Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars Again

He was a farely leftfield choice to begin with but once he got onto that stage he knocked the Oscars out of the park. After doing such an amazing job this year (minus that very odd tour bus prank), Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the biggest movie awards show once again in 2018. His return is one few saw coming but it seems most are happy with.

For the 90th Academy Awards, who knows what he’ll have in-store but with this year’s smart and sharp opening monologue, poking fun at Hollywood’s elite, as well as adding in his own brand of comedy with Mean Tweets and his consistent piss taking of Matt Damon off stage, it’s sure to be equally entertaining. 

Jimmy will be the 23rd presenter who has hosted the Oscars more than once, joining a list which includes Bob Hope, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Sinatra, Jon Stewart and many more.

The 90th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday 4th March and I will be live tweeting them as always. But maybe not live Instagramming…

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BAFTA 2017: Full List of Winners

The 70th BAFTA Awards took place last night and amongst all of the red carpet action, trophies and glamour, there was an underlying political and social theme. Stephen Fry’s shots at the Trump administration, Southern Rail and Danny Dyer were all accurate and entertaining. Starting off with his grandmother’s saying “cop a load of this, bitches” and continued by referring to a recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are, and claimed that Prince William will be “devastated after finding out he’s related to Danny Dyer”. But I think that my favourite was during one of his take downs of Trumps, as his quipped “One of the greatest actresses of all time, only a blithering idiot would think otherwise, Meryl Streep.” Brilliant. You can see more of Stephen Fry’s jokes here.

During the ceremony, La La Land was the most successful, winning five awards, including Best Director, Best Film and Best Actress, making it even more of a front runner than before to sweep up at the Oscars. Other winners include Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor, Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress and Kubo and the Two Strings for Best Animated Feature, beating two Disney films.

Not too many surprises altogether this year however I didn’t quite get all of my predictions correct unfortunately. Here were mine for last night, getting four out of six, which isn’t that bad! Anyway, we’ll see if I can improve upon my guesses for the Oscars. Here’s the list of winners in full.

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Outstanding British film

American Honey

Denial

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

WINNER: I, Daniel Blake

Notes on Blindness

Under the Shadow

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Rising Star award

Anya Taylor-Joy

Laia Costa

Lucas Hedges

Ruth Negga

WINNER: Tom Holland

Best Make Up & Hair

Doctor Strange

WINNER: Florence Foster Jenkins

Hacksaw Ridge

Nocturnal Animals

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Best Original Music

Arrival

Jackie

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

WINNER: Jackie

La La Land

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Best Sound

WINNER: Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

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Best British Short Animation

The Alan Dimension

WINNER: A Love Story

Tough

 

Best British Short Film

Consumed

WINNER: Home

Mouth of Hell

The Party

Standby

 

Best Editing

Arrival

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Nocturnal Animals

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Best Production Design

Doctor Strange

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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La La Land

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Documentary

WINNER: 13th

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress

Notes on Blindness

Weiner

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Best Film Not in the English Language

Dheepan

Julieta

Mustang

WINNER: Son of Saul

Toni Erdmann

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hidden Figures

WINNER: Lion

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Supporting Actress

Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

WINNER: Viola Davis (Fences)

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Best Animated Film

Finding Dory

WINNER: Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Zootropolis

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Best Special Visual Effects

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

The Girl With All the Gifts – Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer)

The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)

Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)

The Pass – John Donnelly (writer), Ben A Williams (director)

WINNER: Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

WINNER: Dev Patel (Lion)

Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

Curzon Cinemas

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

WINNER: Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

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Best Cinematography

Arrival

Hell or High Water

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Actor

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

WINNER: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

 

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)

WINNER: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)

Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)

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Best Actress

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)

WINNER: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

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Best Film

Arrival

I, Daniel Blake

WINNER: La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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Bafta fellowship

Mel Brooks

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The 89th Academy Award Nominations and My Predictions

And the nominees are…

Here we have it, the Oscar nominations for 2017. What we have is a mostly predictable list of nominations. However there seems to be something wrong with the Best Actress category. It would seem Meryl Streep’s standard middle of the road performance is better than that of Amy Adams’ in Arrival. Really?? It’s such an insult to what is one of the best performances of the past 12 months but that’s merely my opinion.

With 14 nominations, La La Land has matched the most nominations ever garnered by one film and it’s now the most Oscar nominated musical. It’s no real surprise after it’s been so well-received by critics and audiences alike as well as gaining other awards and nominations during this season. Anyway, with that said, see below for the fill list of nominations as well as my predictions in bold.

The ceremony takes place on the 26th February and is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Stay tuned for my live blog taking place on the night for those of you willing to stay up until around 5am, GMT.

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Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester By the Sea

Moonlight

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Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

 

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

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Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea)

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

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Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester By the Sea

20th Century Women

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

 

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life As a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

2-kubo

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

OJ: Made in America

13th

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Best Documentary Short

4.1 Miles

Extremis

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

 

Best Score

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

 

Best Song

Audition (La La Land)

Can’t Stop the Feeling! (Trolls)

City of Stars (La La Land)

The Empty Chair (Jim: The James Foley Story)

How Far I’ll Go (Moana)

 

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

 

Best Costume Design

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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Best Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar

La La Land

Passengers

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Best Cinematography

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

 

Best Sound Editing

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

 

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours

 

Best Film Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

 

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

 

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Golden Globe 2017 Winners

Just in case you’ve been sleeping all day due to the bad weather / Monday / tube strike, you would have missed the winners of the year’s Golden Globes. The award ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Fallon whose opening of the show was much better than what other say, although a little on the nose with the big winner of the night.

That’s right, La La Land was the big winner of last night which picked up seven awards including Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and for Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz. An incredible achievement for such a superb film which has been hotly tipped to sweep the awards. Not a bad start, we’#ll see how they do in the BAFTA and Oscar nominations, both of which are out very soon! Another big winner includes several Brits from The Night Manager with awards for Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie. Well freaking done!

Here’s a list of all of the winners, congratulations to you all! Looks like I’ve got quite a bit of TV to catch up on, time to hibernate.

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Film categories

Best motion picture – drama

Winner: Moonlight

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

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Best motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: La La Land

20th Century Women

Deadpool

Florence Foster Jenkins

Sing Street

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton – Loving

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington – Fences

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

Winner: Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Amy Adams – Arrival

Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane

Ruth Negga – Loving

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Colin Farrell – The Lobster

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill – War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

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Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel – Lion

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Winner: Viola Davis – Fences

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Winner: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best screenplay – motion picture

Winner: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best animated feature film

Winner: Zootopia

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sing

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Best foreign language film

Winner: Elle

Divines

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

Best original score – motion picture

Winner: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch – Hidden Figures

Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

Johann Johannsson – Arrival

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight

Best original song – motion picture

Winner: City of Stars – La La Land

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls

Faith – Sing

Gold – Gold

How Far I’ll Go – Moana

 

Television categories

Best television series – drama

Winner: The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This is Us

Westworld

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Best television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Atlanta

Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Transparent

Veep

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama

Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath

Rami Malek – Mr Robot

Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best performance by an actress in a television series – drama

Winner: Claire Foy – The Crown

Caitriona Balfe – Outlander

Keri Russell – The Americans

Winona Ryder – Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best performance by an actor in a television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Donald Glover – Atlanta

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle

Nick Nolte – Graves

Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

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Best performance by an actress in a television series – comedy or musical

Winner: Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce

Issa Rae – Insecure

Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager

Riz Ahmed – The Night Of

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

John Turturro – The Night Of

Courtney B Vance – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Sarah Paulson – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Felicity Huffman – American Crime

Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience

Charlotte Rampling – London Spy

Kerry Washington – Confirmation

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager

Sterling K Brown – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

John Lithgow – The Crown

Christian Slater – Mr Robot

John Travolta – The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

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Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

Winner: Olivia Colman – The Night Manager

Lena Headey – Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz – This is Us

Mandy Moore – This is Us

Thandie Newton – Westworld

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The Oscars 2016 – Live Stream

So it begins, the biggest night of the year in the movie industry, I’m looking forward to seeing how Chris Rock does as host of the 88th Academy Awards and I’m curious to see how I do with regards to my predictions. Maybe I’ll get it a little bit more spot on this year. I wanted to share a video with you all to ease you into the celebrations with a wonderful bit of humour from the folks at Screen Junkies. They have created a fantastically glib and accurate portrayal of the actors and movies nominated, check it out and have a look at their other other Honest Trailers.

Chris Rock will most likely be poking fun at the fact that the hash tag #Oscarssowhite has taken off due to the fact that all of the nominees are white. I hope to be laughing a lot more than last year. We’ll see! I’ll be covering it right here in London with lots of snacks, I cant wait to rip into these. See you all later tonight.

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29/02/2016. 01.30. Here we go! Let’s see how Chris Rock gets on. This is a great opening montage of the years finest movies.

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29/02/2016. 01.44. A really good, really funny and very apt opening monologue from Chris Rock. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 01.45. First award is for Best Original Screenplay

And the winner is Spotlight

Spotlight

/29/02/2016. 01.52. Up next is Best Adapted Screenplay. And the winner is The Big Short

Big Short

29/02/2016. 02.03. Sam Smith performing Writing’s on the Wall, presented by Sarah Silverman.

Sam Smith

29/02/2016. 02.10. JK Simmons presenting the Best Supporting Actress award. And the winner is Alicia Vikander.

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29/02/2016. 02.20. Time for Best Costume Design, presented by Cate Blanchett. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well deserved!

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29/02/02016. 02.23. Steve Carell and Tina Fey presenting the award for best production design. Oh I love these two. SO funny! And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max

29/02/2016. 02.28. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto presenting the award for Make-Up and Hairstyling. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road

29/02/2016. 02.27. Michael B. Jordan and Rachel McAdams presenting the award for Cinematography. And the winner is The Revenant.

Revenant

29/02/2016. 02.39. And up next, Best Editing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done to this film, really well deserved!

Mad Max

29/02/2016. 02.50. Now for the sound awards: Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. And the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road. Well done!

Mad Max Fury Road

29/02/2016/. 02.56. Time for one of my favourites, Visual Effects presented by Andy Serkis. Love him! And the winner is Ex Machina. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 03.08. Best animated short film, presented by The Minions. And the winner is Bear Story!

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29/02/2016. 03.11 OH MY GOD!!! Buzz and Woody presenting the award for Best Animated Feature! I’m so happy, I love them so much! And the winner is Inside Out. WOOP WOOP!

Disney?Pixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015.

29/02/2016. 03.16. Presented by Kevin Hart, The Weekend perform Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey. Sounding good!

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29/02/2016. 03.29. Patricia Arquette presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor. And the winner is MARK RYLANCE! YES! So unbelievably well deserved, I’m so happy! GO MARK!

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29/02/2016. 03.39. Okay, back to it. Louis CK presenting the Best Documentary Short Film. And the winner is A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Congratulations.

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29/02/2016. 03.41. Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature. And the winner is Amy. Well done!

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29/02/2016. 03.58 A beautiful performance by the immensely talented Dave Grohl. In memoriam this year is truly one of the saddest in years. You will not be forgotten.

Dave Grohl

29/02/2016. 04.06. Time for the Best Live Action short film award. And the winner is Stutterer!

Stutterer

29/02/2016. 04.07. The award for Best Foreign Language film is next. And the winner is Son of Saul!

Son of Saul

29/02/2016. 04.14. Presented by the popular Joe Biden, Lady Gaga performs her song from The Hunting Ground, Til It Happens To You. Great performance!

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29/02/2016. 04.21. Now Pharrell Willaims (blonde, why??) and Quincy Jones present the award for Best Original Score. And the winner is The Hateful Eight. WHY?!

Hateful Eight

29/02/2016. 04.27. Now it’s time for Best Original Song, presented by Common and John Legend. And the winner is Writing’s on the Wall, by Sam Smith from Spectre.

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29/02/2016. 04.30. Ali G has made a come back, still pretty funny! Who would have thought that?? Maybe my sense of humour is terrible.  Or maybe he is actually funny!

29/02/2016. 04.37. Oh boy, it’s time for Best Director, presented by JJ Abrams. And the winner is Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant. Woop woop!

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29/02/2016. 04.47. Getting close to the end and close to bed time! The Best Actress award is next and presented by Eddie Redmayne. And the winner is Brie Larson. WOOP WOOP! So well deserved, what a performance, well done, no one deserves it more than you Brie!

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29/02/2016. 04.53. Right, it’s time. Will he get it? Best Actor award presented by Julianne Moore. And the winner is LEONARDO DICAPRIO! YES! FINALLY! Your wait is over! Well done! It’s about bloody time! No more poor Leo!

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29/02/2016. 05.01. The final award for tonight. Best Film presented by the awesomely voiced Morgan Freeman. And the winner is Spotlight! Wow! Genuinely shocked but very happy for such a terrific film, it does deserve this award! Congratulations!

Spotlight

29/02/2016. 05.04. Okay, it;s just gone 5am, I don’t have work until Tuesday (yay!) So I’ll be recovering from this late sober night. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially Mad Max, Spotlight, The Revenant and of course to Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s good night from me. Until next time.

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Oscar 2016 predictions

Tonight sees the red carpet rolled out once more for the biggest award ceremony in the movie industry, the Academy Awards, which is the 88th celebration so far. This year has been unfortunately marred with controversy, many claiming that the Oscars are racist. It’s a shame when this happens as it takes something away the great work done by so many tremendously talented people. However, I’m sure it won’t get in the way of tonight’s festivities, especially with Chris Rock hosting. I’ll be live blogging the whole event through the night, I’m so glad I’ve got Monday off, staying up until 5am and then working all day? No thanks.

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So here are my predictions of a few awards being handed out this weekend, let’s see how close I come to getting them right, for once!

Best Film

Nominations

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

And the winner is The Revenant

Out of those which have been nominated, no film is better. The story, screenplay, shots, costume, acting and more make this the best film of the year. Alejandro González Iñárritu has done incredible job, each sequence shot is a masterpiece in its own right, the attack on the beach is a particular favourite of mine. Hearing that he shot only at a certain time of the day to get the right light, putting Leonardo DiCaprio through such a hellish ordeal, the track shots throughout, the cinematography that made you feel just a bit colder than normal in a movie theatre, it’s all a testament to on of the best films ever made. 

Best Director

Nominations

Adam Mckay – The Big Shiort

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson – Room

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

And the winner is Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant

Well, what more can I say? He has created a masterpiece that has been talked about for so long now, it feels like this movie has been with us for quite some time. Inarritu has had a very solid history of making acclaimed movies from last years Birdman, to 2010’s Biutiful, to 2000’s Amores Perros and several more. He’s got a brilliant eye for what makes a good story and then executes it with perfect diction and a lot of the time his work will really make you think.

Best Actor

Nominations

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Matt Damon – The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

And the winner is Leonardo DiCaprio

As much as I enjoyed almost all of these performances, there’s no doubt at all that this is Leo’s year. It’s his fifth nomination and it’s finally going to happen for him. For those of you who have seen The Revenant, you would have witnessed a man being put through some very trying circumstances in which he not only had to endure but he had to act through as well, it’s a really superb performance. Well done Leo, you finally did it.

Best Actress

Nominations

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room

Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

And the winner is Brie Larson

I have loved every single performance in this category but for me, my money is on Brie Larson who starred in the incredible Room, bringing an emotional performance like no other. The story involves a mother and son, locked in a room together for years with no way out. The mother, Ma, has been kidnapped and given birth to Jack whilst in this dungeon. Larson gives a deeply emotional performance in which she depicts the trauma of a kidnapping victim in a remarkably realistic way and she has a bond with Jack that’s different to any other mother and son relationship. A really amazing film with a superb performance by its lead actress.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominations

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

And the winner is Mark Rylance

He won the BAFTA for his performance in Bridge of Spies and there’s no question that he not only deserves the Oscar, but that he has earned it. His performance as Rudolf Abel is smart, witty, understated and surprisingly funny. He delivers some incredible lines, written by Matt Charman along with the Cohen brothers, no wonder there are so many oddly humorous moments in this spy thriller. But the lines would be nothing without Mark Rylance. He is working with Spielberg again on The BFG and I’m sure we can expect yet another stellar performance.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominations

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara – Carol

Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

And the winner is Kate Winslet

This is the most difficult one to predict however I’ve gone with Kate Winslet as it does feel like she has the edge over my second choice of Rachel McAdams. She’s brilliant as Joanna Hoffman in the extremely underrated Steve Jobs (I can’t tell you how annoying it is that this film has not received the appreciation it deserves, especially when it comes to the screenplay. How was Aaron Sorkin not nominated?!) She’s the voice of reason when Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is losing it with his staff, the mother of his daughter and his daughter. Winslet does a great job of keeping her accent (what is it with some actors who try and fail this so many times) and keeping her cool with each escalating situation. Let’s hope she wins.

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

Boy and the Wild

When Marnie Was There

And the winner is Inside Out

No question when it comes to this one, Inside Out was a stand out film in so many ways. Pixar have a history of making us feel something very real for animated characters, no other studio can compare with their current work.But this time they have used emotions to make us feel emotional. The concept of using the emotions within a girl going through a major change in her life really hit home for a lot of older viewers who can see themselves in Riley. It’s a very relatable story which anyone who has ever had something big in their life completely change and anyone who has ever grown up! Moving on from your imaginary friend, going through changes, making new friends, it’s all in there and it’s all why this film will win the Oscar this year.

Keep. It. Reel.

A few thoughts on the Golden Globes 2016

The Golden Globes has a very chequered history due to allegations of bribes in previous years. However it seems they have cleaned up their act quite a lot, this year in particular we see that a lot of people, movies and TV shows have rightly won awards. Maybe this is old news, but I feel the winners have been getting better and better. Because of its history and because of some ridiculous categories (who puts comedy and musical together in one?!) I will always have a problem with this awards ceremony. Here’s just a few short thoughts on what happened this year.

The return of Ricky Gervais

For three years in a row, Gervais verbally butchered his colleagues and the Hollywood Foreign Press, who all took it in their stride, besides a slightly miffed Robert Downey Jr who said, during the 2011 ceremony when presenting an award, that the vibe of the show was “mean spirited” and “sinister”. Ouch! He’s right, but that doesn’t stop it from being funny! This year was no different, he tore through the celebrities, and began by mocking NBC who had no nominations at all. During his opening monologue, he made some on point jokes, referencing Caitlyn Jenner, the fact that he’s hosted four times and a superbly glib remark about the past of the Golden Globes. You really must watch it, check it out below and have a look at his previous years of hosting as well. Very funny and very mean.

Aaron Sorkin wins best screenplay for Steve Jobs

This is my favourite award of the night, no one deserves it more from the past year of movies. Aaron Sorkin has written a killer script with some of the best dialogue you will ever hear, for those of you who haven’t seen it, Steve Jobs is a real surprise hit after going through so many production problems but it was released to widespread critical acclaim and showed that you can make a film about Steve Jobs and about computers, whilst keeping it entertaining. Well done Aaron, you’re sharp, witty and smarter than them all.

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Leo winning

Some say that the Golden Globes are a gateway into the Oscars, which pretty much means that if you win at the Globes, you’ll win at the Academy Awards. Of course this isn’t always true, but people are once again talking about Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar. Last night, he won the best actor Golden Globe for his performance in The Revenant, a film I’m still yet to see but very much looking forward to. He’s been here before, so many times. I’m sure he’s sick of it and wants it all to end. Personally I don’t think that this is his year, I think one day he will win one. But not this year, not for this performance. One day Leo, one day.

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A lot of the Globes went to the right people (poor Mark Rylance), and now they are looking forward to the Oscars. The nominations are coming out on the 14th of this month, and the ceremony will be taking place on the 28th February. Let’s see how close the Golden Globes have got it. My guess? For the first time in a while, they look pretty much accurate. We’ll see.

You can see a full list of last nights winners here.

Keep. It. Reel.

The Oscars 2015 LIVE

Tonight, Hollywood’s greatest party takes place. The 87th Academy Awards will play host to the crème de la crème of the best talent we have in cinema today, each wondering who will win what. I will be live blogging the ceremony, provided my evening diet of crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks and maybe ice cream can keep me awake like it did last year. Oh, actually no ice cream this year, but I do have chocolate covered pretzels…

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Neil Patrick Harris is this year’s host and what a host I’m sure he’ll be. He will be presiding over tonight’s festivities, whilst the golden statues are handed out to (hopefully) the most deserved winners. From Harris, you can expect fun, frivolity and

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For those of you who will be staying awake with me, follow my blog for live updates on the ceremony. I’ll be including who wins what, who tweets what and everything else in between. And just so you know, there will be no pointless who wore what during my live blog. I mean, who actually cares?

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

23/02/2015. 00:15. Well the red carpet segment has begun and it’s dull so I wont be watching that. What I will be doing it eating some of this junk. Oh yes, it’s one of those nights!

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23/02/2015. 01:30: And it begins. Neil Patrick Harris looking great! Love this guy, what a start. Great song with himself, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. Very fun, funny and fabulous.

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23/02/2015. 01.40: It’s the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor. The nominees are:

Robert Duvall. The Judge

Ethan Hawke. Boyhood

Ed Norton. Birdman

Mark Ruffalo. Foxcatcher

JK Simmons. Whiplash

And the winner is JK Simmons for Whiplash! 

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23/02/2015. 01:50. First performance of the night by Maroon 5 from the underrated film Begin Again.

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23/02/2015. 01:55. Chris Pine and Jennifer Lopez present the award for Best Costume Design, the nominees are:

Grand Budapest Hotel. Milena Canonero

Inherent Vice. Mark Bridges

Into the Woods. Colleen Atwood

Maleficent. Anna B. Sheppard

Mr. Turner. Jacqueline Durran

And the winner for best costume design goes to Grand Budapest Hotel for Milena Canonero

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23/02/2015. 02:00. The nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling presented by Dakota Johnson. The nominees are:

Foxcatcher. Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Guardians of the Galaxy. Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

And the winner is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

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Best Foreign Language film nominees presented by Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor:

Ida. Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviathan. Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Tangerines. Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Timbuktu. Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Wild Tales. Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron

And the winner is Ida. Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

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23/02/15. 02:17. The ever stunning Marion Cottilard presenting the next performance: Everything is Awesome from the Lego Movie.

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23/02/2015. 02.20. Tweet from @itsWillyFerrell Oprah gets a Lego Oscar, pretty cool!

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23/02/2015. 02.30. “It takes a lot of balls to wear a dress like that!” Thanks NPH, loving your wit!

23/02/2015. 02:33. NPH talking to David Oyelowo about being British. Is this really the best accent? I hope so!  

23/02/2015. 02:35. Gwyneth Paltrow introducing the next performance which is by Tim McGraw.

23/02/2015. 02:35. Tweet from @DIYFilms. Too true

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23/02/2015. 02: 42. NPH with his own version of Keaton’s almost naked performance from Birdman, mixed with Whiplash. Delightful!

23/02/15. 02:45. The nominees for sound mixing presented by Sienna Miller and Chris Evans

American Sniper. John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga

Interstellar. Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten

Unbroken. Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee

Whiplash. Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

And the winner is Whiplash. Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

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23/02/2015. 02:50 The nominations for best sound editing:

American Sniper. Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Brent Burge and Jason Canovas

Interstellar. Richard King

Unbroken. Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

And the winner is American Sniper

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23/02/15. 02.53. Jared Leto is now presenting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The nominees are:

Patricia Arquette. Boyhood

Laura Dern. Wild

Keira Knightley. The Imitation Game

Emma Stone. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Meryl Streep. Into the Woods

And the winner is Patricia Arquette! What a great speech! You are fucking wonderful! 

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23/02/2015. 03:05. I’ve been looking forward to this, the award for VFX, let’s see who wins. Nominees presented by Chole Grace Moretz and Ansol Elgort:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

Guardians of the Galaxy. Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

Interstellar. Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher

X-Men: Days of Future Past. Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

And the winner is Interstellar!

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23/02/2015. 03:10. Oh, so The Lego Movie didn’t even get a look in, let’s see who wins Best Animated Feature, here are the nominees:

Big Hero 6. Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

The Boxtrolls. Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How to Train Your Dragon 2. Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song of the Sea. Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

And the winner is Big Hero 6!

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23/02/2015. 03:22. Tweet from @RottenTomatoes. There are no more people named Chris left!

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23/02/2015. 03:30. Best Cinematographer presented by Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain. The nominees are:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Robert Yeoman

Ida. Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski

Mr. Turner. Dick Pope

Unbroken. Roger Deakins

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Emmanuel Lubezki

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23/02/2015. 03:38. It’s time to see who we have unfortunately lost this year. In Memoriam 2015.

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23/02/2015. 03:53. The nominations for Best Documentary feature are:

CitizenFour. Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Finding Vivian Maier. John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

Last Days in Vietnam. Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester

The Salt of the Earth. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

And the winner is CitizenFour

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23/02/2015. 03:58. The next performance of the night with Common and John Legend, performing a song from Selma

23/02/2015. 04:05. It’s time for Best Original song where The Lego Movie could win an award. The nominees are:

“Everything Is Awesome” from THE LEGO MOVIE. Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from SELMA. Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from BEYOND THE LIGHTS. Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME. Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from BEGIN AGAIN. Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

And the winner is “Glory” from SELMA. Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

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23/02/2015. 04:15. Good performance by Lady Gaga of The Hills are Alive as part of the tribute to the Sound of Music. AND JULIE ANDREWS SHOWS UP! WOW!!

23/02/2015. 04:25. And now JULIE ANDREWS is presenting the award for best score, the nominees are:

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Alexandre Desplat

The Imitation Game. Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar. Hans Zimmer

Mr. Turner. Gary Yershon

The Theory of Everything. Jóhann Jóhannsson

And the winner is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Alexandre Desplat

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23/02/2015. 04:30. Eddie Murphy presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay, let’s see who wins. The nominees are:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood. Written by Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler. Written by Dan Gilroy

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

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23/02/2015. 04:35. The nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay:

American Sniper. Written by Jason Hall

The Imitation Game. Written by Graham Moore

Inherent Vice. Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything. Screenplay by Anthony McCarten

Whiplash. Written by Damien Chazelle

And the winner is The Imitation Game. Written by Graham Moore

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23/02/15. 04:40. One of the main awards we’ve been waiting for, best director.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood. Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher. Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game. Morten Tyldum

And the winner is Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Birdman_small_1024x102423/02/2015. 04:50. Now it’s time for Best Actor in a Leading Role, here are the nominees:

Steve Carell. Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper. American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch. The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Eddie Redmayne. The Theory of Everything

And the winner is Eddie Redmayne, what a excitable young man! Well deserved! 

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23/02/2015. 04.55. We’re almost done now! Best actress nominees are:

Marion Cotillard. Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones. The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore. Still Alice

Rosamund Pike. Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon. Wild

And the winner is Julianne Moore for Still Alice. Congratulations! 

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23/02/2015. 05:00. And the final award of the night, Best Film, 2015. Let’s see who takes the final gong. The nominees are:

American Sniper. Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood. Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game. Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman

Selma. Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner

The Theory of Everything. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten

Whiplash. Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster

And the winner is the undeserving Birdman. How can this get best director and best picture? This is a joke! 

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Well, that’s me done for the night, it’s just gone 5am, I’ve eaten a stunning amount of food that will now attempt to kill me in my sleep. Until next time, Keep. It. Reel.

#CreepyPaddington

I’m really so very sorry Paddington Bear fans, however these are too funny not to share! Someone, at some point, got it into their sick head to create one or two images of Paddington Bear standing in creepy locations from famous horror movie scenes. I want to show you what one hashtag (#CreepyPaddington) can do. This has gone haywire and whilst it may have begun with just a couple of images by one guy, there’ a lot more now.  Brilliant if you ask me, but sick if you ask any hardcore Paddington fan (do hardcore fans of this fuzzy little guy even exist?) They have taken one of the posters and frankly dicked about about with it, a lot!

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The original image, just above is in front of Buckingham Palace and this has take on a life of its own. Whilst it may have begun as a humble funny prank on the image, it has truly exploded, I’ve seen over 20 images of Paddington in very non-Paddington locations including in the Exorcist, in Paranormal Activity, Scream,Silence of the Lambs and then even going as far as putting him in the Kill Bill Volume 1 poster, Se7en, Fight Club, and so many more including THAT selfie by Ellen at the Oscars. Oh Paddington, you’ve done nothing wrong, besides stand there. Innocently. Quietly. Staring. Oh god, I can’t stop looking at his psychotic eyes, you scary son of a bitch, quit looking at me! SOMEONE HELP ME!

My 100th Post

This is my 100th blog post. It’s been a long road to get to this point but I think it’s been worth it. Recently I’ve started to follow more and more bloggers on WordPress as well as Twitter and it’s one hell of a community. There are some really wonderful film blogs out there, some very alternative ones, some interesting mainstream ones, those which cover classic films, the ones who love the indies. I urge you to check them out, here’s a few links to some really good ones I’ve seen.

http://letsstartwiththisone.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lukesfilmblog.com/

http://mrmarakai.wordpress.com/

http://legallybod.wordpress.com/

http://adashofcinema.com/

http://emptyscreens.com/

http://moviewise.wordpress.com/

I have done a lot too, been to so many things, events, cinemas, just had a great time since I started this blog. I’ve been to the London Film Festival twice (first time getting to meet Marion Cotillard and then meeting Ralph Fiennes), visited the brilliant and gorgeous Aubin Cinema, returned to the IMAX twice in one year (once for the Dark Knight Rises and once for Gravity), finally made it to the Rooftop Cinema Club in Shoreditch, been to the Harry Potter World at the Warner Brother Studios in Watford, watched countless films, bought countless DVDs (my collection recently surpassed 400), went to my very first film marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema, went to the awful Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, got to go to the James Bond in Motion exhibition, Sundance London’s first and second year and the VFX Festival which I didn’t even know existed until a few weeks before I went.  Here’s a few photos from the past two years

For this post, I wanted to include something a bit random and special. Vue Cinemas have kindly provided me with a link to this make-up tutorial to create a high street look similar to that of Angelina Jolie’s in Disney’s new film, Maleficent. A really good video tutorial with the talented Marcos Gurgel who has worked on several diverse projects including The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing, and on titles such as Radio Times, Sunday Times and OK! magazine. He has recently worked on shows during London and Paris Fashion weeks. Have a look below

I also wanted to include a few other images which I’ve seen recently, it’s a mix of all odds and sods, some new films, posters, random images of actors and the Batman exhibition opening in LA. Fingers crossed they bring that here.

As for the future of this blog, don’t worry this isn’t where I will sign off for good. In fact not a tall. I’ve got plenty of ideas coming up including an online film festival, visiting more unusual cinemas, going to more film festivals in London and around the country, interviews with those who are up and coming in the movie industry, once again staying up for the Oscars and just so much more I don’t want to tell you about just yet!

Thanks for reading and as ever, Keep. It. Reel