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Five Things to Watch for at Golden Globes

Hollywood's brightest stars will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the first major awards show of the year: the Golden Globes, honoring the best in film and television. Tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in, but what should you be watching for? Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place in Beverly Hills, California: Will Gaga's 'Star' turn lead to Oscar? One of the big stories of Sunday night is sure to be the success of "A Star Is Born," Bradley Cooper's remake of the popular music…

Oscars to create new award for popular movies

LOS ANGELES: The organizers of the Oscars said on Wednesday they would create a new award category for popular movies and limited the annual, televised ceremony to three hours. The sweeping changes, to be introduced for the February 2019 ceremony in Hollywood, will also include handing out some of the 24 Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the televised broadcast. “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The board of governors took…

Grammy and Oscars push for diversity at awards

LOS ANGELES: The Grammy Awards are expanding the number of nominees in the top categories for the highest honors in the music business from five to eight in the biggest push to increase diversity in the 60-year history of the awards. The changes announced on Tuesday by the Recording Academy which organizes the annual event, will take effect for the 2019 Grammy Awards and follow an uproar earlier this year over the low numbers of female nominees, winners, and performers on the televised ceremony. New Zealand singer…

Army chief confers awards on military personnel for their sacrifices

RAWALPINDI: An investiture ceremony was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday to confer military awards upon army personnel for their sacrifices and acts of gallantry in defending the motherland. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa gave away the awards.  Sitara-e-Imtiaz Military was conferred upon 32 officers, Tamgha-e-Jurrat was given to two officers, Tamgha-e-Basalat was given to 33 officers and soldiers. Four officers and soldiers were given the United Nation medals. Speaking…

Facebook launches $10 million community leader awards

LONDON: Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create “meaningful” interactions. The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track record in creating groups up to $1 million to fund a project, Facebook’s Jennifer Dulski said. Another 100 leaders from around the world will receive up to $50,000 each, she…

Golden Globes: 10 things you didn’t know you didn’t know

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood's annual awards season revs up on Sunday as industry A-listers turn out for the 75th Golden Globes. Here are 10 fun-filled facts (plus a few bonus tidbits) you probably didn't know about Tinseltown's biggest pre-Oscars prize-giving, organized by the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Beginnings Founded in 1944, the awards were given out for the first 14 years by journalists who were members of the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association, a precursor to the HFPA. Frank Sinatra,…

Army chief distributes awards to winners of 6th PACES championship

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Okara Cantt on the conclusion of 6th Army PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Championship and distributed awards to the winners on Friday. A total no of 250 contestants from 10 best teams participated in different events of championship which was held from 9 – 18 Aug 2017, said a statement issued by the media wing of military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). PACES is a concept introduced in the Pakistan Army in 2010 by…

Alternate history of Singapore scoops comic books awards

SAN DIEGO, Calif: Singaporean graphic novelist Sonny Liew dominated the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars, scooping three Eisner Awards for "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" - a wry alternate history of tightly-controlled Singapore. Liew picked up the top prize for Best Writer/Artist, Best US Edition of International Material - Asia, and Best Publication Design at the annual awards at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday night. Speaking before the ceremony, Liew told Reuters his main target audience had been…

Drake wins record 13 Billboard Music awards

LAS VEGAS: Rapper Drake grabbed a record 13 wins at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, eclipsing Adele's previous record of 12 awards in 2012. "I want to say, hold tight Adele, because when a new thing drops you'll be back to get the record back," the Canadian recording artist said in accepting one of his awards at the star-studded event held in Las Vegas. Drake, who also won top artist, top male artist and top rap album for "Views", later posed for photographers surrounded by his microphone-shaped trophies.…