Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the most celebrated film, at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood, taking home four trophies, including awards for Best Drama, actress in a drama (Frances McDormand), supporting actor (Sam Rockwell) and screenplay (Martin McDonagh). Lady Bird won Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) while its leading lady Saoirse Ronan was voted Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy. The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro was named Best Director, while composer Alexandre Desplat took home the award for the film’s original score. Other winners: Gary Oldman – Best Actor in a Drama (The Darkest Hour); James Franco – Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy (The Disaster Artist); Allison Janney – Best Supporting Actress (I, Tonya); Coco – Animated Feature; In The Fade (Germany) – Best Foreign Language Film and “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman) – Best Original Song. Comic and TV host Seth Myers hosted the ceremony during which living legend Oprah Winfrey was presented with the Cecile B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
> Poet Kei Miller to receive regional award for arts and letters
Five outstanding Caribbean natives have been named as the 2018 recipients of the Anthony N. Sagba Caribbean Awards for Excellence. The list of laureates includes Jamaica’s own Kei Miller, the celebrated novelist, poet and essayist, who will receive the award in the category of arts and letters. He is the sole Jamaican honoree. Guyana’s William Anthony Boyle was cited for entrepreneurship; Trinidad & Tobago’s Chevaughn Joseph and Noel Joseph (public and civic contributions) and Dr. Adesh Ramsubhag, also from Trinidad & Tobago, for science and technology. Started in 2005, the awards are now valued at TT$500,000 each and come with a medal and a citation. The ceremony will take place on May 5 at a venue to be announced.
> Jamaica nets 11.7% increase in tourism earnings
According to the Ministry of Tourism, 2017 yielded a record year of tourism growth for the island, which welcomed a record-breaking four million-plus visitors. The revenue generated amounted to approximately US$3 billion, an 11.7% increase in earnings when compared with 2016. About 1,000 new hotel rooms came on stream throughout the year. More good news: Jamaica moved up seven places to rank 69th out of 136 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Index (TTCI), up from 76th place in 2015. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) reportedly allocated an additional $350 million to the National Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica to continue the provision of loans to operators of SMEs.