AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
BAFTA Awards 2018 – Gary Oldman bags Leading Actor Award
71st British Academy Film Awards ceremony, popularly referred to as BAFTA Awards 2018 was held on February 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
71st British Academy Film Awards – List of Winners:
|Best Film||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|Outstanding British Film||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|Best Leading Actress||Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|Best Leading Actor||Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour|
|Best Supporting Actress||Allison Janney – I, Tonya|
|Best Supporting Actor||Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|Best Director||The Shape Of Water – Guillermo Del Toro|
|EE Rising Star Award||Daniel Kaluuya|
|Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Director or Producer||Rungano Nyoni (Writer/Director), Emily Morgan (Producer) – I Am Not a Witch|
|Best Original Screenplay||Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name|
|Best Cinematography||Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins|
|Best Documentary||I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck|
|Best Original Music||The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat|
|Best Sound||Dunkirk – Alex Gibson, Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, and Mark Weingarten|
|Best Production Design||The Shape of Water – Paul Denham Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, and Shane Vieau|
|Best Special Visual Effects||Blade Runner 2049 – Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, and John Nelson|
|Best Costume Design||Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges|
|Best Makeup and Hair||Darkest Hour – David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, and Kazuhiro Tsuji|
|Best Editing||Baby Driver – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos|
|Best Film Not in the English Language||The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook and Syd Lim|
|Best Animated Film||Coco – Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson|
|Best Short Animation||Poles Apart – Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low|
|Best Short Film||Cowboy Dave – Colin O’Toole and Jonas Mortensen|
|BAFTA Fellowship||Ridley Scott|
|BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema||National Film and Television School|
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Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi becomes 1st Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo
On 19th February 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi becomes 1st Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo:
i. Avani Chaturvedi achieved this feat by flying a MiG-21 “Bison”. She took off the MiG-21 “Bison” from the Jamnagar base of Indian Air Force (IAF).
ii. She already has the credit of being one of the first three women to undergo fighter pilot training in the Indian Air Force. The other two women are Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh.
iii .Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned as flying officers into the fighter stream after finishing basic training in June 2016, on experimental basis for 5 years initially.
About Indian Air Force (IAF):
♦ Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
India successfully conducts night trial of Prithvi-II missile
On 21st February 2018, India successfully conducted a night trial of Prithvi-II, an indigenously developed nuclear capable missile, from a test range in Odisha.
Successful night trial of Prithvi-II missile:
i. Prithvi-II was test-fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, as part of a user trial by the Indian Army.
ii. Prithvi-II is a surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 350 km. It has the ability to carry 500 to 1,000 kg of warheads. It uses liquid propulsion twin engines.
iii. The launch activities were carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army. It was monitored by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of training exercise.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D – Dr S Christopher