Last man standing -- Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (L) accepted the best picture Oscar for "The Shape of Water" from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2018. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
Peoples choice awards vote
Lady Gaga -- a best actress nominee for "A Star Is Born" -- was a vision in white at the SAG Awards. — AFP Photo Viet Nam News LOS ANGELES — Popular musical romance A Star Is Born -- featuring the powerhouse duo of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga -- leads the field for Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, which are seen as a major predictor of Oscars success. Hollywood’s A-listers including Gaga made their way up the silver carpet -- in honour of the event’s 25th anniversary -- before the gala at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This year, the SAG Awards come at a key point in the race to next month’s Academy Awards -- just after the Oscars nominations, and before voting for the winners begins. The Screen Actors Guild accounts for a major percentage of the 8,000-odd Oscar voters, so the SAG winners will earn a lot of awards season momentum. A Star Is Born, the latest iteration of the classic Tinseltown story of an aging star and the ingenue he … [Read more...] about ‘A Star Is Born’ leads pack for Screen Actors Guild Awards
The contest was launched in March on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018 and was open to all Vietnamese nationals to submit photos that illustrate the contribution of rural women to the sustainable growth and prosperity of Vietnam, as well as reflecting changes regarding rural women and sustainable development. Among over 1,000 photos submitted by 151 photographers across the country, the organisers and the UN Women, with the support of the Australian and Canadian Embassies in Vietnam, chose to grant four awards to the best photos. Accordingly, the first prize went to photographer Giang Dong Son, the second prize went to photographer Quang Ba Hai and the third belonged to female photographer Le Thi Kim Lien. A people’s choice award for the top voted photo from the public was also granted to photographer Vu Minh Duc. Representatives from the organising board join a group photo with the contest winners. (Photo: NDO/Trung Hung) The top 40 photos shortlisted from the … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition features rural women’s contributions to sustainable development
Green Book follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring an African-American classical pianist through the US South in the 1960s, because it is too dangerous for him to travel alone. — Photo vanityfair.comViet Nam News TORONTO, Canada — Peter Farrelly’s dramatic comedy buddy movie Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize on Sunday, making it a surprise Oscar contender. The film follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes a job chauffeuring an African-American classical pianist through the US South in the 1960s, because it is too dangerous for him to travel alone. "I’m still reeling from the response to the film (in Toronto) so this is incredible," Farrelly, who is best known for comedies Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, said in a statement. "This win is beyond my wildest dreams," he said. The film beat out Alfonso … [Read more...] about ‘Green Book’ wins Toronto film festival audience prize
VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Huu Thong from Vietnam won the grand prize in the 2017 Smithsonian Photo Contest for his photo, Breakfast at the Weekly Market, announced Smithsonian.com. Reader’s Choice-winning photo by Sara Jacoby. Photos petapixel.com “In northern Vietnam, people visit the weekly market to exchange goods and culture,” Thong wrote in the description. “They usually wake up very early to go to the market and have breakfast there.” The award-winning photo was taken at a weekly market on the occasion of Lunar New Year 2017. Thong, who hails from the northern province of Bac Giang, will receive a cash prize of US$2,500. Another Vietnamese photographer, Tran Tuan Viet, won in the Travel category for his photo, Making Incense. “Decorated and dyed bundles of incense are left to dry in Quang Phu Cau, a commune in Hanoi. In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious … [Read more...] about Vietnamese photographer wins grand prize in international contest