Affleck’s ‘Argo’ scores another Hollywood award

Updated 18 February 2013
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Affleck’s ‘Argo’ scores another Hollywood award

LOS ANGELES: Ben Affleck’s thriller “Argo” scooped up another award late Sunday, receiving the best adapted screenplay prize from the Writers Guild of America just a week before the Oscars.
“Zero Dark Thirty” got the best original screenplay prize at the WGA ceremony, which took place seven days before the 85th Academy Awards will cap off Tinseltown’s annual awards season at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The best WGA documentary screenplay award went to “Sugar Man,” while prizes for work in television were distributed among “Breaking Bad” (drama series), “Louie” (comedy series) and “Girls” (new series).
Aflleck’s Iran hostage drama has swept up top prizes at key award shows ahead of Hollywood’s top award night, including the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and Britain’s BAFTA.
It has won seven Oscar nominations, though not in the best director category, which was perceived as a snub to Affleck.


New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

Updated 22 June 2018
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New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to spend a second night in hospital with her “very alert and hungry” newborn daughter, her office said Friday.
The realities of motherhood have seen plans for a public appearance by the 37-year-old with her baby canceled twice.
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, following Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto whose daughter Bakhtawar was born in 1990.
She has yet to announce the name of the child, but a spokesman for her office said “everyone is doing well if not a bit tired” and Ardern spent a lot of time feeding the baby during the night.
“The nurses described the baby as ‘very alert and one hungry baby’,” the spokesman added.
The baby arrived Thursday afternoon, weighing 3.3 kilogrammes (7.3 pounds).
It is the first child for Ardern and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, a television fishing personality who will become a stay-at-home dad when she returns to work after six weeks of maternity leave.
Her deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister, although Ardern will continue to be consulted on significant issues.
The birth capped an eventful year for Ardern who became prime minister last October, three months after inheriting the leadership of the Labour Party when it was languishing in the polls.
Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari tweeted “congratulations” and shared a link to a news story on how the Pakistani leader showed it was possible to be a mother and a prime minister.