People: McDormand says she's tired of awards season

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McDormand says she's tired of awards season

Even Frances McDormand admits she's getting tired of collecting trophies for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" but she picked up one more from a group near to her heart.

The Oscar nominee accepted best actress at the African American Film Critics Association Awards.

McDormand says in her Wednesday speech that this was an event she wanted to attend; she skipped the annual Oscar nominees luncheon earlier this week.

She also says she's tired of patting herself on the back and the self-congratulatory nature of awards season.

Other honorees included Jordan Peele, who won best director and picture for "Get Out"; Daniel Kaluuya won for best actor.

Director and liberal activist Rob Reiner received an award for social justice.

Ava DuVernay and the cast of "Queen Sugar" won best drama series.



Bardot warns Putin on animal cruelty

Brigitte Bardot, the French film star who became an animal rights activist, is using the upcoming soccer World Cup hosted by Russia to express her concerns to President Vladimir Putin about the fate of stray animals in the country.

Bardot's foundation tweeted a letter from her to Putin on Thursday, referring to what she called culling campaigns and other animal cruelty in Russian cities. She said "by accepting this mass killing, you favor barbarism!"

She implored him to replace "this revolting slaughter" with sterilization campaigns. Bardot noted that with the June 14-July 15 World Cup, "the eyes of the international community are turned toward you."

Epistolary exchanges between Bardot and Putin aren't new. He wrote to her in 2000 saying leaders should be heeding her "alarm signals."



Family: Doctor fed guitarist's opioid habit

The family of a longtime guitarist for 3 Doors Down is accusing an Alabama doctor of fueling the rocker's opioid addiction before he died of a drug overdose.

Matthew Roberts, 38, was found dead in August 2016 in the hallway of a hotel outside Milwaukee, where he was to perform in a charity concert.

In a lawsuit filed recently in Alabama, Roberts' family says Dr. Richard Snellgrove began prescribing high levels of opioids to the musician in 2006. The prescriptions continued for years, with one break when Roberts sought help at an Arizona rehabilitation center, until days before his death, according to the suit.

"It's unfortunate that Mr. Roberts passed away, but Mr. Roberts passed away because of his abuse of his prescriptions in addition to using other drugs that weren't associated with his prescriptions," said Dennis Knizley, who is defending Snellgrove in a separate federal criminal case that arose from the death. "It was definitely unfortunate, but it's certainly not at the hands of Dr. Snellgrove."

In the criminal case, Snellgrove faces charges of distributing medications for no legitimate medical need, according to court records in U.S. District Court in Alabama's southern district.



Today's birthdays:
Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 95. Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) is 68. Singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips is 50. Keyboardist Keri Lewis of Mint Condition is 47. Actress Christina Ricci is 38. Actress Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place") is 25. Actresses Baylie and Rylie Cregut ("Raising Hope") are 8.



— The Associated Press


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