Roger Deakins to Receive Variety Artisan Award at Toronto Film Festival

Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, best known for films such as “Shawshank Redemption” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” will be honored with the Variety Artisan Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival Tribute Gala. The annual fundraising gala, which will take place on Sept. 9 at the Fairmont Royal York during TIFF, will […]



Iman to Receive Franca Sozzani Award in Venice

IN HER HONOR: Iman will be the third recipient of the Franca Sozzani Award, which recognizes women who stand out for their artistic careers and their social commitment. Starting her career as a pioneering model in 1975, Iman has developed skin-care collections designed for women with skin of color and has been involved in humanitarian work for The Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign. In 2010, she was recognized with the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award. The Franca Sozzani Award was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. Salma Hayek was the second recipient last year, following Julianne Moore in 2017. The event will be held on Aug. 27, ahead of the 76th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, running Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. The ceremony will take place at Sozzani’s favorite Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a five-star hotel on Venice’s Giudecca island, and it will be hosted by Sozzani’s son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award, and his wife Bee, daughter of Anna Wintour. “Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” said Carrozzini. “Using her platform

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Meryl Streep to Receive Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto Film Festival

Meryl Streep will receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award during this year’s festivities. “Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” TIFF co-head Joana Vicente said in a statement. “Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades; from her early roles […]



Iran’s ‘Castle of Dreams’ Sweeps Shanghai Golden Goblet Award Ceremony

Iran’s “Castle of Dreams” a drama about family, separation and keeping one’s promises, collected a trio of prizes on Sunday night at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It won the Golden Goblet prize for best film, saw Reza Mirkarimi collect the best director prize, and Hamed Saberi Behdad share the best actor award. The almost […]



Sub Pop Cofounder Jonathan Poneman Talks Legacy and Lifetime Achievement Award

In its early days, Sub Pop seemed like one of the last record companies on earth that would survive, let alone remain vital, for more than 30 years. They brought Nirvana and Soundgarden to the world, but seemed destined to be forever typecast as the ground zero of grunge, a rock genre that shook the […]



2019 CFDA Fashion Awards to Honor Barbie With Board of Directors’ Tribute Award

Barbie, the number-one fashion doll in the world, can add another notch to her skinny-waisted belt.
The doll, which celebrated its 60th birthday this year, will receive the Board of Directors’ Tribute award at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards. She is joining such past honorees as First Lady Michelle Obama, Tom Ford, Gloria Steinem, Janelle Monáe, Cecile Richards and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Barbie has collaborated with more than 75 designers and influencers, including Gigi Hadid and Jeremy Scott for Moschino. The brand’s first designer partnership was with Oscar de la Renta in 1985. Barbie also collaborated with Bob Mackie, who will be awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony, on a collector doll in 1990.
Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka and Stephen Burrows are among the CFDA members who have created special dolls with Barbie.
“Barbie has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA. “Her story personally resonates with so many CFDA members that the board of directors decided to honor her with the special tribute.”
Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer of Mattel, said, “It is a tremendous honor for

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Lorne Michaels to Receive Cannes Lions’ Inaugural Entertainment Person of the Year Award (EXCLUSIVE)

Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” will be honored with Cannes Lions’ first Entertainment Person of the Year award. The advertising festival is introducing the award to recognize the role entertainment plays in the marketing and communications industry, honoring an individual whose creativity inspires others to produce compelling, meaningful and entertaining […]



Carson Kressley Wins the Jefferson Spirit of Design Award

PHILADELPHIA — Emmy-Award winning style pundit, TV personality, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author Carson Kressley was on hand Thursday night at Moulin at Sherman Mills, where he received Thomas Jefferson University’s 2019 Spirit of Design Award. Previously awarded to Stuart Weitzman, John Varvatos, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, the honor is presented to designers who have made outstanding contributions to the fashion and design industry through innovation.
The audience, filled to capacity with students, parents and industry insiders, knew that that night was set to be anything but staid when the festivities were kicked off by Thom Filicia, Kressley’s original interior design cohort in their breakout show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and costar of their current show on Bravo “Get a Room With Carson and Thom.”
“Carson kind of tricked me into this,” said Filicia. “He originally told me this was the Spirit Awards. I was so excited! Ketel One vs. Grey Goose, which one’s going to win? And then I thought, wait, this is Spirit of Design Award. That’s great, too.” After a few minutes of good-natured quips that kept the audience in hysterics (“Carson told me he has an honorary doctorate

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Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn Among Winners of Inaugural CO10 Sustainability Award

GREEN MACHINES: Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn and Bottletop are among the 10 fashion businesses that have been awarded the inaugural CO10 Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that put sustainability at their core.
The award is presented by Common Objective, a network that connects more than 10,000 professionals in the fashion, retail and textile industries to share knowledge and best sustainability practices. It will be awarded virtually in the spirit of sustainability.
The other winners are Osklen, Indigenous, Outland Denim, Mayamiko, Sonica Sarna Design, Ethical Apparel Africa and The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills.
“The industry has seen an incredible amount of traction over the past year, from increased consumer demand and government engagement, to the abundance of new entrants that focus on sustainability,” said Harold Tillman, former chairman of the British Fashion Council.
He added that the overall CO Leadership Awards are aimed at creating a milestone moment for fashion to champion innovators.
A panel of judges, including representatives from Farfetch, Kering and Vivienne Westwood, selected the 10 winners.
The winners were chosen based on their ability to marry sustainability strategies with commercial ones. The key criteria, according to organizers, were mission, business model, products and services, impact, sustainability roadmap and communication strategy.
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Diana Rigg to Receive Variety Icon Award at Canneseries

“Game of Thrones” and “Victoria” star Dame Diana Rigg will receive the second-ever Variety Icon Award at Canneseries. “I am deeply honored to be receiving the award and delighted that the world-wide cultural power of television is being recognized,” said Rigg in a statement. In addition to playing the implacable Olenna Tyrell on “Game of […]



China Fashion Gala to Honor Jason Wu With Fashion Leadership Award

Supporters of this year’s China Fashion Gala will get an early start on celebrating Jason Wu at a private event tonight.
Wu will be honored with the Fashion Leadership award at the May 1 dinner at The Plaza Hotel. He is expected at tonight’s private warm-up event, which is being hosted by Yue-Sai Kan, the founder and chairwoman of Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund. She is also hosting the China Fashion Gala and her fund is the event’s copresenter, along with the China Institute.
In addition to recognizing individuals who have helped to position China at the forefront at the global fashion scene, the annual gathering is designed to draw attention to Chinese design and to help propel emerging Chinese talent to the international stage. Wu will plan a fashion show and the hip-hop artist VaVa, who is known as ”China’s Queen of Rap,” will perform for guests at the seated dinner.
Wu’s husband Gustavo Rangel, architect Chien Chung “Didi” Pei, Google’s Abigail Posner and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Valerie Steele are expected to help toast Wu tonight at the event. The designer may be a little more relaxed than last week, having just presented his luxury label

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Bethany Williams to Receive Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

U.K. ACCOLADE: Bethany Williams will be the second winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, following Richard Quinn, who received the accolade from the Queen herself following his fall 2018 London Fashion Week show last February.
Williams plans to show on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the last day of London Fashion Week. She will be showing her current collection, which is called Adelaide House, although it remains unclear whether the Queen will be sitting in the front row for this second edition of the awards.
The award recognizes an emerging designer who shows exceptional talent and demonstrates strong sustainable policies and/or community engagement. Williams will be recognized for her sustainable practices in design as well as her commitment to spotlighting environmental issues through her platform.
“I am absolutely delighted that Bethany Williams has been recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design. Ever since Bethany graduated from MA Menswear at London College of Fashion in 2016, she has been unwavering in her desire to create a business based on her values – with social and environmental issues at its heart,” said Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion.
For her current collection, Williams created a collection from newspaper waste and recycled denim

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‘Best Remixed Recording’ Can Be a Career-Making Grammy Award

Pity not the plight of the remix producer: Despite the fact that most producers hired to rework popular songs don’t share in publishing revenue on compositions they re-imagine, in the Spotify era, a remixed version of a song can sometimes eclipse the original recording, generating millions on the master side. Case in point? Producer Carlos […]



Tolu Coker Awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award

GOLDEN TICKET: London-based designer Tolu Coker has been awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award. Coker will be granted 20,000 pounds, which will go toward expanding her business, and a fully sponsored runway show under the Fashion Scout program taking place during London Fashion Week, which runs from Feb. 14 to 19.
Previous winners of the award include Phoebe English, David Koma, Katie Roberts-Wood of Roberts|Wood and Eudon Choi.
“It came as a surprise to hear that I’ve won but also a challenge preparing for a debut show because I’m a one-woman band. It’s such an honor and it’s come at such an important time because storytelling is such an integral part of my brand,” the designer said.
Coker’s label champions sustainability — she is known for using upcycled denim, leather and recycled plastic scraps in her collection, which features bold embroidery and textures.
She has already racked up a roster of high-profile clients, with the likes of Rihanna, Demi Lovato and Emili Sandé wearing her pieces.
“Tolu’s brand was an easy decision for the judging panel to award Merit to, due to her originality and exciting concept of implementing past generations and dual cultures into her work,” said Martyn Roberts, founder and creative director of Fashion Scout.

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Ryan Coogler, Variety Creative Impact Award Honorees, on His Filmmaking Creed

In 2013, director Ryan Coogler made a splash with his debut “Fruitvale Station” and was named to Time Magazine’s list of 30 People Under 30 Changing the World. Half a decade later, he’s being honored Jan. 4 with Variety’s Creative Impact Award at the Palms Springs Intl. Film Festival, along with Emily Blunt. Coogler’s impact […]



Mert and Marcus to Receive Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator

SNAP IT UP: Photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards in London, according to the British Fashion Council. They will be recognized at the ceremony on Dec. 10 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The photographers are best known for their bold and digitally augmented photographs spanning more than 24 years. They have worked with brands such as Givenchy, Miu Miu, Versace and Calvin Klein, and celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Rihanna.
The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator acknowledges innovators and creatives and their contributions to the industry. Previous winners include makeup artist Pat McGrath, Nick Knight and Louise Wilson.
The BFC has been releasing names of recipients and nominees of a few of their awards, including Kaia Gerber, Brianna Capozzi and Mr. Bags for New Wave: Creatives. Martine Rose, J.W. Anderson, Burberry and Simone Rocha are also in the running for other accolades.

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Designer Carla Fernández to Receive Miami Award

MIAMI HONOR: Talk about stirring the political pot. A Mexican woman has become the first fashion designer to receive DesignMiami fair’s Visionary Award. Carla Fernández will accept the honor in tandem with her husband, visual artist and designer Pedro Reyes, during Miami Art Week in December. Speaking from their home in Mexico City, she wasn’t aware of the distinction, but was elated that fashion is getting its due. “People think of fashion as superficial, but the boundaries of what’s considered art, design and fashion have to change,” said Fernández.
Beyond their marital status, the couple comes as a unit a lot these days for their shared, recurring themes of political protest, social justice and helping out the little guy. Their anthropological practices were another impetus for their first museum exhibit, “Double Agents,” which is on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art through Feb. 3. During DesignMiami, one of their booths will disseminate information on global migration and split proceeds from the sale of limited-edition tunics, ponchos and totes between indigenous communities and migrant children separated from their parents. Linen and cotton pieces are printed with a text-based map of the Americas that documents first nations. The original, large-scale map, their

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Diane von Furstenberg Receives International Rescue Committee Freedom Award

Diane von Furstenberg was recognized by the International Rescue Committee on Thursday evening with the organization’s Freedom Award at its annual gala, the Rescue Dinner. The designer visited refugees in June at the IRC’s offices in Alexandria, Greece, where she met IRC staff members and Syrian refugees, who were recovering from traumas experienced on their journeys while trying to reunite with their families in Northern Europe.
Earlier this week, von Furstenberg visited the New York Resettlement Office to participate in a refugee business development workshop, where she met with a Congolese woman who is committed to starting an ice cream business.
The IRC notes they award the Freedom Award to “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.”
It has previously been awarded to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Sen. John McCain, George Soros, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill.

Diane von Furstenberg at the IRC office in Greece. 

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Breaking Down Tracee Ellis Ross’ 10 American Music Award Looks: Sequins, Leopard Print and a Political Message

Tracee Ellis Ross, 2018 American Music Awards, OutiftsWhen it comes to hosting the 2018 American Music Awards, Tracee Ellis Ross goes all out in the style department.
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‘Shoplifters,’ ‘Newton,’ ‘Youth’ in the Running for AACTA Asian Film Award

Three Indian, two Chinese and one Korean film are among the movies that will compete for the Best Asian Film Award, presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. The nine nominees include China’s two hit drama’s “Youth” and “Dying to Survive.” From India, the contenders include breakout “Newton,” as well as […]



Edward Enninful Receives amfAR Award of Courage during Milan Fashion Week

BRAVE BOY: British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful received amfAR’s Award of Courage in recognition of his outstanding personal commitment to the fight against AIDS on Saturday night, during the tenth Milan edition of the gala event.
“Growing up in West London in the Eighties, I saw the hostility, fear and rejection that HIV brought to the gay community. Those were difficult times that will never be forgotten. Many men and women refused to surrender in the face of this global crisis and yet today the greatest battle left to fight against HIV is stigma,” he said during his speech. He was introduced on the stage by Adwoa Aboah, the model who appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s first issue under the direction of Enninful.
“In a world that is increasingly divided we must remember: We’re more alike than we are different. This is not the disease of others. We all share the responsibility to promote tolerance and compassion for each other within our communities,” Enninful said. “British Vogue is about being inclusive, it’s about being brave, it’s about representing the under-represented with a voice. My Courage Award goes to all the brave people that continue to drive us forward

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Genny Receives Tao Award for Fashion

ISLAND PRIZE: Italian fashion label Genny was bestowed with the Tao Award for Fashion on July 21, as part of the Taomoda event’s closing night held at the Ancient Theatre venue in Taormina, the luxury beach resort located on the Sicilian island.
“Receiving such a prestigious award pushes me to work harder, exploring Genny’s storied heritage with a look to the future to keep bringing Italian creativity e products all over the world,” said Sara Cavazza Facchini, the brand’s creative director.
Other recipients of the awards in the fashion category included Cividini, Les Copains and Capucci.
Piero Cividini said he was “honored to receive the prize, which highlights and rewards our commitment to stay true to Italian knowhow and creativity.”
The Taomoda event was established in 2000 with the goal to promote and honor Made in Italy in 15 different fields including fashion, design, science and performing arts, among others.
For its 18th edition, dubbed the Gold edition, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Italy’s fashion chamber, in synergy with Camera Italiana Buyer Moda, the country’s buyers’ association, supported the event.
Coming at the tail end of the one-week series of events in the city, the gala night featured a fashion show, along with award ceremony and

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Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick To Receive Force Of Nature Filmmaking Award

Outgoing Berlin Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick will receive the inaugural Force of Nature Filmmaking Award at the 2018 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem. The organizers of the Film Lab, the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, created the award to honor extraordinary personalities committed to the development of cinema. They said Kosslick […]



Cannes 2018: Chopard Names Trophy Award Winners

MOMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chopard has chosen Elizabeth Debicki and Joe Alwyn as the winners of its annual Chopard Trophy award for up-and-coming talent at the Cannes Film Festival.
The rising talents will each receive their award from Diane Kruger at a ceremony at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes on Monday night.
Born in Paris and raised in Australia, Debicki in 2013 was plucked by Baz Luhrmann to play professional golfer and flamboyant party girl Jordan Baker in “The Great Gatsby.” A year later, she performed opposite Cate Blanchett in Jean Genet’s play “The Maids,” first in Sydney and then on Broadway, with among her other acting credits, Guy Ritchie’s “Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”
In terms of pipeline projects, Debicki will play Virginia Woolf in Chanya Butto’s “Vita and Virginia,” and is also in the cast of Steve McQueen’s “Widows.”
London born and raised Alwyn’s breakthrough role, meanwhile, was as the lead in Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” also starring Kristen Stewart. The young actor also played alongside Charlotte Rampling in Ritesh Batra’s “The Sense of an Ending,” and portrays the love interest of Emma Stone’s character in “The Favourite,” the upcoming film by Yorgos

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2018 Cannes Film Festival: ‘Wonder Woman’ Director Patty Jenkins Wins 2018 Women in Motion Award

WONDER WOMAN: With the Cannes International Film Festival set to open on May 8, this year’s Women in Motion award will go to American film director and screenwriter Patty Jenkins – director of films including “Monster” and “Wonder Woman,” the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman – Kering announced Friday.
The “Wonder Woman” sequel, helmed by Jenkins, as well, is currently in preproduction. The director also recently wrapped production on her TNT six-episode, limited drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” on which she also serves as executive producer.
Kering chief François-Henri Pinault will present the prize at a dinner hosted by the luxury group during the festival on May 13, joined by the film festival’s president and general delegate, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux.
“The past year has represented in many ways a turning point in the fight for gender equality,” Pinault said in a statement, lauding the changes Jenkins “has brought about, as much in the film industry as in the performances.”
“A true source of inspiration for new generations of women in cinema, she has shown them that anything is possible. And because with “Wonder Woman” she has shaped such a true superhero, she has enabled the young generations to imagine a world that can be saved by

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Stuart Weitzman Wins Jefferson Spirit of Design Award

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

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

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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 cut-throat 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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Alexandra Shipp to Receive Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award

MILAN — Alexandra Shipp will be the 13th recipient of the annual Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.
The actress will be honored at the 2018 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 13 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Shipp will meet Max Mara’s owners, the Maramotti family, and attend the brand’s fall 2018 show today.
Past recipients include Natalie Dormer, Kate Mara, Rose Byrne, Hailee Steinfeld, Chloë Grace Moretz, Katie Holmes, Zoë Saldana, Elizabeth Banks, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Blunt and Maria Bello.
Shipp is best known for her role as the iconic mohawked superheroine Storm in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” She is also set to appear in the next X-Men franchise, “Dark Phoenix,” due to be released on Nov. 2.
Aside from acting, Shipp is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, pianist and guitar player.
Founded in 1973, Women in Film is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women and encouraging creative projects by women.
Shipp is keeping busy. In March, the actress will be in theaters in Fox 2000’s coming-of-age story “Love, Simon,” based on the popular book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.” She is working on New Line’s “Son of Shaft,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson.

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Wii Creator to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The creator of the Nintendo Wii Genyo Takeda will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21st D.I.C.E Awards.

The news was revealed by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for presenting the annual award show.

Takeda has been working at Nintendo for over 45 years and is credited for his hand in the development of the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii systems.

Takeda is also responsible for creating staple Nintendo franchises such as Punch-Out!! and StarTropics, as well as aiding in the development of their subsequent sequels.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Monte Cristo Award (EXCLUSIVE)

Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the 18th annual Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the new-work development organization of which Miranda is one of the highest-profile alumni. Miranda will be honored in a gala dinner set to include a conversation with the creator-star of “Hamilton” and “In the Heights.” Located in Waterford, Conn., […]



Yohji Yamamoto Receives Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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Pat McGrath to Receive Isabella Blow Award for Creativity

CREATIVE PURSUITS: Pat McGrath is the latest name added to the list of female creatives to be honored at the Fashion Awards in London on Dec. 4.
The makeup artist will receive this year’s Isabella Blow Award for her contributions to the fashion and beauty industries. She is joining the likes of Stella McCartney, Donatella Versace and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who are all to receive recognitions as part of this year’s ceremony.
McCartney will be honored with a new accolade, the Special Recognition Award for Innovation, for her commitment to sustainability, while Chiuri will be this year’s recipient of the Swarovski Award for championing feminism in fashion. Versace is set to receive the Fashion Icon award.
McGrath has been in the limelight a lot this year. Earlier in 2017, she launched a full product range under her label Pat McGrath Labs and was also named British Vogue’s beauty editor at large.
Previous recipients of the Isabella Blow Award, which celebrates creativity, include Nick Knight, Bruce Weber, Edward Enninful and Amanda Harlech.

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2017 Grammy Award Nominees: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Among the Snubbed

Harry Styles, The X FactorMusicians across Hollywood are waking up to the sweet sound of a 2018 Grammy nomination.
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The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia Award Fashion Prizes

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

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Gal Gadot Honored With Palm Springs Film Fest Rising Star Award

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot will be recognized by the Palm Springs Film Festival with its Rising Star Award. Gadot will receive the award at the fest’s awards gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The fest runs Jan. 4-15. “Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious and compassionate character, […]



Woolmark Co. Joins Forces With the Fashion Tech Lab for Innovation Award

WOOLMARK POWERS UP: As the bonds between fashion and technology get stronger, the Woolmark Co. has partnered with the Fashion Tech Lab for a new prize.
Twelve finalists that will be chosen for the Innovation Award powered by Fashion Tech Lab, which will be given to the collection with the most innovative and creative wool fabrication, process or development. The honor is tied to the Woolmark Co.’s International Woolmark Prize. The winner will also exemplify the most exciting approach to help reduce its social and environmental footprint.
Woolmark partnered with Fashion Tech Lab to try to bridge the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion and to educate and empower finalists through a dedicated mentorship program. The Woolmark Co.’s managing director Stuart McCullough said, “The ultimate aim of this exciting partnership is to give these 12 finalists — our future ambassadors — the best opportunity to enhance their business through innovation and sustainable processes, so they can meet the discerning needs of tomorrow’s customer. As the award continues to evolve, our aim is to encourage designers to think beyond today and embrace future technologies, which will ultimately provide a positive impact for tomorrow.”
The Fashion Tech Lab is a hybrid platform

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San Sebastián: Glenn Close Discusses ‘The Wife,’ Finding Inspiration, How to Celebrate Award Wins

SAN SEBASTIAN — There are few careers that boast the diversity and longevity of that of Glenn Close. There is neither medium nor genre that the actress has not worked in on some level. Typically recognized for her dramatic roles, think “Fatal Attraction,” Close has appeared in comedies: “The Stepford Wives,” “Louie,” animation: “Family Guy,” […]



H&M Foundation Calls For Applicants For Third Global Change Award

PARIS — The nonprofit H&M Foundation is calling for applications for the third round of its annual Global Change Award, a reward for sustainable concepts for fashion.
“I’m really curious to see what disruptive innovations we will receive this time,” said Karl-Johan Persson, chief executive officer of H&M, who is a board member of the foundation.
Past winning ideas for the award, which drew 2,800 applications last year, include digital threads, denim dyed with a coloring powder derived from recycled denim, vegetable leather made from winemaking leftovers and biodegradable textile made from cow manure.
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Judges include Vogue India editor-at-large Bandana Tewari, actress Chiling Lin, retired British sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur, Steven Kolb, head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and Earth Guardians youth director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.
“We must find better ways to make what we use, and wisely use what we have. The Global Change Award is an important initiative to drive this forward,” said Edwin Keh, ceo of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, who is also on the judging panel.
Winners of the award will share a one million euro grant and also participate in a one-year innovation accelerator run

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Reebok President Lobbies for Academy Award for Best Fitness Trainer

REEBOK’S ACADEMY EFFORT: With “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot, “Baby Driver’s” Ansel Elgort and “Atomic Blonde’s” Charlize Theron earning strong reviews for their chiseled physiques this summer, it’s not surprising that Reebok is appealing to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences to create an Oscar for best fitness trainer.
In an open letter to academy president John Bailey posted Wednesday afternoon, Reebok president Matt O’Toole noted that the best scenes and storylines often require “amazing physical transformations” thanks to a small field of expert trainers.
While uber-fit overhauls aren’t exactly new (as Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jennifer Lawrence can attest) the C-suite lobbying is an unprecedented tactic. O’Toole notes that for the last 36 years the Academy has handed out Best Makeup and Hairstyling awards. And he made reference to the fact that sound mixers have been recognized by the Academy since 1930. “Why not also reward the people who keep our role models in peak condition?” he wrote.
Reebok wasted no time in reaching out to Bailey, a cinematographer in his own right, who was voted in to head up the academy Tuesday night. But reached Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for the organization said he was unfamiliar with the

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Chris Noth To Receive Inaugural Canopy Award At North Fork TV Festival

Chris Noth will be honored with the inaugural canopy award at this year’s North Fork TV Festival. The actor will accept the award on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY. The North Fork Canopy Award honors a member of the New York creative community whose work embodies the independent spirit of persistence, integrity… Read more »



Carolina Herrera Receives Swan Award

HERRERA HONOR: On Saturday evening at the Swan Lake at Cheekwood in Nashville, Carolina Herrera received the Swan Award at the 55th annual Swan Ball.
The white-tie event, which benefits the botanical gardens Cheekwood, also featured a performance by Grammy winning songwriter Sheryl Crow.
“It is very important to appreciate and support the study of the arts and botanicals, and Cheekwood does it brilliantly,” Herrera said. “I am very honored to receive the Swan Award and to be a part of the historic Cheekwood.”
The Swan Award has been presented annually since 1969, to “individuals distinguished in the arts or by their dedicated service to humanity,” according to the organization. Past recipients include Martha Rivers Ingram, Bill Ivey, Anne Hendricks Bass, The Frist Family, Ann and Monroe Carell, Teresa Heinz, Gerald and Florence Van de Kemp, Kip Forbes, Walter H. Annenberg, Dr. Armand Hammer, Carroll Petrie and Veronica Hearst, among others.
Herrera shares a long history with the cause. In 1983 she presented her collection to attendees at the ball, which was that year chaired by Julia Jarman and Dorothy Earthman.

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Celine Dion Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ With Billboard Award Performance

Celine Dion looked and sounded like an angel ― complete with massive wings ― at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night as she performed her smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” nearly 20 years after the film’s release. 

Dion, who wore a plunging white gown with huge sleeves, sang the ballad while a montage of scenes from the Oscar-winning movie, released in December 1997, played in the background. 

“This song means a lot to me, and it has played such a huge role in my career,” Dion said in a statement when it was announced earlier this month that she would perform the song at the awards. “I’m so grateful to the late James Horner, and to Will Jennings, for writing it and creating the opportunity for me to be part of ‘Titanic,’ an amazing film whose legacy will continue for generations to come.” 

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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 currently 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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Norell x Parsons x Neiman Marcus Award Reception

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

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William and Harry Award Young Heroes in Honor of Their Late Mom Princess Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry had a special task on Thursday – presenting young people from around the world with an award established in memory of their mother, Princess Diana.

Twenty young recipients traveled to St. James’s Palace to receive the Legacy Award set up by the Diana Award charity to recognize the “monumental impact” they have made on society.

Among the remarkable stories of social activism and selfless volunteering was that of Mercy Ngulube, 18, from Cardiff, Wales, “who has used her own personal painful experience of stigma and discrimination to drive her commitment and pursuit of equality for young people living with HIV,” the charity says. Mercy, who was born with HIV, has campaigned against the stigma of HIV and AIDS often anonymously by using “social media to counter and correct online misinformation about HIV and challenge negativity and ignorance.”

She is the current chairman of Children’s HIV Association Youth Committee that campaigns on behalf of young people living with HIV and met Harry in Durban at an international conference on HIV and AIDS.

From America, Jaylen Arnold, 16, was honored for his anti-bullying crusade and Faith Dickinson, 14, from Toronto, Canada, has an award for her Cuddles for Cancer blanket-making project.

One of the judges on the panel s Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK and a friend Diana, who said she “was humbled by reading the extraordinary achievements of every young person who was nominated for this award.”

“The winners are truly inspirational — often coming from extremely difficult circumstances. It left me feeling profoundly hopeful for our future knowing these young people will be part of that future and our future leaders.”

Tessy Ojo, the Diana Award’s chief executive, added, “Today is about two things; celebrating young people for their selfless contribution to society, their courage and bravery, sometimes in the face of adversity and demonstrating to young people that we, as a collective, value them.”

In addition to meeting Diana’s sons at the palace, the winners will be able to access the Diana Award’s development program that helps enhance their skills in four key areas of leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good.

The Diana Award runs programs from anti-bullying to encouraging mentoring which have received public support from William and Harry.

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Mary Ping’s Firm to Be Honored With Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Fashion

NEW YORK — In regard to this year’s National Design Award for fashion, Slow and Steady Wins the Race really has won.
The company and founder Mary Ping will be honored by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum at the Oct. 19 gala at its Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.
In a phone interview Thursday, Ping said, “It’s kind of kismet because technically May/June is the 15th anniversary of the very first collection.”
A Vassar art major, after graduation she piled on the freelance work for Talbots and The Limited while simultaneously trying to get her own business off the ground. “I had all these ideas percolating outside of purely designing something, I needed some sort of framework. I was constantly looking at how the structure of the system existed. Maybe this was feeding into the fact that I was writing five papers every two weeks and there was all this analysis going in my head,” she explained. “While my parents were very supportive in the idea, it was not the most practical hope for me to go into fashion. There were definitely tugs-of-war going forward so I tried to be self-initiated with internships during Vassar.”
In the next month or so, the company will introduce

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Here Are The 2017 Tony Award Nominations

The 2017 Tony Award nominations are here!

On Tuesday morning, original “Hamilton” cast member Christopher Jackson announced the nominations along with Tony winner and “30 Rock” alumna Jane Krakowski.

The nominees include the sold-out musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” about a high school senior with social anxiety disorder dealing with a classmate’s death; the musical revival “Hello, Dolly!” featuring Bette Midler; the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Sweat,” about a small Pennsylvania factory town facing layoffs in the early 2000s; and “Jitney,” a revival of August Wilson’s play produced by San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company.

Unsurprisingly, no single production came close to surpassing the 16-nomination record set by “Hamilton: An American Musical” last year. “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” a surprising musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, nabbed 12 nominations, while “Hello, Dolly!” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” nabbed 10 and nine, respectively.

The Best Actress category for plays is a notable stacked category this year: Laurie Metcalf, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Sally Field and Jennifer Ehle are all nominated. So are Kevin Kline, Cory Hawkins and Chris Cooper, in the accompanying leading actor category. Denee Benton (who appeared in Season 2 of “UnREAL”) and Eva Noblezada will compete against Bette Midler for their chance at a Best Actress in a Musical statue.

Beyond the big Hollywood hitters, there are, of course, the usual Broadway suspects: David Hyde Pierce, Patti LuPone and Nathan Lane made the cut, as well as Josh Groban and “Girls” favorite Andrew Rannells.

It’s been a year since “Hamilton” dominated the Tony Awards, overshadowing nearly every other production on Broadway in 2016. This year, there’s hardly one standout performance; however, those vying for tickets to “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hello, Dolly!” should be excited to watch Midler’s and Ben Platt’s performances next month.

You’ll have to wait until June 11 to watch the 71st Tony Awards ceremony ― which will be hosted by Kevin Spacey, of “House of Cards” and Bobby Darin-impersonating fame. Until then, you can relive the best moments of last year’s festivities here.

Best Play:

”A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Musical:

“Dear Evan Hansen” 
“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”
“Come From Away” 
“Groundhog Day”

Best Revival of a Play:

“Six Degrees of Separation”
“The Little Foxes” 
“Present Laughter”

Best Revival of a Musical:

“Hello, Dolly!” 
“Miss Saigon”  

Best Actor in a Play:

Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”  
Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House Part 2”
Cory Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”
Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”
Jefferson Mays, “Oslo” 

Best Actress in a Play:

Cate Blanchett, “The Present” 
Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”
Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”  
Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”
Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House Part 2”

Best Actor in a Musical:

Christian Borle, “Falsettos”  
Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”
David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”
Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day” 
Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen” 

Best Actress in a Musical: 

Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”
Denee Benton, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” 
Patti LuPone, “War Paint” 
Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”
Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”

Best Direction of a Play:

Sam Gold, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Jitney”
Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”
Daniel Sullivan, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”
Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”

Best Direction of a Musical:

Christopher Ashley, “Come From Away”
Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day”
Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Book of a Musical:

“Come From Away,” Irene Sankoff and David Hein
“Dear Evan Hansen,” Steven Levenson
”Groundhog Day,” Danny Rubin
”Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” Dave Malloy

Best Original Score:

“Come From Away,” Irene Sankoff and David Hein
”Dear Evan Hansen,” Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
”Groundhog Day,” Tim Minchin
”Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” Dave Malloy

Best Featured Actor in a Play:

Michael Aronov, “Oslo”
Danny DeVito, “The Price”
Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”
Richard Thomas, “The Little Foxes”
John Douglas Thompson, “Jitney” 

Best Featured Actress in a Play:

Johanna Day, “Sweat”
Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes”
Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”
Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical:

Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”
Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”
Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”
Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”
Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”
Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia” 

Best Scenic Design of a Play: 

David Gallo, “Jitney”
Nigel Hook, “The Play That Goes Wrong”
Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”
Michael Yeargan, “Oslo” 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: 

Rob Howell, “Groundhog Day”
David Korins, “War Paint”
Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Jane Greenwood, “The Little Foxes”
Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”
Toni-Leslie James, “Jitney”
David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:

Linda Cho, “Anastasia”
Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”
Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”

Best Choreography:  

Andy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day”
Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”
Denis Jones, “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical”
Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: 

Christopher Akerlind, “Indecent”
Jane Cox, “Jitney”
Donald Holder, “Oslo”
Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: 

Howell Binkley, “Come From Away”
Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”
Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”
Japhy Weideman, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Best Orchestrations:

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, “Bandstand”
Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”
Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”
Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”

See the 2016 Tony Award winners here.

Watch the 71st Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, on June 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. 

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Ralph Lauren’s Daniela Kamiliotis Wins Philadelphia University’s Spirit of Design Award

PHILADELPHIA — Ralph Lauren senior vice president Daniela Kamiliotis was a towering presence in black and six-inch heels Thursday night at Moulin at Sherman Mills here, where she received Philadelphia University’s 2017 Spirit of Design Award.
Previously awarded to John Varvatos, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa and “Project Runway” season one winner Jay McCarroll — who was in attendance — the honor is presented to designers who have made outstanding contributions to the fashion and design industry through innovation. Philadelphia University alum and executive vice president of Li Fung/Oxford Collections Wendy Santana was also on hand to receive the inaugural Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry.
Carson Kressley, a member of Philadelphia University’s board of trustees, served as the host. He kicked off the night by saying, “The fashion industry has so much going on today. There are so many jobs, there are so many cool things you can do” to the well-heeled crowd of students and industry insiders.
Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli then presented Kamiliotis with the Spirit of Design Award, noting her distinctive sense of art and design, calling her “a source of inspiration to one of America’s iconic designers and his conceptual presentations.”
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‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Honored With 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Generation Award

MTV announced Friday that the “Fast & Furious” franchise will be receiving this year’s Generation Award at its 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. “Fate of the Furious” — the eighth film in the long-running series — continues to be the No. 1 movie in the world. Vin Diesel will accept the award on behalf of… Read more »



Kenzo Takada Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

TOP PRIZE: Kenzo Takada was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 55th Fashion Editors’ Club of Japan (FECJ) Awards ceremony in the Japanese capital on Wednesday. Hiromichi Ochiai, of streetwear brand Facetasm, was granted the designer of the year prize.
Takada had received accolades by the club twice previously, in 1972 and 1999, the year he retired from his fashion house. While the 78-year-old designer has called Paris home for over half a century, he made the trip to Japan to accept his award. Takada spoke briefly about his plans for the future.
“I’m getting older, so I don’t think I’ll do the same job [I used to do] again. But I would like to work with people from different countries, with different young people, in various areas other than fashion, such as lifestyle and perfume. Even if it’s just a little bit, I would like to keep working,” Takada said. “And in a personal sense, because I’ve been removed from Japan since a fairly young age, I feel like I don’t know Japan very well. So while I can still get around, I’d like to make some time to increase the number of trips I make back to Japan and to stay here longer.

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Judith Light to Receive O’Neill Theater Center’s Monte Cristo Award

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has named actress Judith Light the recipient of its annual Monte Cristo Award, handed out each year to a theater creative whose work has had a major impact on American theater. “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail will present Light with the award at a May gala. Although Light is most widely… Read more »



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Sets Award Nom Record

J.K. Rowling’s two-part stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child earned 11 nominations for the Olivier Awards, making it the most nominated new play in British theater history.

As reported by Deadline, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now tied with the recent West End production of Hairspray, which set the record in 2008.

The Olivier Awards are British theater’s most prestigious accolade. The play received nominations for Best New Play and Best Director, as well as Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and several others.

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A Ranking Of 12 Meryl Streep Award Show Reaction GIFs

Not only is Meryl Streep the most decorated American actor or actress, with a record-setting 20 Oscar nominations. She’s also queen of the award show reaction shot. Whether responding to her category’s announcement or cheering on a telecast’s proceedings, Streep is the most GIF-worthy celebrity at any of Hollywood’s prestige gatherings. Here are 12 of the best, ranked.

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Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for La La Land

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

La La Land continued its charmed run through awards season, this time at the Directors Guild of America Awards. There, Damien Chazelle claimed the top prize, winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the modern-day musical about two aspiring artists falling in love.

The recognition comes hot off of star Emma Stone picking up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the film’s top honors at the PGA Awards and record-breaking seven Golden Globe wins, among other awards season accolades. Not to mention, La La Land also received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations and impressive 11 BAFTA Award nominations.

“This was a movie that was truly a team effort,” Chazelle said while accepting the DGA award, before thanking his cast, crew, and others. “I want to thank my fellow nominees and thank all the filmmakers who are in for being the reason I’m here today, for inspiring me since I can remember.” Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) were also nominated in the feature film category. All but Davis are nominated in the Oscars’ Best Director category.

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Nine of the last 10 DGA Award winners have gone on to take home an Academy Award for their work, with the lone exception being Ben Affleck for Argo. (Affleck was famously snubbed in the Best Director category that year.)

For a complete list of winners from the 2017 DGA Awards, see below, and check back on Sunday for more highlights from the ceremony:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film: Garth Davis, Lion

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Becky Martin, Veep, “Inauguration”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Steven Zaillian, The Night of, “The Beach”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials: Glenn Weiss, The 70th Annual Tony Awards 

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs: J. Rupert Thompson, American Grit, “The Finale – Over the Falls”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs: Tina Mabry, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials: Derek Cianfrance, Chase for Nike Golf, Doubts for Powerade, Expectations for Powerade, Manifesto for Squarespace

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America

Lifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients: Ridley Scott (Lifetime Achievement Award in Feature Film), Jay D. Roth (DGA Presidents Award), Thomas Schlamme (Robert B. Aldrich Service Award), Marie Cantin (Frank Capra Achievement Award)

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FGI Rising Star Award Goes to Claudia Li and Alejandra Alonso Rojas

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

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Australian Fashion Foundation Reveals Two Award Recipients

SYDNEY — “It feels like a temporary respite from the absolute chaos that is American politics right now,” said New York fashion consultant and Australian Fashion Foundation cofounder Malcolm Carfrae at the not-for-profit’s eighth annual Christmas get-together here Monday evening — an event attended by a number of New York-based Australian expatriates and during which politics was never far from the cocktail chatter.
At the newly opened Blue Room inside the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club, Carfrae revealed the 2017 recipients of the foundation’s internship program: La Trobe University graduate and women’s wear designer Deanna Fanning and University of Technology Sydney graduate and men’s wear designer Hannah Tan.
Each has been awarded a financial grant of more than 20,000 Australian dollars, or $ 14,599 at current exchange, and assistance with securing a six-month internship at a fashion company in the U.S. or Europe.
At the event it was disclosed that there would be two new educational grants added to the 2017 AUSFF internship prizes. The two winners will have the opportunity to stop in Hong Kong on the way to their internship in Europe or the U.S. and meet with industry experts at The Woolmark Co.’s new Hong Kong Wool Resource Centre. The prize

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2017 SAG Award Nominations Announced

This is the week awards season comes into focus.

On Monday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the Golden Globe nominations, and on Wednesday, the Screen Actors Guild unveiled the shortlist for its annual film and television prizes. Both awards are considered bellwethers for the 2017 Oscar race that began in earnest around Labor Day.

Sophia Bush and Common will announced the nominees at 10:00 a.m. ET. Watch the live-stream here, and check back for the full list afterward ― we’ll be updating the below as names are announced.








“Captain America: Civil War”
”Doctor Strange”
”Hacksaw Ridge”
”Jason Bourne”
”Nocturnal Animals”











“Game of Thrones”
”Luc Cage”
”The Walking Dead”

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Federico Marchetti Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Italy

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

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‘Katie Says Goodbye’ Helmer Wayne Roberts Wins Stockholm’s Impact Award

Wayne Roberts, who made his directorial debut with “Katie Says Goodbye,” won the Stockholm Film Festival’s Impact Award, a competitive section launched last year to reward “headstrong visionaries who reflect our contemporary world.” “Katie Says Goodbye,” which world premiered at Toronto in the Discovery section, is a melodrama starring Olivia Cooke as young waitress working… Read more »



My Dancing Grandmother plus other award winning short stories

My Dancing Grandmother plus other award winning short stories

The nine stories are: My Dancing Grandmother *A teenage girl’s mother is getting married and she romanticizes about weddings and her grandmother.’My mother told me she was eighteen when she got married. It’s hard to believe sometimes she was ever that young. I wonder about things like that. And what I’ll be like when I’m old, if I’ve got glasses already and I’m not exactly slim or pretty.’The Girl in the Red Stockings *An old lady remembers her first love and how it felt.’The girl in the red stockings. Like wind through the trees, passes through my life. A mere sigh.’The Doubling BikeA teenage girl tries to learn a bike so she can accept a date.’My father used to ride a bike. When he first met my mother, before the war, he would double her everywhere. I like to imagine that. Both of them together and laughing. Her long brown hair all let loose from its usual steel pins, lovely and flowing. And him, his legs outstretched sideways as they flew down the hill from our house with him singing, ‘Off we go. Off we go like the billy-o’.’Along the Home RoadFamily roots and a summer in Greece are two skins worn by this woman.’Yiorgos was a waiter at a local tavern in a small bay just beyond Piraeus. I would go there in the early evenings and sit and drink a glass of Retsina and wait for him. The white light, passionate blue sea and heat breathed a life into me I had never known before. It was there I first danced with my feet bare.’Shuttered Summer *A steamy affair in Italy one summer long ago.’And the flies in the room at the top of the building in Rome where the sun shone and where I made love behind the shuttered door and windows.’Tea at the Dunedin Savoy – 1950 *Three children are taken for a treat at the plush hotel.’At home our kitchen table is covered with a plastic cloth and our Christmas fairy has hardly any hair and her wand is bent in the middle. My mother gave the fairy to Katy last year to hold while we were decorating the tree but Katy played with it instead.

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‘Hamilton’ Breaks Record With 16 Tony Award Nominations

“Hamilton,” the founding fathers-themed musical that you cannot escape (nor should you want to), made history of its own this morning when it received a record 16 Tony Award nominations

The production — a mix of hip-hop, musical theater homages, and semi-biographical information about the late, great Alexander Hamilton — earned nods for categories including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Director, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and a slew of acting nominations.

The musical trumped the achievements of “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot,” who previously shared the record for the most Tony nominations, with 15 each.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and stars in the musical, already has a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Pulitzer to his name, among many other awards, like a MacArthur Genius Grant. As an actor, musician, writer and composer, he’s neatly poised to nab that coveted EGOT acronym if he vies for an Oscar. (He is set to star alongside Emily Blunt in the upcoming “Mary Poppins” reboot, so there’s hope!)

But more than that, Miranda could become the third person in history to acquire the even fancier PEGOT title (acknowledging his Pulitzer win), as Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch did before him.

Let’s face it, he slayed during his performance at the White House. He can do anything.

If you’re not familiar with the musical “Hamilton,” congratulations on your safe return back from Mars. Now that your comfortably rested and able to peruse the Internet, please catch up here, here and here.

See a full list of the 2016 Tony Award nominations here.

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Here Are All The 2016 Tony Award Nominations

The 2016 Tony Nominations are here!

Thanks to announcers Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James, we’ve finally been made privy to a list of all the plays, musicals, actors, directors, designers and composers vying for an illustrious Tony statuette this year. 

The nominees include some recognizable favorites — essentially, anything having to do with the musical “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historic, hip-hop-tinged ode to the founding fathers. Also noteworthy: nods for this year’s revival of “The Color Purple,” recognition for Sara Bareilles’ score for “Waitress,” and a Best Play nomination for Danai Gurira’s acclaimed, all-women “Eclipsed.”

Of course, to the surprise of no one, “Hamilton” nabbed the most nods this year, receiving a respectable (and record!) 16 nominations including one for Best Musical, two for Leading Actor in a Musical, and a well-deserved nomination for Best Score. 

In terms of the Hollywood actors infiltrating the Great White Way, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Lange, Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams, and Frank Langella managed to scoop up nominations, while a group of less lucky bigwigs on Broadway this year (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Keira Knightley) went unnoticed. 

The 2016 Tony Awards is set to air on CBS on Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. ET. James Corden, of “The Late Late Show” and “One Man, Two Guvnors” fame, will be hosting, so we can only hope Miranda will be stopping by “Carpool Karaoke” soon.

Best Play:

“The Humans”
“King Charles III”
“The Father”

Best Musical:

“Bright Star”
“School of Rock”
“Shuffle Along”

Best Revival of a Play:

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
“A View from the Bridge”
“Noises Off”
“The Crucible”

Best Revival of a Musical:

“The Color Purple”
“Fiddler on the Roof”
“She Loves Me”
“Spring Awakening”

Leading Actor in a Play:

Gabriel Byrne, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” 
Jeff Daniels, “Blackbird” 
Frank Langella, “The Father”
Tim Pigott-Smith, “King Charles III”
Mark Strong, “A View from the Bridge”

Leading Actress in a Play:

Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey into Night” 
Laurie Metcalf, “Misery”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Eclipsed”
Michelle Williams, “Blackbird”
Sophie Okonedo, “The Crucible”

Leading Actor in a Musical:

Zachary Levi, “She Loves Me”
Alex Brightman, “School of Rock” 
Danny Burstein, “Fiddler on the Roof”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Leading Actress in a Musical: 

Laura Benanti, “She Loves Me”
Carmen Cusack, “Bright Star”
Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”
Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”
Jessie Mueller, “Waitress”

Best Director of a Play:

Rupert Goold, “King Charles III”
Jonathan Kent, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Joe Mantello, “The Humans”
Liesl Tommy, “Eclipsed”
Ivo van Hove, “A View From the Bridge”

Best Director of a Musical:

Michael Arden, “Spring Awakening”
Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”
John Doyle, “The Color Purple”
Scott Ellis, “She Loves Me”
George C. Wolfe, “Shuffle Along”

Best Book of a Musical:

Steve Martin, “Bright Star”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Julian Fellowes, “School of Rock”
George C. Wolfe, “Shuffle Along”

Best Original Score:

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, “Bright Star”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, “School of Rock”
Sara Bareilles, “Waitress”

Best Featured Actor in a Play:

Reed Birney, “The Humans”
Bill Camp, “The Crucible”
David Furr, “Noises Off”
Richard Goulding, “King Charles III”
Michael Shannon, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Best Featured Actress in a Play:

Pascale Armand, “Eclipsed”
Megan Hilty, “Noises Off”
Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”
Andrea Martin, “Noises Off”
Saycon Sengbloh, “Eclipsed”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical:

Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Shuffle Along”
Christopher Fitzgerald, “Waitress”
Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”
Christopher Jackson, “Hamilton”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical:

Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple”
Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Jane Krakowski, “She Loves Me”
Jennifer Simard, “Disaster!”
Adrienne Warren, “Shuffle Along”

Best Scenic Design of a Play:

Beowulf Boritt, “Therese Raquin”
Christopher Oram, “Hughie”
Jan Versweyveld, “A View from the Bridge”
David Zinn, “The Humans”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical:

Es Devlin and Finn Ross, “American Psycho”
David Korins, “Hamilton”
Santo Loquasto, “Shuffle Along”
David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”

Best Costume Design of a Play:

Jane Greenwood, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Michael Krass, “Noises Off”
Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”
Tom Scutt, “King Charles III”

Best Costume Design of a Musical:

Gregg Barnes, “Tuck Everlasting”
Jeff Mahshie, “She Loves Me”
Ann Roth, “Shuffle Along”
Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Best Choreography:

Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”
Savion Glover, “Shuffle Along”
Hofesh Shechter, “Fiddler on the Roof”
Randy Skinner, “Dames at Sea”
Sergio Trujillo, “On Your Feet!”

Best Lighting Design of a Play:

Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Justin Townsend, “The Humans”
Jan Versweyveld, “The Crucible”
Jan Versweyveld, “A View from the Bridge”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical:

Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Shuffle Along”
Ben Stanton, “Spring Awakening”
Justin Townsend, “American Psycho”

Best Orchestrations:

August Eriksmoen, “Bright Star”
Larry Hochman, “She Loves Me”
Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”
Daryl Waters, “Shuffle Along”

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Harold Koda to Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award by Pratt

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

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Houghton’s Katharine Polk Receives St. Louis Fashion Award

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

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Arthamptons Lifetime Achievement Award: Ruth Appelhof at the Maidstone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Steve Schonberg; Video Producer: Meredith Ganzman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actress Andrea Suarez Paz. Pic: Andrea Suarez Paz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IF Product Design Award Yearbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“12 Years a Slave”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

“Fruitvale Station”

“This Is Martin Bonner”

John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”

Sean Bobbitt, “12 Years a Slave”

Nat Sanders, “Short Term 12”

“Blue Is The Warmest Color”

“20 Feet From Stardom”

Arts – The Huffington Post
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Golden Globes Facts: A Look Back At Hollywood’s Most Unpredictable Award Show

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

The Globes used to hand out two New Star of the Year accolades, one male and one female. They were discontinued in 1983. Winners included Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mia Farrow, Diana Ross and Bette Midler.
bette midler golden globes

Unsurprisingly, Meryl Streep holds the record for the most nominations. She has 28 nods and eight wins, for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Adaptation.,” “Angels in America,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Julie & Julia” and “The Iron Lady.”
meryl streep golden globes 2003
(Streep and Nicole Kidman celebrate their 2003 wins for “Adaptation.” and “The Hours,” respectively. Streep co-starred in “The Hours” and was nominated opposite Kidman for Best Actress – Drama.)

For many years, the Globes had no host and awards were handed out by journalists in attendance. That changed in 1958 when the Rat Pack stormed the stage and took over unofficial hosting duties. Ricky Gervais was the show’s first hosts since John Larroquette and Janine Turner emceed in 1995.
ricky gervais golden globes

Four actors have gone home with two awards in the same year: Sigourney Weaver (1989, for “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey” and “Working Girl”), Joan Plowright (1993, for “Enchanted April” and “Stalin”), Helen Mirren (2007, for “The Queen” and “Elizabeth I”) and Kate Winslet (2010, for “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader”). Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba are among the stars who have a chance to join that list this year.
kate winslet golden globes 2009

The Globes’ first trophy originated in 1945, one year after the inaugural awards. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held a contest to design a statuette that would reflect their aim to honor the best in film. The group’s president, Marina Cisternas, crafted a golden globe with a filmstip wrapped around it and mounted on a pedestal.
golden globes 1948
(Lois Maxwell is seen with her 1948 trophy for New Actress of the Year, which she won for “That Hagen Girl.”)

Miss Golden Globe was instated in 1963. This year, Sosie Bacon (below) will take over the duties. Previous Miss Golden Globes who’ve gone on to see fame include Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, Tara Reid and Freddie Prinze Jr., who is one of only a few Mr. Golden Globes.
sosie bacon

The television prizes were added in 1956. Since then, only one other category — Best Animated Feature, which was introduced in 2007 — has joined the roster of awards. “Cars,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Brave” have since won.
golden globes cars
(“Cars” director John Lasseter accepts in 2007.)

Robert Redford is this year’s nominee whose first win was the longest ago. (He took home 1966’s Most Promising Newcomer honor, for “Inside Daisy Clover.”)
robert redford 1966 golden globes

Lupita Nyong’o’s (“12 Years a Slave”) and Barkhad Abdi’s (“Captain Phillips”) nominations are in honor of their first film roles ever.
lupita nyongo barkhad abdi

The Cecil B. DeMille Award has been handed out 60 times. Only a dozen women have been the recipients. Judy Garland remains both the first female and youngest winner in the award’s history. The oldest was 90-year-old studio mogul Samuel Goldwyn. Only two African-Americans have won: Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman. This year’s honoree, the notoriously awards-adverse Woody Allen, has said he will not attend the ceremony. Diane Keaton will accept in his stead.
morgan freeman cecil b demille

Allen is taking a note out of Marlon Brando’s playbook. Brando refused the Golden Globe he won in 1973 for “The Godfather,” using it as opportunity to protest U.S. “imperialism and racism.”
marlon brando 1973

Kerry Washington is the first black female to crack a leading-actress TV category (comedy or drama) since Regina Young was up for “I’ll Fly Away” in 1992.
kerry washington golden globes

Six of 2014’s TV actor nominees received film nods in previous years.: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Don Cheadle, Michael J. Fox, Jon Voight, Janet McTeer. Julia-Louis Dreyfus joins that list thanks to her dual nominations this year, for HBO’s “Veep” and the movie “Enough Said.”
julia louisdreyfus golden globes

Critics were so shocked when “The Tourist” and “Burlesque” racked up multiple high-profile nominations in 2011 that reports accused Sony, the movies’ distributor, of bribing HFPA voters with an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a meet-and-greet with Cher.
johnny depp golden globes

The Globes’ reputation for filling nomination slots with critically panned movies didn’t begin with “The Tourist” and “Burlesque.” The most infamous example came in 1982 when Pia Zadora, star of the lambasted movie “Butterfly,” took home New Star of the Year the same year she garnered Worst Actress and Worst New Star at the Golden Raspberry Awards. Reports then surfaced that Zadora’s husband, Israeli multimillionaire Meshulam Riklis, had flown HFPA members to Vegas — sound familiar? — to watch Zadora perform.
pia zadora 1983

Other surprising nods in recent years include Kevin Spacey for “Casino Jack,” Sarah Jessica Parker for “The Family Stone,” “Patch Adams” for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Jim Carrey for “Liar Liar.”
robin williams patch adams

If either “American Hustle” or “12 Years a Slave” — this year’s most-nominated movies — sweeps up all of its categories, it would be the first movie to do so since 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
american hustle amy adams image

Christine Lahti had to be summoned out of the bathroom when she won in 1998 for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

“Nashville” (1975) is the most-nominated movie in Globes history, with nine nods. (It only took home one trophy, for Best Original Song.) “Cabaret,” “Bugsy” and “Titanic” each received eight nominations.
nashville 1976

Check out the full list of Globes nominees here, and make your predictions for this year’s show in the comments below.
Arts – The Huffington Post
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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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