It was dark comic book tale "Joker" that topped the Oscar nominations, picking up 11 nods including best picture and best director, as women and ethnic minorities were largely shut out once again.
The group that hands out the Oscars said it had invited 842 new members from 59 countries including Lady Gaga, Sterling K Brown and Letitia Wright as the organization strives to further diversify in its ranks.
Diversity, though, was the biggest winner when a black filmmaker won his first competitive Oscar, a superhero blockbuster set in Africa scored big, and two black actors and an Egyptian first-generation American won three of the four acting prizes.
The academy initially said speeches for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short would be aired in a shortened, taped segment during the broadcast but decided to show all 24 categories live.
No team has ever progressed having lost the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie at home by two or more goals.
Alfonso Cuaron's ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp "The Favourite" top Oscar nominations with 10 each.
Netflix, which typically refuses to provide viewership numbers, made the rare disclosure in a recent tweet as movie producers, saying 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller "Bird Box" during its first seven days.
A jazz musician from Germany's centuries old ethnic minority group, Janko Lauenberger says he and his community once again feel vulnerable in the face of militant far-right.
Italy's Roma community includes people originally from Romania and the former Yugoslavia. Regarding Roma with Italian citizenship, "unfortunately we will have to keep" them, says Interior Minister Salvini.
For the first time since 1981, teams from Europe's football powerhouse nations of Spain, England, Italy and Germany make up the last four of Europe's elite club competition.
The first leg of the semifinals will be played on April 24 and 25, with the return games on May 1 and 2.
Some Texans worry the deployment of 1,000 soldiers will harm relations with their neighbours.
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