Category Archives: Awards and prizes

If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer would have been for literature | Dotun Adebayo

Rap should be put on a par with Shakespeare and Wordsworth. When will the education system wake up to black creativity?

I can’t help thinking that the Pulitzer prize committee missed a trick in their award to the rapper Kendrick Lamar this week. If they had given him the Pulitzer for literature rather than for music it would have elevated his artform and sent a message that would have resonated around the world: that rap is a legitimate form of poetry and should be put on a par with, and treated with the same deference as, Shakespeare and Wordsworth.

Related: Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer prize as Weinstein reporting also honoured

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Moran contemporary photographic prize 2018: snapshots of Australian life – in pictures

From a portrait of Yassmin Abdel-Magied to a professional kangaroo shooter posing with his catch, the works of the 116 semi-finalists in this year’s Moran contemporary photographic prize capture the spirit of Australian life. The judge, Cheryl Newman, says the images encapsulate ‘the political and the poetic, the intimate and the everyday’. The winner of the award will be announced on 8 May, with a prize of $50,000

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Michelle Obama's former chief of staff to run Grammys diversity task force

Tina Tchen will lead a group tasked with identifying and rectifying barriers and unconscious bias in Recording Academy operations

The Recording Academy has appointed Tina Tchen, who served as chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, to establish an independent task force to address diversity in the music industry, Billboard reports.

Comprising up to 20 members, the group will focus on identifying “the various barriers and unconscious biases faced by underrepresented communities throughout the music industry and, specifically, across Recording Academy operations and policies”, the academy said in a statement.

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Hamilton becomes most nominated show ever at Olivier awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical picks up 13 nominations, with Follies and The Ferryman also recognised in several categories

Olivier awards 2018: complete list of nominations

It is one of the most adored theatre shows of recent times so there was little surprise when the musical Hamilton set a new Olivier awards record as the most nominated production ever.

The musical received a remarkable 13 nominations for what are the UK’s most prestigious theatre prizes, breaking a record jointly held by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hairspray, both with 11.

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The shape of next year: an early look at 2019's Oscar hopefuls

Guillermo del Toro’s monstrous romance, Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman might have been crowned winners this year but who could be on stage next time?

Who could have predicted that Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman would have won lead acting Oscars this time last year? OK, well, maybe a lot of people, since neither award was a shock – but the season has seen a shifting set of favorites and a collection of films that have engaged audiences and critics more than usual.

Related: The Shape of Water’s Oscars win is the triumph of a real artist and immersive cinema | Peter Bradshaw

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The Oscars 2018 primer, timetable and final predictions

The 90th Academy Awards kicks off on Sunday evening (US Pacific time). Here’s what you need to know, when you need to know it by and who will win the key prizes

Hello, good evening and welcome to the 90th Academy Awards [assumes David Frost voice], which are due to get under way in a few hours time in Los Angeles.

As we drum our fingers and twiddle our thumbs, this is a good time to reflect on what surely is a landmark Oscars after a year of turbulence and sea change in Hollywood: the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, the emergence of Times Up and red-carpet blackouts, and the thrilling rise of diversity at the multiplex.

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Oscars 2018 predictions from our film critic Peter Bradshaw

Will The Shape of Water and Three Billboards dominate at the first post-Weinstein Academy Awards? Our chief critic makes his picks

The grandees of Hollywood are approaching this year’s Oscars in a pretty subdued and wary mood, the most subdued since the days of 9/11 and the Iraq war. Because this is the Former Court of King Harvey, the first ceremony since Weinstein’s downfall, and that of many others. This is the arena in which Harvey Weinstein could preen himself; this is part of how he dazzled and intimidated his victims. It is the award-ceremony ecosystem that allowed Weinstein-style predators to flourish.

Related: The full list of nominations for the Oscars 2018

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Timely honour goes to great pioneer for women in film | Rebecca Nicholson

Dorothy Arzner was a major director in the 30s. Where are all the women who ought to have followed in her steps?

As the Oscars prepare to make history by considering Greta Gerwig in the best director category, making that five times in total in the 88 years since the Oscars began that a woman has been considered for that award, there’s a quiet aptness to Hollywood paying tribute to Dorothy Arzner, who died in 1979.

This week Paramount named a building after Arzner in a ceremony attended by her former student Francis Ford Coppola. The Godfather director remembered his teacher telling him not to worry about his career with the fabulous advice: “You’ll make it. I’ve been around. I know.”

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