The Oscar ceremony began at 12:30 a.m. Monday in England and was broadcast only on a pay-TV movie channel – making it difficult for most Britons to see it live. But news of Mirren’s win was inescapable Monday, dominating newspaper front pages and television newscasts. “I’m sure that the queen will be pleased,” the palace spokeswoman said. – Associated Press Ludacris’ father passes away Helen Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” may be invited to tea, Buckingham Palace said Monday. The film’s director, Stephen Frears, has already suggested that he, Mirren and screenwriter Peter Morgan would visit the queen at the palace next month. “It is speculation, but we are looking at a number of options,” a palace spokeswoman said Monday. Mirren won the Oscar on Sunday night in Los Angeles for playing the monarch in “The Queen,” which retells the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car crash 10 years ago. Ludacris has thanked his fans for their support and asked for privacy to grieve following the death of his ailing father. Wayne Brian Bridges, 52, died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness, said Barry Florence, a publicist for the rapper. At the Grammys earlier this month, Ludacris, 29, dedicated his award for best rap album for “Release Therapy” to his father, saying his dad was in critical condition and fighting for his life. “Mr. Wayne Bridges, I love you to death,” he said at the televised Los Angeles ceremony. Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, also won a Grammy at this year’s awards for best rap song for “Money Maker.” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!