Last man standing -- Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (L) accepted the best picture Oscar for "The Shape of Water" from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2018. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
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Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a withdrawal agreement with Brussels but she was forced to postpone a parliamentary vote on it earlier this month after admitting she would lose by a large margin. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. "It is not entirely unlikely that the British parliament will vote for the divorce agreement in January," Oettinger told Funke Media Group in an interview. "There is certainly no majority for a disorderly Brexit or for a new referendum." Oettinger said that the likelihood of Britain remaining in the EU had increased slightly over the past few months. "Nevertheless, I assume that it will come to an exit at the end of March," said Oettinger, the EU's budget commissioner. … [Read more...] about EU’s Oettinger sees chance British parliament votes for Brexit deal in January
In his capacity as chairman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday (December 11) lifted all political restrictions, imposed by the ruling military council over the last several years following the 2014 coup, to the extent that all parties can kick off their electoral campaigns by wooing votes from among constituents nationwide. The NCPO chairman's order to waive such restrictions was declared in the Royal Gazette issued on Tuesday with immediate effect. Prayut had earlier ordered a partial waiver to the political bans only to allow each contestant party to recruit party members, pick up electoral candidates, hold party caucuses or the party's executive board meetings, set up provincial branches of the party and make necessary preparations for the race to parliament. But they had not been allowed to do anything which might possibly be considered by the NCPO as vote-wooing activity until Tuesday. The political restrictions were … [Read more...] about Thailand’s political parties free to woo votes for coming election
Question: Can you tell us why you developed a passion for traditional music? Composer Mai Van Lang: I spent my childhood with my maternal grandmother, who could sing many folk songs, poetry and proverbs by heart, as well as numerous plays of cheo (traditional opera) and cai luong (reformed theatre). When I was 5, I heard my grandmother singing xam (ballads once sung by wandering blind musicians), I found it exceptionally beautiful. Folk music has been in my blood from that time. You have spent years collecting ancient lyrics of folk singing, do you have any difficulty in this work? I have faced a lot of difficulties, but the most challenging aspect is that folk tunes are dispersed across different regions throughout the country, whilst veteran artisans and practitioners are becoming older and their memories decline with age. These factors require a lot of time and patience from collectors. You have rewritten new lyrics for folk songs, with hundreds of them having been recorded and … [Read more...] about Researcher Mai Van Lang: I hope for more supportive policies to be designed to safeguard folk music
MEXICO CITY — Fresh off his landslide election win, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador unveiled his legislative agenda yesterday, including an unusual plan for mid-term referendums to remove the president from office. Speaking a day after electoral authorities confirmed his coalition will have an absolute majority in both houses of Congress, the anti-establishment leftist announced a 12-point plan for legislation to deliver the "true change" he has promised Mexicans fed up with crime and corruption. The politician known as "AMLO" notably proposed a binding vote halfway through the six-year term on whether the president should continue in the job. He also vowed to change Article 108 of the constitution so that a sitting president can be tried for corruption or election-rigging. "That is the mandate Mexicans gave us in the elections. They supported us, they voted for us, in order to put an end to corruption. And we … [Read more...] about Mexico’s president-elect unveils legislative agenda