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Session 124

The film Joker has received 11 nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' annual awards. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story in this new-look episode of News Review.

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Activity 1

News Review

Joker leads Bafta film nominations

The film has received 11 nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' annual awards.

Language challenge

Which word means 'produce an emotional effect on someone'?

a) vibrate
b) resonate
c) reverberate
d) oscillate

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The story

Joker's bleak depiction of the comic book character was one of last year's most controversial releases, but the film resonated with audiences – taking more than a billion dollars at the box office and it now leads the way at the Baftas with 11 nominations including best film and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.

Key words and phrases

person expected to win the competition

• The Jamaican sprinter is the frontrunner at this year's event.
• The political party has gone from last place to front runner.

in the spotlight
receiving a lot of attention

• The announcement of their wedding put the celebrities in the spotlight.
• The CEO is now under the spotlight as the fraud investigation continues.

leads (the) pack
is better or more successful than competitors

• In terms of hitting sales targets, she's leading the pack.
• With this new computer system, we'll lead the pack in data security.

To do

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Language challenge answer

b) resonate


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