The heir to the heir to the heir to the British throne has taken a big step up the educational ladder.

Kensington Palace said that Prince George started nursery school Wednesday, a milestone for the young future king.

Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked the occasion by releasing two photographs of 2½-year-old George outside the school building. Kate took the photos showing George in a blue jacket with a backpack. The royal couple had earlier announced he would be attending Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, 110 miles north of London.

The school has said he will receive the same treatment as other pupils.

Pudding pot and a parade

Actress Kerry Washington has been named woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Hasty Pudding, the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, announced Wednesday that it had selected Washington because she is a “talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood.” Washington, the first black woman to headline a network TV drama since 1974 as crisis management specialist Olivia Pope on the hit show “Scandal,” has earned Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Best Actress nominations as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. She will be given her pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and roast scheduled for Jan. 28. Previous winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. Comedian Amy Poehler won last year.


SAG nods: “Spotlight” is dominating awards season, but the Writers Guild has recognized a diverse slate of films, including “Trainwreck” and “Straight Outta Compton.” The organization on Wednesday announced its selections for the best in original and adapted screenplays. Nominated for original screenplay are Amy Schumer for her bawdy comedy “Trainwreck,” Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff for the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight,” Taylor Sheridan for “Sicario,” and Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for “Bridge of Spies.” Those vying for best adapted screenplay are Aaron Sorkin for “Steve Jobs,” Phyllis Nagy for “Carol,” Drew Goddard for “The Martian,” John McNamara for “Trumbo,” and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for “The Big Short.” Winners will be announced on Feb. 13.


Mandela series: BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader. Stephen Hill, the network’s chief programming executive, said Wednesday the six-hour “Madiba” series is being made with the cooperation of Mandela’s family. Mandela, the longtime prisoner of the apartheid system, became South Africa’s first black president. He died in 2013 at age 95.

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