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NEW YORK, June 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein.

“Thank you, women!” Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear prize of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from presenter actress Cate Blanchett. It was actually the Belgian designer’s third CFDA award in two years; last year he won for menswear, too.

The CFDA awards are fashion’s answer to the Oscars, and a slew of celebrities were on hand at Monday’s ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum,′ hosted by TV’s Issa Rae — who pointed out she was the first person of color to host the annual event, and the first woman since 2009. Presenters included Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Trevor Noah and Claire Danes, among many others.

One of the biggest draws of the night was Kim Kardashian West, who came — in a midriff-baring, clingy white ensemble by Rick Owens — to collect the inaugural Influencer award. “I’m kind of shocked that I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time,” she quipped, before going on to tell the story of the publicist she’d hired seven years ago who told her she’d never achieve her goal of making the cover of a fashion magazine.

“Let’s find some more realistic goals,” Kardashian West said the publicist told her. When she later made the cover of Vogue, she noted, she made sure to send the publicist an autographed copy.

This year’s menswear winner was the streetwear label Supreme. “I never considered Supreme a fashion brand or myself a fashion designer,” said its founder, James Jebbia, accepting the honor. And the award for accessory design went to perennial winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, and their label The Row.

Veteran supermodel Naomi Campbell gave the evening’s most stirring speech as she received the Fashion Icon award — dressed, aptly, in a deep red, fringed number by Simons at Calvin Klein. She was introduced by Lee Daniels, who directed her in “Empire” and “Star.” Daniels praised her efforts toward diversity in fashion and her philanthropic work, and also told her: “I’m sober because of you. I thank you for saving my life.”

Iconic American designer Ralph Lauren received a new award, the CFDA Members Salute; CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg noted that the 78-year-old designer had won so many awards, they needed to invent a new one. Lauren, who wore faded blue jeans with his tuxedo jacket and bow tie, listened as a series of designers lauded him, including Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan and Alexander Wang.

NEW YORK, May 18, 2018 (News Wires) - The finalists for the NBA’s major awards are out and it looks like we’ll be having fun with some loaded categories this year, including at MVP and Rookie of the Year.

All award winners will be announced on June 25 during the 2018 NBA Awards, as well as other awards like Executive of the Year and the Sportsmanship Award.

Finalists for NBA MVP

LeBron James, Cavaliers
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
James Harden, Rockets

Another prime season from the best basketball player alive, one of the league’s most athletic freaks putting the team on his back and the NBA’s leading scorer leading his team to the best record in the NBA. Yeah, it’s a strong group.

Harden came close to winning the award last year before ultimately losing to Russell Westbrook, while Davis is looking for his first MVP and James is looking for his fifth.

In this group, you have the NBA’s leaders in field goals (James), 2-point field goals (Davis) and 3-point field goals (Harden).

Finalists for NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Joel Embiid, 76ers

After a three-year reign shared between Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard, big men make up the entire group of finalists this year. Each player anchored their team’s defense this year on the way to a playoff run and finished top 4 in the league in blocks.

Finalists for NBA Rookie of the Year

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Ben Simmons, 76ers
Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Probably the most clear-cut group of finalists for any award this season, Mitchell, Simmons and Tatum are all players their teams will be building around for years.

Who you think should win out is basically a Choose Your Own Adventure depending on the questions of whether or not Simmons should count as a rookie (Mitchell has thoughts on that) and how much you care about the players’ playoffs performance.

Of course, it’s important to note these awards are voted on during the regular season, but the postseason inevitably colors the perceptions of these players.

Finalists for NBA Most-Improved Player

Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Clint Capela, Rockets
Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Oladipo turned into one of the league’s top scorers this season, nabbing his first career All-Star berth and leading a Pacers team that surprised many with a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference standings.

Capela was a key component of the high-octane Rockets, anchoring the inside while three-pointers reigned from the perimeter. Dinwiddie finished seventh in the NBA in assists after being thrust into the starting point guard role.

Finalists for NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon, Rockets
Lou Williams, Clippers
Fred VanVleet, Raptors

The winner of this award in 2015 with Toronto, Williams figures to be the favorite after leading the Clippers in scoring with 22.6 points per game despite starting just 19 of his 79 games this year.

However, Gordon and VanVleet were both key parts of teams with the best regular season records in their respective conferences this season. Gordon is also the reigning champ in this award and posted an even higher scoring average this year.

Finalists for NBA Coach of the Year

Brad Stevens, Celtics
Quin Snyder, Jazz
Dwane Casey, Raptors

Well, this is awkward. Casey was fired by the Raptors less than a week ago after a putrid showing against the Cavaliers, but an excellent regular season means he’ll be part of this group.

Stevens’ Celtics continued their ascent in the Eastern Conference despite losing Gordon Hayward for nearly the entire season and Kyrie Irving in April, while Snyder’s Jazz team also made up for a lack of Hayward by rallying to a playoff berth.

LOS ANGELES, May, 3, 2018 - Superhero movie “Black Panther” scored a leading seven nominations on Thursday for the MTV Movie & TV awards, delivering a knockout punch to box-office blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Supernatural television show “Stranger Things” landed six nods, MTV announced, including a best performance nomination for 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown who will also compete in the fan favorite best kiss category.

The youth-oriented TV network, known for its irreverent award shows, again dispensed with gender classifications, placing men and women together in performance categories in a move to embrace equality and gender fluidity.

The MTV awards show, to be held in June in Los Angeles, features the stars of blockbuster productions and has established itself as an antidote to the winter Hollywood awards season, which honors more serious fare. Winners are chosen by fans voting online.

LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2018 (Reuters) — Singer Carrie Underwood returned to the stage on Monday after a serious face injury as country stars went back to Las Vegas for the first time since a mass shooting there last October.

Opening the three-hour Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards show at a hotel less than a mile from the scene of the October 1 shooting that killed 58 people and wounded more than 850, singer Jason Aldean paid tribute to the victims and invoked the healing power of music.

“We wanted to open the show with something that sums up what it’s like for our country music family to be back in Las Vegas for the first time since October 1,” said Aldean, who was performing on stage when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country festival from the window of a hotel on the Vegas strip.

“We thought about starting with a song, but it’s a lot bigger than a single song. It’s everything you’ll hear tonight,” said the You Make It Easy singer, who was later named entertainer of the year.

In the most anticipated performance of the night, Underwood emerged from five months of isolation following a fall at her home that required 40-50 stitches to her face.

Performing her new single Cry Pretty, her face seemed well recovered and Underwood was welcomed back with a long standing ovation that left the former American Idol winner overcome with emotion.

“I’m still kind of shaky right now,” Underwood said afterward, fighting back tears.

Miranda Lambert was named female vocalist of the year for the 9th time in a row, and she also won best song for her heartbreaking single Tin Man, thought to be inspired by her 2015 divorce from country star Blake Shelton.

“Thanks for sharing my broken heart with me,” said Lambert, accepting her award in front of an audience that included Shelton and his new girlfriend, pop singer Gwen Stefani.

Lambert also made ACM history by taking her all-time wins to 32, surpassing the record held by veteran duo Brooks & Dunn.

Other winners today included Chris Stapleton for both male vocalist and album of the year for From a Room: Vol. 1; Old Dominion for vocal group of the year, and Brothers Osborne for vocal duo of the year.

Stapleton was not present because his wife was expecting twins. Show host Reba McEntire, accepting the award on his behalf, broke the news of their arrival.

“We just found out that those little rascals came a little bit early. Hot off the press, twin boys,” said McEntire.

 

LOS ANGELES, March 5 – (Reuters) — Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro won the best director Oscar for his fantastical romance The Shape of Water.
Del Toro, 53, is known for making both mainstream action movies like Hellboy and offbeat dark fantasies like Pan’s Labyrinth. The Shape of Water has been celebrated as a visual feast about a woman who falls in love with a strange amphibious creature.
“The greatest thing art does, our industry does, is to erase the lines in the sand — we should continue doing that — when the world tells us to make them deeper,” Del Toro said in accepting the award.

Del Toro was favoured to win the directing prize after picking up the Directors Guild of America Award last month. He received Academy Awards nominations in 2007 for Pan’s Labyrinth, but this was the first time he was nominated in the directing category.
Del Toro described his films to Reuters earlier this year as “fairytales for modern times”.
Other nominees included Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, and Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread.
The Shape of Water was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit last month that alleged its plot was lifted directly from a 1969 American stage play. Del Toro, who also wrote the screenplay, said he had never seen or read the play.
 

LOS ANGELES, March 5 – (Reuters) — The Academy Awards, or Oscars, the highest honours in the movie industry, were handed out late Sunday at a ceremony in Hollywood hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
Following is a list of winners in key categories for the awards:
Best Picture
The Shape of Water
Best Actor
Gary Oldman: Darkest Hour
Best Actress
Frances McDormand: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director
Guillermo del Toro: The Shape of Water
Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney: I, Tonya
Best Original Screenplay
Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
Best Animated Film
Coco
Best Documentary Film
Icarus
Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman: Chile
Original Song
Remember Me: Coco