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Filmfare Awards 2019

  • BEST FILM– RAAZI
  • CRITICS BEST FILM– ANDHADHUN
  • BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– RANBIR KAPOOR- Movie – SANJU
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– AYUSHMANN KHURRANA-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– RANVEER SINGH-Movie – PADMAAVAT
  • BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)– ALIA BHATT-Movie – RAAZI
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)– NEENA GUPTA-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST DIRECTOR– MEGHNA GULZAR-Movie – RAAZI
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)– GAJRAJ RAO-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)– VICKY KAUSHAL-Movie – SANJU
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE)– SUREKHA SIKHRI-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST MUSIC ALBUM– SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI-Movie – PADMAAVAT
  • BEST LYRICS– GULZAR-Movie – RAAZI-Song – AE WATAN
  • BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)– ARIJIT SINGH-Movie – RAAZI-Song – AYE WATAN
  • BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)– SHREYA GHOSHAL-Movie – PADMAAVAT-Song – GHOOMAR
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM– PLUS MINUS
  • BEST SHORT FILM IN FICTION– ROGAN JOSH
  • BEST SHORT FILM IN NON FICTION– THE SOCCER CITY
  • BEST ACTOR FEMALE SHORT FILM– KIRTI KULHARI-Movie – MAYA
  • BEST ACTOR MALE SHORT FILM– HUSSAIN DALAL-Movie – SHAMELESS
  • BEST ORIGINAL STORY– ANUBHAV SINHA-Movie – MULK
  • BEST SCREENPLAY– SRIRAM RAGHAVAN, ARIJIT BISWAS, POOJA LADHA SURTI, YOGESH CHANDEKAR, HEMANTH RAO-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • BEST DIALOGUE– AKSHAT GHILDIAL-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST EDITING– POOJA LADHA SURTI-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY– KRUTI MAHESH MIDYA AND JYOTHI D TOMMAAR-Movie –PADMAAVAT-Song – GHOOMAR
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY– PANKAJ KUMAR-Movie – TUMBBAD

Other Winners

  • Rd Burman Award For Upcoming Talent In Film Music-Niladri Kumar (Laila Majnu)
  • 50 Years of Outstanding Contribution to Cinema-Hema Malini
  • Best Debut Director-Amar Kaushik (Stree)
  • Best Debut Female-Sara Ali Khan (Kedarnath)
  • Best Debut Male -Ishaan Khattar (Beyond The Clouds)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award-Sridevi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grammy Awards 2019: 61st Annual Grammy Awards

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted. The ceremony recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. Nominations were announced on December 7, 2018. Dolly Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two days prior to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2019. Kendrick Lamar received the most nominations, with eight. Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves tied for the most wins of the night with four each.

Here is the complete list of Grammys 2019 winners

  • Album of the Year– Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
  • Record of the Year– Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  • Song of the Year– Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • Best New Artist– Dua Lipa
  • Best Pop Solo Performance– Lady Gaga, “Joanne” (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance– Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
  • Best Country Album– Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
  • Best Pop Vocal Album– Ariana Grande, “Sweetener”
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album- Willie Nelson, “My Way”
  • ​Best Rap Performance- Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake, “King’s Dead” Anderson Paak – “Bubblin”
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration- Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • ​Best Rap Song– Drake, “God’s Plan”
  • Best Rap Album– Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
  • Best Rock Performance– Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”
  • Best Metal Performance– High on Fire, “Electric Messiah”
  • Best Rock Song– St. Vincent, “Masseduction”
  • Best Alternative Music Album– Arctic Monkeys, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”
    Best Rock Album– Greta Van Fleet, “From the Fires”
  • Best R&B Performance– H.E.R., “Best Part” [ft. Daniel Caesar]
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance– Leon Bridges, “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand”
  • Best R&B Song– Ella Mai, Boo’d Up
  • ​Best Urban Contemporary Album– The Carters – “Everything Is Love”
  • Best R&B Album– H.E.R., “H.E.R.”
  • Best Dance Recording- Silk City & Dua Lipa, “Electricity” [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson]
  • Best Dance/Electronic Album– Justice, “Woman Worldwide”
  • Best Comedy Album- Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation”
  • Best Remixed Recording– HAIM, Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media– “The Greatest Showman”
  • Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media– Ludwig Göransson, “Black Panther”
  • Best Song Written for Visual Media– Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
    Best Recording Package
    – St. Vincent, “Masseduction”
  • Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package– “Weird” Al Yankovic, “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic”
  • Best Album Notes– Various Artists, Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans)
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical- Pharrell Williams
  • Music Video/Film– Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
  • Best Music Film– “Quincy”

 

 

About Grammy Award

A Grammy Award, originally called Gramophone Award  is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually (between the American Music Awards in the Fall, and the Billboard Music Awards in the Summer). It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater). The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Following the 2011 ceremony, the Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, were held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Padma Awards 2019

Padma Awards — one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards including one duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards.  21 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 11 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 3 posthumous awardees and 1 transgender person.

Bharat Ratna (3)

  1. Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumous)
  2. Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (posthumous)
  3. Pranab Mukherjee

Padma Vibhushan (4)

  1. Ms. Teejan Bai — Art-Vocals-Folk — Chhattisgarh
  2. Shri Ismail Omar Guelleh (Foreigner) —  Public Affairs — Djibouti
  3. Shri Anilkumar Manibhai Naik — Trade & Industry-Infrastructure — Maharashtra
  4. Shri Balwant Moreshwar Purandare — Art-Acting-Theatre — Maharashtra

Padma Bhushan (14)

  1. Shri John Chambers (Foreigner) — Trade & Industry-Technology — USA
  2. Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa — Public Affairs — Punjab
  3. Shri Pravin Gordhan  (Foreigner) — Public Affairs — South Africa
  4. Shri Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati  — Trade & Industry-Food Processing — Delhi
  5. Shri Darshan Lal Jain — Social Work — Haryana
  6. Shri Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade — Medicine-Affordable Healthcare — Maharashtra
  7. Shri Kariya Munda — Public Affairs — Jharkhand
  8. Shri Budhaditya Mukherjee — Art-Music-Sitar — West Bengal
  9. Shri Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair  — Art-Acting-Film  — Kerala
  10. Shri S Nambi Narayan — Science & Engineering-Space — Kerala
  11. Shri Kuldip Nayar (Posthumous) — Literature & Education (Journalism) — Delhi
  12. Ms. Bachendri Pal  — Sports-Mountaineering —  Uttarakhand
  13. Shri V K Shunglu  — Civil Service —  Delhi
  14. Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav  — Public Affairs — Bihar

Apart from the above 94 Padma Shree awards were conferred on distinguished Indians from different arena of life. Some of the well-known Padma Shree award winners are as follows:

  1. Shri Manoj Bajpayee — Art-Acting-Films — Maharashtra
  2. Shri Sunil Chhetri — Sports-Football — Telangana
  3. Muktaben Pankajkumar Dagli — Social Work-Divyang Welfare — Gujarat
  4. Shri Thanga Darlong — Art-Music-Flute — Tripura
  5. Shri Prabhu Deva — Art-Dance — Karnataka
  6. Rajkumari Devi — Others-Agriculture — Bihar
  7. Shri Baldev Singh Dhillon — Science & EngineeringAgriculture — Punjab
  8. Shri Gautam Gambhir — Sports-Cricket — Delhi
  9. Rohini Godbole — Science & Engineering-Nuclear — Karnataka
  10. Shri Sandeep Guleria — Medicine-Surgery — Delhi
  11. Shri K G Jayan — Art-Music-Bhakti — Kerala
  12. Shri Subhash Kak (Foreigner) — Science & Engineering-Technology — USA
  13. Shri Waman Kendre — Art-Acting-Theatre — Maharashtra
  14. Bombayla Devi Laishram — Sports-Archery — Manipur
  15. Shri Kailash Madbaiya — Literature & Education — Madhya Pradesh
  16. Gita Mehta (Foreigner) — Literature & Education — USA
  17. Shri Daitari Naik — Social Work — Odisha
  18. Shri Shankar Mahadevan Narayan — Art-Vocals-Films — Maharashtra
  19. Nartaki Natraj — Art-Dance-Bharatnatyam — Tamil Nadu
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Filmfare Awards 2019

  • BEST FILM– RAAZI
  • CRITICS BEST FILM– ANDHADHUN
  • BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– RANBIR KAPOOR- Movie – SANJU
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– AYUSHMANN KHURRANA-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE)– RANVEER SINGH-Movie – PADMAAVAT
  • BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)– ALIA BHATT-Movie – RAAZI
  • CRITICS BEST ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE (FEMALE)– NEENA GUPTA-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST DIRECTOR– MEGHNA GULZAR-Movie – RAAZI
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)– GAJRAJ RAO-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE)– VICKY KAUSHAL-Movie – SANJU
  • BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE)– SUREKHA SIKHRI-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST MUSIC ALBUM– SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI-Movie – PADMAAVAT
  • BEST LYRICS– GULZAR-Movie – RAAZI-Song – AE WATAN
  • BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)– ARIJIT SINGH-Movie – RAAZI-Song – AYE WATAN
  • BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)– SHREYA GHOSHAL-Movie – PADMAAVAT-Song – GHOOMAR
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM– PLUS MINUS
  • BEST SHORT FILM IN FICTION– ROGAN JOSH
  • BEST SHORT FILM IN NON FICTION– THE SOCCER CITY
  • BEST ACTOR FEMALE SHORT FILM– KIRTI KULHARI-Movie – MAYA
  • BEST ACTOR MALE SHORT FILM– HUSSAIN DALAL-Movie – SHAMELESS
  • BEST ORIGINAL STORY– ANUBHAV SINHA-Movie – MULK
  • BEST SCREENPLAY– SRIRAM RAGHAVAN, ARIJIT BISWAS, POOJA LADHA SURTI, YOGESH CHANDEKAR, HEMANTH RAO-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • BEST DIALOGUE– AKSHAT GHILDIAL-Movie – BADHAAI HO
  • BEST EDITING– POOJA LADHA SURTI-Movie – ANDHADHUN
  • BEST CHOREOGRAPHY– KRUTI MAHESH MIDYA AND JYOTHI D TOMMAAR-Movie –PADMAAVAT-Song – GHOOMAR
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY– PANKAJ KUMAR-Movie – TUMBBAD

Other Winners

  • Rd Burman Award For Upcoming Talent In Film Music-Niladri Kumar (Laila Majnu)
  • 50 Years of Outstanding Contribution to Cinema-Hema Malini
  • Best Debut Director-Amar Kaushik (Stree)
  • Best Debut Female-Sara Ali Khan (Kedarnath)
  • Best Debut Male -Ishaan Khattar (Beyond The Clouds)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award-Sridevi
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Pulitzer Prizes 2019

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

There are many categories of Pulitzer Prizes and several recipients in some categories. Some of the important pries are listed below:

Journalism Public Service– The Sun-Sentinel, for “exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.”

Journalism investigative reporting– David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times, for “an exhaustive 18-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges.”

National Reporting– Staff of The Wall Street Journal, for “uncovering President Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him, and the web of supporters who facilitated the transactions, triggering criminal inquiries and calls for impeachment.”

International Reporting– Maggie Michael, Maad al-Zikry and Nariman El-Mofty of The Associated Press, for “a revelatory yearlong series detailing the atrocities of the war in Yemen, including theft of food aid, deployment of child soldiers and torture of prisoners.”

Feature Photography– Lorenzo Tugnoli of The Washington Post, for “brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation. (Moved by the jury from Breaking News Photography, where it was originally entered.)”

Breaking News Photography– The photography staff of Reuters, for “a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America.”[

Fiction– 1. The Overstory, by Richard Powers, an “ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them; 2. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, an “artful novel that chronicles a mother’s search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and contemplates the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors”; and . There , by Tommy Orange, a “compassionate debut that, through 12 Native American narrators making their way to a California powwow, offers a chorus of voices struggling with questions of identity and authenticity.”

General Nonfiction– Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold, a “classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate oil fracking.”

Poetry– Be With, by Forrest Gander, a “collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.”

Music– 1, Prism, by Ellen Reid, a “bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse.  Libretto by Roxie Perkins ; 2. Still, by James Romig, a “hypnotic solo-piano work comprised of 43 individual sections whose striking harmonic implications and subtly dramatic effects distill music to its barest essences;” and  3. Sustain, by Andrew Norman, an “absorbing orchestral work rich with mesmerizing textures and color, including washes of clustered string sounds and cascading winds, creating a virtual sound installation in which perceptions of time are suspended”

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2019 Oscar Awards

The Oscar Awards 2019 or 91st Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2018, and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 24, 2019.  It was the first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, to be conducted with no host. Green Book won three awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali’s portrayal of Don Shirley, and Bohemian Rhapsody led the ceremony with four awards, including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Roma and Black Panther also received three awards apiece, with the former winning Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and becoming the first Mexican submission to win Best Foreign Language Film. Olivia Colman was awarded Best Actress for portraying Anne, Queen of Great Britain in The Favourite. With a U.S. viewership of 29.6 million, it marked a 12% increase over the 2018 ceremony.

The Academy Award 2019 winners in different categories are as follows

  1. Best Picture · Green Book-Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie etc.
  2. Best Actor · Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  3. Best Actress · Olivia Colman- The Favourite
  4. Best Supporting Actor- Mahershala Ali-  · Green Book
  5. Best Original Song · Shallow- -Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt,etc.
  6. Best Sound Mixing · John Casali -ohemian Rhapsody
  7. Best Sound Mixing · Tim Cavagin – Bohemian Rhapsody
  8. Best Sound Mixing · Paul Massey- Bohemian Rhapsody
  9. Best Original Music Score · Black Panther- – Ludwig Göransson
  10. Best Supporting Actress · Regina King-  If Beale Street Could Talk
  11. Best Director · Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
  12. Best Animated Feature · Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Peter Ramsey, Chris Miller, Bob Persichetti, etc.
  13. Best Documentary Feature · Free Solo –  Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Shannon Dill, etc.
  14. Foreign Language Film · Roma –  Alfonso Cuarón
  15. Best Original Screenplay · Peter Farrelly –  Green Book
  16. Best Original Screenplay · Nick Vallelonga – Green Book
  17. Best Original Screenplay · Brian Currie –  Green Book
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Russia awards PM Narendra Modi with highest state honour

It was announced on April 12, 2019  that President Vladimir Putin will confer its highest civilian award, the “Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First,” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his work on bilateral ties. Russian President Putin’s  office released a statement saying, “The order was presented to the Prime Minister of India for his distinguished contribution to the development of a privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly ties between the Russian and Indian peoples.” Welcoming the award from Russia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this was the sixth international award for PM Modi in five years, and came in “recognition of India-Russia’s true Druzhba-Dosti [friendship].”

Thanking Mr. Putin for the honour, Mr. Modi said cooperation between India and Russia had led to “to extraordinary outcomes for our citizens” and added that “President Putin remains a source of great strength for the India-Russia friendship. Under his visionary leadership, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between our nations has scaled new heights.”

According to Russian official website, The Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First is awarded to prominent government and public figures, prominent representatives of science, culture, art and various sectors of the economy for “exceptional services that contribute to the prosperity, greatness and glory of Russia. It was first awarded by former Russian Tsar ‘Peter the Great’ in 1698 and subsequently discontinued. In 1998, former President Boris Yeltsin reinstated the honour by a presidential decree. Previous recipients include Chinese President Xi Jinping, and presidents of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. However some observers feel that  the timing of the Russian award is unusual, as it was announced after the general elections began in India on April 11. Last week, while the campaign period was in full swing, the United Arab Emirates announced the Sheikh Zayed award for Mr. Modi as well, which had also raised eyebrows as any statement by a foreign government during the election period is seen as an interference in domestic processes. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments earlier this week that India-Pakistan ties would fare better if the incumbent BJP were to win the elections, rather than if the Opposition Congress party did, were also seen in a similar vein. According to established practice, an international award such as this one is only announced once the recipient’s government indicates its acceptance. When asked about the timing, a Russian embassy official said that the decision to confer the award had been made earlier, but all the “necessary documents and procedures were finalised only now.” A government official here said the MEA does not look at “the timing, but only the credentials of the individual” when awarding foreigners and in the same way it cannot dictate to other governments when the award should be announced.

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International prize

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize on May 22, 2O18  for fiction for Flights, a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy. Flights beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi’s horror story Frankenstein in Baghdad and South Korean author Han Kang’s meditative novel The White Book. Ms. Tokarczuk’s novel combines tales of modern-day travel with the story of a 17th century anatomist who dissected his own amputated leg and the journey of composer Frederic Chopin’s heart from Paris to Warsaw after his death.

The judging panel led by writer Lisa Appignanesi called Flights a witty, playful novel in which “the contemporary condition of perpetual movement” meets the certainty of death. One of Poland’s best known authors. Ms. Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s best-known authors. She has been criticised by Polish conservatives and received death threats for criticising aspects of the country’s past, including its episodes of anti-Semitism.

About the Author

Olga Tokarczuk born 29 January 1962 is a Polish writer, activist, and public intellectual who has been described as one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful authors of her generation. Tokarczuk was born in Sulechów near Zielona Góra, Poland. Before starting her literary career, from 1980 she trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw. During her studies, she volunteered in an asylum for adolescents with behavioural problems. After her graduation in 1985, she moved first to Wrocław and later to Wałbrzych, where she began practising as a therapist. Tokarczuk considers herself a disciple of Carl Jung and cites his psychology as an inspiration for her literary work. Since 1998, Tokarczuk has lived in a small village near Nowa Ruda, from where she also manages her private publishing company Ruta. She is a member of the political party The Greens, and has leftist convictions.

Tokarczuk is particularly noted for the mythical tone of her writing. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw and published a collection of poems, several novels, as well as other books with shorter prose works. Flights won the Nike Award, Poland’s top literary prize, in 2008. She attended the 2010 Edinburgh Book Festival to discuss her book Primeval and Other Times and other work. With her novel Księgi jakubowe (The Books of Jacob), Tokarczuk won the Nike Award again in 2015. In the same year, Tokarczuk received the German-Polish International Bridge Prize, a recognition extended to persons especially accomplished in the promotion of peace, democratic development and mutual understanding among the people and nations of Europe.

About the Prize

The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English. The £50,000 ($67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator, Jennifer Croft.

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National Film Awards 2018

The National Film awards were announced by Shekhar Kapur, the head of the Jury for feature films, on April 13, 2018.  While Vinod Khanna was posthumously given the prestigious  Dadasaheb Phalke award, the critically acclaimed Assamese movie Village Rockstars won the Best Feature Film award. The best film actress award would be given to Sridevi for her performance in ‘Mom’.Vonod Khanna was a very popular actor and his  popularity in the 1970s rivalled Amitabh Bachchan’s. He passed away last April. He was also an Union minister and BJP MP from Gurdaspur for four terms. Sridevi, often described as the first female superstar, delivered a clutch of compelling performances in movies such as Tamil classic ‘Moondram Pirai’, Sadma (its Hindi version), ‘Mr India’ and ‘Chaalbaaz’.

The National Film Awards this year was a tribute to regional cinema. On a day when Malayalam cinema shone, winning awards in as many as seven categories ranging from best film on social issues (Aalorukkam), best direction (Bhayanakam), best supporting actor for Fahad Fazil for ‘Thondimuthalum Driksak- shiyum,’ cinematography (Bhayanakam), screenplay original and adapted, and production design, the jury also announced 78-year-old legend K J Yesudas as the best male playback singer for 2017.

Jury chairman Shekhar Kapur, who said he was hugely impressed by the regional cinema in India, also had a word of advice for the Hindi film industry: “It needs to pull up its socks.” “The standard of performances in some of the regional films is completely stunning. These regional films are rooted,” Kapur said while announcing winners.

The best feature film award went to Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars’ produced and directed by Rima Das, who also won the award for best editing. Bhanita Das won the best child artist award for the same movie.

Here is the full list of winners:

Dada Saheb Phalke Award: Vinod Khanna

Best Director: Jayaraj for Bhayanakam (Malayalam)

Best Feature Film: Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Actor: Ridhhi Sen for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Actress: Sridevi for Mom (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actor – Fahadh Faasil for Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum(Malayalam)

Best supporting actress – Divya Dutta for Irada (Hindi)

Best Action Direction: Baahubali 2 (Telugu)

Best Choreography: Ganesh Acharya for Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Best Film for National Integration – Dhappa (Marathi)

Best Popular Film: Baahubali 2(Telugu)

Best Debut Film of a Director:Pampally for Sinjar (Jasari)

Best film on Social Issues:Aalorukkam (Malayalam)

Best Child artist: Bhanita Das  for Village Rockstars (Assamese)

Best Children’s Film: Mhorkya(Marathi)

Best Cinematography: Nikhil S Praveen for Bhayanakam(Malayalam)

Best Special Effects: Baahubali 2 (Telugu)

Special Jury Award: Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Film Critic: Giridhar Jha

Special Mention for Film Criticism: Sunil Mishra of Madhya Pradesh

Special Mention:

Mhorkya (Marathi)

Hello RC (Odiya)

Take Off (Malayalam)

Pankaj Tripathi for Newton (Hindi)

Malayalam actor Parvathy

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Irada (Hindi)

Best Regional films

Kaccha Limbu (Marathi)

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Malayalam)

Newton (Hindi)

Mayurakshi (Bengali)

Ishu (Assamese)

To Let (Tamil)

Gazi (Telugu)

DHH (Gujarati)

Hebbettu Ramakka (Kannada)

Sinjar (Jasari)

Hello Arsi (Odiya)

Walking With The Wind (Ladakhi)

Paddayi (Tulu)

Music

Best Lyrics: Muthu Ratna for March 22 (Kannada)

Best Music Direction (Songs): A.R. Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai  (Tamil)

Best Music Direction (Background score): A.R. Rahman for Mom (Hindu)

Best Location Sound Recordist: Mallika Das, Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Best Sound Design: Walking With The Wind (Ladakhi)

Best Female playback Singer– Shasha Tirupati for Vaan Varuvaan from Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil)

Best Male Playback Singer: Yesudas for Poy Maranja KalamfromViswasapoorva M Mansoor (Malayalam)

Production

Best Make Up artist- Ram Razak for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Best Production Design: Santosh Rajan for Take off (Malayalam)

Best Editing: Reema Das for Village Rockstar (Assamese)

Best Costume: Gobinda Mandal for Nagar Kirtan (Bengali)

Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay:  Sajeev Pazhoor forThondimuthalum Driksakshiyum(Malayalam)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jairaj for Bhayankam (Malayalam)

Best Dialogues: Sambit Mohanty for Hello Arsi (Odiya)

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Prizes and Awards

South Africa wins Miss Universe 2017

Miss Universe 2017 was the 66th Miss Universe pageant, held on 26 November 2017. The event was held at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.  Nel-Peters, a 22-year-old Business management graduate from South Africa received her Miss Universe 2017 crown from Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France during finals night at the Planet Hollywood Casino Resort in Las Vegas Nevada, USA On November 16, 2017. The top three candidates — Miss South Africa 2017 Nel-Peters, Miss Colombia 2017 Laura Gonzalez and Miss Jamaica 2017 Davina Bennett — were given the same question which was read by pageant host, Steve Harvey. The final question was, “What quality in yourself are you most proud of and how will you apply that quality in your time as Miss Universe?” Nel-Peters slew the final question and answer portion who promoted the confidence and overcoming of fears especially for women. The answer of Nel-Peters impressed the judges of the event. It was “As Miss Universe, you have to be confident in who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that has overcome many fears and by that she is able to help other women overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much is asked for and that’s exactly who I am.”  Nel-Peters is the second South African beauty queen to win the Miss Universe crown after Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

Winning first runner-up was Colombian actress Laura Gonzales Ospina. Her answer to the final question was: “I’m incredibly passionate in everything I do. With compassion, I have discipline. With compassion I put my whole self in every situation that I work at. I’ve done this as an actress. I’ve done this a Colombian and I do not doubt that I will do this as Miss Universe.”

Davina Bennet from Jamaica finished second runner-up. Her answer to the final question: “I’m most appreciative of is my drive, my determination. I am the owner of a foundation that spread awareness for the deaf community. And this platform is a great platform great to let persons know that these persons need opportunities and need equal opportunities as those in society. And so Miss Universe competition will be the platform for me to use this foundation to spread awareness for all the deaf and mute around. Thank you.”

A new format was followed in the selection of top 16 during the Miss Universe 2017 coronation night. The top 16 was composed of   four girls from the continents of America, four from Europe, and four from Asia, Africa, and Pacific, plus four “wild cards.”