Current Affairs – February, 2016

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Oscar Awards: 88th Academy Awards

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The Academy Awards (commonly referred as Oscars) were presented in twenty four categories.  They are

  • Best Picture: Spotlight.
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant).
  • Best Actress: Brie Larson (Room).
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies).
  • Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).
  • Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant).
  • Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight).
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay (The Big Short).
  • Best Original Song: Writing’s on the Wall (Spectre).
  • Best Original Score: The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone).
  • Best Production Design: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Best Editing: Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant).
  • Best Sound Editing: Mark A. Mangini and David White (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Best Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary).
  • Best Documentary Feature: Amy.
  • Best Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
  • Best Live Action Short Film: Stuttered
  • Best Visual Effects: Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst (Ex Machina).
  • Best Animated Feature Film: Inside Out.
  • Best Animated Short Film: Bear Story.
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road).
  • Most awards: Mad Max: Fury Road (6 Awards) followed by The Revenant (3) and Spotlight (2).
  • Most nominations in 88th Academy Awards: The Revenant (12), Mad Max: Fury Road (10) and The Martian (7).

Fact: For the second consecutive year, film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu received the most nominations.

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra made her debut in the award ceremony and presented Award in the ‘Best Editing’ category along with actor Liev Schreiber.

Twitter launches Position of Strength Campaign to Empower Women

Micro blogging site Twitter for first time has launched #Positionofstrength campaign in India to empower women to raise voices against any form of discrimination.

The campaign seeks spread awareness to bridge the gender equality gap online in India and inspire the of women leaders next generation to have an influential voice in society. It was launched by taking cue from a study showcasing a prevailing male dominance over both online and offline space.

Key facts

  • #Positionofstrength campaign has been launched with partnership of FICCI Ladies Organisation and Observer Research Foundation.
  • It seeks to engage more women to find their voices online and help them to communicate safely with confidence and network with other like-minded women.
  • The campaign has been already been launched in Australia and Ireland. It enables users to steer clear of any form of online abuse.
  • Twitter also launched its Safety Center in Hindi to ensure education and engagement of women locally to enable them to use this platform safely and with confidence.