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Oscars crown ‘Spotlight’ as best film – DiCaprio finally nabs Oscar gold

HOLLYWOOD, United States, Feb 29, (Agencies): Leonardo DiCaprio won his long-awaited first Oscar for revenge epic “The Revenant” Sunday but journalism drama “Spotlight” took best picture in a surprising end to Hollywood’s glittering awards season. The night was overshadowed by a simmering race row, addressed head-on by black host Chris …

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Plenty of sparkle on Oscars red carpet – Bold colors, soft shades

The year’s biggest night for red carpet glamour included something for everybody in bold color and soft shades, frothy wonders and sleek, body hugging looks. And there was, of course, plenty of sparkle. “I was really taken by the super fitted dresses, the very long and lean silhouettes,” said Eric …

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‘Spotlight’ wins big at Spirit Awards – Larson bags Best Actress Award

SANTA MONICA, Calif, (Agencies): The 31st Independent Film Spirit Awards provided a clear rebuke to the less diverse Oscars, bestowing awards on “Beasts of No Nation” co-stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and “Tangerine” star Mya Taylor, making her the first transgender actress to win at the annual awards. The …

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The best, worst films of Hughes – ‘Pretty in Pink’ at 30

LOS ANGELES, Feb 28, (RTRS): Before movies like “Say Anything” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and TV shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “My So Called Life,” John Hughes’ classic high school romance “Pretty in Pink” dared to depict teenage love with a poignancy and truthfulness that felt both natural …

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‘Star Wars’, ‘Revenant’ among big winners at MPSE Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb 28, (RTRS): As awards season builds to Sunday night’s big finale, the Motion Picture Sound Editors held their 63rd Golden Reel Awards Saturday night at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” tied for best feature sound editing FX and Foley, …

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‘Rival Sons’ rocks blues – Album ready

NEW YORK, Feb 28, (AFP): When Black Sabbath pioneered heavy metal, the deafening, gloomy guitar sounded fresh but borrowed heavily from the blues. In choosing an opening act for its final tour, the legendary band has come full circle. Rival Sons, personally selected by frontman Ozzy Osbourne for Black Sabbath’s …

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‘Birdman’ wins Best Foreign Language Film – Cesars honour diversity in ‘Fatima’, ‘Mustang’

PARIS, Feb 27, (Agencies): France’s top film awards ceremony, the Cesars, celebrated diversity on Friday with honours for films about the struggles of life as an immigrant and forced marriage. The creme de la creme of French showbiz gathered in Paris Friday for the 41st Cesars just two days ahead …

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Fantasy, imagination, craft inform Oscar worthy costumes – Oscar win can give career a boost

LOS ANGELES, Feb 27, (AP): On Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander are expected to win Academy Awards. On Monday, DiCaprio’s career might not look that different, but Vikander’s probably will. It’s the amorphous, fickle value of an Oscar at work once again. That little statuette, valued anywhere from $500 …

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‘Mustang’ coming-of-age tale – Foreign film Oscar favorites zoom in on stark worlds

LOS ANGELES, Feb 27, (Agencies): Despite all their differences, harrowing Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” and the coming-of-age tale “Mustang,” the two front runners for the best foreign language film Oscar, both place their characters in a claustrophobic world of stark choices. For “Son of Saul” director Laszlo Nemes and …

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‘Take a (new) look at me now’ – Singer, drummer Collins returns

NEW YORK, Feb 27, (AP): Singer and drummer Phil Collins is taking one tentative step out of musical retirement by offering up huge chunks of his past. The multiple Grammy Award-winner is this winter releasing all eight of his solo albums, each remastered and accompanied by a second CD of …

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