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The Ladies 'Geek Out' at CMT Artists of the Year

Shania Twain was named Artist of a Lifetime

(Newser) - Country singers Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini honored each other and celebrated their shared successes at the CMT Artists of the Year show. Female singers rocked the stage, geeked out over one another, and showcased women's impact on country music's past, present, and future during the... More »

Google Hands Out $6,006.13 Reward, an Inside Joke

Sanmay Ved actually bought for $12 in September—for a minute

(Newser) - Google handed out more than $2 million to more than 300 people in 2015 who spotted bugs and security issues, but one award in particular stands out, reports Beta News . The odd sum of $6,006.13 went to Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current MBA candidate at... More »

Parents Stunned by Middle School 'Ghetto Awards'

Texas teacher apparently gave them to students

(Newser) - Coming home with an award from school is one thing—bringing home a "ghetto classroom award" signed by your teacher is quite another. "Tears just started falling out of my eyes," Texas resident Debra Jose tells CBS DFW of her grandson's dubious honor. "I was... More »

US Teacher Wins $1M Prize, Plans to Give It Away

Nancie Atwell, 63, calls Global Teaching Prize 'a miracle'

(Newser) - A US teacher who prefers reading and self-expression to standardized testing has won a $1 million prize, and plans to donate the entire thing—to a school she founded in Maine 25 years ago, USA Today reports. Nancie Atwell, 63, heard the good news today at a ceremony in Dubai... More »

Snowden Stories, Coming-of-Age Novel Win Pulitzers

'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt wins prize for best fiction

(Newser) - A coming-of-age novel and groundbreaking reports on NSA surveillance took top billing today as the Pulitzer Board at Columbia University handed out its coveted prizes. Among the winners:
  • Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a "beautifully written" novel about a grieving orphan in modern-day Manhattan, the Boston Globe reports.
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YouTube's Debut Awards Show Was ... Kind of a Mess

Critics weigh in on the 'YTMAs'

(Newser) - YouTube threw its first awards show last night, and the results were ... interesting. The unscripted show, directed by Spike Jonze and hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts, took place in New York City and was livestreamed on YouTube. Awards were handed out and artists offered up performances (er, "... More »

Malala Wins Top EU Human Rights Award

Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Skyi among previous winners

(Newser) - European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced today that 16-year-old Malala, who has also been mentioned as a possible recipient of tomorrow's Nobel peace prize , won the $65,000 Sakharov... More »

Critics' Choice Award Fails to Actually Choose Best Drama

'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' tie for the win

(Newser) - What's the best drama on TV? Is it the darkly personal Breaking Bad ? Or perhaps the epic and blood-soaked Game of Thrones? According to the less-than-aptly-named Critics' Choice Awards, the answer is both. The pair tied for Best Drama, beating out The Americans, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife,... More »

Twilight Bites, Wins 7 Razzies

'Breaking Dawn: Part 2' is this year's horrible movie

(Newser) - The Twilight series went out with a boo-hiss last night, swiping seven Razzies that included Worst Picture and Worst Actress honors for Kristen Stewart. Breaking Dawn: Part 2 beat out such non-luminaries as Battleship , A Thousand Words, Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, and That's My Boy! for the... More »

Globes Were Actually Pretty Awesome

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler 'nailed it'

(Newser) - Critics agree: With top-notch hosting , memorable speeches , and an appearance by Bill Clinton, last night's Golden Globes were a big success—a feat all the more impressive given the awards-show track record. Here's what reviewers are saying:
  • "Lovely, brilliant, and utterly fearless," hosts Tina Fey and
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Amour Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Michael Haneke love story left audiences in tears

(Newser) - And the Palme d'Or goes to ... director Michael Haneke for his heartbreaking film, Love (Amour). The tragic story of an elderly couple facing the inevitability of death left Cannes Film Festival audiences in tears, Reuters reports. "A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this... More »

Gervais Will Host Golden Globes

Holocaust, pedophile jokes on the way, he quips

(Newser) - Forget about the "alternative" Golden Globes hosting : Ricky Gervais is returning to host the real thing in 2012, despite having offended just about everybody at the last Golden Globes . The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has voted to bring Gervais back for a third consecutive year, although the 16 of... More »

Social Network, Inception Win at WGAs

Nolan, Sorkin take home top screenwriting honors

(Newser) - The sci-fi smash Inception and Facebook drama The Social Network took top screenplay honors last night at the Writers Guild Awards. Inception writer Christopher Nolan won for best original screenplay and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin won for best adapted screenplay. The Social Network, was the heavy favorite Sorkin... More »

Here Are Your Golden Globe Nominees

Yep, Jennifer Love Hewitt managed to snag one

(Newser) - The Social Network got a lot of love this morning as the Golden Globe nominations were announced, but British monarchy tale The King's Speech was the biggest hit with seven nominations. The Social Network and The Fighter followed with six nominations each, the AP reports. Among the more shocking nominees:... More »

'Jewish Jane Austen' Wins Booker Prize

Howard Jacobson's comic novel is 'profound,' 'wise'

(Newser) - The writer who once called the Man Booker Prize an "absolute abomination" was last night awarded the prize for his 11th novel, The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson, who calls himself "the Jewish Jane Austen," was “truly flabbergasted” by the honor, reports the Telegraph . “I was... More »

Sean Hayes Will Host Tony Awards

But will his performance be convincing enough for 'Newsweek' critic?

(Newser) - Sean Hayes is a Broadway newcomer, but he's nominated for a Tony for lead actor in a musical—and he'll be hosting the award ceremony as well. Today's announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Newsweek critic Ramin Setoodeh's dismissal of the openly gay Hayes' ability to play... More »

Shocker: Thai Film Wins at Cannes

'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' captures Palme d'Or

(Newser) - In a major upset, the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has won the top honor at Cannes, according to the Hollywood Reporter . "I'd like to send a message home," director Apichatpong Weerasethakul said in accepting the Palme d'Or. "This prize is for... More »

Bieber's BET Nom: Good or Bad?

Is Black Entertainment TV just jumping on bandwagon?

(Newser) - Justin Bieber already won over the world’s tween girls, and now he’s scored a BET Award nomination —causing some confusion, considering his “lack of melanin.” But, points out Andreas Hale on , other white artists like Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Eminem have... More »

Carrie Underwood Makes History at Country Awards

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert lead the night

(Newser) - A country music awards show where Taylor Swift didn’t take home a single trophy? Inconceivable! But it’s true: Carrie Underwood beat Swift to win the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award last night, making her the first woman in history to win the top... More »

Mel Gibson Pretends to Be Drunk

Check out the Golden Globes' best speeches, red carpet moments

(Newser) - What did you miss if you skipped last night’s Golden Globes? Well, Ricky Gervais was funny, Mo’Nique was emotional, and Meryl Streep was long-winded. New York , Gawker , and the Daily Beast chose some of their favorite (and least favorite) moments from the evening, and we’ve selected a... More »

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