The best looks from the red carpet Complete list of winners 'This is hilarious': Olivia Colman stunned to win best actress Robbie Collin: Rami Malek is the most embarrassing winner in years A guide to the controversy surrounding Best Picture winner Green Book How Shallow eclipsed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to win the film's only Oscar The 91st Academy Awards turned out to be a great night for British accents with Olivia Colman winning Best Actress for The Favourite and Rami Malek taking home Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – one of four Oscars for the biggest winning film of the night. Marvel superhero hit Black Panther bagged three trophies. Colman beat bookies' top choice Glenn Close (The Wife) in the Best Actress category. The British actress, who impressed critics with her idiosyncratic performance as Queen Anne in the period drama, gave an endearingly flustered acceptance … [Read more...] about Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite and Lady Gaga provides the performance of the night
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After 13 tries, 88 points, two strange kit choices and, all in all, one incredible European encounter, it could be hard to know where to begin. So let's start with a telling statistic. In their previous two visits to the raucous Stade Marcel Michelin, Saints had scored a combined total of 12 points. So the fact they racked up that number inside just eight minutes on Saturday night tells you all you need to know about the ambition and courage Chris Boyd's men showed. Especially because they had gone behind so early, conceding a score that was made by a clever Damian Penaud offload and finished by Sitaleki Timani. When Clermont crossed the whitewash, Saints fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst. Because when Les Jaunards' steamroller gets up and running, it is so hard to stop. Saints were overwhelmed and outgunned by Clermont in their previous games on French soil. But this brave side, packed with young players, stood tall and issued the perfect riposte. Two tries made in … [Read more...] about Clermont Auvergne 48 Northampton Saints 40: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings
Goodwill to all bookmakers was the re-written line for Yuletide 2018 as punters tiptoed through festive fields of Christmas carnage. A feast of racing there might have been during the holiday fortnight, but those who attempted to bank enough dosh to offset the Christmas expenses were knocked off course by an upset at virtually every turn. The number of fancied horses who bit the dust at the main meetings was extraordinary and, in many cases, left the markets for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival in a confused state of disarray.At least 16 horses that went into Christmas expected to make a big impact at the Festival in mid-March were turned over either in the UK or in Ireland, many at skinny odds.What now for the likes of beaten favourites BUVEUR D’AIR (1-4), GETABIRD (8/15), KALASHNIKOV (4/6), ADJALI (4/6), ANNAMIX (4/6), STORMY IRELAND (4/6), LIMINI (8/11), I CAN’T EXPLAIN (5-6), FOOTPAD (evens), SANTINI (11/10), SAMCRO (6/4), WHOLESTONE (6/4), MENGLI KHAN (7/4), ON THE … [Read more...] about Christmas Racing Review: carnage for punters in big shake-up of Cheltenham Festival markets
"They give you names!" We're in 'Eden', a concept lounge and restaurant that feels like Neverland-meets-A Midsummer Night's Dream, complete with a 20ft 'living wall' from which bartenders pluck garnishes for our drinks. Events are playing out somewhere between Miami and the Bahamas. Were it not for the occasional, corrective tilts of our cocktails, you'd hardly know we're on a cruise ship. Around us, performance artists dance and slink and interact with punters - catching their eyes, serving whimsical meals and drinks and, yes, giving them 'names'. Welcome to Celebrity Edge, a billion-dollar cruise ship designed "to leave the future behind". No, really. It's Celebrity's first new class of ship in a decade, and though I draw the line at being christened by Edenists, I take my hat off to the adult playground it has created. Walking from Eden through 'Avalon' (an immersive artwork of rose-gold trees) towards the giant LED chandelier flashing over its martini bar (pictured above), I have … [Read more...] about Celebrity Edge Review: What’s it like on board the $1 billion cruise ship with its own ‘Magic Carpet’?
Irish citizens faced challenges including rampant house prices, while Ryanair and Irish bank shares hit turbulence. But there were upbeat stories too as Irish food and drink exports surged, writes John Daly in his review of the yearJANUARYThe new year began much as the old year ended, with Brexit and housing dominating the headlines. Average house prices across the State climbed by 8.4% in 2017, following a hefty rise in the previous year. Dublin led the way but other cities were not that far behind. Galway, Cork, and Limerick posted price gains of 8.4%, 7.3%, and 7.4%.A strengthening economy, strong employment growth, and demographic pressures were in play, but the chronic lack of house-building of all types of homes for the previous 10 years would continue to push prices higher.“This is most notable in the established housing markets of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway, where the supply side pressures are most apparent,” said Sherry FitzGerald group chief economist … [Read more...] about Business review 2018: House prices soar, Ryanair and bank shares fall but food exports surge