Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts. The actress, who won a best actress Academy Award in 2009 for “The Reader” and made her breakthrough as the feisty Rose in 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the queen’s Birthday Honors List, published Saturday. Winslet, 36, said the honor made her “very proud to be a Brit.” Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was made a knight and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A respected Shakespearean actor whose films as a director range from “Henry V” and “Hamlet” to the comic-book fantasy “Thor,” Branagh said he felt “humble, elated, and incredibly lucky” to get the honor. It puts him in a pantheon of theatrical knights alongside the late Sir Laurence Olivier, whom Branagh played in “My Life With Marilyn.” The honors are bestowed twice yearly by the queen — at New Year’s and on her official birthday in June — but recipients are selected by civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public. … Investigators combed through the wreckage of a Toronto stage Sunday, trying to determine what caused the structure to come crashing down ahead of a Radiohead concert, killing the band’s drum technician and injuring three other people. A Radiohead representative confirmed the man killed was Scott Johnson, the drum technician for the British band. He was trapped under the rubble and pronounced dead at the scene. A 45-year-old man was hospitalized with a head injury but his life was not in danger. The other two were treated at the scene. Officials from the Ontario Ministry of Labor searched through the wreckage for clues to the cause of the collapse Saturday in Downsview Park. They were also investigating whether safety regulations and standards were followed and if staff were properly trained.
Names in the news, June 18
Posted June 17, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.