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Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Picture

The New Yorker

In 1969, as revolutionary fires burned, the Academy gave its Best Picture award to "Oliver!" Hollywood, still ruled by the crumbling studio system, was almost willfully blind to the nineteen-sixties; even breakthrough films such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Rosemary's Baby" were left off the Best Picture list, which included representatives of such superannuated genres as the big-budget musical ("Funny Girl") and the medieval costume drama ("The Lion in Winter"). Under the newly devised rating system, "Oliver!" became the first G-rated film to win Best Picture, and it remains the last. By the next year, movies like "Midnight Cowboy" and "Easy Rider" finally injected the ceremony with a dose of sixties counterculture--but the decade was over. Two of this year's eight Best Picture nominees are set largely in 1969, and they show what Hollywood wouldn't bring itself to see back then. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" dramatizes the politicized court proceedings against activists who, the year before, protested the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.


'The Last of Us Part II' leads video game nominees for next month's The Game Awards

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

"The Last Of Us Part II" leads the way in nominations for The Game Awards. The Sony PlayStation 4 exclusive game, released in June, earned 10 nominations Wednesday for the annual "Oscars" for video games. This year's ceremony will be held Dec. 10 and broadcast live from studios in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Collecting eight nominations: "Hades," a PC game also released for the Nintendo Switch in September. Another PlayStation game, "The Ghost of Tsushima," released in July, earned seven nominations.


Here are the nominees for The Game Awards 2020

Washington Post - Technology News

The Game Awards will be broadcast internationally from three stages in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo on Dec. 10. A committee of more than 90 media outlets and influencers selected the following games in these categories.


Announcing nominees for the second annual Women in AI Awards

#artificialintelligence

As we launch into the first day of Transform 2020 (July 15-17), we're thrilled to announce the nominees for the second annual Women in AI Awards. The Awards are part of our continuing commitment to diversity in AI, which kicks off shortly with the Women in AI Breakfast. PT), and this year will be livestreamed to the public. Then on the last day of Transform, we'll be announcing the Award winners -- a daunting task given the incredible crop of women put forward. The women nominated below have all made outstanding contributions in the AI field, from advancing the work in ethics and fairness in AI, to trailblazing research critical to AI innovation, to ensuring young women entering the field have the opportunity and mentorship necessary to thrive.


The nominees for the VentureBeat AI Innovation Awards at Transform 2020

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At our AI-focused Transform 2020 event, taking place July 15-17 entirely online, VentureBeat will recognize and award emergent, compelling, and influential work through our second annual VB AI Innovation Awards. Drawn from our daily editorial coverage and the expertise of our nominating committee members, these awards give us a chance to shine a light on the people and companies making an impact in AI. Here are the nominees in each of the five categories -- NLP/NLU Innovation, Business Application Innovation, Computer Vision Innovation, AI for Good, and Startup Spotlight. A senior principal scientist at Amazon Research and faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Hakkani-Tur currently works on solving natural dialogue for Amazon's Alexa AI. She has researched and worked on natural language processing, conversational AI, and more for over two decades, including stints at Google and Microsoft.


Predicting the 2020 Oscars Winners with Machine Learning

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Without further adieu, let's predict the 2020 winners! For each category, we predict the most likely winner along with other nominees sorted by decreasing scores. Keep in mind that these scores aren't supposed to add up to 100. Rather, they are "points" given to the nominee by the underlying Deepnet model on a scale of 0 to 100. Another way to look at this is that the model is telling us how a movie/artist with a given set of characteristics will do in a given award based on 19 years of historical data on that award AND independent of the other nominees for the same award this year.


Andrew Yang says Clinton criticism of Gabbard 'inappropriate'

FOX News

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says it's "inappropriate" for 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to be "commenting directly" about her party's current contenders for the White House. Yang also called the push to eliminate private insurance by rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as part of their "Medicare-for-all" plans, "too disruptive." And the tech entrepreneur and 2020 longshot, who has seen his campaign soar in recent months, said that if he doesn't win the Democratic nomination, he'd "be open to" serving as running mate. Yang made his comments while taking questions from reporters Tuesday evening in Hollis, N.H., and Wednesday morning after headlining'Politics and Eggs,' a must stop for White House hopefuls campaigning in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang signs the famed wooden eggs ahead of speaking at'Politics and Eggs' at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 His swing through the Granite State comes days after Clinton firmly inserted herself into the 2020 campaign – arguing without evidence that Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is a "Russian asset," and mocking President Trump's direct interactions with foreign leaders.


VentureBeat announces the Women in AI award nominees

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VentureBeat is pleased to announce its first ever Women in AI Awards at Transform 2019, honoring the changemakers in the field of artificial intelligence -- women leaders who are paving the way in rethinking process, policy, technology, and education as AI advances. These are women who demonstrate a commitment to changing the status quo as technology continues to disrupt established norms. This award will honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership and progress in responsible AI. This award (two winners) will honor two women who have started companies that show significant promise in AI. Consideration will include business traction and positive impact of the technology in the AI space.


Predicting the 2019 Oscars Winners with Machine Learning

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Following the success of predicting 6 out of 6 for the Oscars last year, we have the bar set high for using Machine Learning to predict the 2019 Oscars winners. This year, however, the results are not as obvious. For some of the top categories, our projected results show ties for who gets to take home the coveted gold statuette. Nevertheless, we are excited to share our predictions and see how the Academy Awards pan out this Sunday! Once again, we apply the standard Machine Learning workflow of collecting and preparing a dataset, building and evaluating models, to ultimately make predictions.


Oscars 2019 Predictions, Picked by an Artificial Intelligence

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There are eight films nominated to win Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards. Following an impressive 94 percent score in predicting last year's Oscars, a San Francisco-based technology firm, thinks it has correctly predicted the winner for Sunday night's show. Unanimous A.I. uses its so-called "swarm A.I." technology to create an artificial intelligence comprised of a hive-mind of dozens of movie experts. The firm regularly predicts the results for the World Cup, NFL games, politics, and even Game of Thrones plot lines. This week, it shared the results of its 2019 Oscar predictions with Inverse.