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盘点:2020年最令人难忘的文化事件 The cultural moments that defined 2020

中国日报网 2020-12-23 15:05




Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, Britain, March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay


Harry and Meghan retired as working royals



The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Instagram that they would be "stepping back" as senior members of the British royal family in January.



Prince Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles and subsequent duties entirely as they packed up and moved to California. Far from shrinking into the shadows, their post-royal lives have been highly visible.



They urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election (a move criticized for breaching the British royal family's tradition of political neutrality). Then, in an op-ed for the New York Times, Meghan revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year, another example of high-profile figures helping to break the taboo around pregnancy loss. And, like the Obamas, the pair is set to become Hollywood producers, closing a multi-year deal with Netflix that will see them create scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, features and children's programming.




Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon-ho win the Oscar for Best Picture for "Parasite" at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni 


'Parasite' made history at the Oscars



Director Bong Joon-ho's widely-acclaimed South Korean thriller, "Parasite," made history at the 92nd Academy Awards in February, becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture. Bong also picked up the award for best director, and ended his gracious acceptance speech with the meme-worthy, "I will drink until next morning."



The wins were significant in an industry heavily criticized for its lack of recognition of non-white talent, as well as exclusionary casting choices.




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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt flirted on Zoom



The exes reunited for a charity virtual reading of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and the internet, and Julia Roberts, grinned uncontrollably. "Hi Brad ... I think you're so sexy, will you come to me?" Aniston crooned. Pitt blushed. And for a brief moment, we forgot about all the bad news in the world and burrowed into a safe cocoon of nostalgia.


croon [kruːn]: v. 低声歌唱;柔情地唱

burrow[ˈbɜːroʊ]: v. 依偎;钻入

cocoon [kəˈkuːn]: n. 茧;卵囊



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'The Crown' blurred the line between fact and fiction



Audiences devoured the fourth season of "The Crown," with many younger viewers introduced to the ill-fated marriage, and drama, between Prince Charles and Princess Diana for the first time.



Concerns arose over the portrayal of royal members and its casting of future king Prince Charles in an unflattering light. Charles, played by Josh O'Connor, is depicted as a petulant, selfish serial-cheater who eventually drives the sacrificial lamb-like Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin, to bulimia and depression.


bulimia [buˈlɪmiə]: n. 暴食症


The series' creative license -- especially in its re-imagining of private conversations -- has drawn criticism from some quarters, leading the UK's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to demand that Netflix include a disclaimer clarifying to viewers that they are watching a work of fiction. Netflix hasn't balked.


balk [bɔːk]: v. 畏缩不前,犹豫;错过,拒绝(机会、邀请)



Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889Re-creation: @clairesalvo  Credit: Instagram


People recreated iconic artworks at home



With most art exhibitions and galleries shut down, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles launched a social media challenge, inviting people to recreate their favorite artworks with three household objects. Among our favorites: swirling cloud formations of "Starry Night" (1889) recreated with spaghetti; a woman and bulldog posing as "Madonna and Child" (1290-1295), and two rows of colorful boxes, nodding to Warhol's famous soup cans.



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