Tuesday, 30 January 2018

CULTURE VULTURE: Reigning Festival Queen launches first project + Dr. Floyd Morris’ latest honour + Shape of Water leads pack of Oscar hopefuls

> The Shape of Water earns lion’s share of Oscar nominations
Come next month, Guillermo Del Toro’s sci-fi spectacle The Shape of Water could have a ‘titanic’ night at the Academy Awards. The critically lauded film recently earned a whopping 13 Oscar nominations, as it continues an impressive awards season run. In addition to several mentions in technical categories, The Shape of Water is a contender for Best Picture, director (Del Toro), lead actress (Sally Hawkins), supporting actress (Octavia Spencer), supporting actor (Richard Jenkins) and original screenplay. The rest of the field for Best Picture includes Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, Three Billboards and The Post. To see the complete list of nominees, log on to oscar.com. The winners will revealed during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for March 4.

> Festival Queen takes aim at youth entrepreneurship with debut project
“This initiative will cultivate a culture where youth become job creators and not job seekers. The youth need to be equipped with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and develop business acumen for them to become self-sufficient and generate their own economic opportunities.” So says reigning Miss Jamaica Festival Queen, Dainalyn Swaby, who recently launched her project, ‘Learn. Earn. Return,’ in her home parish of St. Elizabeth. The project will be implemented in St. Elizabeth, Kingston, St. Thomas and Clarendon, targeting 50 persons (aged 17-30 years) in each parish.

> Author Dr. Floyd Morris picks up RJR/Gleaner honour award
Coming on the heels of the release of his memoir, By Faith Not, By Sight: The Autobiography of Jamaica’s First Blind Senator (ImagiNation Books), Dr. Floyd Morris has been presented with the RJR/Gleaner Honour Award for Education. Visually impaired since age 20, Dr. Morris (who completed doctoral studies at UWI Mona last year) chiefly credits his determination for seeing him through. “At the worst times I know how to summon up from deep within myself the determination to go on. There were discouraging moments along the journey, but with the appropriate encouragement and support, I pressed to the mark and achieved ultimate success,” the former Senate president says now. “If a blind person who hailed from humble beginnings could have accomplished this tremendous feat, so can anyone.”

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