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Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

If anyone wanted to relax and simply be with nature one had only to go to the “Joy of Nature” exhibit at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD). Laila Anjuman Ara, the artist whose works are on display till March 9, has given her works the harmony of French Impressionistic paintings. One did not get an oil colour effect as the canvases were in acrylic. However the soothing effect of Renoir, Manet and Monet were evident in the light and amazing colours.  Laila says she is inspired by the colours of stalactites and stalagmites of the caves of Niagara Falls, and naturally the rivers, hills, and quaint houses in the...

Shakib takes on two more

Shakib takes on two more

Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan is going to shoot two new films...

Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

National award-winning film director Redoan Rony is working on his new...

''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

Actor Katrina Kaif, who will be seen sharing the screen space...

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Leonard Nimoy, the US actor who immortalised Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series “Star Trek”, who has died aged 83. “I loved Spock,” said Obama, in a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the...

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Adventure Time movie in the works

Adventure Time movie in the works

Entertainment web site Deadline reported that Pendleton Ward's highly successful Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time” is going to Warner Bros for a full length feature film. Chris McKay, one of the executive producers of “The Lego Movie” is co-producing the film. McKay is an experienced hand when it comes to animation at both...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee played his first guitar, an Aria nylon string bought by his father, at age 13. Initially underwhelmed by his guitar lessons, McKee began teaching himself how to play. McKee's cousin inspired him to continue learning, taking him out for his 16th birthday to see a guitarist named Preston...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Hailing the season of flower and love

Hailing the season of flower and love

Artistes of Chhayanaut ushered in Spring, the king of all seasons, with song  renditions and dance recitals at its main auditorium on the evening of February 27. Spring was hailed with a solo drut khayal performance set on Raga “Basant” by Chhayanaut Guru Asit Dey. Dey diffused the colours of spring through his rendition. Several...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Rosy Siddiqui: 'I am hopeful of doing more movies with Goutam Ghose'

Rosy Siddiqui: 'I am hopeful of doing more movies with Goutam Ghose'

Versatile actress Rosy Siddiqui has not only proven herself on the silver screen but also has two-and-a-half decades in theatre behind her. The highly talented artiste recently had a chat with The Daily Star, about her professional and personal life. Any new movies for you on the horizon? Rosy: Twenty two years after doing “Padma...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Bapparaj's directorial debut 'Kartuz' hits theatres on March 6

Bapparaj's directorial debut 'Kartuz' hits theatres on March 6

Popular film actor Bapparaj makes his debut as director with "Kartuz". The film will release in over 60 theatres across the country on March 6. “Kartuz” also features late director Chashi Nazrul Islam in the cast. Bapparaj said, “The film is far from the stereotypical Bangla film that audiences are tired of. I would...

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Published Date: March 1, 2015
Meghborno Holdey Golpo on ntv

Meghborno Holdey Golpo on ntv

Single episode TV play “Meghborno Holdey Golpo” will air on ntv at 9pm tonight. Written  by Shetu Arif and directed by Sajjad Sonny, the play depicts a triangular love story of Nishad, Lota and Anita. “Meghborno Holdey Golpo” casts Motushi Biswas, Jisan Zaman Niloy, Shehrin Anjum Sajnia and Intekhab Dinar among others.

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  • Group Painting Exhibition

    Title: The Paradoxical Now
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya
    Date: Feb 10- March 3
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • Solo Painting Exhibition

    Artist: Laila Anjuman Ara
    Title: Joy of Nature
    Venue: Alliance Francais de Dhaka
    Date: Feb 27-March 9
    Time: 3pm-9pm

  • Theatre

    Dhaboman
    Troupe: Dhaka Theatre
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, BSA
    Date: Mar 4
    Time: 7pm   

  • Theatre

    Bangla'r Mati Bangla'r Jol
    Troupe: Palakar
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, BSA
    Date: Mar 3
    Time: 7pm

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Published Date: March 1, 2015
“I'm in no rush”

“I'm in no rush”

Actor Lisa Ray may have had a successful acting career with critically-acclaimed films including “Water” (2005) and international TV shows such as “Blood Ties” to her credit, but the 42-year-old says that she has matured as a performer only after she battled cancer six years back. Ray underwent treatment for Multiple Myloma in 2009. The actor says that she's a calmer person now and not in a rush to prove herself.  “To a certain extent, I believe that ever since my treatment got over, I have opened up more, creatively. I am more self-conscious now. I am not in any kind of a rush anymore and I am much more...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
Imran Khan hails Kangana Ranaut

Imran Khan hails Kangana Ranaut

Bollywood star Imran Khan is having a “positive experience” filming “Katti Batti“, thanks to his “wonderful co-star” Kangana Ranaut.  “I am having so much fun on this film because I am working with Kangana for the first time and she is just so wonderful to work with,” Imran said at Filmfare Glamour & Style...

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Published Date: March 1, 2015
New Fantastic Four images emerge

New Fantastic Four images emerge

Four new Fantastic Four images have landed online, giving fans a more detailed look at the team's rather practical costumes. The stills feature Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell - un-costumed - as Ben Grimm. Last year, Jordan told IGN that Josh...

Published Date: March 1, 2015
It's True!

It's True!

At the age of 11 Jessica Alba won an acting competition in Beverly Hills, one whose grand prize was free acting classes. She won and soon was taking the first acting classes of her life. Jessica's acting career took off at the early age of 13, when she was cast in “Camp Nowhere” and in “The Secret World of Alex Mack”. When her career started to take off, Alba studied hard and managed to graduate from Claremont High School at age 16. She was actually kidnapped after having received telephone threats during the production of “Flipper”. She was found unharmed in the trunk of a car. Jessica is an...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Bangladesh and Me

Bangladesh and Me

A solo art exhibition by Isabel Zaman concluded at Drik Gallery in the capital on February 26. The five-day exhibit, titled “Bangladesh en mis ojos e yo” (Bangladesh and Me), featured artworks by the Mexican artist. Isabel, born and brought up in Mexico, is connected to Bangladesh through marriage. Like a Bangladeshi, she has...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
THE FM REVOLUTION

THE FM REVOLUTION

Samannoy Ghosh, better known RJ Samannoy, has been a radio jockey with ABC Radio for several years. One of the brightest, most upbeat voices of today's FM radio stations, he specialises in World Music programmes of various genres, and hosts live musical performances by bands. He recently shared memories of his first days...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
“Under Construction” awaits release

“Under Construction” awaits release

Rubaiyat Hossain's new film “Under Construction” may release in May, after having received an uncut clearance from the censor board. Rubaiyat made the disclosures, adding that talks are on for the film to go to major film festivals later in the year. The film revolves around theatre artiste Roya, who – after playing Nandini from...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Kanye apologizes to Beck for Grammys outburst

Kanye apologizes to Beck for Grammys outburst

Three weeks after Kanye West blasted the Grammys and album of the year winner Beck, the rapper has taken to social media to apologize. On Thursday, West tweeted, “I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I'm sorry Beck.” Shortly after, he also made an appeal to Bruno Mars, who he “used to hate on,”...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Deepika plays Big B's perfect daughter

Deepika plays Big B's perfect daughter

Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan are bonding on the sets of their upcoming film, “Piku”. The photos Amitabh Bacchan posted on his blog show the two share lovely father-daughter moments on the film's set, which is currently being shot in Kolkata. “Piku” director Shoojit Sircar believes he couldn't have found anyone better than Deepika...

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Published Date: February 28, 2015
Jon Kabir on Late Night Coffee

Jon Kabir on Late Night Coffee

Popular musician Jon Kabir will be the guest on tonight's show of “Late Night Coffee”, Rtv's celebrity show. The programme deals with various topic of urban life, and is broadcast live, so there is scope for interaction with the TV audience through phone calls and emails. Videos of Jon's songs and clippings of his work...

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Published Date: February 28, 2015
Ford to return for 'Blade Runner' sequel

Ford to return for 'Blade Runner' sequel

“Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct Harrison Ford in the “Blade Runner” sequel for Alcon Entertainment. The announcement was made on Thursday. Written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, the “Blade Runner” sequel will take place several decades after the 1982 original. Ford recently said the second installment's script was the “best...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

“Night of the Day of the Dawn” is a series of parody films written by James Riffel, as spoofs adding his own scripts on already known films and television footage after deleting the original scripts from the films. It's first release, titled “Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2” (sometimes with the added title in Shocking 2-D) boasts the longest title of an English film, with 41 words and 168 characters.

Published Date: February 27, 2015
A tale of two sisters

A tale of two sisters

Star siblings Laila Hasan and Daisy Ahmed are an upbeat duo. Laila a well known dancer and actor, is married to veteran actor Hasan Imam, while Daisy Ahmed, wife of noted actor Bulbul Ahmed, is a singer and actress. Laila and Daisy shared little known tidbits about their great bonding:   Where did you...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Dance has flowered as a profession in Bangladesh

Dance has flowered as a profession in Bangladesh

Shammy Akter is an emerging dancer who has taken to Bharatanatyam, Kathak and contemporary dance forms. Starting out with dance lessons at the age of seven, she has come a long way. She is now a regular face with dance organisation Shadhona, and plays the lead in Shadhona's much-acclaimed production “Champabati”. In a recent...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
''I am trying to break out of my 'Boy Next Door' image''… Tawsif

''I am trying to break out of my 'Boy Next Door' image''… Tawsif

Tawsif Mahbub was going to engineering classes by day and playing bass with his band by evening, before he decided to do one tele-film that turned his life inside out. His mercurial rise over the last couple of years has seen him represent top brands as a model, as well as being arguably the most in-demand youngster on the small screen. In a recent conversation, Tawsif spoke to this correspondent about the limelight, his image, and the musician-turned-actor he gets compared to most. When did it hit you that you're a star of sorts? Tawsif: It happens to the fewest of people, but in my case it was with my very...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Ishana's game plan

Ishana's game plan

Former Lux Superstar Ishana's career is skyrocketing. An acclaimed actress and model, she is currently busy with shoots for TV plays. In a recent conversation with The Daily Star, the multi-talented artiste spoke about her many assignment Tell us about your latest telefilm… Ishana: I worked with film actor Riaz in the telefilm “Kath Golaper Sunnota”, directed by Minhazul Islam Abhi. Any recent challenges? Ishana: I recently shot for a TV play where I enacted the roles of Haimonti, Kumu and Maloti --three famous characters drawn from Rabindranth Tagore's works.  The yet-untitled TV play was really very challenging. Is there a character you have played for the first time? Ishana:  I recently enacted the part...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Sabila Nur debuts as singer

Sabila Nur debuts as singer

The song “Jajabor Pakhna” from the recent tele-film featured in the tenth telefilm of Airtel, “Monkey BiZness”, has become a big hit. An acoustic version of the song has been made where the lead actress of the tele-film, SabilaNur, has given voice. This version has also become a success among fans. The composition of the song was done by Arafat Mohsin, and it was produced by Studio 58. “Monkey BiZness” was first telecasted on February 13 on ntv, and has generated a buzz among young viewers. Due to its success and popular demand, the tele-film will be re-telecast at 2:35 pm today on ntv. Although Sabila has been acting and modeling...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Play on Altaf Mahmud's life on ATN Bangla

Play on Altaf Mahmud's life on ATN Bangla

Single episode TV play “Ghumer Deshey Ghum Bhangatey” will air tonight at 11pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Anisul Hoque and directed by Ashrafi Mithu, the play is based on the life of Martyr Altaf Mahmud, who composed the legendary song “Amar Bhai-er Rokte Rangano Ekushey February”.   The play casts Shimul Yousuff, Hillol,...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Madonna falls off Brits stage

Madonna falls off Brits stage

The Brit Awards, the annual flagship UK music awards show, brought out stars and industry folks alike in the British capital Wednesday night. The British version of the Grammys was held at London's O2 Arena where Madonna, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Royal Blood and Take That were among...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Sherlyn Chopra to play a double role

Sherlyn Chopra to play a double role

Sherlyn Chopra has been signed on to play a double role in Satellite Pictures' next venture. The film is slated to go on floors as soon as the actress wraps up the shooting of her bilingual film. The movie, which is yet untitled, will be produced by Subhash Choudhary and Shaila. One might remember...

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Published Date: February 27, 2015
Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award

Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award

US actor and director Kevin Spacey will be honoured with a special prize at this year's Olivier Awards. The Oscar-winner is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic, where he became artistic director in 2004. He is widely credited with reviving the theatre's fortunes, and steps down later this year. The 55-year-old is famous for his film and TV roles in “American Beauty” and “House of Cards”. Spacey's final performance as the Old Vic's artistic director will see him revive his title role in Clarence Darrow, his first one-man play. Spacey's film work includes “The Usual Suspects”, for which he received a best supporting actor Oscar in 1996, as...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Marilyn Monroe, one of the most discussed film stars of all time, was poorly paid throughout her career. Though she couldn't overcome her financial distress, Monroe went on to become of the most popular Hollywood heroines. In 1962, she was fired by Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of “Something's Got to Give” because of her chronic lateness and absence during first two weeks of shooting. Later, just four days prior to her death, Monroe was rehired by Fox on a $1million deal. She died poor, but at present her estate makes around five million dollars a year.

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Maksud's Mumbai Adventures

Maksud's Mumbai Adventures

In his recently-concluded weeklong exhibition at Mumbai's busy Jehangir Art Gallery, Maksudul Ahsan showcased about 46 paintings -- mostly in acrylic and oil. Some of the large scale paintings hark back to the Partition of 1947 and its aftermath.  “In my view, the undivided subcontinent was truly secular. The Partition of 1947 led...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Mukunda Das

Mukunda Das

Mukunda Das (February 22, 1878 – May 18, 1934) was a Bengali poet, ballad singer, composer, playwright and patriot, who contributed to the spread of the Swadeshi movement in rural Bengal. He was born as Yajneshwar De to Gurudayal De and Shyamasundari Devi. When he was seven, the family migrated to Barisal from Bikrampur (currently Munshiganj) where they settled permanently. His father used to sing devotional songs, and worked as an orderly in the Barisal court. Yajneshwar was gifted with a melodious voice, and began composing and singing from an early age. In 1897, after dropping out from school, Yajneshwar joined the group of kirtan singer Bireshwar Dutta, and formed his...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Coke Studio returns with season four

Coke Studio returns with season four

The fourth season of MTV Coke Studio (India) is all set to grow larger in scale and creativity and promises to connect the audience to their roots. The 2015 edition will be a year-long show of soulful music, curated and composed by some of the best in Indian music industry: Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Pritam,...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
''I thought I was replacing Judi Dench'' … Monica Bellucci

''I thought I was replacing Judi Dench'' … Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci, who has been cast alongside Daniel Craig in the latest Bond movie “Spectre”, initially believed she was auditioning to replace Judi Dench. The 50-year-old Italian actress, who describes herself as a “Bond Woman”, said she had been summoned to meet director Sam Mendes to discuss a role in the upcoming film. Bellucci, in an interview, disclosed she had asked Mendes whether she was being invited to play the role of M. “I just blurted out: I'm not a girl, I'm a woman. What am I going to do in James Bond?” she said to Mendes. “Mendes said, 'For the first time in history, Bond is going to have a story with...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Siddique's directorial debut

Siddique's directorial debut

Actor Siddique is making his debut as director with “Gofur er Biye”, a mega-serial for the small screen. Shooting for the series is on full throttle at Pubail. Besides directing, Siddique will also act in the star-studded serial. “The audience is familiar with my acting skills but they will now see me in a new light. I was really interested in being behind the screen, so I am now trying my hand at direction,” he told The Daily Star.

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Published Date: February 26, 2015
Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba in 'Oshomapto Premer Golpo'

Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba in 'Oshomapto Premer Golpo'

Mosharraf Karim and Nawshaba will be seen as an onscreen couple in telefilm “Oshomapto Premer Golpo”. Scripted and directed by Asad Rahman, the telefilm airs tonight at 07:20 pm on Maasranga Television. The telefilm also has Tarik Swapon, Roben Reza Jui, Shamima Naznin, Shafik Mukta, Al Amin Shobuj and Fahad Babu in the cast....

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Published Date: February 26, 2015
''Rascal'' to air on Banglavision

''Rascal'' to air on Banglavision

New drama serial “Rascal” will start airing on Banglavision from Thursday to Saturday at 8:15pm, starting tonight. Written by Pantho Shahriar and directed by Sagor Jahan, the serial depicts the bittersweet incidents that occur in the lives of a middle class family. The serial casts Tauquir Ahmed, Mosharraf Karim, Tisha, Tania Ahmed, Fazlur Rahman...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Book fair concludes at Gafargoan

Book fair concludes at Gafargoan

A five-day book fair at Gafargoan Upazila Parishad premises of Mymensingh concluded today. Twenty-six stalls were set up at the fair, organised by Gafargoan Press Club. Madina Publications, Quantum Foundation, Mukto Payra Khelaghar Ashor and Railway Book Stall supported the fair. Fahmi Golandaj Babel, MP, inaugurated the event as chief guest chaired by Press Club president...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Jennifer Aniston has royal blood flowing through her veins. Through her mother, Aniston is a direct descendant of the royal House of Stuart of Scotland. In high school, she was known as the class clown because of her quick-wits. Jennifer won the hearts of television viewers as Rachel in “Friends”, which ran for 10 seasons. Later, went on to be a major movie star and businesswomen.  Like her character in “Friends”, Jennifer, in reality, had to work as a waitress before making it as an actor.

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Ferdousi Majumdar in ''Tahader Joubonkal''

Ferdousi Majumdar in ''Tahader Joubonkal''

Veteran actress Ferdousi Majumdar will be seen as lead actress in Abdullah Al Mamun's unfinished serial “Tahader Joubonkal” that he penned before his death. Abdullah Al Mamun, in his illustrious career as an actor, director and playwright, wrote and directed several stage and TV plays. Ferdousi Majumdar had earlier acted in many drama serials directed by Abdullah Al Mamun. Sazzad Hossain Bablu, a long-time associate of the late playwright, will helm the serial. Part of shooting of the first few episodes has already been finished at different locations in Pubail. About her new TV serial, Ferdousi Majumdar said, “I am working in it because it is written by Mamun bhai. I have worked...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
''I want the world to know about our food'' … Nahid Osman

''I want the world to know about our food'' … Nahid Osman

Combine travel with food and this is what Nahid Osman, a celebrity chef on Maasranga TV, has introduced to Bangladesh, through “Radhunir Ranna Ghor -- Ghore Bahire”. Her journey with hosting cookery shows started with Tara (a Kolkata-based TV channel) then she moved to Rtv, and finally to Maasranga, where she hosts her...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Int'l Mother Language Day observed in Kathmandu

Int'l Mother Language Day observed in Kathmandu

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu observed Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day on February 21 with solemnity and pageantry. A day-long programme to commemorate the day began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery by the Ambassador in the morning, says a press release. In the evening,...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Trailer of “Mukhosh Manush” hits a high

Trailer of “Mukhosh Manush” hits a high

Much hyped short film “Mukhosh Manush—The Fake” is now being remade as a feature film. The first trailer of the film has already crossed three million views on video sharing site YouTube, an unprecedented number for Bangladeshi films, according to a press release. The plot revolves around cyber crime and is a tale of...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
Lady Gaga's Oscars gown took 25 people and 1600 hours to embroider

Lady Gaga's Oscars gown took 25 people and 1600 hours to embroider

Pop sensation Lady Gaga's white gown at The Oscars took 1600 hours to make. The Applause hitmaker stood out on the red carpet at The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in her white crystal-embellished gown, which she'd accessorised with red gloves. Lady Gaga took to her Instagram account on Sunday evening to share with her fans how long the stunning dress took to make. She wrote alongside a photograph of her on the red carpet, "I will never forget tonight. Thank you, Azzedine Alaia for this stunning piece. It took 1600 hours of embroidery and 25 people in Paris.” "What an honor. The gloves were hand dyed Crimson, baby orchid blooms...

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Published Date: February 25, 2015
Kajol to make a Bollywood comeback in 2016

Kajol to make a Bollywood comeback in 2016

Kajol, an all time popular Bollywood actress is set to return to Bollywood. After her much publicized comeback film with Ram Madhvani did not work out, the actress has now confirmed her comeback. Recently the actress said that her next film, yet-untitled, will be releasing in 2016. The said film is being made under...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Taylor Swift can play guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele and electric guitar. She is also a talented painter. A computer repairman taught her how to play three chords on the guitar when Swift was only 12. This later inspired her to writer her first song "Lucky You”. In 2009 Swift made country music history...

Published Date: February 24, 2015
''Birdman'' soars above all at Oscars

''Birdman'' soars above all at Oscars

Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy “Birdman” flew high at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles yesterday at the 87th Academy Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. It clearly outshone Richard Lintlaer's coming-of-age film “Boyhood”, which took just one prize out of six nominations –Patricia Arquette...