-Sparkly Engagement Ring

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Here Are All The Winners Of This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard’s Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival’s coveted top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The choice of “Dheepan,” as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as “A Prophet” and “Rust and Bone,” some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard’s film. “Dheepan” is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris. “This isn’t a jury of film critics,” Joel Coen told reporters after the awards ceremony, alongside fellow jurors like Guillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal. “This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work.”

The win for “Dheepan” comes at a time when Europe is particularly attuned to the experience of immigrants, following the recent deaths of hundreds crossing the Mediterranean, seeking Italian shores. Jury members, though, said “Dheepan” was chosen for its overall strength as a film, rather than any topicality.

“We all thought it was a very beautiful movie,” said Ethan Coen, calling the decision “swift.” ”Everyone had some high level of excitement and enthusiasm for it.”

Audiard, springing to the podium at the Palais des Festivals, accepted the award with warm gratitude, bowing to the jury. He was joined by the makeshift parents of his film: Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Antonythasan Jesuthasan, who himself was Tamil Tiger child soldier before finding political asylum in France.

“To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is exceptional,” said Audiard, who added that only receiving one from the Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Belgian filmmaking siblings, could equal it.

The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, went to “Son of Saul,” a grim Holocaust drama by first-time Hungarian director László Nemes. Some expected Nemes’ horrifying plunge into the life of an Auschwitz worker to take the top award, but it’s been 26 years since a debut film (Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”) was given the Palme.

English actress Sienna Miller and Canadian actor Xavier Dolan, both jury members, sounded especially moved by “Son of Saul.” Miller called it “breathtaking” and an extraordinary accomplishment for a first-time filmmaker.

“Europe is still haunted by the destruction of the European Jews,” said Nemes. “That’s something that lives with us.”

Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the masterful 68-year-old Taiwanese filmmaker, won best director for his first feature in eight years: “The Assassin,” a lushly painterly martial arts drama.

The best actress prize was split but not the way some expected. It was given to both Rooney Mara, half of the romantic pair of Todd Haynes’ ’50s lesbian drama “Carol,” and Emmanuelle Bercot, the French star of the roller coaster marriage drama “My King.” (Bercot also directed the festival opener, “Standing Tall,” about a delinquent teenager.) Any split was presumed to go to Mara and her “Carol” co-star, Cate Blanchett.

Best actor was awarded to Vincent Lindon, the veteran French actor of Stéphane Brizé’s “The Measure of a Man.” He plays a man struggling to make a living after a long period of unemployment. The visibly moved Lindon won over some big-name competition, including Michael Caine, the star of Paolo Sorrentino’s unrewarded “Youth,” a wry, melancholy portrait of old age.

Lindon’s award added to a banner year at Cannes for France, which had five films out of the 19 in competition and went home with three awards.

Yorgos Lanthimos, a Greek filmmaker working in English for the first time, took the jury prize for his “The Lobster,” a deadpan dystopian comedy, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, about a near-future where unmarried singles are turned into the animal of their choice.

“Chronic,” an understated drama about a home-care nurse (Tim Roth) for the terminally ill, took best screenplay for Mexican writer-director Michel Franco. Franco and Roth met three years ago when Roth, serving on a Cannes jury, helped award Franco the Un Certain Regard prize. “It’s a Cannes story,” said Franco.

The Camera d’Or, Cannes award for best first feature film, went to “La Tierra Y la Sombra.” César Augusto Acevedo’s debut, which played in the Critics Week section, is about an old farmer returning home to tend to his gravely ill son.

The Coens themselves took the Palme in 1991 for “Barton Fink.” The last two Cannes winners have been three-hour art-house epics: the glacial Turkish drama “Winter Sleep,” chosen last year by Jane Campion’s jury, and “Blue is the Warmest Color,” as picked by Steven Spielberg’s jury.

This year’s competition slate left some critics calling it a so-so year for Cannes. Some of the films that drew the biggest raves (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Pixar’s “Inside Out”) played out of competition, while some in it (like Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees”) drew loud boos.

The festival was dominated by discussion about gender equality with many — from Blanchett to Jane Fonda — speaking about female opportunity in the movie business. “You hope it’s not just the year,” said Blanchett of the attention to women in film. “It’s not some sort of fashionable moment.” An honorary Palme d’Or was also given to French filmmaker Agnes Varda, the first woman to receive one and only the fourth director after Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci.

But the festival was overrun by an unlikely scandal when several women were turned away from the formal premiere of Todd Haynes’ “Carol” for wearing flat shoes, rather than high heels. The festival insisted it was the mistake of overzealous security guards and not part of Cannes’ notoriously strict dress code.

The festival, as it often is, was dominated by the unexpected, even on its last night. Nothing was more unforeseen — not even the Palme for “Dheepan” — than John C. Reilly, a co-star of “The Lobster” and another competition entry, “Tale of Tales,” took the stage to sing “Just a Gigolo” in a bright white suit.

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Oscar Winners Thank God A Lot In Acceptance Speeches, But Not As Often As You’d Think

Oscar winners always thank God, right?

Wrong.

The stars who win big at the Oscars aren’t looking to heaven during their acceptance speeches — they’re looking at Steven Spielberg.

The renowned American film director is thanked more often during Oscars acceptance speeches than the Good Lord Almighty himself, Vocativ reports.

With the 87th Academy Awards slated to air on Sunday, Vocativ mined through 1,396 acceptance speeches currently archived on Academy’s website to measure who got the most “Thank Yous” from winners.

Spielberg came in at number one, with 42 mentions, followed by Harvey Weinstein, James Cameron, George Lucas, Peter Jackson. God came in at number six, with just 19 mentions.

It should be noted that a number of acceptance speeches from the earliest years of the awards haven’t yet been added to the Academy’s acceptance speech database. As a result, Vocativ’s survey isn’t conclusive.

Still, it seems the dream-come-true moment inspires many winners to give thanks to forces greater than themselves. Here are a few of the celebrities who gave God a thumbs up during their time in the spotlight.

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Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: The Killing Fields
Presenter: Linda Hunt
Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

This unbelievable, but so is my entire life. . . And I thank God Buddah that tonight I’m even here. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Winner: Prince
Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song Score)
Film Title: Purple Rain
Presenter: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

This is very unbelievable. I could’ve never imagined this in my wildest dreams. And I would like to thank the Academy . . . and most of all, God. Thank you very much.

Winner: To Richard Williams for the animation direction of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Category: Special Achievement Award
Film Title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Presenter: Robin Williams, Charles Fleischer
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium

Thank you very much, members of the Academy and Carl Bell. I have to thank, first, Steven Spielberg for having the enormous prestige to mid-wife the whole thing and get all those different, competing cartoons in the same movie. Then to Jeffrey Katzenberg, who kept his cool under tremendous duress, and thank God or I wouldn’t be here tonight.

Winner: Tom Hanks
Year: 1993 (66th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Philadelphia
Presenter: Emma Thompson
Date & Venue: March 21, 1994; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all. A healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia two hundred years ago. God bless you all. God have mercy on us all. And God bless America.

Winner: Mel Gibson
Year: 1995 (68th) Academy Awards
Category: Directing
Film Title: Braveheart
Presenter: Robert Zemeckis
Date & Venue: March 25, 1996; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

I’d like to thank the Academy first of all. . . And God, for indulging me in this tiny moment.

Winner: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Year: 1996 (69th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: Jerry Maguire
Presenter: Mira Sorvino
Date & Venue: March 24, 1997; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

God, I love you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Father God, for putting me through what you put me through, but I’m here and I’m happy.

Winner: Denzel Washington
Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Training Day
Presenter: Julia Roberts
Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

Oh, God is good. God is great. God is great. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.

Winner: Adrien Brody
Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: The Pianist
Presenter: Halle Berry
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre

This is, you know, it fills me with great joy, but I am also filled with a lot of sadness tonight because I’m accepting an award at such a strange time. And, you know, my experiences in making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at times of war, and the repercussions of war. And whomever you believe in, if it’s God or Allah, may He watch over you. And let’s pray for a peaceful and swift resolution.

Winner: Conrad L. Hall (accepted by his son, Conrad W. Hall)
Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Cinematography
Film Title: Road to Perdition
Presenter: Julia Roberts
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre
[Ed. note: Mr. Conrad L. Hall passed away in January of 2003.]

It’s been said that God gives each and every one of us the gift of life and what we do with that life is our gift back to Him. I can’t think of a better gift than my father. Dad, wherever you are, you will be gone but you’ll never be forgotten. Thank you.

Winner: Forest Whitaker
Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: The Last King of Scotland
Presenter: Reese Witherspoon
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre

I want to thank my mom and my dad; I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors who continue to guide my steps, and God, God who believes in us all and who’s given me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime. Thank you.

Winner: Jennifer Hudson
Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Title: Dreamgirls
Presenter: George Clooney
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre

Oh my God. I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. . . Wow. Oh my God. Unbelievable cast. I’d like to thank the Academy. Definitely have to thank God, I guess, again. I can’t believe this. Wow, I don’t know what to say but I thank you all for helping me keep the faith even when I didn’t believe. Thank you and God bless you all.

Winner: A.R. Rahman
Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Score)
Film Title: Slumdog Millionaire
Presenter: Zac Efron, Alicia Keys
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre

I want to tell something in Tamil, which says, which I normally say after every award, which is: Ella puhazhum iraivanukke. “God is great.” Thank you.

Winner: Written by Dustin Lance Black
Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Original Screenplay)
Film Title: Milk
Presenter: Steve Martin, Tina Fey
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre

When I was thirteen years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas, to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married. I wanna, I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us thirty years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you,God, for giving us Harvey Milk.

Winner: Oprah Winfrey
Year: 2011 (84th) Academy Awards
Category: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Presenter: Lawrence Gordon, John Travolta, Maria Shriver, Ayanna Hall
Date & Venue: November 12, 2011; The Governors Awards (Grand Ballroom, Hollywood & Highland Center)

The first line of the book [The Color Purple] is, “Dear God, I’m fourteen years old…” And I had lived that life and couldn’t imagine that someone was able to put into words what I had already experienced. And so began this journey that I was able to really understand that God’s hand, or power greater than myself, “the forces,” as Sidney Poitier calls them, were engaged in leading my life to a plane and a level that I had not even imagined. But I released myself to those forces, and literally said inside myself, “Thy will be done.”

Winner: Matthew McConaughey
Year: 2013 (86th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Dallas Buyers Club
Presenter: Jennifer Lawrence
Date & Venue: March 2, 2014; Dolby Theatre

First off, I want to thank God, ’cause that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said, “When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend. And that friend is you.”

Winner: Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers (Janet Friesen accepted for her husband; accompanied on stage by film subject Darlene Love)
Year: 2013 (86th) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Feature)
Film Title: 20 Feet from Stardom
Presenter: Bradley Cooper
Date & Venue: March 2, 2014; Dolby Theatre

Darlene Love: Lord God, I praise you and I am so happy to be here representing the ladies of “20 Feet from Stardom.” [Sings:] “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. ‘Cause His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” Alton, I love you.


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Built by Women: Winners in NYC

Women in the practice of architecture are on a roll.

First came the consciousness-raising, if not-quite-successful, 2013 petition to the Pritzker Prize Committee on behalf of Denise Scott-Brown.

Next: the 2014 AIA Gold Medal awarded posthumously to Julia Morgan, the gifted early 20th-century architect of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.

Now come the winners in the Built by Women competition, sponsored by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in New York.

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Union Carbide Corporation Headquarters, Manhattan, NY,
designed by Natalie de Blois, Senior Design Architect, SOM.
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“We’ve been very fortunate with timing — there’s a momentum now, and a lot of people behind it,” says Nancy Nguyen, associate director at the foundation.

The numbers speak volumes. Out of 350 entries from five boroughs in New York City, 100 were named winners this week. They range from a transportation hub to a police training academy to parks and engineering projects.

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Zerega Avenue EMS Station, Bronx, NY, designed by Laurie Hawkinson, Partner, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects. Landscape Architect: SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Photo Credit: Michael Moran.

“There was one that was nominated twice,” says Carol Shapiro, director of the foundation. “It was Gravesend, and it was founded in 1643 by Lady Deborah Moody.”

This was a competition that looked beyond design to the functional impact of what a project does for the audience occupying its space. Entries covered the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and construction. In a number of cases, the projects were multi-disciplinary.

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Hunter’s Point Campus, Long Island City, Queens, designed by Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE and Ann Rolland, Project Director, FXFOWLE.
Photo Credit: ©David Sundberg/Esto

“It’s such an innovative field, so we wanted to celebrate the amazing women involved,” Shapiro says. “We’re trying to show that the field is incredibly collaborative.”

In the process, they’re also raising awareness about the impact of women on the built environment — to those already practicing, and to generations to come. And the competition is just the first step.

“There will be educational materials and panel discussions and walking tours,” Nguyen says. “We’re planning on putting all the nominations on a map and highlighting the winners.”

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The rest of the nation is already on their radar screens. “It’s a template to be rolled out across the country,” Shapiro says. “Other cities are interested — over time, we’ll see a map of U.S. sites, designed by women.”

Certainly, the inventory is out there; it’s an appreciation for it that seems in short supply.

But that, too, could change, if this foundation has its way.
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Your Full List Of AMAs Winners

Winners of the 2014 American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles:

Artist of the year: One Direction New artist of the year: 5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the year: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry

Pop/rock male artist: Sam Smith

Pop/rock band, duo or group: One Direction

Pop/rock album: One Direction, “Midnight Melodies”

Country female artist: Carrie Underwood

Country male artist: Luke Bryan

Country band, duo or group: Florida Georgia Line

Country album: Brantley Gilbert, “Just As I Am”

Rap/hip-hop artist: Iggy Azalea

Rap/hip-hop album: Iggy Azalea, “The New Classic”

Soul/R&B female artist: Beyoncé

Soul/R&B male artist: John Legend

Soul/R&B album: Beyoncé, “Beyoncé”

Latin artist: Enrique Iglesias

Alternative rock: Imagine Dragons

Adult contemporary: Katy Perry

Contemporary inspirational: Casting Crowns

Electronic dance music: Calvin Harris

Soundtrack: “Frozen”
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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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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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