Jackie Chan Awarded Honorary Oscar

Action movie star, writer, director and martial artist Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Oscar for his “extraordinary achievements” in film.

The US film academy also voted to give the awards to editor Anne Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs described the four as “true pioneers and legends in their crafts”.

Chan, 62, starred in dozens of martial arts films in his native Hong Kong.

He went on to huge international success with hits like Rumble in the Bronx, the Rush Hour franchise, and the animation film Kung Fu Panda.


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South African Prosecutors Seek Longer Jail Term For Pistorius

A South African judge on Friday rejected the state’s appeal seeking a longer jail sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a six-year term for killing his girlfriend three years ago.

Thokozile Masipa — the same judge who imposed the sentence last month — said in the High Court in Johannesburg that she was not persuaded there was a “reasonable prospect of success on appeal”.

“The application for leave to appeal against the sentence is dismissed with costs,” she said.

The prosecution had been pushing for a longer sentence against the fallen 29-year-old sprint star over the 2013 murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

“The sentence of six years is shockingly lenient and disturbingly inappropriate,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued in court.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

At his sentencing in July, Masipa listed mitigating factors for ordering Pistorius to serve less than half the minimum 15-year term for murder, including the athlete’s claim he believed he was shooting an intruder.

“I’m of the view that a long term of imprisonment will not serve justice,” Masipa said then.

– ‘Enough is enough’ –

But Nel argued that the six-year sentence was flawed and that it should be appealed.

“Another court may find that this court misdirected itself,” said Nel.

Masipa was also the judge who had originally convicted Pistorius of the lesser charge of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, in 2014.

An appeals court upgraded his conviction to murder in December last year.

Pistorius’s defence said it was an “insult” to suggest that the court’s sentencing had been flawed and that it was time the case came to a close.

“Enough is enough. What does the state want?” defence lawyer Barry Roux said.

“This process has been exhausted beyond the point of exhaustion,” he added, accusing the prosecution of sending Pistorius “like a ping pong ball between courts”.

Pistorius, who pleaded not guilty at his high-profile trial, has always denied killing 29-year-old Steenkamp in a rage, saying he was trying to protect her.

South African media reports earlier this month said that Pistorius had been put on suicide watch following mysterious wrist injuries.

The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius — known as the Blade Runner — became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 Games.

New Forensic Evidence Claims Oscar Pistorius Attacked His Lover Reeva Steenkamp With A Cricket Bat Before Shooting Her Dead

Shocking new evidence emerged today that claims to show that six-time Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius allegedly attacked his lover with a cricket bat before shooting her dead at his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Valentine’s Day 2013.

During his trial, he claimed that he accidentally killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder who was lurking in his toilet. This might however turn out to untrue as forensic experts now believe two injuries on the model’s back match the tip of the bat.

Marks on the ripped and twisted handle also suggest there was a struggle between the pair. If confirmed, it would strengthen the prosecution’s case that Oscar gunned down Miss Steenkamp during a late-night row after she had locked herself in the toilet cubicle

South Africa Asks Appeal Court To Convict Oscar Pistorius Of Murder

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius, freed on parole last month after serving a fifth of his prison term for killing his girlfriend, faces years more in jail if state lawyers can get his conviction scaled up to murder from culpable homicide.
Prosecutors will argue before the Supreme Court that a high court judge was wrong to let Pistorius off the more serious charge after he fired four shots through a door on Valentine’s Day 2013, killing Reeva Steenkamp.
The 28-year-old track star will not be present at the one-day hearing in Bloemfontein, 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, his lawyer Barry Roux told Reuters.
A panel of five judges will hear the appeal, and could either order a retrial, convict Pistorius of murder themselves or reject the prosecution’s appeal, legal experts have said.
“The (high) court not only approached the circumstantial evidence incorrectly, but also incorrectly excluded relevant evidence,” prosecutors said in documents filed at the court.

Pistorius, dubbed “Blade Runner” because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he uses to compete, denied deliberately killing his girlfriend during his six-month trial, saying he mistook her for an intruder at his home.

Prosecutors said Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp, who they said fled to the toilet during a row.
But high court Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled last year that the state had failed to prove intent or “dolus eventualis”, a legal concept that centres on a person being held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their actions.

The state insists Masipa misinterpreted some parts of the law and that Pistorius must have known that the person behind the door could be killed.
A murder conviction would result in a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
After the trial last September, Pistorius, a gun enthusiast, was also convicted of firing a pistol under the table of a Johannesburg restaurant but was let off on charges of illegal possession of ammunition and firing a gun out of a car sun-roof.

The athlete was freed two weeks ago in line with South African sentencing guidelines that say non-dangerous prisoners should spend only a sixth of a custodial sentence behind bars.
He has not been seen in public since then and is under house arrest that confines him to his uncle’s home in a wealthy Pretoria suburb for the duration of his sentence.