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The winners and losers of the 2021 Oscars



Welcome to the Ticker NEWS live blog of the 93rd Academy Awards. It's the first in person awards ceremony in Hollywood since the pandemic began, and is designed to "look like a movie".

The 2021 Academy Awards ceremony has come to an end, with Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand taking out the final categories during the COVID-safe event.

It was a surprise win for Hopkins who will take home Best Actor for his portrayal of Anthony in “The Father”.

This award was expected to go to Chadwick Boseman for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and many have taken to social media to express their frustration. Boseman passed away in August 2020.

In news that is not so surprising, Frances McDormand has won Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Fern in Nomadland.

McDormand has previously won in this category for her performances in the 1996 motion picture “Fargo” and the 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Other notable winners at the awards ceremony include “Nomadland” for Best Picture and Best Director, “Soul” taking home best Animated Feature Film, and “Mank” winning Best Cinematography.

Chloe Zhao became just the second woman to win Best Director, and the first woman of colour, for Nomadland.

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city



Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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First look – Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official portrait together



Today is a historic milestone for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they have viewed the first official joint portrait of themselves

On a visit to Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, the portrait was unveiled to the future king and queen consort.

The portrait, painted by award-winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth, has gone on display at the University of Cambridge.

When William saw the work of art he immediately said ‘It’s quite big’

The artwork of Prince William and Catherine was commissioned last year by the Cambridgeshire Royal Portrait Fund as a gift to the people of the county.

The artist said he wanted to portray the royal couple as “relaxed and approachable”

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall reportedly split



Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and actress Jerry Hall are reportedly getting a divorce

Murdoch and Hall tied the knot at a mansion in central London in 2016.

The divorce would be a fourth for Murdoch, who is aged 91. Hall, 65, was previously married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

According to The New York Times, the split comes as a surprise to those close who are to the family.

At the time of his marriage, the billionaire said he was “the luckiest and happiest man in world”.

Murdoch owns the News Corporation empire, which controls major media outlets across the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

In 2018, his eldest son Lachlan was named as his successor. Murdoch has also sold most of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Company.

Neither Murdoch nor Hall have commented on the matter.

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