The Rundown

Entertainment Express: BAFTAs, Ellen Page, Orange is the New Black, Berlin Film Festival, Beck

* Two weeks before the Oscars, the BAFTAs were handed out in London on Sunday night, showing lots of love for Gravity, which scored 6 statues. It also won Best British Film because the special effects team and producers were British, while 12 Years a Slave, with its British director and lead actor, took Best Film (interestingly, it wasn’t entered in the British Film category). Chiwetel Ejiofor took Best Actor, while Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine got Best Actress. Surprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence took Best Supporting Actress over 12 Years‘ Lupita Nyong’o, and first-time actor Barkhad Abdi snagged Best Supporting Actor for  Captain Phillips.

* Juno actress Ellen Page made headlines this weekend when she revealed she is gay at a human rights conference in Las Vegas. One day coming out stories won’t need to be news stories, but until then, the young actress has made an important decision that will hopefully help others. Watch her inspiring speech here.

* While House of Cards fans were getting their long-awaited fix of the new season, which kicked off on Valentine’s Friday, junkies of Netflix’ other hit series Orange is the New Black delighted in the news of the show’s season 2 official start date – June 6.

* The Berlin Film Festival wrapped up by handing out its top prize, the Golden Bear, to the Chinese film, Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice), and its lead took Best Actor. Richard Linklater took the Silver Bear for Best Director for his 3-hour wonder Boyhood, while Wes Anderson’s festival opener The Grand Budapest Hotel won the grand jury prize.

* Beck is about to release his newest album – his first in 5 years - Morning Phase, but you can stream it on NPR a week early. It’s being touted as a follow-up to his career-changing Sea Change record, featuring string orchestrations from his father David Richard Campbell.

[Pic: Barkhad Abdi and Emma Thompson, courtesy BAFTAs]


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