Baftas 2018: Three Billboards and Time’s Up triumph as black dresses take over the red carpet

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri wins Best Film Gary Oldman wins Leading Actor for Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour Rebecca Hawkes: Three Billboards is fitting Bafta winner The Duchess of Cambridge did not follow the #TimesUp all-black dress code Protesters invade red carpet All the winners and losers on the night Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest success at the Bafta Film Awards with five wins, while Gary Oldman was the only British star to take an acting award. The ascerbic story of a strong woman standing up for justice in small-town America was a fitting winner on a night when Time's Up pins and black dresses were an ever present reminder of the sexual harassment scandal coursing through the entertainment world. The point was not lost on Martin McDonagh, its British director.  “What I’m most proud of, especially in this Time’s Up year," he said, "is it is a film about a woman who refuses to take any more s***.” Its star, Frances McDormand, won the leading actress award and acknowledged the theme of the night even though she admitted failing "compliance" with the protest dress code of black.  "I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black and I also want to say that I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience and I'm thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decorations of the film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive discourse that's happening," she said, referring to a surge in use of billboards to highlight injustice since the film hit cinema screens. Its dominance, claiming the gongs for best film, leading actress, original screenplay, original music and outstanding British film, overshadowed The Shape Of Water, which was nominated for 12 awards but only won three Oldman became emotional as he accepted the leading actor award and thanked Sir Continue Reading

Historic photos of Austin show it was cool to live there before it was cool to live there

By Heather Leighton Updated 6:20 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

This Is What It’s Like To Be The Only Conservative On Campus

At the University of Sussex freshers’ fair in September, there were stalls representing societies across the political spectrum: Labour had one, the Lib Dems had one, the Marxist society had one, and so did the Communists. But only one attracted heckling and abuse: that of the Conservative society.Amid “the barrage of abuse”, the society still managed a few dozen signups, something the new association president hopes will translate into around 25 active members across a university of more than 15,000 students. “For me that’s a good number,” Joel Chilaka told BuzzFeed News. “For us this is good. It’s on the up.”Chilaka is a third-year medicine student who has been president of the association since the end of the last academic year, at a university where in 2012 a visiting Tory MP claimed to have been barricaded in a room by protesters. And, earlier this year, a professor advertised a workshop on “dealing with right-wing attitudes and politics in the classroom”.That has led to a climate where, Chilaka said, people are afraid to identify themselves as Tories. “You might get people who run up to the stall, write their name and go, because they don’t want to be seen there. Literally some people come, say ‘Can I just sign my name?’, write their details down, and then that’s it – gone.” It's becoming clear the Tories have a youth problem. Before the Conservative conference got underway in Manchester, YouGov identified 47 as the age at which voters were more likely to have backed the party in June’s snap election. A report by the conservative Bow Group found the average age of Tory members – a dwindling group in itself – was now 72.In the 2015 election the Tories had a big lead over Labour when it came to older voters, but the rest of the breakdowns by age were broadly comparable. Two years later and around two-thirds of voters under 30 opted Continue Reading

St. Lucia marking its 34th anniversary of independence and nationals in New York are joining the celebration

St. Lucians in New York are preparing to celebrate the 34th anniversary of their nation’s independence with a series of programs that culminate with the Independence Gala on Feb. 23, said Matthias Wilkie, spokesman for the St. Lucia House Foundation and a spokeswoman for the St. Lucia Consulate in New York. There will be music, dancing and awards presentations at the gala, which will be held in Brooklyn at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., starting at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Eryk Natural Sounds. The New York independence anniversary events are being held with support from the St. Lucia Consulate in Manhattan under the theme, “Unlock Our Creativity, Transform Our World.” The island nation gained its independence from Great Britain on Feb. 22, 1979. Events begin on Feb. 17 with a Mass at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 583 Throop Ave. (at McDonough St.), in Brooklyn, starting at 1 p.m. On Feb. 18, the second annual “An Evening with Saint Lucian Artists” will be held at The Saint Lucia House, 438 E. 49th St. (between Church and Snyder Aves.) in Brooklyn, beginning at 5 p.m. On Feb. 22, a flag-raising ceremony, making the anniversary day, will be held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., at 1 p.m. The St. Lucia House Foundation is an umbrella organization for groups in New York, Boston, Connecticut and New Jersey. For information, contact Wilkie at (347) 219-1512 or by email at [email protected] Remembering Marley Family and fans of the late great reggae Bob Marley remembered the pioneering musician/songwriter and his pioneering accomplishments on his birthday last week, according to the Associated Press. Rastafarian religious leaders joined some Marley relatives and tourists at the music star’s former Kingston home to commemorate the 68th anniversary of his birth. Credited with making Jamaica’s reggae music a worldwide phenomenon, Marley, 36, died from Continue Reading