SOFIA COPPOLA MAKES HISTORY AT THE 2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 174

Sofia Coppola was the big winner of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 as she picked up the award for Best Director for The Beguiled. In doing so, she made history as only the SECOND woman in the festival’s history to scoop the accolade. The first recipient was Yuliya Solntseva, the Soviet filmmaker of 1961’s The Chronicle of Flaming Years.

The last time Coppola was in contention for the award was in 2006, when she brought Marie Antoinette to the festival. The film was largely panned both by critics and movie goers, and so many believe her victory this year is extra special.

As Coppola was not on hand to collect the award herself, a pre-written speech was read out to those present at the ceremony. In it, Coppola thanked Jane Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or, for “being a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”

The Beguiled, a feminist adaptation of the 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, which features Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst among its cast, has already been widely praised by critics and is set for release in selected US cinemas on June 23rd.

A full list of the other films/stars that picked up awards at the ceremony can be found below.

Palme d’Or: The Square

Grand Prix: Beats Per Minute (BPM)

Jury Prize: Loveless

Best Actress: Diane Kruger, In the Fade

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Best Screenplay: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here (tie)

Camera d’Or: Jeune Femme/Montparnasse Bienvenue (directed by Leonor Serraille)

70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman

Short Film Palme d’Or: Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night), directed by Qiu Yang

Queer Palm (Feature): BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo

Queer Palm (Short): Islands, Yann Gonzalez

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: RITA ORA TO PERFORM 113

The BRITs 2018 performance line-up adds another superstar in Rita Ora who will take to the stage at the awards ceremony for the first time this year. She will join Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Stormzy, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jorja Smith at The O2 on 21 February for the biggest night in British music.

Previously nominated for four BRIT Awards, and with 7 million single sales and a No. 1 platinum debut album to her name, Rita’s recent return to music has seen her into the charts four times in less than a year, most recently with ‘For You’ – a duet with BRITs 2018 double-nominee Liam Payne.

Rita said: “I am so honoured to be performing at The BRITs this year, as a British artist it has always been a dream of mine and I am beyond excited”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “The BRIT Awards are a celebration of the biggest success stories of the last 12 months in music and Rita has had an incredible year.  She is one of the most exciting British artists of her generation.  I am so pleased to welcome her to The BRITs stage and very much look forward to what will undoubtably be one of the evenings many highlights.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall and broadcast live on ITV. Celebrate with us on 21 February!

BRIT AWARDS 2018: JORJA SMITH TO PERFORM WITH RAG N BONE MAN 126

Jorja Smith will become the first BRITs Critics’ Choice winner to perform on The BRITs main show in the same year as winning the award.

The 2017 winner of Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough Act, Rag’n’Bone Man invited the R&B prodigy to perform alongside him following an incredible 12 months since winning the awards. It will be the first time that two Critics’ Choice winners have performed together on The BRITs stage.

Jorja was one of the live highlights of The BRITs Nominations Launch which broadcast live on ITV1 on 13 January, stunning the audience at home and in the studio with her single ‘Let Me Down’ featuring Stormzy. Jorja will embark on a sold out UK headline tour ahead of The Awards show. 

On the announcement, Jorja said: “I can’t believe I’ll be performing at The BRIT Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man has had an incredible year and is such a crazy talent. When he asked me at the end of last year to perform I was so happy as it’s a real honour to be sharing the stage with him.” 

Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album ‘Human’ went straight to No.1 in February, achieving the fastest selling UK male debut of the decade and selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “It will be an amazing moment from two incredible artists: One artist who has achieved huge success last year performing with another artist who is about to do the same this year. Jorja’s performance on the launch show was simply stunning and I cannot wait to see her perform with Rag’n’Bone Man on the main show.”

The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard – Celebrate with us on 21 February 2018!