The Shape of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top honours at the Oscars. Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion. Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour. The Shape of Water won the most Oscars with four, including best film. In her acceptance speech, McDormand put her Oscar on the floor in front of her and addressed executives as the female nominees got to their feet. It was one of the most powerful and symbolic moments of the night. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she said. "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight - invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them." Her request came amid a push for greater equality in film - especially in the wake of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. Best Picture: “The Shape of Water” Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Original Screenplay: “Get Out” Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name” Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman” Animated Feature: “Coco” Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049” Film Editing: “Dunkirk” Animated Short: “Dear Basketball” Live Action Short: “The Silent Child”
Nick Jonas won Priyanka Chopra over by showing the actress he "respects" her. The former Quantico actress, who is set to marry the singer following a whirlwind romance, opened up on what women should look for when searching for Mr. Right using dating apps. And at the Bumble India launch in New York City on Monday night (29Oct18), she shared how Nick, 26, won her over. “Truly this is what worked for me, he has to be someone who respects you,” Priyanka told People at the event held at Gramercy Park Hotel Rooftop. “By that, I don’t mean makes coffee for you, not that. But someone who respects the hard work you put into your life. “Who respects that if his work is important, so is yours,” she continued. “Or if he makes choices that are important to him, so is your opinion. That’s respect, and that’s incredible to have.” Priyanka went on to explain it makes everything "so easy" in a relationship "because you trust each other." And she added that women shouldn't "settle for less than that.” The Baywatch star is an investor in Bumble India and is also bringing Bumble BFF, the friendship version, and Bumble Bizz, for networking, to her home country. Her comments come days after she celebrated her bridal shower at the Tiffany & Co. Blue Box Cafe in New York City. Guests included members of both Priyanka and Nick's family, and friends including Lupita Nyong’o and Kelly Ripa. Fiance Nick was travelling and was unable to attend the shower which featured the star's "favourite foods and cocktails and songs". “This was not a conventional shower, it was a nightclub in Tiffany,” she smiled to People. “There was so much dancing — like five hours of dancing. It was amazing! "It was so special and wonderful. It was such an eclectic, fun, diverse, cool group of women that it just made me so happy."
Taylor Swift will open the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with the premiere performance of her new single ME! The pop star debuted the song and its colorful accompanying video, which both feature Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendan Urie, overnight, and now it has been revealed the two pals will hit the stage together at the awards ceremony next week (01May19). "@taylorswift13 will open the #BBMAs with the worldwide premiere performance of 'ME!' featuring Brendon Urie of @PanicAtTheDisco," a post on the Billboard Awards Twitter account reads. Swift and Urie are joining previously announced 2019 awards show performers BTS and Halsey, Ciara, Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, the Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Madonna and Maluma, and Urie's band Panic! at the Disco at the MGM Grand Garden Arena prizegiving in Las Vegas, hosted by Kelly Clarkson. Swift is up for two awards this year - Top Female Artist and Top Touring Artist. The singer prepared for her big release day by taking ABC cameras on a tour of her adopted Nashville, Tennessee, showing off her former high school, where she met her best friend Abigail, the fabled Bluebird Cafe, where she landed her first record deal, and her permanent songwriting exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. During the trip, which aired on Good Morning America on Friday (26Apr19), Taylor revealed she forced her parents to take her to Nashville for spring break when she was 11, so she could live out her dream of becoming a country singer/songwriter. One of the places she drove past was Curb Records, the place she hit first after learning Leann Rimes was signed to the label. She eventually sealed a recording deal with Sony ATV Publishing three years later.
Singer Shawn Mendes has vowed to make his proposed collaboration with BTS a reality, even though the South Korean boyband has been too busy to schedule studio time together. The There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back hitmaker met BTS at last year's (17) American Music Awards, where they discussed ideas for a joint project in a chat recorded for the K-pop stars' official YouTube channel. The two acts have continued to tease fans about the idea ever since, but the new material has yet to come to fruition. Now Shawn has addressed the hold up, admitting it's been tough to squeeze the track into their hectic schedules. "Latest on the collaboration, they're a hard group to get with," Mendes told The Roz and Mocha Show in his native Toronto, Canada. "They're busy people. I have no lyrics on their collaboration yet." However, Shawn isn't refusing to give up hope, because he's been a big fan of their work for a while. "It'll happen. Promise," he said. "I can't give you a date because we haven't hung out and wrote a song yet, but it will happen. 'Cause I love them and... their fans too. So, I promise." It's no surprise Shawn and the BTS members haven't had time to get together so far this year - Mendes' self-titled album topped the U.S. Billboard 200 earlier this month (Jun18), making the 19-year-old the third-youngest artist to earn three number one albums, behind fellow Canadian Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, BTS recently made U.S. chart history too, after their Love Yourself: Tear release became the first-ever Korean album to lead the Billboard 200.

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