The South by Southwest Film Festival announced its jury and special award winners Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The narrative feature competition grand jury prize went to "Alice," written and directed by Josephine Mackerras. The film stars actress Emilie Piponnier in the story of a woman forced to rebuild after she discovers her husband's double life. The movie also won an inaugural award presented to a first time female filmmaker. A special jury prize for best ensemble was given to "Yes, God, Yes," written and directed by Karen Maine and with a cast that includes "Stranger Things" star Natalia Dyer and "Veep's" Timothy Simons.
There can be "no excuses" for anything other than equal prize money and coverage for women's cycling, says Great Britian's Lizzie Deignan. The 29-year-old, world road race champion in 2015 and an Olympic silver medallist in 2012, said the success of the women's Tour de Yorkshire event meant other races should follow suit. The Tour de Yorkshire in 2016 offered what was then the largest ever prize fund for a women's race - £55,500 - while also introducing live television coverage equal to the men's event. "We're now at a point where we can't go backwards," Deignan said. "Events like the Tour de Yorkshire are setting a precedent for how races can be now and there are no excuses anymore that anyone will accept.
MOSCOW - Zhores Alferov, the 2000 Noble Prize winner in physics and a member of the Russian parliament, has died aged 88 in St. Petersburg, the Russian Communist Party said Saturday. Alferov shared the nearly $1 million award, which recognized his research work in the 1970s in information technology -- which paved the way for computers, CD players and mobile telephones -- with two U.S. scientists, Herbert Kroemer and Jack Kilby. A staunch believer in communism, Alferov was born in 1930 in Belarus, then part of the Soviet Union. He was a member of the party faction in the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament. His work won him many scientific awards and he was an honorary member of research institutions including the American National Academy of Sciences.