House of Cards season 6 trailer: Claire Underwood takes centre stage as surprise first look drops during Oscars

The surprise first trailer for the sixth and final season of House of Cards dropped during the Oscars.

Robin Wright took centre stage as the show’s President Claire Underwood addressed viewers ahead of what will be the first run of episodes since Kevin Spacey was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The brief clip sees a camera zoom through a busy White House until we end in the Oval Office with Underwood as she stands to address her audience.

“Were only getting started,” she says as the words Hail to the chief appear onscreen.

There’s no word on when fans can expect to see the new season but this trailer hints that it won’t be too long before Netflix confirm a release date.

The series’ fate was left in the balance after production was halted, however, it was later revealed the show would return for a final stand to reach its natural conclusion – and it has just eight episodes to do it in.

This means season 6 has almost been slashed in half considering the previous five seasons have each boasted a total of 13 episodes.  

It was revealed earlier this year that Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane had been hired to appear in the final season.

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Oscars 2018 wrapped: The Shape of Water charms the Academy at mildly political awards

Helen Mirren may have taken to the stage on the back of a jet-ski, but that still constitutes an understated Oscars ceremony in 2018, the 90th Academy Awards not proving as dramatic as the Trump-defying, wrong-winner-announcing year that came before it.

Aquatic love story The Shape of Water picked up the night’s biggest award, Best Picture, along with arguably the second most prized, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, leading the pack with four awards after also being recognised for its score and production design.

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk followed with three awards, though all technical, while the Best Actor and Actress awards went to Gary Oldman for Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour and Frances McDormand for justice drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, respectively.

The only real shock of the night came in the Original Screenplay category, where del Toro and Three Billboards‘ Martin McDonagh were beaten by newcomer Jordan Peele for his indie horror-satire Get Out.

There appeared to be an element of political fatigue at the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, which came in the wake of a fiery Golden Globes, the Time’s Up movement and diversity being referenced in fewer speeches and at times feeling perfunctory.

That being said, a whole video segment was given over to these issues, host Jimmy Kimmel joked about them in his opening monologue, and McDormand got all the female nominees from across the night standing in solidarity during a typically recalcitrant speech.

In terms of viral sketches, which the Oscars now always seems to bank on, host Jimmy Kimmel had a running gag where he promised a jet-ski – game show-style – to the award winner who gave the shortest speech (Mark Bridges, Costume Design winner for Phantom Thread), and he interrupted a screening of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time over the road from the theatre, surprising the audience joined by a rag-tag group of celebrities.

Master cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won an Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049 following 14 Academy Award nominations, while I, Tonya‘s Allison Janney and Three Billboards‘ Sam Rockwell collected awards for their supporting acting.

The head-scratcher of the night came from McDormand, who called for “inclusion riders” during her acceptance speech, sending viewers to their Google apps. She appeared to be trying to push the diversity conversation beyond A-list actors and directors, referring to the concept of major stars insisting that below-the-line crew on films also be representative.

The full list of winners at the 90th Academy Awards:

Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water – WINNER

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – Winner

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Director:

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro – WINNER

Animated Feature:

The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson – WINNER

Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant – WINNER

Garden Party, Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

Lou, Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Negative Space, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes, Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory – WINNER

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out, Jordan Peele – WINNER

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Cinematography:

Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins – WINNER

Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound, Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan – WINNER

Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel – WINNER

Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton – WINNER

Watu Wote/All of Us, Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) – WINNER

The Insult (Lebanon)

Loveless (Russia)

On Body and Soul (Hungary)

The Square (Sweden)

Film Editing:

Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Dunkirk, Lee Smith – WINNER

I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

Baby Driver, Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau – WINNER

Original Score:

Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat – WINNER

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from Mudbound, Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez – WINNER

“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick – WINNER

Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira

Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer – WINNER

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

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Oscars 2018 – live updates: Frances McDormand calls for 'inclusion rider' before The Shape of Water ins Best Picture

Welcome to The Independent‘s Oscars liveblog, bringing you the latest from the 90th Academy Awards and film’s biggest night on the calendar. 

This year’s ceremony has witnessed multiple political causes championed from gun control to the plight of Dreamers children to the TimesUp and MeToo movements.

Frances McDormand’s powerful acceptance speech for Best Actress (apologies for the spoiler) calling for all female nominees to stand up and enforce ‘inclusion riders’ – will be the Oscars’ answer to Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes.

The Shape of Water was the bookies’ favourite and came away with Best Picture and Best Director…

The acting categories frontrunners – Gary Oldman for best actor, Frances McDormand for best actress, Sam Rockwell for supporting actor, and Allison Janney for supporting actress – all came to fruition. 

The complete list of winners is at the bottom of the page.

Follow all the latest action and reaction from the Oscars ceremony and afterparties below 

Live Updates

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While this year’s ceremony was relatively uneventful (especially compared to last year) there were still some historic moments. Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win the award for Best Original Screenplay 

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You can check out the full list of winners here: 

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Good morning! If you’re just waking up, the 2018 Oscars ceremony has just wrapped up in the US…

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So no films truly dominated tonight, The Shape of Water picking up four awards, Dunkirk three. The prizes went pretty much as expected, Three Billboards‘ popularity having waned slightly since the Golden Globes. The biggest surprise of the night was Jordan Peele picking up the Original Screenplay award for Get Out, becoming the first black man to do so.

The ceremony touched on diversity, the Time’s Up movement and, to a lesser extent, gun control, but was more subdued in this sense than the vitriolic ceremonies that came before it.

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Not my best picture, but a very, very good one indeed, and del Toro is hugely deserving, a very kind and warm man with a wealth of imagination who will go on to make many more wonderful films I’m certain of it.

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The Shape of Water wins Best Picture.

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunnaway are back, but decline to make a joke about last year – still a little raw, perhaps.

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Best Picture time! We made it!

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Well done Frances McDormand, the actor I would most like to drink too many beers with and then not pay attention to the ‘Please be quiet when leaving in respect of our neighbours’ sign when leaving before being arrested but ultimately discharged by bungling local police.

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Putting her Oscar on the floor, belittling him, she calls for all female nominees to stand with her.

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“We’re a bunch’a hooligans but we clean up nice.”

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Frances McDormand wins for Three Billboards.

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Crazy that Meryl Streep has the slimmest chance of winning here.

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I love that the clip they chose for Frances is the one with her character talking to a CGI deer.

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Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water – WINNER

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WINNER

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Director:

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro – WINNER

Animated Feature:

The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson – WINNER

Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant – WINNER

Garden Party, Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

Lou, Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Negative Space, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes, Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory – WINNER

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out, Jordan Peele – WINNER

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Cinematography:

Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins – WINNER

Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound, Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan – WINNER

Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel – WINNER

Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton – WINNER

Watu Wote/All of Us, Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) – WINNER

The Insult (Lebanon)

Loveless (Russia)

On Body and Soul (Hungary)

The Square (Sweden)

Film Editing:

Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Dunkirk, Lee Smith – WINNER

I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

Baby Driver, Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau – WINNER

Original Score:

Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat – WINNER

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from Mudbound, Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez – WINNER

“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick – WINNER

Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira

Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer – WINNER

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

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Oscars 2018: Shape of Water wins Best Picture award

The Shape of Water has won the award for Best Film at the 2018 Oscars.

Inspired by director Guillermo del Toro’s memories of growing up watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon and wishing to see the film end in a happy romance, his film follows a sweeping romance between a mute janitor at a secret scientific laboratory (Sally Hawkins) and the aquatic creature kept prisoner within its walls (Doug Jones).

Fellow nominees were Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

“I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, in every country in the world.” del Toro said in his acceptance speech. “Growing up in Mexico, I never dreamed this would happen. I want to tell you this is a door, kick it open and come in.”

The Shape of Water wins the most awards of the night with four Oscars in total: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Score. Dunkirk, however, was close behind thanks to its dominance in the technical categories, walking away with three awards. 

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Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water wins Best Picture award

The Shape of Water has won the award for Best Film at the 2018 Oscars.

Inspired by director Guillermo del Toro’s memories of growing up watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon and wishing to see the film end in a happy romance, his film follows a sweeping romance between a mute janitor at a secret scientific laboratory (Sally Hawkins) and the aquatic creature kept prisoner within its walls (Doug Jones).

Fellow nominees were Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

“I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, in every country in the world.” del Toro said in his acceptance speech. “Growing up in Mexico, I never dreamed this would happen. I want to tell you this is a door, kick it open and come in.”

The Shape of Water wins the most awards of the night with four Oscars in total: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Score. Dunkirk, however, was close behind thanks to its dominance in the technical categories, walking away with three awards. 

Follow all the live coverage from the ceremony here

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Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand wins best actress for Three Billboards and calls for all female nominees to stand up with her

Frances McDormand won for Best Actress at the 2018 Academy Awards and her acceptance speech was the most powerful moment of the evening.

The 60-year-old actress took home the award for her starring role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and spoke prolifically despite her nerves kicking in.

“So I’m hyperventilating a little bit,” McDormand quipped. “I think this is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after she did back to back 1080s.”

She then thanked her loved ones and said she wanted to gain perspective, placing her Oscar statue on the floor and asking all of the female nominees in the theatre to stand with her.

“We all have stories to tell and projects we need to finance,” the actress said. “I have two words to leave with you tonight: inclusion rider.” 

It was a powerful statement that references the idea that there should be rules in contracts that promote equality for gender and racial diversity. 

McDormand beat out Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Meryl Streep (The Post) in the Best Actress category.

This award season has been kind to McDormand who also won Best Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Film Independent Spirit Awards for her leading role in Three Billboards.

Even Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel was floored by McDormand’s impassioned speech saying, “I hope she wins an Emmy for that speech because that was unbelievable.”

Hopefully McDormand’s words carry weight in Hollywood and inclusion riders are implemented.

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Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water triumphs while Frances McDormand steals the night – live







6.21am GMT06:21

Here are some backstage quotes from the big winners:

“I am so proud to be a part of a time that’s the beginning of a movement, where I feel like the best films of every genre are being brought to me by black directors” – Jordan Peele

“I have to be at a table read for Mom at 10am tomorrow, so I’m going back to work” – Allison Janney

“I can’t say what it would be like to win an Oscar in any other year, but to win it for playing Winston makes it doubly special. It’s been an unforgettable experience” – Gary Oldman

“I think every time we (Mexico) can demonstrate in any form, sports, science, art or culture, what we bring to the world discourse is extremely important. When we do it, it’s important to remember where we’re from, and honoring your roots and your country” – Guillermo del Toro

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at 6.24am GMT

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‘Stand with me’: Frances McDormand gets every female Oscar nominee on their feet – video

Frances McDormand uses her best actress speech for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to ask all the female nominees in the audience to stand up together. She tells the audience: ‘Meryl, if you do it everybody else will … OK look around everybody … because we all have stories to tell and projects we need to finance.’ She then urges industry figures to speak to them in the next few days to make the projects happen. Her speech ended with: ‘I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.’ 

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Italy’s voters ditch the centre and ride a populist wave

About 50% of Italians who voted in national elections on Sunday supported populist parties that were once considered fringe, according to early election exit polls and voter projections.

The most likely result of the national election seemed either a win by the centre-right coalition headed by Silvio Berlusconi, the 81-year-old former prime minister, or a hung parliament in which populist parties – the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the xenophobic Northern League – would have considerable influence in the creation of a new government.

The ruling centre-left Democratic party has already admitted defeat after coming in third according to projections. “This is a very clear defeat for us,” said minister Maurizio Martina. “We are expecting a result below our expectations … This is very clearly a negative result for us,” he said.

Andrea Marcucci, one of the party’s senators in the outgoing parliament, wrote on his Facebook page: “Voters have spoken very clearly and irrefutably. The populists have won and the Democratic party has lost.”

The exit polls showed Berlusconi’s coalition – which includes the Northern League – winning up to 36% of the vote, a result that could potentially help the billionaire media magnate clinch a fourth election victory under a complicated new Italian election law.

Analysts were also poring over early data that suggested another potential political upset: Matteo Salvini, the firebrand head of La Lega – as the Northern League is now known – beating out Berlusconi within the centre-right coalition.

Under a “gentleman’s agreement” ,whoever emerges as the winner between the two will choose the next prime minister, if the coalition were to win a majority.

Berlusconi is not eligible to serve personally because of a previous tax conviction, but said he would choose Antonio Tajani, the European parliament president, as prime minister.

Two facts seemed indisputable: that Italian voters, who have traditionally been risk averse, were ready to ditch the big mainstream parties, and that the centre-left party headed by Matteo Renzi had an abysmal election.

“The results are still very unclear,” said Giovanni Orsina, a politics professor at Luiss University in Rome. “The odds are still that there is no majority in parliament. But what is clear is that the centre left were punished. Italians didn’t buy the story of Italy getting better. At least the majority of them did not.”

The Italian economy has significantly improved in since the dark days of the 2011 economic crisis and the PD has taken strong – and controversial – measures to try to stem the flow of migrants into Italy in recent months, but the party was hammered regardless – in part because of the prevailing view that Renzi is out of touch, untrustworthy, and that change has not happened fast enough under his leadership.

Whatever the final outcome, the exit polls appeared to reveal a monumental shift in a majority of Italian voters.

If the centre-right fails to clinch a majority, then the Five Star Movement, an anti-establishment party that was founded nine years ago by former comedian Beppe Grillo, will emerge as the single most powerful party in Italy and decisive in a future coalition, having won up to 31% of the vote, according to early results that were not yet final.

Among other controversial views, the Five Star has expressed deep reservations about the euro – until recently it promised to call a referendum on Italy’s participation in the eurozone – questioned Italy’s role in Nato, and does not support mandatory vaccinations.

In the likely event of a hung parliament, there are several parliamentary combinations that could be cobbled together to win a majority of seats, many of which would pair unlikely bedfellows.

Under some scenarios, the Five Star Movement could combine with the Democratic party to get to above 50%.

“Building a majority in parliament will be hard if not impossible. An extended period of horse-trading among the parties is next,” said Wolfango Piccoli, an analyst at Teneo Intelligence. Parliamentary maths could also allow a majority to emerge through a combination of the Five Star Movement and the Northern League.

But Piccoli said chances of such a coalition deal were “very low”. While both parties are eurosceptic, pro-Kremlin, and anti-free trade, the Northern League’s view are far to the right, particularly on the migration issue, while many Five Star voters identify with the Italian left.

منبع مطلب : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/italys-voters-ditch-the-centre-and-ride-a-populist-wave

China told to follow the leader Xi Jinping in thought, word and deed

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has kicked off a potentially momentous political summit in Beijing by instructing Communist party officials to “resolutely uphold” the primacy of president Xi Jinping and follow their sovereign in thought, word and deed.

Speaking at the opening of the fortnight-long national people’s congress – at which Xi looks set to establish himself as ruler for life – Li urged his country’s political elite to fall in line behind a leader now considered China’s most dominant since Mao.

“Entering a new era … we must resolutely uphold the core position of Xi Jinping,” Li told the nearly 3,000 delegates who had packed into the vast scarlet-carpeted auditorium of the Great Hall of the People.

Last week it emerged that Xi, 64, would attempt to use this year’s congress to abolish presidential term limits, a highly controversial move that paves the way for him to reign for decades to come.

In a speech peppered with adulatory allusions to China’s ascendant leader, Li signalled that delegates should back those proposals when they are put to the vote on Sunday.

He urged cadres to gain “a good command of Xi Jinping’s major policy addresses”, to “firmly uphold the guiding position of Xi Jinping’s thinking on strengthening the armed forces” and to “act on Xi Jinping’s economic thinking for ‘new era socialism’ with Chinese characteristics”.

He praised “the strong leadership of the party central committee” with Xi at its core for helping China overcome “a stream of risks and challenges” since he took power in 2012.

Announcing plans to grow the Chinese economy by 6.5% this year, Li also urged delegates to back Xi’s “inspiring blueprint” for China and his “three critical battles” – fighting economic and financial risks, extreme poverty and pollution.

“Unity gives us strength,” Li concluded to applause.

Predictably, Li’s 105-minute address contained no mention of the outcry Xi’s bid to scrap term limits has stirred, particularly among liberals who fear a return to Mao-style despotism.

However, perhaps hinting at such unease, China’s premier told the 2,970 delegates gathered in the Great Hall of the People: “Power cannot be used as one pleases; the exercise of power must be supervised … Decisions will be made in a sound and democratic way on the basis of law, and before making decisions on any major issue related to public interests, we will solicit input, including criticism, from all parties.”

Orville Schell, a China expert who has been visiting the country since the Mao era, said Xi’s power play was part of a global shift back towards strongman rule.

“We used to have such leaders back in the good old days when there was Ho Chi Minh, Stalin, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao, Charles de Gaulle. People who had lifetime sinecures. Enver Pasha. Ceaușescu. Then we drifted off into this sort of wan land of bureaucratic leaders,” Schell said.

“Now we seem to be back in the kind of Big Leader Couture era around the world.”

Carl Minzner, the author of a new book about China’s authoritarian revival, said: “In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, China moved out of the Maoist era and away from one-man rule to collective leadership. It moved away from cult of personality towards an effort to rule China through more stable, bureaucratic norms. What’s happening now is that those things are beginning to buckle.”

At the congress’ opening session, delegate after delegate refused to wade into the highly sensitive debate on term limits. “Sorry,” said one, in English.

Some, however, were openly supportive. Ding Zhaomin, a delegate from Jilin province, said: “I’ll vote for it … It’s not good if a policy is enacted in the morning and cancelled in the evening.”

“In some foreign countries a policy that is not completed in one president’s term will stop during the next president’s term. What advantages are there to that? None.”

Cai Xue’en, from Hubei, said he also backed a proposal which reflected the “voices of the people”. “If I had the chance to say one sentence to President Xi, I would say this: ‘Hello President Xi. To get China to where it is today, you must have worked really hard,’” added Cai, 52.

Additional reporting by Wang Xueying

منبع مطلب : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/05/china-told-to-follow-the-leader-xi-jinping-in-thought-word-and-deed