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2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards: The Winners



The 35th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards was a star-studded affair with Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson up for the awards, as well as their respective films, “Hustlers” and “Marriage Story”. “The Lighthouse” and “Uncut Gems” lead the nominations, with five apiece. This edition was Hosted by Aubrey Plaza and the stars gathered at Santa Monica beach in California to celebrate the best in indie film and it was held the day before the Oscars.

The winners for this edition include;

  • The Best Feature                              “The Farewell”
  • The Best First Feature                    “Booksmart”
  • The Best Female Lead                    Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
  • The best male Lead                         Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
  • The Best Supporting Female        Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”
  • The Best supporting Male             Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”
  • The Best Director                             Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, “Uncut Gems”
  • The Best Screenplay                       Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
  • The Best First Screenplay              Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol, “See You Yesterday”
  • The Best Cinematography            Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse”
  • The Best Editing                                Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, “Uncut Gems”
  • The Best Documentary                  “American Factory”
  • The Best International Film          “Parasite” (South Korea)

Robert Altman Award was given to the Director, Casting director and Ensemble cast of the film “Marriage Story”

Director: Noah Baumbach

Casting Directors: Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler

Ensemble Cast: Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Merritt Wever

John Cassavetes Award which is given to the best feature made for under $500,000 was won by

“Give Me Liberty”

Bonnie Award: Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the third Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

This award was taken by Kelly Reichardt

Producers Award: The 23rd Annual Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

This Awards was taken by Mollye Asher

Someone to Watch Award: The 26th Annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

This award was taken by Rashaad Ernesto Green, “Premature”

Truer Than Fiction Award: The 25th Annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

This Award was taken by Nadia Shihab, “Jaddoland”

Though we don’t the criteria for selecting these winners…. Once again, Congratulations!!!

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The Final Stage of Voice Nigeria musical contest Reality TV Show



The Final Stage of Voice Nigeria musical contest Reality TV Show

By Gistflash News

July 20, 2021

The Voice Nigeria musical contest, a TV reality show, has entered its final stage with the top six talents seeking viewers and fans’ votes to win the contest.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Naomi Mac, Esther, Dapo, Kitah, Kpee and Eazzie scaled through to the semi-final stage out of the 25 talents who started the contest.

The coaches in the musical contest include popular artistes Falz, Yemi Alade, Waje and Dare.

Dapo and Naomi Mac in Team Falz, Kitay in Team Yemi-Alade, Esther and Kpee in Team Dare and Eazzie in Waje Team scaled through to the next stage by numerous votes from their fans.

The six talents will slug it out among themselves to determine who will scale through to the next stage that will lead to the final.

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Nancy Isime, the show’s host, said that all the six talents were in need of the viewers’ votes to increase their chances of climbing to the final stage.

The 17th edition of the reality show saw two talents: Nuel Ayo and Anu, exit the stage, leaving six talents to perform in the next episode.

Each talent needs more votes from their fans to enable them reach the next stage of performance as the contest gets tougher toward the final stage.

Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank Nigeria Ltd, the lead sponsor, said in a statement that, ”The Voice Nigeria 3” was a reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers in the country.

According to her, it is to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with FirstBank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.

Ani-Mumuney added that the support was a demonstration of FirstBank’s commitment to contributing to the projected revenue of $86 million by 2021 from Nigeria’s music industry.

She said it was aimed at promoting a diversified economy in line with the Federal Government diversification policy.

NAN reports that FirstBank made its unique USSD 894 platform a verifiable avenue for the audience to vote in their favorites team to star prize.



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Wizkid and Tems “Essence” hits Billboard Hot 100, debuts at No. 82



By Gistflash News

July 14, 2021

‘Essence’ by Nigerian  Ayodeji Balogun a k.a Wizkid featuring fast raising singer Temilade Openiyi a.k.a Tems, has topped the Billboard Hot 100, debut as no. 82, thereby marking a major win for the singers.

Billboard is an American magazine and website that produces news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry.

It is known for its music charts, including the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Global 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres.

It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The Billboard made the announcement and verification on their official Billboard Charts Instagram page @billboard, where they said “Essence” debuted at No. 82 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list”.

According to the post, it also verify that this is Tem’s first chart appearance.

“@wizkidayo’s “Essence,” featuring @temsbaby, debuts at No. 82 on this week’s #Hot100. It earns Tems her first career entry on the chart,” Billboard said.

Wizkid’s third chart entry followed the success of “ One Dance” which peaked at No. 1 in 2016. NAN


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What a dramatic fight at Ghanaian bar ‘over a seat’ (video)



What a dramatic fight at Ghanaian bar 'over a seat' (video)

fight reportedly broke out at a Ghanaian bar known as Bloom Bar and located in the heart of Accra over the weekend. 

A man reportedly locked horns with a woman identified as Yaa Asantewa on social media over a seat at the cocktail bar.

Eyewitnesses said the man had left his seat to meet someone outside the venue. When he got back, the lady had already taken his seat.

It was gathered that after he asked the woman to vacate the seat, it led to exchange of words which degenerated into a fight at the bar. Eyewitnesses said the lady’s boyfriend intervened in the fight and took it to another level.

It took the intervention of bouncers to break up the two men and escort them out of the premises. Some bystanders got hurt while others fled the venue without paying for their drinks.

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