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now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. i ,it , it has been a sunshine we have been talking about this weekend. the wind has beenjust a bit annoying really and southern areas, just tapering the feel of things here. we have had a bit more cloud today, this is in cambridgeshire a little earlier. we have had a bit more found in eastern england, the breeze has picked up a notch as we saw, it has picked up a notch as we saw, it has been windy but for many and for what continues of today, there will be plenty of sunshine. it feels warm, strong sunshine quite early in the season. high uv levels in some western areas. this was the cloud i was talking about, as we go through this evening and overnight, that will tend to migrate further westwards and develop. for most of us away from that team win in the south, it has felt warm. 16 and 17
is above average for the time of year, but that is something we will not see next week for the most part. we will talk about next week later on. as we say, we have cloud stretching its way further west through the night, just patchy frost under clear skies. a weather front will bring some rain to the north west of scotland by the end of tonight and tomorrow a very different day for scotland. 17 in the sunshine today, 13 and outbreaks of quite heavy rain and gusty winds tomorrow. eventually that cloud and a bit of rain getting in to northern ireland and the far north of england, but still warm at 16. 16 or 17 in a southern areas. it will be a warm day again in the south in a sunshine but it is all change for the north tomorrow. you're watching bbc news with me ben brown. england's biggest football teams in the sport's governing bodies are going to stage a four—day
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news a look at what we can expect to come at the oscars in talking movies. hello from union station in downtown los angeles. i'm tom brook and welcome to our oscars preview edition of talking movies. in today's programme, we are going to tell you everything you need to know to make sense of this year's oscars ceremony, which is taking place partly here, inside the biggest railway station in the western united states. it is the most diverse field of oscar contenders ever — a woman could win for best director and, for the first time, a muslim is up for best actor.
it is a win for us as a culture when it feels like we are all moving forwards together. we will be hearing from several top contenders. we will also be looking at movies around the world vying for oscars consideration. but first, something a bit different — my take on the academy awards and the ceremony�*s move to an additional venue. everybody thinks that the king's speech, the british period drama, is going to do very well indeed... i have been covering the oscars for almost a0 years, and this year's ceremony promises to be like no other. because of covid—19, the academy awards is being reinvented. for the last 20 years, the oscars has been taking place at the dolby theatre on hollywood boulevard. this year, because of the need to meet social distancing requirements, an additional venue was sought, which i went to check out. muffled tannoy announcement ..union station. la's spacious union station was chosen and it could be reached in a myriad of ways,
including by this underground train, which will take me right to the heart of the station complex. of course, oscar nominees on the big night will be arriving in considerably more style, probably by limousine. now arriving, union station. it doesn't immediately hit you, but union station is breathtaking. it has been described as a vital portal to the promise of the california dream. the reason the academy is using union station is to spread the membership out, because of social distancing, because of the pandemic. but this is the sistine chapel of railway stations, certainly here in america. this is a theatre for the traveller. it's often referred to as a cathedral of transportation. it's so magnificent inside.
big sections of the station have been cordoned off for the oscars. over the landing threshold. part of the classic 1982 sci—fi blade runner movie was shot at union station, as were more than 150 other films, cementing the station's hollywood status, adding to its suitability as an oscar night venue. in the restaurant, robert redford and barbra streisand get into a domestic altercation. amazingly, trains will keep running throughout the academy awards ceremony. commuters seem pleased the oscars were coming to union station. it is going to be a nice change of scenery, i think, but it is definitely going to be a little out of the norm of what the oscars usually is. but what will remain hidden from oscar night viewers will be the many, many homeless and mentally ill people who now live in and around the station. you have people attending the oscars who have so much wealth, so much money and power.
and then you have the people here who don't have the bare minimum, like food or shelter. to their credit, the academy awards producers are doing everything they can to bring the oscars ceremony to life, to reinvent it. it will not be one big zoom show. my friend and colleague, guide mulder, a spanish broadcaster, has covered the academy awards for more than 30 years... speaks spanish he is one of the few lucky accredited journalists on the small red carpet this year. it's going to be like watching a movie. i don't know details because they do not want to reveal anything, but i think it's going to be interesting to see a ceremony which is really a film, with its scripts and everything. the academy has a lot riding on the oscars show. last year's academy awards, pre—covid, had the lowest tv ratings of any oscars ceremony in history. if we start with the assumption that it might not break historical records for oscar ratings, maybe it can do better simply by being an incredibly innovative
and engrossing ceremony that sends a positive message about the resilience of the entertainment industry and its ongoing relevance. i'm sure you are going to win. all right, well, that is colin firth here, live on the red carpet. as i've learned over the years, the oscars ceremony is an ephemeral event, quickly over. by contrast, the custodians of union station proudly see their structure as more long—lasting, more solid. forthem, perhaps, less lightweight than the oscars. it's a little different. this station is real. it is not make—believe. it will be there after the oscars, and everyone can come visit. so let's move on and take a look at the actors up for an oscar this year. when it comes to the top acting prizes, i expect the late great chadwick boseman will win best actor for his performance in ma rainey�*s black bottom.
and i think frances mcdormand, well, she will win best actress for her role in nomadland, but really nothing is certain. because of the recent demographic changes in the academy's membership, it has got much harder than it used to be to predict who will win the acting races. anyway, emma jones has been taking a look at the field. it really is anyone�*s guess this year as to who of all these nominees will take home an oscar. even the nominations had surprises. the best actor category includes chadwick boseman for ma rainey�*s black bottom, asian american steven yeun for minari, and londoner riz ahmed for sound of metal. two past oscar winners sir anthony hopkins for the father and gary oldman are in the running and it still carries a thrill for oldman who plays the writer of citizen kane in david finch's mank. you know, you have to pinch yourself. you go, "oh, i have got an oscar."
it is not something you really think about in the moment of doing it, of going into a project. it is only after, where people start throwing your name around. it is a nice thing. and the best actress category is even harder to predict. it is between viola davis for ma rainey�*s black bottom, frances mcdormand for nomadland, andra day for the united states vs billie holiday, vanessa kirby for pieces of a woman and carey mulligan for promising young woman. any one of them could win. what's my name? jason, here we are in our award season finery with nowhere to go. but has the online award season meant there has been more fragmentation when it comes to actually choosing the winners? i think there is and i think that what has happened is because there is a lack of award season, no one has been able
to build up a red—carpet hullabaloo before a momentum. the studios with their marketing might and the campaigns around them, no one has been able to piggyback on accrued momentum throughout the season so what you're getting is people just saying, well, i'm going to vote for the one that i liked the most. korean actress yuh—jung youn, who stars in minari, the story of an immigrant korean family in america, it is becoming the favourite for the supporting actress academy award, after wins at bafta and the screen actors guild. and the award goes to... yuh—jung youn, minari. she credits bong joon—ho�*s parasite for opening the door to her achievement. as an asian or korean, we never thought about somebody could the award from oscar. so bong joon—ho gave a big present for us. then every country was cheering for him. that was a big change for us. disappointment is no easier to bear sitting on zoom instead
of in a theatre, and daniel kaluuya's might be crushing if after winning the globe, bafta and screen actors guild awards, he doesn't get an oscar for best supporting actor forjudas and the black messiah. kaluuya plays black panther activist fred hampton. you can murder a freedom fighter, but you can't murder freedom! - kaluuya seems to be a clear favourite. lakeith stanfield, also forjudas and the black messiah, paul raci in sound of metal, and sasha baron cohen for the trial for the chicago seven, are also nominated. so is leslie odoerfor his part as sam cooke in one night in miami. he's already got a grammy and a tony award for the musical hamilton. i have to be honest about that kind of stuff. because the truth is, i have gone farther and achieved more than i ever really intended to. most of my experience with film is as an audience member, i'll say that. these modest rebuttals of nominees mean more when really no—one has
certainty who will win, unlike in the past. the academy of motion picture arts and sciences, the organisation that hands out the oscars, doesn't exactly have a glorious track record when it comes to rewarding indian cinema. interestingly, india, which has the most prolific movie industry in the world, has never won for best international feature or the equivalent award at the oscars. but this year there is a film set and shot in india which has earned the best adapted screenplay nomination. it has gone to the writer and director, ramin bahrani, and the film is the white tiger. since i was a boy, the desire to be a servant... ..had been hammered into my skull. the white tiger is based on the 2008 bestseller of the same name by aravind adiga. it is the story of a young indian servant, full of the most noble
of intentions who is corrupted by the amorality of his master. there is naked rage and revenge in this story, nothing soft or cosy. the film has big—name stars — priyanka chopra jonas and rajkummar rao. and newcomer adarsh gourav mesmerising as the servant boy, balram. oh, yeah, ramin! good to see you again. i know, it's like a long time. the film has been directed by ramin bahrani, a talented new york—based film—maker whose work i have been following for more than 15 years. the white tiger is definitely bringing audiences a caustic, commentary on modern india. the movie takes place between 2007 and 2010. india had a lot of confidence then, there was a middle class that was growing. i think some of those changes have stalled, obviously their economy did not reach the potential that they thought. it is a commentary, however, on massive gaps in wealth. it is very, very specific and authentic to india but it is very universal. i think especially tragically in the age of covid, many,
many more people started to feel how difficult it is to get anywhere in life when the system around you seems corrupt and builtjust for the rich and powerful. it can be crass to categorise movies. people have labelled your film, to some extent, as a rags to riches story, and they have made comparisons with slumdog millionaire. in what way do you see the two films as being different or perhaps similar? the stories are probably quite different because i think white tiger is not so rose—coloured, with no million—rupee game show that is going to save anybody here. the only other solution that the main character sees is crime or politics, he says. ramin, i first met you more than 15 years ago when you had just made yourfirst film, man push cart, which was about a pakistani—born cart vendor who sells bagels and coffee in manhattan. it was a beautifully crafted film, i really liked that film. is there any connection between your earlier work,
your first work, and what you have done with the white tiger, do you think? yes. but first i have to say that i remember that encounter very well because i used to watch you on the bbc and it was my first film. i couldn't believe that tom brook was calling me to do an interview. i still remember it so vividly. and i think — of course i think there are similarities. this is my seventh film and my sixth film that deals with issues of wealth inequality. most of my films have been about unseen and unheard voices. characters we don't normally see in movies, so these are subjects that i am very interested in. ramin bahrani faces very stiff competition in the adapted screenplay category and is unlikely to win at the oscars, but the white tiger has already brought him much critical acclaim. it's been a resonant hit with audiences. it's really been helped by the powerful performances of his actors. i am just one who cannot go into the restaurant
he has to sleep in. this year, many of the academy's top prizes will go to american films and american film talent. cinemas from beyond us shores have been nominated in the best international film category and there is one picture, another round, from denmark, that appears to be the frontrunner. emma jones has been taking a look at what's on offer. in a year with little to celebrate in cinema, apart from the quality of films, another round, danish director thomas vinterberg's story of a middle—aged male experiment with alcohol, has found a huge fan base. it is partly due to actor mads mikkelsen�*s electrifying performance as martin, a teacher despondent his best years seem to be behind him. vinterberg's also nominated for a best director oscar. but professional recognition
is secondary to the personal. the film is dedicated to his daughter, ida. my daughter, who passed away during the making of this film, we made the movie for her. sort of, to honour her memory. so, of course, every shine we can get, for me, it's a shine for her. oscars can turbo—charge an internationalfilm's box office. bong joon—ho's parasite took $8 million in us cinemas injust a few days immediately after it scooped four oscars. this year's awards are vital to these non—english language movies, where promotion has been limited and cinemas closed. �*quo vadis, aida?�* by jasmila zbanic, is a film from bosnia—herzegovina. nine european countries funded her story about the massacre of 8,000 bosnian men and boys at srebrenica in 1995. events unfold for the eyes
of a translator, aida. our aim is that this film is seen by many people and since nominations, we have so many requests. the film was mentioned in the media like a thousand times more than before nominations. so i am completely aware what power is behind the oscars. yet some nominees have flourished online. the romanian entry, collective, also nominated for best documentary feature, is a story ofjournalists battling to expose corruption in romania's health service after a tragic fire. it was the most watched film in 2020 on an hbo streaming service. we were lucky to release in romanian cinemas two weeks before the pandemic closed it down.
we really had record numbers. but we found basically that even the online release of the film is good in the end. maybe even more people have seen it. the increasingly international demographic of oscar voters may also have shaped the shortlist. better days, a chinese romantic crime drama made by derek tsang is hong kong's first international feature entry since farewell my concubine in 1994. you want my soul. i want your back. tunisia also has its first—ever oscar nomination with the man who sold his skin by kaouther ben hania. it's the story of a syrian refugee who becomes a work of art in europe. the story pointedly showing that goods have an easier passage than some humans. since there were more . voters outside of the us, more voter in africa, _ in europe, in asia, so there is more diversity and we can feel it also in the movie, -
in the movie nominated. i think things are changing. these international nominees may face an even tougher landscape than ever post—covid, it's no wonder they are raising a glass to getting this far. now before we go, it's time for me to make my predictions of who will win in the key oscar categories. of course, i run the risk of making a total fool of myself. best adapted screenplay — that award will go to nomadland, one of several it will receive on the night. chloe zhao used jessica bruder�*s nonfiction nomadland: surviving america, in the 21st century bestseller, to craft a story cleverly blending real itinerant people playing themselves with professional actors. best original screenplay,
that oscar will be awarded to master screen wordsmith aaron sorkin for the trial of the chicago seven. the vietnam—era historical legal drama which he also directed. best documentary feature, that award goes to my octopus teacher. a portrait of south african documentary film—maker craig foster's strikingly photographed love affair with an octopus. best animated feature, that will go to soul, a beautiful pixar animation, chronicling the efforts of a school music teacher to reunite his soul with his body. best supporting actress, south korean screen veteran yuh—jung youn stole audience's hearts with her portrayal of a quirky but doting grandmother in minari. academy voters will probably feel inclined to reward her.
best supporting actor, that award seems almost certain to go to british actor daniel kaluuya for his masterful and emotionally—charged portrait of fred hampton, a significant member of the black panther party, in the film judas and the black messiah. best actress, that will go to frances mcdormand, who has emerged as one of the big screen's most accomplished leading ladies. she will now have as many trophies as meryl streep, but is still outdone by katharine hepburn, who won four. best actor will go deservedly to the late great chadwick boseman, who died tragically at the age of 43 last year for his last screen role as a troubled trumpet player in ma rainey�*s black bottom. best director, yes, that will go chloe zhao, making history as the first woman of colour to win the award for her work on nomadland. and she's only the second woman ever
to win for best director. for her, it will be a very good night. and finally, talking movies predicts the best picture prize, hollywood's top award, will go to nomadland, which was basically anointed oscar's frontrunner from the time of its launch at the venice film festival last year. perhaps in this turbulent covid—19 time, audiences and oscar voters were drawn to this story of dislocated lives set against the big skies of the american west. nomadland was a film about something, beautifully shot with strong performances, it had the feel of an oscar—winning epic. well, that brings this special oscars preview edition of talking movies to a close. we hope you enjoyed the show. please remember, you can always watch us online. and you can find us on facebook and twitter. so, from me, tom brook and the rest
of the talking movies production team here in los angeles, it's goodbye, as we leave you with the oscar—nominated song, �*speak now�* from the movie, one night in miami. # speak now. # don't you hold your tongue # speak now. # oh, can you hear the angels? # speak now. the sunshine has prevailed for most
this weekend again, and the sunshine makes all the difference at this time of year. makes all the difference at this time of year-— time of year. helping after the mornin: time of year. helping after the morning frost _ time of year. helping after the morning frost temperatures i time of year. helping after the morning frost temperatures to j time of year. helping after the - morning frost temperatures to leap up morning frost temperatures to leap up into the high teens, 17 or even 18 at this weekend. when it's last? in a word, no. we will see more cloud into next week. slightly colder air once again. i think it will feel chillier for all of us. at the moment, the high pressure has been ruling the roost. we have more isobars in the south, which is why it has been a bit blustery here, obviously that is accentuating how it feels. i was trying to show you the satellite picture to show you how much cloud we have had across eastern england today. that will become more prevalent over this evening and night—time as well as we pull in on the easterly wind, push it westwards towards the borders of wales. you cannot fail to note some rain in the forecast as well. we have not had a lot of that in april, but we will see at least a splash or two in the coming week. overnight, chilly under the starry skies, a touch of frost here and there to start with. this is the area of low
pressure and it will be on its way southwards to many areas. unfortunately, the rain becomes more showery so not guaranteeing rain for everybody. the low pressure hangs around to the east of us, even at the end of the week. so always threatening or giving us the chance of some rain. what it will do as it pulls to the east is allow the airflow to come right the way down from the arctic are going on a northerly wind. we have had plenty of those northerly winds with arctic air this month, haven't we? some rain, a different take on scotland tomorrow and eventually that rain or showery rain will come into northern ireland and the far north of england by the end of the day. for many further south, once the early low cloud clears away, it will be another warm day. in fact we start to lose that team easterly breeze we have had in the south, possibly feeling warmer. as we go from monday into tuesday, that low pressure is just starting its progress further southwards. so the rain is becoming more showery by that stage. given the strength of the april sunshine, some of those showers contain heavy
with hail and thunder. some places will miss those showers, but others will miss those showers, but others will have quite a deluge when they come along and it is colder by then the most parts. except perhaps for the most parts. except perhaps for the south and east, it may be that the south and east, it may be that the showers don't reach here until later in the week. wednesday or thursday potentially. when we have the cool air filtering southwards as you can see here, into tunbridge wells by the time we get to thursday, the risk of a shower circulating around the area of low pressure. towards the bank holiday weekend, it stays to be, not too bad but the potential for some weekend, it stays to be, not too bad but the potentialfor some more meaningful rain by the time we get to the end of the bank holiday weekend and into the following week. i will have more later.
this is bbc news. the headlines at five: england's biggest football teams — and the sport's governing bodies — will stage a four—day boycott of social media from next friday to campaign for social media companies to crack down on online abuse. india's prime minister, narendra modi, says the surge in coronavirus cases has shaken the nation. his comments come as the country hits a record number of new cases for the fourth day in a row. a campaign's being launched to encourage younger people to get the covid vaccine when their turn comes. figures show more than half the uk population has now received a first dose of the jab. the indonesian military say that the submarine that that went missing last week has been found split into three pieces and that all on board are dead.