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The man who broke

the four-minute mile -

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Sir Roger Bannister

- has died.

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Bannister goes streaking forward.

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His achievement in 1954 gave him

a place in the record books -

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and in athletics history.

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I was absolutely

overwhelmed and delighted.

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It was a great surprise to me to be

able to do it today,

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and I think I was very lucky.

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We'll be hearing tributes

to Sir Roger from some of those

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he inspired to compete.

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Also tonight...

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'Where is the world' say

the people of Eastern Ghouta -

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as the Syrian government advances

into the rebel-held area.

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Still not enough detail

on how the Irish border

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will work after Brexit -

the Irish government suggests

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UK proposals may not

be enough for the EU.

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Polls close in Italy,

after an election campaign

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dominated by immigration.

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And, I am in Hollywood,

on the Oscars red carpet,

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where I will be reporting live

from the 90th Academy Awards.

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Good evening.

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Sir Roger Bannister -

the first man to run a mile

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in under four minutes -

has died at the age of 88.

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It was in 1954 that he made

athletics history as an amateur

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runner on a track in Oxford a moment

that came to symbolise

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sporting achievement.

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After retiring from athletics

he became a distinguished

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doctor and neurologist.

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Today fellow athletes paid

tribute to a man who made

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"the impossible possible"

while the Prime Minister described

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him as a great British icon.

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Joe Wilson looks back at his life.

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NEWSREEL:

25-year-old Roger

Bannister, third from the left.

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There are some moments of sporting

history which become part

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of the world's history.

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He's decided this

is the right moment.

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What Roger Bannister achieved

in 1954 was like a lunar landing

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for 20th century sport.

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Bannister's old friend and rival

Chris Chataway is in third place,

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waiting to take over as pacer.

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To run a mile and stop

the clock before it reached

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four minutes in 1954,

this was a magical number,

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a barrier of human achievement.

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A feat that would redefine

what was humanly possible.

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And it would fall to a young medical

student to achieve it.

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After two-and-a-half laps,

Brasher gives way to Chataway.

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Bannister, a superb tactician, has

suffered some criticism in the past

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for adopting his own rather

unorthodox training methods.

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But they are paying dividends now.

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At this point it

becomes quite painful.

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I overtake Chris Chataway

and begin the finish.

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And here he comes.

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Bannister goes streaking forward

with about 250 yards to the tapes.

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Every stride counted.

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The tape broke at three

minutes 59.4 seconds.

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And Bannister has done it.

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Though he is out on his feet,

his coach and team manager tell him

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he has achieved his ambition.

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It might have felt like the world

stopped when that clock stopped.

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Four minute mile was a sporting

catch phrase everyone recognised.

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All I can say I'm absolutely

overwhelmed and delighted.

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It was a great surprise to me to be

able to do it today.

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And I think I was very lucky.

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There was certainly a feeling of it

being a national event,

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and something of a landmark

for the country.

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Sir Roger Bannister was a hugely

influential figure in sport.

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Especially for those whose

athletics careers came after.

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Middle-distance running became

a British tradition, a speciality.

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Today, at the World Indoor Athletics

Championships in Birmingham,

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two men who also hold the mile world

record talked about their mentor.

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Roger was a great athlete.

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He would tease Seb and I in later

years about had he been around

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in our day and had better tracks

and better shoes and better training

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methods he would have beaten us.

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He was one of the cleverest people

I think I've ever met,

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and he was, in equal measure,

modest as well.

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He never really got what he did

and it wasn't a front.

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This weekend, Laura Muir ran

the 1500 metres at the World Indoors

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in true style, giving

everything for silver.

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She studied medicine to become

a vet, and recognises her link

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to Sir Roger Bannister.

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I think he was very influential

and very sort of inspirational

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to a lot of people, and to me,

that you can combine, you know,

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academics and running.

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Sir Roger Bannister

was knighted in 1975.

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Athletics was only

a small part of his life.

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He regarded his work as

a neurologist as more significant.

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When he was diagnosed

with Parkinson's disease

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he described the gentle irony that

a neurologist should find himself

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with a neurological condition.

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Training for Bannister was half

an hour a day on a cinder track.

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The world's first sub four minute

miler was also perhaps

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sport's last great amateur.

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Sir Roger Bannister who has

died at the age of 88.

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The Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad

has said that the offensive

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on Eastern Ghouta must continue,

as his forces take parts of the area

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back from rebel groups.

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More than 600 civilians have

died in the fighting

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and thousands have been fleeing.

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The United Nations has been

trying get an aid convoy

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into Eastern Ghouta but so far,

conditions have made

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that impossible.

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Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen

sent this report from Damascus.

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These people said their village

was moving because the

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Syrian Army had arrived.

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One man cursed the Russians and

Iranians, key allies of the regime.

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Air strikes he said including banned

cluster bombs had not stopped.

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TRANSLATION: It has been

four days, no fuel, no

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bread, no food, no water.

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Where is the world?

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Where are human rights?

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We are humans, not animals.

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400,000 people live

in Eastern Ghouta, an area

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of fields and small towns

about the size of Manchester.

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Most of them are civilians who have

not been able to escape the war.

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TRANSLATION: When the planes

shelled, I could not see

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anything in front of me.

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I did not wait for the ambulance,

I started running.

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For people who don't get away

in time, the risk is death.

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Syria's war creates rivers of tears.

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And kills without

discrimination or hesitation.

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Western countries and others have

condemned attacks that kill

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and injure civilians.

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The UN humanitarian chief called it

collective punishment.

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President Bashar Assad

said the condemnation

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was a ridiculous lie.

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Syria, he said, was

fighting terrorism.

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The air strikes have been

followed by ground troops

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who are making rapid advances.

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The strategy seems to be to cut

Eastern Ghouta in half.

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Negotiations between the rebel

groups and the Russians have been

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going on for quite some time.

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It is not clear if the objective

is a ceasefire or the effective

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surrender of the rebels.

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The biggest rebel group says

it is regrouping after a retreat.

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The fighting is still going on,

for the regime the prize is the end

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of the last major rebel

enclave around Damascus.

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For the rebels, these

are desperate moments.

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Jeremy Bowen, BBC News, Damascus.

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The Irish foreign minister has

suggested that Britain's proposals

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for the Irish border after Brexit

may be rejected by the EU because it

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will need to protect how

the single market works.

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Simon Coveney said there was little

new detail on how to avoid a hard

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border in the Prime Minister's

speech on Friday -

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today Theresa May said all parties

were committed to avoiding one.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Eleanor Garnier.

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It is more than 300 miles long.

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Tens of thousands of

people cross it everyday.

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And more than £1 billion is done

in trade between Northern Ireland

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and the Republic every week.

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But after Brexit, these roads

will be the new frontier

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between the UK and EU.

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The challenge, how to keep

this border invisible,

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when Britain is outside the single

market and the customs union.

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We are committed, the Irish

government is committed,

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all the parties in Northern Ireland,

to making sure there

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is no hard border.

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The Prime Minister's plans

would mean 80% of companies

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would face no new customs checks

and with new technology,

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she believes a hard

border can be avoided.

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But the Irish government

has its doubts.

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I am not sure that the

European Union will be able

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to support a situation whereby 80%

of companies that trade north

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and south and south north

will actually protect the integrity

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of the EU single market.

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To sort out this most difficult

of Brexit conundrums,

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multiple sides need to be won over

and the Prime Minister

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has already made clear,

she will not accept the fallback

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position in Brussels.

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One that would see Northern Ireland

stick to the rules and

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regulations of the EU.

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Mrs May believes her latest

thinking is a step forward.

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It sets out some ways,

particularly on the issue

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of customs across-the-border,

in which we can resolve

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that and I am pleased

to say that the Taoiseach,

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when I met him recently,

has agreed that the UK and Irish

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governments and the Commission can

sit down and look in more

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detail at the proposals

that we have put forward.

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But others elsewhere

in the UK have their doubts.

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I think one of the most shameful

features of the whole Brexit

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process has been the way,

the negligent way in

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which the interests of Ireland have

just been cast aside.

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So, when I hear her talk

about technological solutions,

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I guess there is nobody

who would disagree with

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the objectives she is setting,

but she is talking at the moment

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about technological solutions that

perhaps do not even exist.

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The Irish border is a key sticking

point in the talks, but other

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problems need solving, too.

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This week we will get a better

idea of how convinced

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Brussels is when the EU side

publishes its draft guidelines

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for the next round of talks

about the shape of our future

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relationship with

the European Union.

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It could give us a big sign as to

whether what the Prime Minister

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is asking for is achievable.

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Eleanor Garnier, BBC

News, Westminster.

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Meanwhile Downing Street says

Theresa May spoke to President Trump

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today to express her 'deep concern'

about his plans to

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impose trade tariffs.

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The President wants tariffs

on imported steel and aluminium

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to protect American jobs.

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But the plan has sparked

fears of a trade war

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between the US, Europe and China.

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In the last few minutes,

polling stations have closed

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in Italy after an election campaign

dominated by concerns

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about immigration and the economy.

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Both right-wing parties and the anti

establishment Five Star movement

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have been predicted to make gains.

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We'll be live in Rome

with our Europe Editor

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Katya Adler in a moment -

but first here's her

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report from Naples.

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In polling stations across Italy

today there was a sense of

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uncertainty. Voters told us they

wanted change, but were not sure

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which political party to trust.

TRANSLATION: Italians are

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frustrated, but the politicians need

to hear our voice.

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TRANSLATION: I am so worried about

Italy. I said a prayer before coming

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to vote. Marty Lorenzi and other

centre-left leaders are preparing

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for a bruising at the polls. Italian

say they're a top concerns remain

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the insecure job market here,

frustrations with the euro and mass

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irregular migration from Africa.

This is the leader of the

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antiestablishment Five Star

movement, tipped tonight to become

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the largest political party. I

caught up with him this morning just

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before he cast his vote.

Traditional

politicians have kept telling

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Italians that everything is fine and

it is not. Our motto is to be

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amongst the people.

But the

political system here favours

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coalitions, so his controversial

party could be left out in the cold.

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Meaning this familiar face could be

kingmaker in stead. Naples and the

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south of Italy will swing the vote

today. Silvio Berlusconi campaigned

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here this weekend on behalf of a

right-wing Coalition peppered with

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populists. Like this rising star

anti-immigration politician voting

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today in Milan. So what does this

rather chaotic political picture

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being for Italy and Europe? After

all, this is the Eurozone's

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third-largest economy.

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third-largest economy. Confusion is

quintessentially Italian, Brussels

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is used to it, the financial markets

seem prepared for it and they

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believe that a Coalition government

will water down more extremist

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populist policies on offer. But how

does that help Italians get to grips

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with their problems? This person has

a civilian protest party in Naples.

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TRANSLATION: These days the Italian

politicians blame everything on

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immigration but that is alive. Use

an employment, precarious contracts,

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that is our problem and that is why

Italians live badly. Their votes now

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cars, all Italians can do is wait.

The election will be followed by

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weeks of political Horst trading,

change does not come fast in Italy.

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Let us join our reporter. Exit polls

are coming through and what do they

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suggest?

They are literally just

coming in and on this rainy, cloudy

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night in Italy, the political

results look equally nebulous and

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what will be a bitter shock for the

traditional parties, it looks like

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the Five Star party has become

Italy's largest party. But with not

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enough seats to govern alone in

either the upper or lower house of

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Parliament, Silvio Berlusconi's

Coalition looks like it can garner

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more seats but you can bet that the

next few weeks will be full of

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arguing and fighting and horse

trading. That will frustrate Italian

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voters enormously after this

divisive election campaign, they are

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just demanding change.

Thank you.

Higher temperatures are expected

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almost everywhere tomorrow. The thaw

has meant flooding in some places

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and there have been problems on the

railways. Our correspondent is at

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Carlisle station. Yes, there have

been some frustrated passengers here

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because even though Network Rail has

been able to clear their West Coast

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mainline, there is still no trains

heading north to Glasgow. Anyone

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wanting to travel has to get a coach

to head into Scotland. There are

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other branch lines that are still

blocked by snow and we saw engineers

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earlier trying to dig out a train

that had been stuck in a snow drift

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for three days and they say the snow

keeps blowing over the line but they

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are hoping that things can go back

to something like normal tomorrow.

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In other parts of the country, there

are villages in Devon

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are villages in Devon that have no

water. There have been power cuts in

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parts of the country, water

shortages in London and an appeal

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for blood donors to come forward.

The effects of the storm and snow

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are still having an impact.

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Oscars shortly - first,

Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes

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is at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Thank you.

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Good evening.

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Andrew Pozzi credited

the late Sir Roger Bannister

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as his inspiration behind winning

gold in the 60 metres

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hurdles at the World Indoor

Athletics Championships.

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Pozzi had to dip on the line to win

by a hundreth of a second.

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Great Britain also won two bronzes

on the final day in Birmingham,

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taking their medal tally to seven.

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Meanwhile, Sir Mo Farah

won the new "Big Half"

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race in London today.

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The four-time Olympic champion,

who's switched from the track

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to road-running, took part

in the 13.1 mile event as part

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of his preparation for next

month's London Marathon,

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where he's hoping to become

the first British male

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winner for 15 years.

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Onto the day's football,

and Match of the Day and Sportscene

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are on BBC One later,

so if you don't want

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to hear what happened,

you know what to do...

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Manchester City are just four

wins away from clinching

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the Premier League title,

after beating champions,

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Chelsea, 1-0 at home.

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Bernado Silva's goal means

they're now 18 points clear

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at the top of the table.

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Meanwhile, in the early kick off,

Arsenal's woes continue -

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beaten by Brighton for the first

time in 36 years, with pressure

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mounting on their manager,

Arsene Wenger, who's admitted it's

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now almost impossible for Arsenal

to finish in the top four.

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In the Scottish Cup,

Carl McHugh scored a wonder-goal

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against Hearts to put Motherwell

into the semi-finals.

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Rangers are also through - they'll

play Celtic in the last four.

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England's women have drawn

with Germany 2-2 at

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the "She Believes" Cup.

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Ellen White's goals helped

make-up for some costly

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errors in New Jersey.

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Still Neville...

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David Beckham was amongst the crowd,

after giving the side

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a pre-match pep talk.

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His former team mate,

and Lionesses' new manager,

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Phil Neville, has now one win

and a draw to his name.

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That's it from me, but there's much

more on the BBC Sport website

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including news of a gripping final

at the Welsh Open Snooker.

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The Oscars ceremony gets underway

in just over two hours' time.

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This year's Academy Awards takes

place against the backdrop

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of the Harvey Weinstein allegations,

and the MeToo and TimesUp movement.

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We'll be live shortly

with our Arts Editor Will Gompertz

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but first here's his look,

at some of the main contenders.

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Here on a still concealed

Oscars red carpet, just

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about everybody has got an opinion

about what is going

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to happen tonight.

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But what does a genuine Hollywood

insider, with her ear

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to the ground, think?

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Does she expect there to be

a post-Weinstein reaction that might

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change how Academy members vote?

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I don't think so.

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I think Harvey Weinstein has changed

the scope of the awards season,

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he has changed what people ask

about on red carpets,

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what they wear, he has changed how

the whole industry is behaving,

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but, in terms of voting

on the Oscars, I don't think

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that there will be a real effect

on who wins and who loses.

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My daughter, Angela,

was murdered seven months ago.

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It seems to me that the police

department is too busy torturing

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black folks and eating Krispy Kremes

to solve actual crime.

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I would be surprised

if Three Billboards repeated

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its BAFTA success and won Best

Picture.

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That movie is quite polarising among

American Academy members.

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The Shape of Water,

Guillermo Del Toro's film is one

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that has won a lot of the precursor

awards that lead up to the Oscars,

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so that seems to be sort

of a rising contender.

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Who is going to win?

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I would put my money on Get Out.

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Chris was just telling me

how he felt much more

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comfortable with my being here.

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Noted.

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What about Best Actor?

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You cannot reason with a tiger!

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When your head is in its mouth!

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The front runner for Best Actor

is Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour,

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for whom this is, in many ways,

possibly a lifetime

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achievement award.

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There is an outside contender,

Timothee Chalamet for

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Call Me By Your Name.

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He has kind of captured,

what I think of as the

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ingenue spot this year.

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Normally reserved for a beautiful

young woman, this year it seems

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to be held by a beautiful young man.

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Surely Francis McDormand

is a shoo-in as Best Actress for her

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performance in Three Billboards

as a grieving, seething mother.

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What is with the new

attitude, Dixon?

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Your mamma been coaching ya?

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Her performance in Three Billboards,

if there is any movie that sort

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of captured the #MeToo movement

and the idea of female rage,

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surely it is this one

and McDormand's performance

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in the whole film.

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Go, girl.

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And what about Greta Gerwig

and her film Lady Bird?

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Could she become just the second

woman in the history

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of the Oscars to walk away

with the Best Director prize?

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I think Greta Gerwig is a long shot.

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I think her being nominated is

a milestone for a female director.

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It has happened so rarely.

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Kathryn Bigelow is the only

one who has actually

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won in the category.

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Three, two, one.

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Ready?

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Action!

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Guillermo Del Toro is the person

I would put my money on.

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This may very well be the most

sensitive asset ever to be held.

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This could indeed be the year,

but The Shape of Water is the film

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that makes the biggest...

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Splash?

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Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.

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So, as the stars begin to arrive for

the Oscars, we can see that the red

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carpet will be a more colourful

affair than the BAFTAs and the

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Golden Globes and that is because

there is no black dress code. It is

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not to say that there is a

forgetfulness about what has been

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going on, the stories and the

revelations, there is still a great

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deal of seriousness about it and it

is here where you can seal it. The

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social engagement has gone to

another level and you can see that

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reflected in the movie short listed

for the awards. Thank you.

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That's all from me,

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