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Sunday, February 13, 2011

King's Speech Sweeps British BAFTA Film Awards

The King's Speech swept away the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards as the movie received seven trophies across various categories, including the original music title, leaving behind Indian composer A R Rahman's work in 127 Hours. The British royal drama, which is about a stammering monarch, took away the awards for best film, outstanding British film, original screenplay, best actor (Colin Firth), best supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush), best supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and best original music (Alexandre Desplat).
The film had received 14 nominations.
Rahman, who won a BAFTA in 2009 for his work in Slumdog Millionaire, can now pin his hopes only on the penultimate - the Oscars. He has been nominated in two categories - original score and original song at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards for the original score in 127 Hours as well as original song If I Rise for the same movie.
Christopher Nolan's Inception and David Fincher's The Social Network had a tie with three awards each.
While Inception got the gong for best visual effects, best sound and best production design, The Social Network bagged trophies in the best director, best adapted screenplay and best editing categories.
The best actress award was claimed by Natalie Portman for Black Swan.
A special award for outstanding British contribution to cinema was given to the famous Harry Potterfranchise.
Toy Story 3 took away the award for the best animated film, beating Despicable Me and How To Train Your Dragon.
Click "read more" below for the list of winners from the BAFTA web site (winners are indicated by the official BAFTA orange mask):

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part II

Michelle Obama's offering some advice for couples this Valentine's Day: laugh with your partner. She says it's what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions, is going on 19 years. She says it also helps that Obama is "very romantic" and remembers dates and birthdays.

The second week of the Nevada Legislature kicks off tomorrow with a rally by state workers protesting Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed budget and salary cuts and a hearing on a jobs initiative proposed by Assembly Democrats. The measure unveiled Thursday would give preference on state and local public works projects to contractors who hire Nevada workers, buy their supplies and license their vehicles in-state.

Residents on Mount Charleston are calling for state lawmakers to reject Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget proposal to close a Nevada Division of Forestry fire station on Mount Charleston. Town Board Chairwoman Becky Grismanauskas (grihz-man-AW'-skas) told residents Thursday that safety would be at risk if the only full-time fire station near homes in woodsy Kyle Canyon closes next year.

The New York Stock Exchange is being purchased by a German bank, some say ending the US dominance of world trading. Others say it simply reflects the internationalization and 24/7 nature of commerce in the computer age. There are no plans to move the exchange to Europe, however the way stocks and commodities are trades may be "revolutionized" in the near future, again, reflecting change.

Egypt's military haves suspended parliment and dissolved the constitution. Both were said to be key demands from the protesters. The miliatary are promising to hand over power to civilian rule but have no time table or clear plans to do so at this time. Egypt has a history of the masses welcoming military coups, which have brought stability and relative prosperity, but a high price to individual freedoms and for minority groups. The military leadership in Egypt are also the capitalist and the group vested with keeping Egypt from Islamic control or being pulled, again, into the greater turmoil in the middle east.Now Algeria and Yemen has growing popular protests brewing, along the Tunisia and Egypt patterns. 

Donald Rumsfield says he was publically celebrating the quick special forces outsture of the Taliban in Afthanison, but in private he told George W Bush that it would take

greater manpower and being in it for the "long haul" once we enter the country. He is bluntly honest in his new biography about how his personal life and public life both put

him in positions that most men would have found overwhelming, and they occured at the same time. His son's problems with drugs and his wife almost dieing form a
perferrated apendix occured when were are prosecuting the first part of the war in Iraq, which he also warned Bush would destabilize the region. When asked if he was

responsible for what went wrong, responds "we all were, we all are."

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

On this date in 1945, three days of carpet bombing began over Dresden, Germany. The United States and Great Britain nearly leveled the city a failed attempt to get Nazi Germany to surrender. From the world's perspective this may be one of the major war crimes of the 20th Century. Today the citizens of Coventry England, the city nearly leveled by a Nazi attempt to get Great Britain to surrender five years earlier, and the citizens of Dresden joined in simultaneous recitals of the Lord's Prayer.

In China the top box office films are domestically produced World War II reenactments, usually with the US as the good guy, since we won the war and China, which was split in reality, perceives itself as on side of right and justice against the evil Japanese and Nazi's.

American Actors are in demand in Chinese cinema and on television, provided you are willing to play stereotypes.

On this date, February 13th, 1961, Frank Sinatra unveiled his own record label, Reprise. Sinatra did not have a very high opinion of rockmusic, but the label would release recordings by The Beach Boys,  Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks.

Broadway, television and film actor Betty Garrett passed away last night at the age of 91.She co-stared with Frank Sinatra and Red Skelton, including the classic song "Baby, it's cold outside." Her  career was hampered by McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist. Son Garrett Parks says Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm. Garrett played the flirtatious girl in love with the shy Sinatra in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "On the Town," both in 1949.Her movie career was cut short after congressmen forced her husband, actor Larry Parks, to testify in 1951 about his earlier membership in the Communist Party. Her career shifted to Broadway and regional theatre. Later in life she became well-known to TV audiences with recurring roles in the 1970s sitcoms "All in the the Family" and "Laverne and Shirley."She taught weekly Musical Comedy Theatre classes up until days prior to her passing.

Tonight the British version of America's Academy Awards will be presented in London. Many of the same films and actors are nominated as are nominated by the Academy, but there is a key difference. You must come from Great Britain or the former British Commonwealth to "earn" the awards. Among the very American films up for consideration are "127" hours, "Black Swan" and "The Social Network." The favorite however, is the British historical drama "The Kings' Speech".

The Academy Awards will be in two weeks, on January 27th.

Meanwhile American Media is focused on the Grammy Awards, also scheduled for this evening, honoring the still strong music industry.

In 1972, Led Zeppelin had to cancel a concert in Singapore after authorities would not let the group off the plane because of their long hair. In 1982, a 300-pound marker on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, Florida, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed. In 1991, a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas collided with a stunt plane over an airport in California. Douglas suffered cuts
and bruises. Two people on the plane were killed. In 1997, Michael Jackson and then-wife Debbie Rowe became
parents to a son named Prince.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 78. Actor George Segal ("Just Shoot Me") is 77. Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork of The Monkees is 69. Actress Carol Lynley is 69. Actress Stockard Channing is 67. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 67. Actor Bo Svenson ("Walking Tall") is 67. Singer Peter Gabriel is 61. Actor David Naughton is 60. Bassist Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division is 55. Actor Matt Salinger is 51. Singer Henry Rollins is 50. Actor Neal McDonough ("Boomtown") is 45. Singer Freedom Williams (C & C Music Factory) is 45. Actress Kelly Hu ("Martial Law") is 43. Bassist Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is 39. MC Natalie Stewart of Floetry is 32. Actress Mena Suvari is 32.