Laura Dern took the gold statue for Best Supporting Actress for her brittle performance in "Marriage Story" at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, or Oscars, held at the Dolby Theatre here Sunday night.
It's Dern's first Oscar win, beating out Kathy Bates, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie.
Dern has dominated the category at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy Awards this season for her portrayal of Nora Fanshaw, a high-powered divorce lawyer in the drama film.
She thanked Noah Baumbach, director and screenwriter of "Marriage Story" for "a movie about love, and about breaching divisions."
The actress also thanked her actor parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, calling them "acting legends" and her "heroes."
Dern, whose birthday is Monday, finished her acceptance speech by saying, "This is the best birthday present ever."
She had been nominated twice before for Oscars for "Rambling Rose" and "Wild."
The 19th edition of the annual ‘Amar Bhashar Chalacchitra - 1426’ (Movies of My Language) began on Sunday at University of Dhaka’s Teacher-Student Centre (TSC).
State Minister of Information Murad Hasan inaugurated the five-day film fest. Moderator of Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique and Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB) President Lailun Nahar Sammi also joined the inauguration ceremony.
The five-day long fest will feature several acclaimed film screenings from both Bangladesh and West Bengal, poster presentations, informative presentations on Bengali cinema, interactions between audience and filmmakers and other exciting events at the TSC auditorium and premises.
Ticket price of every show is only Tk 30 and will be available at the venue. A portion of the money from the sold-tickets will be handed over to Language frontier Khondkar Abdul Malek Shahidullah (90) for his treatment.
In order to pave respect towards all the languages and especially the language martyrs of Bangladesh’s 1952 language movement, DUFS arranges this film festival every year.
Conferring the Hiralal Sen Award to the best film of 2019, the curtain will fall on the fest on February 13.
The second New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) Winter Showcase will kick off on Feb. 14 with some of the best foodie-themed Asian films of the past 20 years, the NYAFF announced on Saturday.
Dubbed "Love at First Bite," the 2020 showcase will start with Extreme Job, a 2019 South Korean film about a crew of undercover cops whose front as a fried chicken place turns into a surprise success. The movie has become one of the top grossing domestic films in South Korea since its release in January last year.
Other major titles on the list include Eat Drink Man Woman, a 1994 film by Ang Lee which tells about a top chef father trying to reconnect with his daughters through Chinese culinary creations; and the 1996 film The God of Cookery by Hong Kong's "King of Comedy" Stephen Chow.
The organizers have also collaborated with a slew of restaurants in town serving up dishes inspired by the movies, offering a feast for the eyes and stomachs.
"With the second Winter Showcase, we decide to continue to explore repertory programming in the most fun way possible -- with a lineup that connects food and film, and shows that they transcend borders," said Samuel Jamier, executive director of the event.
It is an occasion to discover why cooking and eating are so central to so many Asian films and "how they address themes of family, morality, mortality, ambition and finding one's way through the crossed wires of building romantic connections," he said.
The NYAFF is an annual flagship event of the New York Asian Film Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian film culture. The second NYAFF Winter Showcase will run from Feb. 14 to 16.
The 13th edition of the International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh began on Friday at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of the Public Library with the slogan 'Future in Frames'.
On the opening day, Sudipta Saha-directed ‘Khoka Jokhon Chhoto Chhilen’ was screened marking the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
German filmmaker Katja Benrath’s ‘Rocca Changes the World’ was also screened.
Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith joined the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest, while State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as the special guest.
President of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, General Secretary Munira Morshed Munni, filmmaker and founder of the festival and Children’s Film Society Bangladesh (CFSB) Morshedul Islam and festival Director Fariha Jahin Biva were also present at the ceremony. Festival advisory committee Chairman and art maestro Mustafa Monwar presided over the programme.
The weeklong festival, which is being organised by CFSB, is scheduled to feature 173 films from 39 participating countries including Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Qatar, Korea, Armenia and others.
The films will be screened under different sections – ‘Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers’ Section’, ‘Special Film Competition’, ‘International Competitive Film Section’, ‘Young Bangladeshi Film Section’ and ‘Bangabandhu Through My Lens’ - a new section which was introduced observing the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
Prominent filmmakers Syed Salahuddin Zaki, Shameem Akhter and Shabnam Ferdousi are the jury board members at the International Competitive Film Section, while young filmmakers Nurul Alam Atiq, Nur Imran Mithu and Abu Shahed Emon are in the jury board of the Young Bangladeshi Film Section.
The Jury board for Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers Section consists of five members who are below 18.
Along with screening selected films, the festival will also feature workshops and interactive sessions with Nehal Quraishi (cinematography), Piplu R Khan (direction), Nahid Masud (sound in films) and Amitabh Reza Chowdhury (storytelling).
The films will be screened at 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm at five different venues - Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.
They are free for all.
CFSB has been organising the festival – one of the biggest film festivals in Bangladesh and also the only international film festival dedicated to children – since 2008.
The festival will conclude on January 31 with an award-giving ceremony.
Chinese thriller "Sheep Without a Shepherd" led the Chinese mainland box office Wednesday, raking in over 12 million yuan (about 1.8 million U.S. dollars) on its 41st day of screening, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Thursday.
The film depicts the story of a father trying to cover up the crime of his daughter, who committed the manslaughter of a police officer's son, dragging her family into struggles against the police.
It was followed by "Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master.
The film grossed about 10.03 million yuan, accounting for 23.5 percent of the daily total, with its total box office revenue exceeding 1.17 billion yuan.
Chinese comedy film "Adoring" ranked third with ticket sales of about 7.68 million yuan.