As the Venice Film Festival prepares to announce its winners on Saturday night, one of several late-running American entries seems likely to clinch the coveted Golden Lion. The 65th edition of the festival was criticised for its poor quality films.
Zinedine Zidane handed 20-year-old Karim Benzema the 'Player of the Year' award after the Lyon striker was elected best player by his fellow professionals. Eagerly awaited at EURO 2008, France's young prodigy scored 23 goals this season.
The 12th edition of the Webby awards honoured Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am for his popular video supporting presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The clip, titled 'Yes we can', was viewed 17 million times.
France's Jean Nouvel was awarded the Pritzker Prize, nicknamed the "Architecture Nobel," as the jury acknowledged his "insatiable urge for creative experimentation". Nouvel's landmark works include the Arab World Institute in Paris.