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Stars prep for 93rd Academy Awards

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The 93rd Academy Awards will take place today, but it won’t look like the normal awards ceremony.

The awards will take place in multiple locations – and unlike recent ceremonies like the Golden Globes and the Emmys, the Oscars have asked nominees to attend in person.

Mank leads the nominees with 10, but is unlikely to win the night’s top prizes.

Instead, films including Nomadland, Minari, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom are expected to perform strongly in some of the major categories.

Nominees

Best picture: The Father, Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Minari, Judas and the Black Messiah, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, Nomadland.

Best director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round).

Best actor: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank), Steven Yeun (Minari).

Best actress: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland), Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).

Best supporting actress: Olivia Colman (The Father), Amanda Seyfried (Mank), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari).

Best supporting actor: Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Leslie Odom Jr (One Night in Miami), Paul Raci (Sound of Metal), Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah).

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Taylor Swift secretly gets engaged to Joe Alwyn

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Taylor Swift is set to marry her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement

Singer Taylor Swift will tie the knot after her boyfriend of five years, Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement months ago.

Reports suggest the couple have told their inner circle, and 32-year-old Swift only wears her ring behind closed doors.

The pair have been pictured only a handful of times on the red carpet but sources say they are both incredibly happy.

There are no specific details around the wedding, or if the couple will confirm the engagement speculation.

They’ve been together for around five years after meeting at the 2016 Met Gala.

Swift and Alwyn have collaborated on two songs in her Folklore album and three on Evermore.

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Amazon slaps on new restrictions, Queer community furious

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Online retail giant Amazon has slapped on new restrictions that has left the LGBTQ+ community furious

Amazon has restricted search results related to Queer people and issues on its website in the United Arab Emirates

Same-sex relations are illegal in the UAE and Amazon took action after coming under pressure from authorities.

According to the New York times, The company made the decision to restrict the searches after being threatened with penalties by the UAE government.

Expressing support for LGBTQ+ rights could also be deemed an offence in the Gulf state, sparking global outrage as Pride month, which is dedicated to celebrating Queer people around the world, comes to a close.

Amazon says as a company, it remains committed to diversity and inclusion.

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Google and Apple urged to ditch TikTok amid data security concerns

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Google and Apple are being urged to take down TikTok as concerns continue to grow around data being sent to China

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission member, Brendan Carr, says that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to data harvesting and Beijing’s apparent unchecked access to sensitive information.

The request will unlikely be accepted, as the Federal Communications Commissioner is not responsible for regulating app stores.

It comes as a Buzzfeed report found that employees of TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance, had been accessing U.S. users’ private information.

Carr says he will give Apple and Google until the 8th of July to respond to his request and to explain why they won’t remove the app from their app stores.

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