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The complete list of winners in Golden Globes 2020

2019 was unarguably a very good year for the television as well as the big screen. Annually, the best films and TV series are honoured and celebrated at the Golden Globe Awards. 

This year, hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 77th Golden Globe Awards was held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. 

Here is the complete winners’ list of Golden Globes 2020. 

MOVIES:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

1917

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (dir. Quentin Tarantino) 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Awkwafina (The Farewell)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood)

Best Motion Picture, Animated

Missing Link 

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

Best Director, Motion Picture

Sam Mendes (1917

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Joker  

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (Rocketman

TELEVISION: 

Best Television Series, Drama

Succession

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Brian Cox (Succession)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama

Olivia Colman (The Crown)

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Ramy Youssef (Ramy)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series,  Musical or Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Patricia Arquette (The Act)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl) 

This year’s Golden Globes did not go as it was mostly predicted. The critics’ favourites surely were held on higher standards than the mass people’s hyped choices, except for in a couple of categories. 

These results bring more hype for the Oscars. Let’s see what happens in the 92nd Academy Awards in February 2020.

U2 pays tribute to Begum Rokeya in their concert tour

The performance of U2 at the National Stadium in Singapore on December 1 has been by far one of the most anticipated topics on the internet and for the right reasons! Photos of the concert showed the band paying tribute to Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and other legendary women of all generations.

As a part of The Joshua Tree tour, this is their first visit to South East Asia. In an article by Dhaka Tribune, drummer of Nemesis and Indalo, Dio Haque mentions how the ecstatic moment really moved him,

“While performing Ultraviolet they paid tribute to all trailblazing women of the world and Begum Rokeya was one of them. It was a great experience, a goosebumps moment.”

Dio Haque, Nemesis

Born on December 9th, 1880, Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, commonly known as Begum Rokeya was a progressive feminist thinker. She was ahead of her time who paved ways for many generations of women to come. Life as a woman is a constant battle, but trailblazing feminists like Begum Rokeya have made us realize that despite the struggles, there is always an end goal. Victories whether small or big, are celebratory.

Despite being brought up in an orthodox family and male-dominated environment, Begum Rokeya opened up to many options and let herself grow with education and seized every opportunity she could get. She founded the first school for Bengali Muslim women in Kolkata. She created the Muslim Women’s Association in order to support women education and create opportunities for them to build up a career through sustainable employment.

U2 pays tribute to Begum Rokeya and other revolutionary women of the world

“Why do you allow yourselves to shut up?’

‘Because it cannot be helped as they are stronger than women.’

‘A lion is stronger than a man, but it does not enable him to dominate the human race. You have neglected the duty you owe to yourselves and you have lost your natural rights by shutting your eyes to your own interests.”

Rokeya Rokeya in Sultana’s Dream

In a harsh world full of hate and flickering flames of feud, let us unite with the hopes of a better future. Let us fight for the right kind of reasons. Let us pick each other up instead of competing to see who we can put down.

Max Mystel’s comedy special: A treat for stand-up comedy lovers in Dhaka

Watching Max perform his 1-hour comedy special You Can’t Joke About That felt like eating dessert before dinner. The 500tk ticket to his show at Urbiruhu got you entry along with dinner provided by Amader Tong with the comedian himself. Which a member of the audience, Ishan A. Alavi described as “one of the best home-cooked meals of his life.”

What’s so special about Max?

But, of course, his audience generally has a penchant for hyperboles. The whole premise of his comedy is a crass exaggeration. With that said, his performance is no ordinary dessert, but some form of British, Bangla, Indian fusion Roshogolla-kulfi-custard-pie. It is a true slice of the traveller he has been all his life, spending almost a decade as a street performer in London, a few months in India after winning an open mic, overlaying his strict Bengali-Muslim ex-pat upbringing in Saudi.

Here’s what’s interesting about Max – if his jokes flop he doesn’t just sit there and take it. He comments on the floppiness of his jokes, improvs a self-deprecating meta-narrative about why it didn’t work, so it’s no wonder his 1-hour ran overtime by 20 minutes. That and the fact that his audience kept pushing for more; the turnout was humble.

The space was quite intimately small, which is exactly what made his special, special.

In the age of Netflix, we see recorded specials brimmed with a theatre full of people cordoned away from the stage, and that lack of distance in Max’s special, purely from setting and venue, encouraged us to ask for more. It is rare to find a comic who can hold your focus for over an hour, but it is even rarer to find one a few feet away from you. The host and feature act for his show were Atiq Sohail and Eftekhar Alam, respectively, themselves burgeoning their own following.

What’s next for Max?

Max is currently challenging himself to work on his second 1-hour act, to finish off the year, called Acquired Down Syndrome. Rumour has it that it might be hosted at 3rd Space and filmed. From a cinematic standpoint, it would be interesting to see something like this find its landing somewhere on the screen. Paving the way for recorded live-action comedy is an important step for Max Mystel because he has a niche following in a place like Dhaka, whilst performing his comedy in English, peppered with earnest and stark moments of Bangla and Hindi. While his comedy tastes like dessert, it is admittedly dark and not for everyone. The bitter taste of his third culture jokes belong to an audience as adventurously global as he is, and it is my hope that he someday finds it.

Meet Priya, the tiger-riding superhero who fights off the evil in our society

The world is changing. And so are our heroes. Meet Priya, a tiger-riding, evil vanquishing superheroine from India. No more of the cliched “knight in shining amour”. This comic crusader is someone girls from the subcontinent can look up to and feel empowered. The first launch of the series was in December of 2014, exactly 2 years after the gruesome gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi.

Priya: The Origin Story

The first edition, Priya’s Shakhti, shows the origin story of Priya. She is a humble girl from a quaint village in India. In a horrible turn of events, Priya gets raped by men of her village. When she informs her family of the ordeal, her family shuns and ostracizes her. Instead of serving justice, the village elders blame her for provoking the men. Scared and lost, Priya flees to the forest to end her life. The goddess Parvati sees her plight and offers her retribution. Together, they confront the rapists and put an end to sexual violence. Priya, with her newfound powers, goes on to stop sexual violence and battle the stigma around rape and rape victims.

Priya And The Lost Girls: The Plot

In the second edition, Priya’s Mirror, Priya joins forces with acid-attack victims to combat acid attack on women. The third edition picks off right after. Priya returns home and finds that there are no girls left in her village. They have been trapped by the powerful sex-trafficker Rahu, an evil demon who runs an underground brothel. Priya mounts her flying tiger, Sahas, and approaches Rahu’s den. Like all superheroes, she fights the evil demon and defeats him. All the women who were forced to work as sex-workers were freed.

What is interesting is the fact the writer and creator, Ram Devineni, portrays the real challenge that most superhero comics do not; the societal scorn and stigma against sex-workers. He effectively shows how the current society makes it difficult for victims of sex-trafficking to integrate back into normal life.

The Impact

Storytelling is a very powerful tool. A story can help to change people’s hearts and shape their minds. The Priya comic series effectively addresses how survivors of sexual assault and violence are treated in society, especially in the Indian subcontinent. The core message is, the shame belongs to the attacker and not the survivor.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Star Cineplex’s first venture into film production, “No Dorai”- a film based on the story of a local Bangladeshi girl from Cox’s Bazar and her passion for surfing, has been the talk of the town recently.

Read more: Dare to Surf: The first ever Bangladeshi movie on surfing

Ever since the poster of a young surfer girl, in a red saree whose fierceness meets the ones in her eyes, was released, moviegoers have been eagerly waiting to go and watch what promised to be a milestone for Bangladeshi cinema. As it premiered on November 28th in Star Cineplex, it offered the local audience a glimpse into what it could have been. Had it not messed up so badly.

What works

Directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu, the film has the elements that make it an exuberant celebration of the ups and downs in Ayesha’s (Sunerah) life. You see the passion in her eyes as she shows commendable surfing skills and the helplessness in her eyes when she asks her father for help after getting married. Sunehra’s portrayal of the character is admirable.

The cinematography of the film is magnificent. Cinematographer Suman Sarker has memorialized the sheer beauty of Cox’s Bazaar, wrapped them in bows and delivered this beautiful ‘gift’ of such brilliant cinematography.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Be it the spell-bounding drone shots of the beach, the placement of the actors on screen in a particular landscape or using various angles to portray the scenes, he has envisioned it right and created a magic like trance on screen.

Despite being a movie in local Chittagonian dialect throughout, Ayesha’s vulnerability portrayed with heartbreaking precision is something we all understand and feel sorry for. The acting chops of Sariful Razz and the actor portraying Ayesha’s brother were also commendable.

What does not

The two and a half hours of beautiful cinematic shots offer little story besides what we already know from the trailers and the title tracks. The lack of subtitles in a movie made entirely in the local dialect does not help its case either.

All in all, sitting through the entire runtime of No Dorai requires quite the hard work.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

As fans enter the theatre expecting a film that highlights surfing, a struggling story and most importantly, women’s emancipation, they will find many of these elements missing. Despite great performances by Sunerah, her character often is overshadowed by the multiple other aspects of the movie revolving around Sohel’s (Sariful Razz) story.

The involvement of the foreign cast seemed distracting, especially because they did not blend in as well as the other characters. Ensuring more screen-time for Ayesha’s character and story would have made a more valid point for the plot of the movie.

Verdict

With a story that becomes somewhat predictable after a while and a plot that does not resonate the message of women empowerment as strongly as it promised in the poster and trailer, No Dorai fails to deliver on its promise.

Brilliant cinematography, beautiful choice of musical scores and unforgettable acting from the casts involved fails to uplift a movie brought down by lazy and sub-par story writing. With a rating of 2/5 from us, in the end, No Dorai is just another Bangladeshi film with a potential wasted.

HBO’s “Invisible Stories” portrays the lives of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore

Distant from the wealth and glitter of Singapore, Invisible Stories shines light upon the alienated characters of the lesser-known neighbourhoods in Singapore. Including the lives of migrant workers there. Sudip Biswas Deep from Bangladesh plays the character of a Bangladeshi migrant construction worker in this HBO original anthology.

This six-episode half-hour drama is entirely filmed in the locations of Singapore. Each episode follows each resident as he or she lives through everyday life and challenges. The stories include ups and downs of a mother and his son with autism, a man who is a taxi driver by day and a spiritual medium by night; a banker who is a husband and a father but this dark secret comes alive late at night and many more.

A film that hits home

This HBO Originals will take place in the Housing and Development Board public housing blocks. The places are very well close to the series creator Ler Jiyuan. Despite being one of the best and famous new directors in Singapore, the creator has a very humble lifestyle and childhood himself.

“Eighty per cent of Singaporeans live in HDB flats. I myself grew up in one in the ’90s in a three-room flat. My father was a taxi driver.”

Ler Jiyuan says
Source: Google

He further added that he spends most of his time here until now. It will be an interesting concept to open up to the international audience about a different Singapore. A “non-crazy-rich” side of Singapore.

The multicultural perspective of the ‘other’ side of Singapore

This series is starring actors from a multicultural identity background. This enhances the importance of Singapore by itself despite the diversity, Singapore portrays. The regional cast is from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore.

Source: Google

Sudip Biswas Deep portrays the role of a migrant construction worker in Singapore. This will essentially hold a very strong portrayal of what it is like for Bangladesh minorities to earn their livelihood in different countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.

HBO Asia has also arranged a short film competition inviting all the other uprising filmmakers to submit their untold stories in their neighbourhoods. This will empower the rise of new storytellers of a generation who will showcase and portray different angles to their environment.

Invisible Stories premieres on January 5th, 2020.

5 films you should watch before November ends

The mass people as well as the proclaimed cinema lovers, all are satisfied with the films released in 2019 so far. Avengers: Endgame, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker – people of different tastes in movies, everybody got something they might enjoy. 2019 had and has movies for everyone. What is even better is that this year is yet to offer some potentially great films.

Here are 5 films that you might enjoy watching this month.

The King

5 films you should watch before November ends

This historical epic tells the story of young Henry V after becoming the King of England in the 15th century. Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet) was a reluctant heir to the throne and was negligent of his duties, but circumstances made him be crowned as King Henry V and so he had to forcefully embrace the life he wanted to break free from so badly.

Directed by David Michôd, The King (2019) is a Shakespeare-inspired historical drama. Alongside previously Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet in the lead role, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson also star in the film. The battle scenes are sensational, the performances by all actors and actresses are strong and the cinematography is impressive. Overall, this Netflix Original is a great watch!

Rating: 8/10

The Irishman

5 films you should watch before November ends

One of the most anticipated films of 2019, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman comes to Netflix on November 26th.

This film is a fantastic reunion of legendary actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. This crime drama is another ‘hitman story’ which this trio is already famously known for. The critics are already calling it a masterpiece by Scorsese and some are even calling it his best work.

The rave reviews, the never-ending suspense, the A graded cast and Martin Scorsese’s brilliance make this film a must-watch for every film enthusiast all around the world.

Rating: N/A

The Farewell

5 films you should watch before November ends

The Farewell (Bié Gàosù Tā) is director Lulu Wang’s big break. This is the story of a lovely Chinese family living far apart from each other. This comedy-drama is a breath of fresh air otherwise surrounding all the tough dark thrillers around in 2019.

Chinese culture and philosophy are reflected throughout the film. The story is packed with all shades of human emotions and takes us a step closer to our family roots. This is one simple but powerful film.

Even though the film was initially released in January, it was made legally available in Bangladesh in November.

Rating: 7.5/10

Chhichhore

5 films you should watch this November

From the director of Dangal (2016) and Chillar Party (2011), comes Chhichhore. Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari has always been adding new flavors to Bollywood by breaking the Bollywood stereotype! This time is no different.

Chhichhore is a film about a group of friends from university. This heartfelt film is immensely relatable to every student of this sub-continent. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor and many more renowned faces.

Rating: 7/10

No Dorai

5 films you should watch before November ends

If you are a Bangladeshi and are relatively active on social media, you probably have heard about the beautiful melancholic song Jontrona by Mohon Sharif from the Bangla film “No Dorai” (Dare to Surf) which will be released on November 29th

Read more: Dare to Surf: The first ever Bangladeshi movie on surfing

The trailer of the film is already critically acclaimed. The locations, camera work and colour palette as seen in the music video are highly appraised as well. The film is directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu and is shot by cinematographer Suman Sarker.

From a small beach town in Cox’s Bazar, Ayesha dares to break social stigma, boundaries, orthodoxy and becomes the first female surfer of Bangladesh. This film is a glance into the rural life and illustrates the hardship of empowering the women in Bangladesh as well.

Rating: N/A

2019 has been a good year for movies so far. Movies like The King, The Farewell and Chhichhore have contributed enough to make 2019 glorious. Fingers crossed for The Irishman and No Dorai. Hopefully they will at least be as good as we have predicted!

This Bangladeshi 3D animation film looks stunning! Watch the trailer for “Tomorrow”

These are exciting times! The film industry of Bangladesh has come a long way from the cliched “poor boy meets rich girl” stories. Bangladesh has seen an influx of tasteful films and dramas, and these films have been critically acclaimed on international platforms. Now we have an animated film underworks.

Cycore Studio presents “Tomorrow”, a twenty-five minutes long 3D animated film. The budget for this film is one crore taka and it has been directed by Mohammad Shihab Uddin.

The film is set to be premiered on 29th November.

It will be premiered worldwide on 30th November at 7 pm, on channel Dipto. The animated film will also be available on YouTube after the worldwide premier.

The Plot

The film shows the world in a morbid state with melting ice-caps, rising sea level, depleted fossil fuel, polluted air and so on. It depicts that in a not-so-distant future, low-lying countries like Bangladesh are getting submerged due to global warming. The future of the world is uncertain and dark.

The film centres around the protagonist, a young boy from Bangladesh named Ratul who did not care much for the environment. But all that changes one day when he meets a spiritual and supernatural being, Batasher Buro. This supernatural being shows Ratul how mankind has slowly destroyed Earth. Ratul resolves himself to save the world and he calls on all the other children around the globe. Together, they embark upon a journey to save the world.

The Message

The film intends to illustrate the impact of global warming and how imperative it is to make a stand. Since the primary viewers will be kids and teenagers, the film will try to empower the young minds and motivate them to work for the sustainability of the environment.

This open-world game is set in Dhaka and here’s everything you need to know

Agontuk is an open-world game with a story in a Bangladeshi setting. A daunting and ambitious project– M7 Productions and Attrito, two Bangladeshi companies, are coming up with the first-ever Bangladeshi open-world action-adventure game. The game has been under development for the past year and here is what we know so far–

The setting

Agontuk is an Open-World action-adventure that takes place in a re-imagined version of Dhaka. In the game, Dhaka is re-named to Dhacca. Initial photos of the game show an impressive world-building and details that remain true to the image of Dhaka. Models of CNGs, places like Sadarghat and prominent Dhaka streets are featured in the game. We are expecting attention to the details for these familiar sights. The game is still in the early stages of development and hopefully, it will only get better with time.

Agontuk, the game set in Dhaka: Here's everything you need to know

Release date

Nothing on the release date, yet. Premier of the trailer is said to be on 15th November. The release will presumably be announced after the premier.

Compatible platforms

PS4 and PC are the targeted platforms for this game. This will also be the first Bangladeshi-made game to be PS4 compatible. Since development is still undergoing, the PC specifications remain unreleased. The Unity Game Engine is being used to make Agontuk. The game will not be available for mobile phones.

We are looking forward to doing a beta testing of the game. Stay tuned for a review of the game and an exclusive with the team behind this project.

What would a dream Bangladesh football team look like?

They say that Bengalis are known for their love of three things. Maach, Roshogolla and Football. Sadly enough, our football scenario is constantly marred with mismanagement, lack of funds and whatnot. There was a time when football used to be the biggest sport in the country. People would wait in lines to get their hands on a black ticket for an Abahani-Mohameddan match.

Things have certainly changed now but the tides are turning again. The country’s football scenario is under the limelight, thanks to our team’s recent performance and other off-field issues. Jamie Day and Jamal Bhuyan have emerged to be the new brands for Bangladesh football.

Read more: Jamal Bhuyan: The Danish captain of Bangladesh football

Much like Jamal Bhuyan, this football-crazy nation has its prodigal sons scattered in many different corners of the world. Most of us know about Hamza Chowdhury who plays for Leicester. Here are four Bangladeshi born footballers all around the world who, if bought together, could change Bangladesh football forever:

Shamit Shome

Shamit is a Canadian professional footballer born to Bangladeshi parents. He plays as a midfielder for Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer and has played in Canada’s U-20 and U-21 teams.

Farid Ali

Farid Ali is a Ukrainian professional footballer of Bangladeshi descent. He is a right-wing for Polish club GKS Jastrzębie. With an impressive physique and a decent record, he is one of the prominent Ukrainian players out there.

Hamza Choudhury

Hamza Chowdhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

Read more: Hamza Choudhury, the Bengali starlet of Leicester City

Hamza Choudhury plays as a midfielder in Leicester City in the English Premier League. He is constantly in the sight of premier league heavy-weights like Manchester United and Chelsea. He also played for the England U-21 team a couple of times.

Tariq Kazi

Tariq Kazi is a Finnish right-back playing professionally for Ilves Tampere. He has played for the Finland U-19 team. Recently he has signed a contract to play for the Bashundhara Kings and is headed soon to Bangladesh.

Will a dream team comprised of all these heavy-weights able to change the image of Bangladesh football? Let us know what you think.