Link Tank: The International Future of the Oscars

The Academy Award's international future, the deadly effects of burnout, the end of Internet Explorer, and more in today's Link Tank!

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The Academy Awards are looking to have a bright future internationally as its film selections expands beyond the United States.

“In the 90-year history of the Academy Awards, 554 movies have been nominated for Best Picture. Among that number have been timeless classics (Casablanca, The Godfather, Schindler’s List) and a whole lot of best-forgotten duds (Crash, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Green Book). What’s truly incredible, though, is that only 11 foreign-language movies have even been nominated to compete for Best Picture since 1929 — and none have ever won.”

Read more at The Week.

It’s time that MCU fans let Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. live beyond the Marvel franchise.

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“We’re barely a month into 2020, and everyone still is asking Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans when they’re going back to Marvel. It’s not even been a year since they got their finales in Avengers: Endgame. There’s a certain level of nostalgia that we have, as fans, and when things come to an end, we want them to come back, which is probably why we have new Star Wars movies and a never-ending cycle of Batman movies at our disposal. And now… it seems as if people already have that same feeling for the Avengers, wanting our fallen heroes back in action.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

A new study on the effects of “burnout” spells a particular deadly consequence for those who suffer from it.

“tressful life events, whether it’s an overwhelming job or caring for an ailing parent, can sap the life out of you. The experience of persistent stress can turn into burnout, also known as vital exhaustion, which can eventually induce intense fatigue, irritability, and demoralization.”

Read more at Inverse.

Internet Explorer is officially history as of today with the launching of the new Microsoft Edge.

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“Microsoft has been teasing big changes to Microsoft Edge for nearly a year. Two years ago, the company announced that Edge would move to rely on the same Chromium code base as Google’s Chrome. Then came alphas, and betas, and even a build for macOS that I quite liked. The new version of Edge, which kills the ereader but becomes significantly better at reading the web, launches today. And with it, one of the last vestiges of Internet Explorer dies.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looking to become independent from the British royal family, let’s look back at 13 other times British royalties broke protocol.

“Though the Duke and Duchess’s decision to split their time between England and Canada appears to have been settled, it’s likely to remain a contentious one—at least as far as the public and media are concerned—for quite some time to come. Of course, Harry and Meghan are far from the first members of the royal family who have chosen to break away from the establishment’s age-old rules and conventions.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Despite pitiful efforts to curb election meddling on Facebook, the social media platform remains an online space for misinformation to thrive in 2020.

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‘As we barrel toward the 2020 election, Facebook has decided that it won’t learn from the past. Instead of trying to rein in political advertising, Facebook is giving some control to its users over what kind of ads they see. Ads will still be targeted, and you’ll still see them, but you may be able to tone it down a bit.”

Read more at PCMag.