Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

Mar 16, 2015

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which ...

Mar 5, 2015

World Press Photo award withdrawn after controversy

World Press Photo withdrew one of its leading global awards for photojournalism on Wednesday after a controversy over standards that focused on allegations about the ethics of an Italian prizewinner. The Amsterdam-based organization said in a statement that Giovanni Troilo had been disqualified because ...

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Feb 23, 2015

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Dark comedy “Birdman” soared to Oscars glory Sunday, taking four Academy Awards including best picture and best director honors on Hollywood’s biggest night. The film, a satire about a washed-up superhero film actor battling to revive his career on Broadway, was a grand triumph ...

Feb 22, 2015

Cameron Diaz, Transformers, Kirk Cameron top Razzie Awards

Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron received the dubious honor of being dubbed the year’s worst actress and actor at the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards (aka the “Razzies”) on Saturday night. Diaz earned the title for her performances in the raunchy comedies “The Other ...

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Feb 21, 2015

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no actors from ethnic minority groups earned nominations this year, organizers said on Friday. Activist and political commentator Al Sharpton’s ...

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Feb 12, 2015

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace on Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo award, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in Russia, judges said. AFP’s Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News ...

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

Feb 9, 2015

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

British soul singer Sam Smith and R&B singer-producer Pharrell Williams led the early winners at Sunday’s Grammy awards, while Katy Perry and President Barack Obama teamed up to take a stand against domestic violence at the music industry’s top awards. Minutes before Perry’s performance ...

Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Feb 9, 2015

Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Francis Xavier Pasion, a movie director from the Philippines, says that winning a Tokyo Filmex award for his independent film “Crocodile” may help it reach a broader audience in his home country, where Hollywood products predominate. Pasion’s third film, “Crocodile” is based on the ...

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

Feb 8, 2015

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

“Birdman” has cracked another awards ceremony. After taking top honors from the acting and producing guilds, the film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards. “Birdman” writer-director Alejandro Inarritu was honored at Saturday’s ...