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Backxwash Wins the 2020 Polaris Prize for Best Canadian Album

Backxwash has won the prestigious 2020 Polaris Music Prize for her metal-infused hip-hop album, God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It. The award is presented annually to the best Canadian album, as decided by a jury of music journalists and broadcasters. 

The Montreal-based, Zambia-born rapper had some steep competition this year, beating out records from Jessie Reyez (Before Love Came to Kill Us), Kaytranada (Bubba), Lido Pimienta (Miss Colombia), and more. Backxwash, whose real name is Ashanti Mutinta, also makes history as the first Black transgender woman to take home the grand prize in the award’s 15-year run. Prize winners receive $50,000 CAD.

In an interview with Complex Canada last month, Backxwash noted that while she’s gained a following among metal heads and experimental rap fans around the world, she’s felt largely ignored by Quebec’s hip-hop scene. 

“I was

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Mads Mikkelsen’s ‘Another Round’ wins ‘Best Film’ at London Film Festival

The new Mads Mikkelsen-starring comedy Another Round has scooped the Best Film prize at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

The annual festival took place largely online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the usual jury-selected prizes replaced by the Virtual LFF Audience Awards, which selected films only available virtually throughout the festival.

Another Round, which was also selected for this year’s Cannes Label and is directed by Thomas Vinterberg, stars Mikkelsen as an underappreciated middle-aged teacher who turns to drink alongside a group of friends.

“Thank you to the audience at the London Film Festival for bringing this award to us,” Vinterberg said. “We are very proud to receive this from a British audience; it’s a great honour. We are so sad that we can’t be there.”

Last night’s (October 18) awards also saw the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary, which awards £50,000 to a first or

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‘Another Round’, starring Mads Mikkelsen, wins best film at London Film Festival

Watch: The trailer for Another Round, featuring Mads Mikkelsen

Thomas Vinterberg’s new film was the big winner at the inaugural BFI Virtual London Film Festival Audience Awards.

Another Round, directed by Vinterberg and coming to UK cinemas on 27 November, was named best film.

The story follows an unappreciated tutor, husband and father, played by Mads Mikkelsen, who tries to medicate his unhappiness with alcohol.

Vinterberg, whose previous films include The Hunt and Far From The Madding Crowd, said: “Thank you to the audience at the London Film Festival for bringing this award to us.

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“We are very proud to receive this from a British audience; it’s a great honour. We are so sad that we can’t be there.”

Mads Mikkelsen in a still from Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round. (Studiocanal)
Mads Mikkelsen in a still from Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round. (Studiocanal)

With the annual film

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Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ Wins Best Film at BFI LFF

Thomas Vinterberg’s film “Another Round,” starring Mads Mikkelsen, has taken home the top prize at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

“Another Round” won the Audience Award for best film, while “The Painter and the Thief,” directed by Benjamin Ree won best documentary; Tommy Gillard’s “Shuttlecock” was the best short film and “To Miss the Ending,” directed by Anna West and David Callanan, was awarded best XR/immersive art.

“Another Round” tells the story of Martin, played by Mikkelsen, a tutor, husband and father who was once brilliant but becomes only a shell of his former self.

“Thank you to the audience at the London Film Festival for bringing this award to us. We are very proud to receive this from a British audience; it’s a great honour. We are so sad that we can’t be there,” Vinterberg said of his award.

First-time feature director Cathy Brady was named the Screen

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Mads Mikkelsen Comedy ‘Another Round’ Wins Best Film At BFI London Film Festival

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The 2020 BFI London Film Festival has unveiled its virtual audience award winners, with Thomas Vinterberg’s Mads Mikkelsen-starring Danish comedy Another Round scooping Best Film.

The awards replaced the typical jury-voted prizes, which didn’t happen this year due to the pandemic forcing the majority of the fest online.

Also awarded tonight was the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary, with Wildfire filmmaker Cathy Brady receiving the £50,000 grant, which goes to a first or second time UK filmmaker presenting work in the fest.

Further prizes were handed out to Benjamin Ree’s The Painter And The Thief, which took Best Documentary, Tommy Gillard’s Shuttlecock, which won Best Short Film, and Anna West and David Callanan’s To Miss The Ending, which took Best XR/Immersive Art.

“I’m deeply honoured to receive the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary. In a year that has been so turbulent for

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Another Round wins top award at London film festival

The story of a middle-aged teacher who turns to drink in order to cope with life has won the most prestigious award at this year’s London film festival, although several other highly rated movies were not eligible owing to changes imposed because of Covid-19.

Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as a disillusioned teacher who along with a small group of colleagues decides to drink every day, won best film at the UK’s first major film awards since the start of the pandemic.

The award came in an unusual year for the festival, which hosted a hybrid event with the British Film Institute’s online player showing films digitally, while the BFI Southbank in London and cinemas around the country also held some physically distanced screenings.

However, judges were only allowed to consider films that were available digitally, which meant several bigger films, including Steve McQueen’s Mangrove and Lovers

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Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor Uncut’ Wins Sitges Best Film, Director

Brandon Cronenberg has proven to be an heir to his father, David, with his grisly sophomore feature, “Possessor Uncut,” which took home best film and director at Spain’s 53rdSitges Film Festival on Saturday.

Running Oct.8-18, the fantastic film fest, Europe’s biggest, wrapped yesterday in Sitges, a picturesque seaside resort just south of Barcelona.

With these new honors, Brandon Cronenberg also suggests that his best new director award at 2012’s Sitges for debut feature, “Antiviral,” was no fluke.

A sci fi-horror hybrid, “Possessor Uncut” tracks an elite corporate assassin who uses brain-implant technology to take possession of other people’s bodies and slay prominent targets. The film first premiered at Sundance where Variety’s Peter Debruge described it as a “brilliant sci-fi puzzle” that was “more than just another bracingly extreme psychological thriller.”

Just Philippot’s “The Swarm” also snagged two awards: the Special Jury Prize and best actress plaudit for Suliane

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Big Wins For BTS & Co. As Big Hit Entertainment Goes Public & Prices Fluctuate

South Korean company Big Hit Entertainment – best known as the home of the record-breaking septet BTS – went public on Thursday (Oct. 15), and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ever since with share prices soaring then dipping, but ultimately proved to be a sizable success for Big Hit. 

Going public on South Korea’s KOSPI, Big Hit issued shares for 135,000 KRW (around $115 USD) – though they ultimately opened at 270,000 KRW –, raising 962.55 billion KRW ($822 million) and valuing the company at 5.8 trillion KRW ($4.1 billion). The immense valuation resulted in the seven members of BTS, who each have over 68,000 shares in the company that Bloomberg says is now worth $8 million per each member, and their producer, Bang Si-hyuk, is now worth around $1.4 billion.

The initial immense interest, however, fluctuated

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