Monday, May 10, 2021

Author: Hend Ramez

A celebration of ethnic diversity at the Oscars 2021 … and “Netflix” top 7 awards

The Academy Awards ceremony, which was held at a railway station in downtown Los Angeles, looked pale and dry without political speeches, dance performances, or extravagance in costumes, decorations, and lighting, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has done 93 years ago.

The organizers and festival director, Steven Soderberg, contented themselves with broadcasting the recorded shows of the 5 best original Oscar-nominated songs and broadcasted on “ABC” and “OSN” prior to the official opening.

The famous red carpet was shorter than usual this year, and the number of stars is very few, as some hundreds of candidates and presenters do not exceed, compared with thousands over the previous years, while some of the prize contestants joined the celebration via satellites from Britain, Paris and some countries. Which its citizens were unable to travel.

Many masks and strictness in the precautionary measures for the Corona epidemic, made the celebration teeming with speeches dominated by personal stories, and a celebration of life after surviving Corona.

Daniel Kaluuya’s banter gave an air of fun about the intimate relationship between his mother and father, as he received the award for best-supporting actor for the film “Juda and Christ”, and some emotions were evident from people of African and Asian origins for winning prizes for the first time.

Tears added during the ceremony a kind of sincere emotions that drew the viewers and was the focus of their comments on social media, especially the tears of Thomas Winterberg, director of the Danish film “Another Round” winner of the Best Foreign Film Award, who cried for the death of his daughter while filming the movie, as well as tears Mia Neal and Jamaica Wilson, winners in the Best Hairstyling and Makeup category in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, are influenced by being the first women of African descent to win this award.

Followers of the Oscars used to send political messages or give rave speeches that shake American society, as happened last year when the ballroom was filled with harsh criticism of former US President Donald Trump, his party, and his rule, but it seems that this atmosphere disappeared with the arrival of Joe Biden to the presidency, and the ruling of the Democratic Party that It is supported by the majority of American filmmakers and artists.

Baghdad Hospital disaster .. Shocking scenes and immediate action

On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced that 82 people were killed and 110 others were injured, due to the outbreak of a fire caused by the explosion of an oxygen tank, in a hospital designated for Korna patients, southeast of Baghdad, at a time when the Prime Minister issued decisions to punish officials.

Announcing the high death toll, Interior Ministry spokesman Khaled Al-Muhanna said, “There is an urgent need to review safety measures in all hospitals to prevent such a painful incident in the future.”

The fire broke out, on Saturday, in Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in the Diyala Bridge region. Relatives of patients rushed to the hospital during the fire to save their loved ones.

A man visiting his brother spoke of people jumping out of the windows to escape.

Ahmed Zaki added, “I carried my brother to the street near the checkpoint. Then I went up to the last floor, which was not burned. I found a girl who was suffocating, she was about 19 years old, who was suffocating and about to die.”

“I put it on my shoulder and ran. People were jumping … and doctors fell on the carriages. Everyone was jumping. I kept going up and fetching people and coming down again,” Reuters quoted Zaki as saying.

Medical sources said that the patients were transferred to other hospitals. However, many of the victims’ family members stayed in front of the hospital hours after the fire was extinguished because they had not found their relatives in other hospitals.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi ordered an investigation into the accident before announcing the Minister of Health’s suspension from work and referring him to an investigation.

Al-Kazemi also ordered the arrest of the governor of Baghdad and the director-general of the Rusafa Health Department, and that they also are referred for investigation.

Al-Kazemi said in a statement, “Such an incident is evidence of default. Therefore, I have directed an immediate investigation and reservation to the director of the hospital, the director of security and maintenance, and all concerned until the negligence is found and held accountable.”

The Coronavirus crisis has burdened the Iraqi health system, which has been devastated by sanctions, war, and neglect for decades. And the Iraqi Ministry of Health said earlier Saturday that the total number of people infected with the virus has reached one million and 25,288, including 15,217 deaths.

For his part, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that the tragedy of Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital is a wound to the whole nation, and as a result of the accumulation of destruction of state institutions as a result of corruption and mismanagement.

He added in a tweet on Twitter: “Showing pain and sympathy with our martyr and injured sons is not enough without strenuous accountability for those who are negligent, and without conducting a comprehensive and serious review of the performance of institutions to ensure that such disasters do not recur.”

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