The Daily: January 9
Friday, 09 January 2015

The Daily: January 9

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Frieda Ford
Hawking biopic and Budapest Hotel lead Bafta nominations
The frontiers of this year's Bafta nominations are, of course, predictable. The Imitation game is a revolutionary biopic on the life of Alan Turing. Flashing between three different, yet equally significant stages of his life has received nine nominations, including, 'best actor' for Benedict Cumberbatch. Ahead of this film, however is the thrilling superhero drama Birdman and the other great biopic of 2014, The Theory of Everything with 10 nominations each. This film is an incredible insight into the life of the world renowned Stephen Hawking.

An unexpected turn of events did arise, however, in one film that was not included in the race for most, (or any) Bafta nominations. It depicted yet another biopic from this year about the historical painter, the home of which I am sitting opposite to at this very moment, Mr Turner. This film, although critically acclaimed and much discussed, was excluded from the main categories receiving nominations for only technical awards, such as costume design and cinematography. Last, and the complete opposite of least, is the film awarded 11 nominations by a director already well known for such motion pictures as, Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a spectacular, and thrilling, film capturing the absolute essence of Wez Anderson's iconic style. It has received such nominations as best actor for Ralph Fiennes who is, "delighted of course."

India: Donkeys given awards in Bangalore.
Animal appreciation to the maximum has been introduced in the form of awards from political leader, Vatal Nagaraj from Bangalore. He values them over humans work-wise and says that they are, "more loyal, hard-working, disciplined and obedient" while showering them with rose petals at the award ceremony. This did not go by unnoticed and an amused crowd gathered as he performed this event for the donkeys, all dressed up in colourful shawls and beads especially for the event, in the city's inter-state bus station. No humans, excluding himself, were invited to the event he calls, "the most unique award ceremony in the world" can't really disagree with that... He states that his plans for the future include more animals and more award ceremonies, one per month to be precise, "in recognition of their contribution to us." This is not his first, strange yet headline-grabbing move, in 2011, he rode all the way into the town of Chamarajanagar on a buffalo to protest rising fuel prices. Unorthodox, but well intended, his actions will at least be certain to reach the news.

A new exhibition at the British Museum
A dilapidated memory of its former glory, a Greek body will be lent for the first time, to the UK's British Gallery from its home in Vatican and is being described as, "a loan of astonishing importance," due to the importance this figure. It was the prime inspiration for Michelangelo's sketch of Adam, a preliminary drawing for the Sistine chapel. Such was its beauty at the time that Michelangelo refused the order by the ex-pope to develop it into a whole statue. The astonishing fragmented sculpture will be put on display alongside other great and beautiful artefacts such as a full-size athlete sculpture, depicted scraping oil off of his skin post exercising. All the artefacts have a story to tell, for example, the bronze athlete was found on a seabed just off the coast of Croatia and had to spend many years in restoration before it could be restored to its original glory. Another item on display in the exhibition will be a Greek Bronze from Homer's era. It has spent a long time tucked away and hidden in a cupboard due to its misclassification as an erotic object. This exhibition is fascinating to observe, and to learn of, due to the historical interest and importance of all objects on display.

Lady out of luck as painting sold for £3,500 turns up as a Constable.
Imagine walking past a Van Gough or a Rembrandt at a boot fair or a yard sale without having the slightest idea of it being there. A painting sold by the auctioneers at Christie's of London for a mere £3,500 will now return to the auctions 'shelves' for a whopping £2million. It was at first presumed to be an artist's tribute to the former wonder of artist John Constable and was, first time over, sold as that. They later realised, however that it was the original of the artist, but, horrifically, painted over. After expert examination and restoration's removal of the additional brush strokes it will now go under the hammer with auctioneers at Sotheby's for an estimated £2million. This, previously undiscovered painting is said to be one of Constable's preparatory works in the build up to his masterpiece, 'Salisbury Cathedral From The Meadows' which was bought by the Tate gallery last year for £23.1million. If you want a painting with a conversation starter as well as visual and historical value, not for the steal it was sold at however, the auction will take place on January 29 in New York.

A schoolboy's good deed may have earned him a small fortune.
Banksy, the ever elusive and ever famous street artist has given a schoolboy, Ben, age 14, a good head start to his financial life, all by writing his name on some scrap paper. Ben thoughtlessly helped Banksy pick up his spray cans when they rolled out of his bag. Banksy then proceeded to write some, "weird letters and numbers" more commonly known as a signature, on a piece of scrap paper he had been testing colours on. The piece of paper, said Banksy estimates, will be worth £20,000, a miniscule price compared to his full size works, some of which reach more than £1 in auction. His appearance was described as, "wacky" and, "scruffy" but that doesn't lead the nation any closer to uncovering this illusive artist. This story will be added to the grand archive of ideas and rumours concerning Bansky's identity including ideas that he is non-existent and merely a collective group of collaborative artists or that he is an ex butcher named Robin Banks. The list is endless and becomes more and more ludicrous. Only Banksy himself will ever be able to confirm or disprove these rumours for good.



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