In this week’s news, envelopegate at the Oscars, mouse tries to catch a holiday to America and more!
1. Oscars envelope fiasco
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will not be employed by the Academy next year, after they handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope. Cullinan mistakenly handed over the card for ‘Best Actress’ instead of ‘Best Picture’ at the 2017 Oscars. The card said “Emma Stone, La La Land”, which meant that La La Land were initially crowned best picture. It wasn’t until the producers were making their speeches that someone stepped in and gave them the correct envelope, where Moonlight had actually won. The two accountants were supposed to run on stage, should any problems arise, but instead delayed their actions. A stage manager said, “They just didn’t have the disposition for this. You need somebody who’s going to be confident and unafraid.”.
2. Britain’s tallest man dies
The UK’s tallest man, Neil Fingleton, has died. The Durham actor, aged just 36, reportedly died from a heart attack. It was in 2007 that he was confirmed at Britain’s tallest man. Fingleton played Mag The Mighty in Game of Thrones, and also worked on X-Men and Dr Who. He became an actor after being forced to retire from basketball due to injury. He said, “I’m the tallest, which is a very special thing. So why not use it to my advantage and be recognised, not just for being tall but for being a talented actor.”.
3. Two accidentally shot at Hollande speech
A French police sniper has accidentally shot two people whilst President Francois Hollande of France was making a speech in the town of Villognon. The shooting interrupted the President’s speech, but the two people only suffered minor injuries. The sniper accidentally released the trigger whilst changing position. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
4. Mouse halts flight
A British Airways flight was unable to leave Heathrow after a rodent was spotted on the plane. The plane was preparing to leave for the US when a mouse was spotted on board. BA said that the plane could not leave with the mouse on board,
since they had no valid boarding pass. Passengers were removed from the plane so that they could catch another scheduled flight.
5. Investigators reveal findings on cause of Shoreham crash
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have said that the pilot was responsible for the crash that killed 11 people. The pilot was performing at the Shoreham Air Show, but entered the manoeuvre too low and failed to use maximum thrust, according to the AAIB. The investigators also found that the measures to reduce the adversity of consequences from potential crashes were ineffective. The pilot of the plane, Andrew Hill, suffered serious injuries and is being investigated for manslaughter.