Didn’t stay up past your bedtime to watch the Oscars? Here’s what happened: Birdman won, then stars showed off their statuettes at showbiz parties.
John Kerry negotiated nuclear peace with Iran, while Ukraine separatists nixed a ceasefire. Nepal promised to make climbing Everest safer.
Stars showed off their statuettes
After scooping prizes at the Oscars, Hollywood heavyweights hit a run of after-parties, brandishing their golden statuettes as they gossiped, goofed around and slurped champagne at the Governor’s Ball, Vanity Fair party and Elton John’s annual post-Oscars fundraising soiree.
Birdman scored Best Picture Oscar
Couldn’t face staying up to see who won best animated short? What you need to know is that Birdman won best picture, but Michael Keaton didn’t win for playing an actor trying to make a comeback. Julianne Moore won best actress for her role as an Alzheimer’s sufferer and Eddie Redmayne won best actor for playing the cleverest man on earth, professor Stephen Hawking.
John Kerry talked nuclear with Iran leaders
Our very busy Secretary of State was back on the road to try and sort out world peace, this time with leaders from Iran. Broadly speaking, along with a bunch of European countries, we’re trying to broker a deal where Iran assures us they won’t make a nuclear bomb, and we stop economic sanctions. Fingers crossed.
The Ukraine ceasefire was under fire
Fighting was meant to stop the day after Valentine’s day when a deal was struck between leaders in the eastern Ukraine crisis. Well, it looks like the honeymoon is well and truly over as rebels are still firing away, which means that the Ukraine army can’t even remove their heavy weapons from the region, one of the fundamental conditions of the deal.
Nepal promised Everest safety
Every year keen climbers and mid-life crisis bucket-listersmake the treacherous climb to the summit of the world’s highest mountain with the help of local guides. Last year 16 of these poor sherpas died in an avalanche. Today the government announced that it would make more regular weather reports and improve safety on the extremely dangerous route. Crucially it said it would do more to help the sherpas; Nepal authorities have been criticism for doing little to look after their local guys, despite raking in loads of cash for climb permits from the foreigners they look after.