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'Oppenheimer' sweeps Oscars; Best Actress for Emma Stone of 'Poor Things'

'Oppenheimer' won seven Oscars, 'Poor Things' four and 'Barbie' only one. The Best Director is Christopher Nolan and Best Actor is Cillian Murphy (both for Best Picture 'Oppenheimer').

LOS ANGELES, Mar 10: The glamorous night at Dolby belonged to 'Oppenheimer' sweeping Oscar's golden statuettes.

'Oppenheimer' had come to the 24 Academy final with 13 nominations on its back and earning awards in major categories such as best picture, best director and best actor. In nominations, 'Oppenheimer' was followed by 'Poor Things' with 11, 'Killers of the Flower Moon' with 10 and 'Barbie' with eight. '

Oppenheimer' won seven Oscars, 'Poor Things' four and 'Barbie' only one,

The 96th Academy award for best actress to Emma Stone appeared consolation to 'Poor Things'. Moreover, according to CBS, Lily Gladstone, displaced in the process of adjustment and appeasement, was the first native American nominated for best actress in Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon'!!!

(It was not a mistake Michelle Yeoh handed Emma's award to Jennifer Lawrence. Because Michelle wanted Emma's best friend Lawrence also to share the joy of presenting the award to Emma (see pix). Michelle and Lawrence were among the previous winners gracing the stage.)

'Barbie' the Barbenheimer box-office, had on the other hand, eight nominations but only got one, for best song.

Cillian Murphy the best actor was on a winning spree having stolen the limelight at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was the host of the hilarious ceremony for the fourth time. The show was televised live on ABC.

Stitchless John Cena presenting best costume design award was a cross- border act!

The winners and losers - 2024

Best Picture: Winner: Oppenheimer (won six more awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor Robert Downey Jr, cinematography, editing and score) Losers: 'American Fiction', 'Anatomy of a Fall', 'Barbie', 'The Holdovers', 'Killers of the Flower Moon', 'Maestro', 'Past Lives', 'Poor Things', 'The Zone of Interest'

Best Director: Winner: Christopher Nolan ('Oppenheimer') Losers: Jonathan Glazer ('The Zone of Interest'), Yorgos Lanthimos ('Poor Things'), Martin Scorsese ('Killers of the Flower Moon'), Justine Triet ('Anatomy of a Fall')

Best Actor: Winner: Cillian Murphy ('Oppenheimer') Losers: Bradley Cooper ('Maestro'), Colman Domingo ('Rustin'), Paul Giamatti ('The Holdovers'), Jeffrey Wright ('American Fiction')

Best Actress: Winner: Emma Stone ('Poor Things') Losers: Annette Bening ('Nyad'), Lily Gladstone ('Killers of the Flower Moon'), Sandra Hüller ('Anatomy of a Fall'), Carey Mulligan ('Maestro')

The full list of Oscars 2024 winners

Best Picture: 'Oppenheimer'
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, 'Oppenheimer'
Best Actor: Cillian Murphy, 'Oppenheimer'
Best Actress: Emma Stone, 'Poor Things'
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr, 'Oppenheimer'
Best Supporting Actress: Da'Vine Joy Randolph, 'The Holdovers'
Best original screenplay: Justine Triet and Arthur Harari, 'Anatomy of a Fall'
Best adapted screenplay: Cord Jefferson, 'American Fiction'
Best animated feature: 'The Boy and the Heron'
Best animated short: 'War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John Lennon and Yoko Ono' Best international feature: 'The Zone of Interest' (United Kingdom)
Best documentary feature: '20 Days in Mariupol'
Best documentary short: 'The Last Repair Shop'
Best live action short: 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar'
Best score: Ludwig Göransson, 'Oppenheimer'
Best original song: Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, 'What Was I Made For?' from 'Barbie'
Best sound: Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn, 'The Zone of Interest'
Best production design: James Price, Shona Heath and Zsuzsa Mihalek, 'Poor Things'
Best cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema, 'Oppenheimer'
Best makeup and hairstyling: Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston, 'Poor Things' Best costume design: Holly Waddington, 'Poor Things'
Best editing: Jennifer Lame, 'Oppenheimer'
Best visual effects: Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima, 'Godzilla Minus One'

A night of glamour and triumph

The 96th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, unfolded on a star-studded evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 10. As the film industry's most prestigious event, the Oscars celebrated outstanding achievements in cinema, recognizing the talent, creativity, and dedication of filmmakers, actors, and crew members.

The anticipation was palpable as the nominees gathered on the red carpet. Leading the pack was "Oppenheimer", the epic historical drama directed by Christopher Nolan, with an impressive 13 nominations. Close on its heels were "Poor Things" (directed by Yorgos Lanthimos) with 11 nominations and "Killers of the Flower Moon" (directed by Martin Scorsese) with 10 nominations. The competition was fierce, and cinephiles worldwide eagerly awaited the results.

This year, all five songs nominated for Best Original Song graced the stage. Becky G, with her soulful rendition of "Whispers in the Wind," left the audience spellbound. Ryan Gosling surprised everyone by showcasing his hidden vocal talents, belting out "Midnight Serenade." And of course, the incomparable Billie Eilish delivered a hauntingly beautiful performance of "Fading Echoes."

Celebrities dazzled in their designer ensembles as they made their way down the red carpet. America Ferrera, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Barbie," turned heads in a resplendent pink gown adorned with delicate lace. Billie Eilish opted for a chic black blazer paired with tailored pants, accessorized with a houndstooth purse. The fashion police unanimously declared it a win-win situation.

Before the awards were announced, the stage belonged to the legends. Previous Best Actress winners, including Michelle Yeoh, Sally Field, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Lange, paid tribute to this year's nominees. Their heartfelt speeches reminded us of the enduring magic of cinema and the torchbearers who continue to inspire generations.

The film "Oppenheimer" led the nominations with a total of 13 nods, closely followed by "Poor Things" with 11 nominations and "Killers of the Flower Moon" with 10 nominations.

During the ceremony, all five songs nominated for the Best Original Song category were performed. Artists like Becky G, Ryan Gosling, and Billie Eilish graced the stage with their musical talents.

As the curtain fell on the 96th Oscars, the glittering statuettes found new homes, and the applause echoed through the theater. The magic of cinema had once again united us all, reminding us that storytelling transcends borders and touches our souls. Until next year, Hollywood!

Disclaimer: This part (A night of glamour and triumph) of the report is a creative representation by AI


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Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

Harris said hip-hop is “the ultimate American art form” that “shapes every aspect of American popular culture.” “Hip-hop culture is American culture,” she said in a talk at her official residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The social media had mixed reaction. There was much appreciation that she dances better than any VP in American history. But some called her "moves" as “cringe” while others did not like her pink pants - "pink pants don’t look good.” In fact, her ensembles have always been incongruous.

"Let’s see how the (Governor's) Vice-Chancellors are given salary." Mamata's extreme statements will put the Marxist Government in Kerala, which is also facing similar issues, to shame. Has she begun the countdown for a war on the streets?

It's true Mamata has come to see a conspiracy to demolish the established systems across the country, but lacks the ability to foresee what exactly is being pushed.

Brandishing a sword, Mahant Paramhans told reporters on Tuesday he himself will behead MK Stalin's son for his remarks against Sanatan Dharma in case nobody came forward to accept his offer he made in his video. Udhayanidhi reacted to the saint's Monday video, "I will speak more. I am the grandson of the artist who put his head on the rail track for Tamil Nadu."

Somanath elaborated, "I am an explorer. I explore the Moon. I explore the inner space. So it's a part of the journey of my life to explore both science and spirituality. So I visit many temples and I read many scriptures. So try to find the meaning of our existence and our journey in this cosmos. So it's a part of the culture that we are all built to explore, find out the inner self as well as outer self. So for the outer, I do science, for the inner I come to temples." (See videos)

Rao the mathematical legend had fathered the path-breaking Rao-Blackwell theorem, one of the most important theorems in mathematical statistics, at the age of 25. That brought him global fame. He is also famous for his Cramér-Rao Bound inequality theorem relating to quality of estimators in statistics which has had a profound bearing on applications of modern economics and several other diverse fields. Simply put, with the pioneering statistician computation became a tool to analyse even socio-economic challenges of modern times.

The alleged incident has received such a flash publicity that a standardised city's hugely middle class population will have second thoughts about eating outside for some time. Now everything on the table looks suspicious!

“All subjects directly connected to the people should be shifted to the State List. Particularly the subject of education. Only if this is done can cruel exams like NEET be abolished,” Stalin said. Education was moved from the State List to the Concurrent List with the 42nd Constitution Amendment made by the Central Government in 1976.

Decentralisation has been at the core of Tamil politics since the times of CN Annadurai. Stalin indicated there will be political changes in the offing.

TAILPIECE: While the Centre and the States are at loggerheads, it takes a different cognitive acumen to know that entrance tests are not the way for students' admission to courses.

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