Golden Globes 2021: Daniel Kaluuya on mute, animal invasions and too many doors – the seven best moments | Ents & Arts News


It was a night when stars accepted awards in tracksuit bottoms, pyjamas and hoodies from rooms with too many doors, and the hosts presented from different coasts (albeit with a whizzy background to make them appear united).

But despite heading into the 78th Golden Globes under a cloud of criticism over lack of diversity and dubious nomination choices, the ceremony was relatively hitch-free.

Finishing (almost) on time, and with an admirable cast of winners (including a host of British stars) there were laughs, tears and glimpses of stars’ homes across the world as Hollywood enjoyed its first big awards ceremony of 2021.

We take a look at seven of the best bits of the night.

Daniel, you’re on mute!

With hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting from two separate locations (Poehler at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles and Fey at NBC headquarters in New York) and all the nominees attending virtually, there were bound to be a few technical hitches.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes. Pic: NBC

It started well, with near-seamless backdrops and the pair joking about being together – with Fey’s disembodied arm reaching through the screens to stroke Poehler’s hair.

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But the first prize announcement didn’t go to plan, with the sound cutting out for British star Daniel Kaluuya’s Zoom acceptance speech.

“As you can see, we unfortunately have a bad connection,” said previous winner Laura Dern, who was presenting the award. But as she started to apologise and congratulate Kaluuya, the sound returned.

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“You’re doing me dirty!” he joked. “Is this on? Can you hear me now?”

It was unclear whether Kaluuya was at fault, or the sound engineer behind the scenes, but finally the 32-year-old was able to give his acceptance speech loud and clear, thanking Judas And The Black Messiah director Shaka King, the cast and crew, and his character’s son and wife as well as rapper Nipsy Hussle.

Zooming with children and animals

It goes without saying that there was no proper red carpet this year, so instead of fashion porn we got to see the nominees in their natural habitats. And it was top marks for those who included kids and pets in their Zooms.

Winners including actor Mark Ruffalo and Minari director Lee Isaac Chung gave their children cute cameos during their speeches.

The Undoing’s Nicole Kidman and Ozark’s Jason Batemen also had their little ones to hand adding a little family fun to the industry night.

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Extended family got a nod too, with nominee Kate Hudson seen on camera with family members at one point, including her screen-legend mother Goldie Hawn with her long-term partner, Kurt Russell.

And for those keen to get some quality animal time, we got to see Emma Corrin’s cat and Sarah Paulson’s dog as they waited for their category to be announced – Olivia Coleman was particularly overjoyed at the pet presence, encouraging pet owners to go get their animal for more screen time.

Meanwhile, Regina King’s dog, Cornbread, stole the spotlight in her pre-show interview, getting himself nice and comfy like a good boy in his dog bed, behind her as she chatted away.

Jodie Foster also had her dog with her as she won in her category, with the pooch wearing a bow to match Foster’s jazzy pyjamas – the perfect chilled out evening combo to win an award in.

Too many doors and sports casual outfits

British star John Boyega spoke for the world in Zoom meetings over the last year, when he admitted he was wearing a tux on top, but joggers down below.

Accepting his award for best TV supporting actor for his role in Small Axe, the 28-year-old star said he was celebrating “home alone”.

Admitting he was “shocked” to win the prize, he raised a leg to the camera, before confessing: “I’m wearing Balenciagas guys. I got tracky bottoms on my bottom, and they’re comfy, but this is exciting!”, before going on to thank those who gave him opportunities in his career.

Bill Murray rocked a neon-streaked Hawaiian shirt which he paired with a martini Bond would have been proud of; Jason Sudeikis wore a multi-coloured hoodie which he said he deemed “most appropriate” and Sandra Oh looked cosy in a padded green parka as she presented from a snowy slope – complete with a sledding dinosaur being slowly pulled across the screen in the background.

Meanwhile, social media couldn’t believe how many doors Jeff Daniels had in his house.

With the 66-year-old The Comey Rule star sat in what appeared to be a bedroom – with a half-made bed in the background – and wearing a check shirt, many also praised his laid-back dad vibes.

One Twitter fan wrote: “Jeff Daniels is definitely live-streaming the Wings playing Chicago while waiting for his category to come up…”, while another joked: “Jeff Daniels Zooming into the Golden Globes from every college student’s first off-campus apartment”.

Other notable props that caught attention on Zoom included the meme-tastic cut-out of Bernie Sanders in his mittens from the US inauguration which Ratched’s Cynthia Nixon chose to position behind her, and the first female winner of the director prize in 25 years, Chloe Zhao, celebrating her Globe by raising a green ceramic mug.

Ben baked for the occasion

Turns out Ben Stiller isn’t just a comedy talent, he’s also a bit of a baker.

As the 55-year-old took to the stage to present the award for best actress in a musical or comedy he shared with the world his new penchant for cakes.

He told the socially distanced audience: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since the last Golden Globes. But, like many of us, I’ve used that time to look inward and grow. I’ve come to fully understand the nature of crypto-currency. I read a book. I finally got around to dying my hair grey.

“Like so many other resilient Americans, I learned to bake. A delicious banana bread, in the form of a Golden Globe.”

Producing the cake trophy, which looked more like chocolate sponge than banana bread in truth, he was all of us sharing our biggest lockdown achievement with friends over a virtual cuppa.

Princess Di and Mrs T

With Princess Diana back in the news thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, the late British royal received a mention at the Globes too.

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Emma Corrin thanks Princess Di during her acceptance speech

As royal drama The Crown stormed the TV categories – winning four awards overall – newcomer Emma Corrin paid tribute to Diana in her speech, saying: “Thank you so much to Diana, you have taught me compassion and empathy beyond anything I could ever imagine.

“On behalf of everyone who remembers you so fondly and passionately in our hearts, thank you.”

Corrin and Josh O’Connor, who play Prince Charles and Diana in The Crown, were named best actor and actress in a TV drama, while the Netflix series won the gong for best drama overall.

The show also scooped another win thanks to American star Gillian Anderson, who was named best supporting actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

In her speech, Anderson gave special thanks to the hair and make-up team, who gave her the “Thatcher helmet” hairdo that saw her through the part.

Tears for Chadwick

It was widely expected the late Chadwick Boseman would receive an award posthumously for his final role, as a trumpet player in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but that didn’t make the moment any less poignant.

The actor’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, fought back tears as she accepted the award for best actor in a drama film, as did actress Renee Zellweger presenting the award.

 Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman accepts the award for best actor in a motion picture drama for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on behalf of her late husband Chadwick Boseman at the Golden Globe Awards. Pic: NBC via AP
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Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman accepted Chadwick’s posthumous award. Pic: NBC via AP

Boseman, best known for Black Panther, died in August, aged 43, due to complications related to colon cancer.

“He would thank God, he would thank his parents, he would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices,” his wife said in her speech, and thanking Boseman’s team and his Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom co-stars.

“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you ‘you can’, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you were meant to be doing at this moment in history,” she said.

Chadwick Boseman as Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix
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Boseman as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix

“And I don’t have his words but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love. So thank you HFPA, for this opportunity to do exactly that.

“Hon, you keep ’em coming.”

Boseman’s death came as a shock to Hollywood, with the star having kept his illness private. His films including Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods and Avengers: Endgame were all shot when he was available between surgeries and chemotherapy.

‘It is great to be black at the Golden Globes’

Meanwhile lack of diversity was a running theme of the night – perhaps most sharply lampooned by Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, who thanked the “all white” HFPA for one of the two awards he picked up on the night.

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Double-winner Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t one to mince his words

Following a week in which it emerged that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organises the awards, has no black members, it was no surprise to see celebrities highlighting the issue.

This Is Us star Sterling K Brown joked: “It is great to be black at the Golden Globes… back at the Golden Globes.”

The HFPA acknowledged it was not diverse enough in the lead-up to the ceremony, and members also made the point on stage during the event, too, promising to do better.

Starting in her opening monologue with Poehler, Fey said that while awards shows are seen as “stupid”, inclusivity remained important.

Dan Levy, star and creator of hit comedy Schitt’s Creek, said in his acceptance speech he hoped next year’s ceremony would be voted for by a more inclusive HFPA.

“In the spirit of inclusion, I hope that this time next year, this ceremony reflects the true breadth and diversity of the film and television being made today, because there is so much more to be celebrated.”

In a powerful speech accepting an honorary lifetime achievement award, Jane Fonda said: “Let’s all of us – including all the groups that decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards – let’s all of us make an effort to expand that tent. So that everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard.”



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Oscars 2021: Academy Awards will take place ‘in-person’ from ‘multiple locations’ | Ents & Arts News


This year’s Oscars will take place – at least partly – in physical form and will be broadcast from “multiple locations”, the Academy says.

The biggest ceremony in showbusiness has been held in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for the last 20 years, but due to COVID-19 there will now be changes to its normal production plans.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is yet to reveal where the other locations might be, or whether there will be a host this year (the last two-years have been hostless).

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It said in a statement: “In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritising the public health and safety of all those who will participate.

“To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”

The Academy revealed the shortlists for nine of its so-called below-the-line categories – less high-profile ones – earlier this week, including nods for movies Soul, Mank and Da 5 Bloods.

While the great and good of the acting world – along with their management teams and journalists from around the world – usually descend on Los Angeles for the weeks around the event, this year will clearly be a very different prospect.

Debate over the length and relevance of the ceremony, along with disappointing viewing figures (last year’s ceremony attracted a US audience of just 23.6 million which is an all-time low), have also been rumbling for quite some time.

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The ceremony – which is normally held at the end of February – had already been moved to the end of April due to the virus, and many feared it could be forced to take place in a purely virtual capacity.

Los Angeles – the world’s entertainment capital – has been particularly badly hit by coronavirus and has recently seen a surge in cases.

The Golden Globes, which often help form a strong prediction list for forthcoming Oscar frontrunners, announced their shortlist earlier this month, and will take place on 28 February.

That ceremony too will happen across multiple locations and will be hosted bi-coastally by Amy Poehler from The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and Tina Fey from Rainbow Room in New York.

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 25 April 2021.

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Dustin Diamond: Saved By The Bell star dies from cancer aged 44 | Ents & Arts News


US actor Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Screech in hit show Saved By The Bell, has died from cancer at the age of 44, his representative has said.

A statement from his representative Roger Paul said: “We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma.

“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago.

“In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”

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Dustin Diamond starred in 1990s sitcom Saved By The Bell

Mr Paul added: “Dustin Diamond was a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored…

“We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.”

Tributes came from Diamond’s former Saved By The Bell co-stars.

Mario Lopez, who played A C Slater, wrote on Twitter: “Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on…”

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris, said: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius.

“My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.”

Actress Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, said: “I am deeply saddened by I the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing. Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin.”

Diamond was hospitalised in Florida last month and his team later disclosed that he had cancer.

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Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez in 1996. Pic: AP

He was diagnosed with Stage 4 small cell carcinoma, commonly referred to as lung cancer, in early January, Celebrity website TMZ reports.

Diamond played nerdy sidekick Samuel “Screech” Powers in the original Saved By The Bell across four seasons, from 1989 to 1993.

He also appeared in 1992 TV movie Saved By The Bell: Hawaiian Style, and revivals The New Class and The College Years.

Diamond did not appear in the most recent 2020 revival series which included several of the show’s original stars.

He had stints on reality TV shows like Celebrity Fit Club and The Weakest Link. He also appeared on the UK’s 12th series of Celebrity Big Brother but was evicted in the third week.

His career was not without controversy. The actor controversially released a self-directed sex tape in 2006 and in 2009 he wrote a tell-all book about his time in the teen sitcom.

He later said many of the salacious details were exaggerated by his ghost-writer.

In 2015, he was sentenced to serve four months in prison for his part in a Wisconsin bar stabbing.



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Jennifer Lopez: ‘Please don’t call me a liar,’ says star as she addresses Botox speculation | Ents & Arts News


Jennifer Lopez has spoken out to set the record straight on speculation that she has had Botox, saying to her detractors: “Please don’t call me a liar.”

It comes after the star, 51, made headlines for her response to an Instagram user who cast doubt over how she achieves her youthful looks.

Lopez had posted a video on the social media site, showing her glowing skin after saying she had used a face mask from her own beauty range, which sparked the exchange.

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Now, in an interview with People magazine in the US, the singer and actress has said she could not let the comment – which said the star had “definitely” had “tons” of Botox – go without responding.

“I don’t judge anybody,” Lopez said in the interview. “If you want to do Botox and injectables, that’s fine! But I don’t want people lying on me and saying, ‘Oh, she’s trying to make believe that this stuff works’.

“No, I’m telling you what I do that works! Please don’t call me a liar. I don’t have to lie about things. I’ve been pretty honest about my whole life.”

Lopez, who is renowned for her age-defying looks, said that if she had had Botox, she would admit it.

“If I had, I would say, ‘Yeah, you’re right’, but I don’t want people going, ‘Stop lying, you’re doing this, you’re doing that’, when that’s just not true,” she said.

“I just felt it had to be set straight, but in a loving way. And one of my big beauty secrets is that I try to be kind to others and lift up other women.

“I think that that is important for us to do for each other instead of trying to tear people down.”

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Lopez performed at President Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier in January

In her original response to the Instagram commenter, Lopez responded by saying: “LOL thats just my face!!! ….For the 500 millionth time… I have never done Botox or any injectables or surgery!! Just sayin.”

Since then, she’s been making headlines for a different reason – after performing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

She performed a medley of This Land Is Your Land and America The Beautiful at the ceremony, which also saw Lady Gaga delivering an emotional rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Jennifer Lopez has hit back at an Instagram user who claimed the star’s youthful looks are down to “tons” of Botox.

The 51-year-old responded to a post to clarify “for the 500 millionth time” that she has “never done Botox or any injectables or surgery”.

Lopez had posted a video on the social media site, showing her glowing skin after saying she had used a face mask from her own J Lo Beauty range, which sparked the exchange.

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“Honestly, I cannot even see a line on my face,” she says in the clip, with the camera close-up to her skin. “It is glowy and gorgeous and tight and yummy.”

She continues: “I feel like it took 10 years off my face.”

The video has been viewed more than 7 million times, with many fans commenting on how Lopez achieves her youthful looks.

While many said it was down to her healthy lifestyle, others were not convinced.

“But can I just mention that brows and forehead doesn’t move at all when you talk or try to express,” one commenter said. “You definitely have Botox. And tons of it. And it’s all good. Just saying.”

Lopez responded by saying: “LOL thats just my face!!! ….For the 500 millionth time… I have never done Botox or any injectables or surgery!! Just sayin.”

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After encouraging fans to try her beauty range, the star added: “And here is another JLO Beauty secret: try spending your time being more positive, kind and uplifting of others don’t spend your time trying to bring others down that will keep you youthful and beautiful too!!!

“Sending you love. #beautyfromtheinsideout #beautyhasnoexpirationdate.”

One fan replied: “It’s just envy that makes people disbelieve other people. Jennifer don’t let that get you down. Stand over such comments. All the best!”

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Rapper and producer Dr Dre has returned home after a stay in hospital with a reported brain aneurysm.

Dr Dre’s friend and fellow hip-hop star Ice T said he was home from hospital and “looking good”.

He tweeted: “Update: Just FaceTimed with @drdre He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

Dr Dre, 55, was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles earlier this month but has since told fans that he was “doing great” and receiving “excellent” care.

Dr Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, has produced hits for Tupac, Snoop Dogg and more, and won seven Grammys.

Born in Compton, he broke out on the music scene as a co-founding member of NWA, producing some of the group’s groundbreaking 1988 debut album, Straight Outta Compton.

He launched a successful solo career with 1992 album The Chronic, became a renowned record producer and was instrumental in the careers of fellow rappers Eminem and 50 Cent.

But it was his relationship with record executive Jimmy Iovine – documented in HBO series The Defiant Ones – and the launch of their Beats headphone range that secured his position as one of the wealthiest names in music.

Beats was purchased by Apple in 2014 in a deal worth $3bn (£1.94bn).

Dr Dre has been locked in a bitter divorce battle since the summer.

His estranged wife Nicole Young is asking for half of the rapper’s estimated $1bn (£730m) fortune. The pair have three children.



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Jeff Bridges says cancer tumour has ‘drastically shrunk’ | Ents & Arts News


Actor Jeff Bridges has shared an uplifting update on his cancer treatment with fans, saying his tumour has “drastically shrunk”.

The Big Lebowski star announced that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma in October, referencing his famous character from the film with a statement that said: “As the Dude would say… New S**T has come to light.”

Since then he has shared updates on Instagram, thanking fans for their support and posting photos of his treatment and showing he has shaved his head.

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Bridges won the best actor Oscar in 2010 for Crazy Heart. Pic: AP

In a new message posted on his website, the 71-year-old star said he was “elated” following his most recent medical visit on 6 January.

“I go in for a CAT scan to see if my new protocol is shrinking my tumor,” he wrote. “Turns out it’s working beautifully. The thing has drastically shrunk.”

The scan took place on the day of the riots at the US Capitol. Donald Trump has since been impeached for a historic second time, accused of inciting an insurrection.

“I come home elated with the news,” Bridges wrote. “I turn on the TV to find out what’s going in the world and… well… I don’t have to tell you what’s goin’ on. To see our country attacking itself broke my heart.”

The actor then referenced the late artist Rozzell Sykes.

“A question rose in me – what’s an individual to do in a situation like this? My mentor Rozzell Sykes came to mind. His mantra was BE LOVE.

“Aaaa… yeah… that’s my path. Here’s a taste of Rozzell.”

He then posted a video of himself singing and playing the guitar.

Bridges won an Oscar in 2010 for his portrayal of an alcoholic country singer in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, and has been nominated for an Academy Award on six other occasions – but is arguably best known for playing Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in the 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski.

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body.

When he made his diagnosis public, Bridges said he was positive about the outlook, saying: “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”

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Chadwick Boseman’s widow pays emotional tribute as actor is honoured at awards ceremony | Ents & Arts News


Chadwick Boseman’s widow paid an emotional tribute to the “most honest person”, fighting back tears as the actor was honoured posthumously during an awards ceremony.

Black Panther star Boseman died in August at the age of 43 after suffering from colon cancer for four years, keeping his illness private.

His performance in his final role, playing an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis, was honoured at the Gotham Awards on Monday evening.

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Boseman was honoured for his final screen performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix

Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand, another former Academy Award winner, as a middle-aged woman travelling through the American West, was named best feature and also won the audience award.

The Gotham Awards, hosted by the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP), are seen as a reliable bellwether for the Oscars.

Accepting the actor tribute to Boseman, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, described him as “the most honest person I’ve ever met”.

She said: “He didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment.

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“The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life.

“And so it became how he lived his life, day in, day out, imperfect but determined. In doing so he was able to give himself over fully to every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of the people he became.

“He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one.”

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Pic: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock
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She said it was an honour to receive the award on her husband’s behalf, describing it as “an acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world”.

“Chad, thank you. I love you, I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us,” she added.

Usually taking place with a glamorous ceremony in New York, this year the Gotham Awards ceremony relied on a mix of live and virtual elements.

British star Riz Ahmed was named best actor for his portrayal of a drummer who becomes deaf in The Sound Of Metal, while best actress went to Nicole Beharie for her role as a single mother and former beauty pageant queen in Miss Juneteenth.

Another British star, Kingsley Ben-Adir, won the award for breakthrough actor for his portrayal of Malcolm X in One Night In Miami, while in the TV categories, Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was named breakthrough series (short format), while the long format category was won by Watchmen.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress Davis and British filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen also received awards.

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Michael Apted: ‘Visionary’ director and maker of documentary series Seven Up dies | Ents & Arts News



Director Michael Apted has died aged 79, his agent has said.

The British filmmaker was known for the Up series of documentaries which followed the lives of 14 children since 1964 when they were seven years old, as well as directing Coal Miner’s Daughter and Gorillas In The Mist.

He also directed the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, which starred Pierce Brosnan, and several episodes of Coronation Street in the 1960s.

Thomas Schlamme, president of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), paid tribute to Apted in a statement, saying: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the passing of esteemed director, longtime DGA leader and my friend Michael Apted.

“His legacy will be forever woven into the fabric of cinema and our Guild.

“A fearless visionary as a director and unparalleled guild leader, Michael saw the trajectory of things when others didn’t, and we were all the beneficiaries of his wisdom and lifelong dedication.”

Apted, who served as the president of the DGA from 2003 to 2009, was born in 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, before moving to London with his father after the Second World War.

As a child, he studied at the City of London School where he first developed an interest in cinema.

In 2008 he was made a companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the British film and television industries.

He won four Baftas, including three for Up.

A tweet from the film academy said the organisation is “very sorry to hear” of the news.

The producers of the James Bond film franchise paid tribute to his ability to move “effortlessly and successfully between all genres”.

A Twitter post signed by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli added: “He was beloved by all those who worked with him.”

The official Twitter page for the Oscars also paid tribute.

“Director Michael Apted will always be remembered for the groundbreaking documentary ‘Up’ series,” the post said.

ITV managing director Kevin Lygo highlighted Apted’s long association with the broadcaster which included the Seven Up series.

He said: “The Up series demonstrated the possibilities of television at its finest in its ambition and its capacity to hold up a mirror to society and engage with and entertain people while enriching our perspective on the human condition.

“The influence of Michael’s contribution to film and programme-making continues to be felt and he will be sadly missed.”

Actor and director Paul Feig said: “He was always so kind to me and I was such a great admirer of his work.”

A post on the Twitter account of the band Garbage, who performed the theme for The World Is Not Enough, labelled Apted a “delightful, charming soul”.

The song’s composer David G Arnold, who worked with Apted on three other films including The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, tweeted: “A more trusting, funny, friendly and, most importantly, kind person you’d never meet.

“So pleased to have known him and so sad that he’s gone.”



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Rapper and producer Dr Dre is in hospital in LA being treated for a reported brain aneurysm.

The music mogul said he would hopefully be “back home soon” after receiving medical treatment at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He took to Instagram to post a message of thanks from his bed at the intensive care unit.

“I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team,” he said. “I will be out of the hospital and back home soon.

“Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”

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The star thanked staff at the Cedars-Sinai hospital

Celebrities including Missy Elliot and Snoop Dogg posted their get well messages to the 55-year old on social media.

Missy Elliot wrote: “Prayers up for Dr Dre and his family for healing and strength over his mind & body.”

Ice Cube added a plea to fans to “send your love and prayers to the homie Dr Dre.”

And Snoop Dogg said: “Get well Dr Dre. We need you cuz.”

Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, has produced hits for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and more and won seven Grammys.

Born in Compton, he broke out on the music scene as a co-founding member of N.W.A., producing some of the group’s groundbreaking 1988 debut album, “Straight Outta Compton.”

Dre has been locked in a bitter divorce battle since the summer.

His estranged wife Nicole Young is asking for half of the rapper’s estimated $1 billion (£730 million) fortune. The pair have three children.

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