Sam Rockwell wins supporting actor Oscar for ‘Three Billboards’

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Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the Oscar for xxx during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (AFP
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Sam Rockwell, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", and Viola Davis, right, pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)
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Viola Davis, left, presents Sam Rockwell with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the Oscars on Sunday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP)
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Actor Sam Rockwell (L) is congratulated by US actor Woody Harrelson after he on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
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Actor Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on Sunday in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Sam Rockwell wins supporting actor Oscar for ‘Three Billboards’

LOS ANGELES: Sam Rockwell won the Oscar for best supporting actor on Sunday for his portrayal of an angry, dim-witted and racist police officer in the dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
It is the first Oscar for the 49-year-old Rockwell, a veteran of independent films such as “Moon,” “Seven Psychopaths” and “The Way Way Back.”
“I’d like to thank the Academy,” an ecstatic Rockwell said as he accepted the award. “Never thought I’d say those words.”
Rockwell was seen as a favorite for the Academy Award after winning Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA awards earlier this year.
In “Three Billboards,” from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox Searchlight, Rockwell plays an officer named Dixon who clashes with a mother whose daughter was killed in their small Midwestern town. The mother believes the authorities are not doing enough to investigate her daughter’s death.
Rockwell is the son of two actors and appeared in his first independent film while he was in high school.
On stage, Rockwell described a time when he was 8 years old and his father pulled him out of class to go to the movies.
“My mom and dad’s love of movies became my love of movies,” he said. “So thank you for that mom and dad. I love you.”
He was praised for his portrayal of Dixon as a complex man forced to face humility. But the character drew criticism from some filmgoers who felt he was unfairly redeemed despite his racist views.
Director Martin McDonagh has defended Rockwell’s character, saying that by the end of the film, Dixon has realized he needs to change.


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.