NOMADLAND has cleaned up at the 93rd Academy Awards.
After initially being postponed – the film industry’s night of nights finally got underway today
But the 93rd Academy Awards looked very different
This year’s COVID-safe event was capped at just 170 people … and held across TWO locations…
At the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the permanent home of the ceremony since 2002; and for the first time at Union Station in Downtown LA.
Nomadland claimed the Oscar For Best Picture
Chloe Zhao became just the second woman to win best director, and the first woman of colour for Nomadland.
Zhao was born in Beijing and has previously spoken about feeling like an outsider in Hollywood.
“My life has been so transient and fast-moving… I’ve always been an outsider, I’m drawn to outsiders,” she told film-maker Alfonso Cuarón in April.
While Frances McDormand won the Oscar for best actress for her role in the flick
It’s her second oscar… she also won best actress in 2018 for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Anthony Hopkins claimed the Academy Award for best actor for his work on The Father.
Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars
A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times
The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.
Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.
The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.
Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.
Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.
Woody Allen considers retiring from film-making
Film-maker Woody Allen is not ruling out that his next movie may be his last
The 86-year-old director and comedian held an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin.
He says the filming will begin on his next film in the coming months, but he admits that most of the thrill that goes into film-making has gone.
He says there was excitement when he was seeing his films played on the big screen. But says people streaming at home has changed his passion.
Allen hasn’t stayed away from the headlines including a fall from grace when his adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.
Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison
Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Jefferey Epstein abuse young girls
The 60-year-old was convicted back in December for her part in both recruiting and trafficking four girls, who were then abused by Epstein.
Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell back in 20-19 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.
One of Maxwell’s accusers spoke outside the New York court, saying Maxwell should should die in prison.
When handing down Maxwell’s sentence, the judge said the former socialite’s actions were both heinous and predatory.
She says Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable, playing a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse.
It was one of the highest-profile cases in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual abuse, often at the hands of wealthy and powerful people.
In often emotional and explicit testimony during the trial, four women testified that Maxwell was a central figure in their abuse by Epstein.
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