Month: January 2015

The SAG Awards 2015


So the second big event in the Awards Season calendar is done and dusted. Here is my opinion on the winners and the dresses.

I like the SAG awards because it’s actors voting for their peers, which makes things a bit more interesting and there’s the chance of a few surprises creeping in every year.

Again, for the awards, I’m only covering film because I don’t watch enough TV to be able to fairly offer a view on the winners for that.

Right, first stop, the winners:-

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Birdman

Birdman hasn’t been my favourite film of all the big Awards Season nominees, but the one thing that I thought when I came out of the screening was that it was a well-performed piece, so I can live with this award. Although, I would have liked to have seen The Great Budapest Hotel pick this one up.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role – Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Eddie FTW! Fully deserved. That is all!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Still Alice still hasn’t been released in the UK, so I’m reserving judgement, although I think this was to be expected. Julianne Moore is pretty much the favourite for every award going.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Caught a showing of Whiplash last night and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was interesting and intense. Most of the intensity came from J.K. Simmons’ performance, which was just amazing. I’m still trying to work out the character and if I should hate him or not. Although when he’s throwing chairs in an attempt to decapitate a drummer, you should probably hate him.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Boyhood is the one I haven’t caught up with (it’s on my LoveFilm list, so stop judging me!). What I’ve picked up on, is that twelve years of work for Patricia Arquette is going to pay off this awards season.

Now, the second critique of the awards season is going to be the looks. I think there was some stunning dresses on this red carpet and the make-up and hair was a step up from what we saw at the Golden Globes. Although Rosamund Pike has disappointed me again. Come on Rosamund, I know you can do better than that.

In no particular order, here are my top five looks from the SAG Awards 2015.

  1. Claire Danes in Marc Jacobs


Very few people could pull off this dress and perhaps even this colour, but she makes it work. And the hair is just stunning.

  1. Sofia Vergara in Donna Karen Atelier


She’s just a general all-round stunner, so it would be hard to look anything except amazing, but Sofia Vergara looks fierce in red.

  1. Camilla Alves in Donna Karen Atelier


Absolutely love this dress, probably because it’s something I like to think I could pull off but know I never could in my wildest dreams. She’s just rocking it and it helps she has a rocking body to put the dress on.

4. Keira Knightley in Erdem


We can move on from that questionable Chanel butterfly dress at the Golden Globes. Keira Knightley looks stunning in purple and the pregnancy glow is only accentuating her beauty.

  1. Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armarni


Simple yet stunning.

Next stop is the BAFTAs! See you then.



The Golden Globes – Part 2: The Dresses

So I’m a little late in the uptake of ranking the dresses from Sunday’s Golden Globe ceremony and 48 hours is a long time in show business (I think there’s been another five awards shows since?), but I finally got around to it.

I think I was a little disappointed with the red-carpet viewing for Sunday. There didn’t seem to be the usual number of dresses that made me go “wow” and there were quite a few awful ones (Keira Knightly and Rosamund Pike – I had such high hopes. Why?). I also didn’t think there was a great amount going on with hair and make-up this year either.

The ten I’ve picked are for looks that I feel were well-rounded. The ones who got everything right. So, in no particular order…

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

I love Amy and think she always looks gorgeous. Dressed in Versace, she’s got everything right and ended up looking like a Greek goddess.

Anna Kendrick


Nailed it in Monique Lhullier. She looks like a princess.

Jessica Chastain


The first thing I saw when I saw her wearing this Atelier Versace gown was Marilyn Monroe. And if anyone oozes Hollywood glamour and sex appeal, it’s Jessica Chastain.

Salma Hayek


I’m not going to lie, I love the dress but it’s the clutch that does it for me here. A signature Alexander McQueen clutch to match the bag.

Felicity Jones


I think she pulls the Dior gown off well. It’s simple, yet dramatic at the same time and she’s got the hair and make-up perfect.

Helen Mirren


She always gets it right. Dressed in Dolce and Gabbana, she proves you can have great style at any age. What’s more is, she knows how great she looks.

Kate Beckinsale


She always looks beautiful and has hit the mark in Elie Saab. The pulled back hair just helps show off her incredibly, flawless face.

Katie Cassidy


Ok, so the dress does look like it’s gone a few rounds with Freddy Kruger, but I like it. It’s daring and Katie is owning it, which is what makes it work. She worked to cutaway trend better than some of the others on the night.

Greer Grammer


Pretty and feminine, it’s a lovely dress from Lorena Sarb for Miss Golden Globe. The up-do adds the perfect finishing touches, taking nothing away from the dress.

Tina Fey 


Funny, beautiful and stylish – she can do it all. And she completely pulls the tux off.

Golden Globes 2015 – Part 1: The Awards

So the little golden statues have been dished out, which now allows me to add my own quick reflection into an already vast sea of opinions on the winners.

I’ve only ventured into the realm of the main film categories – I don’t watch nearly enough TV to be able to say anything worthwhile. In fact, I think out of all the nominees, I’ve only seen a couple of the shows mentioned.

Best Motion Picture (Drama) – Boyhood

The money is on this to be a big winner throughout Awards Season and, Sod’s Law, it’s one of the few I haven’t seen! It wasn’t shown for a long period at my local cinema and I never got around to it (awful excuse, I know), which means I’m going to have to catch this one in DVD before I form an opinion.


Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Bit of a surprise for this category (wasn’t this supposed to be all about Birdman?) but thoroughly deserved. I greatly enjoyed this film and while I would like to have seen Pride win, this was a close second. A lot of fun and, personally, I do think it is a better, more enjoyable film than Birdman.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) –

Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

100% right. Just give Eddie the rest of the awards this season because he definitely deserves them!

The next round of awards are going to be interesting though because Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton are going to be in the same category. Personally, Eddie FTW! That might just become my most repeated phrase until 22nd February.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) –

Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Still Alice hasn’t been released in the UK yet, so I can’t offer an opinion, but she was the favourite, so it’s not much of a surprise really.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) –

Michael Keaton for Birdman

Not too much of a surprise here as Keaton was favourite. Though I think I would have preferred Ralph Fiennes to have taken the Globe away. I enjoyed his performance much more and, for an actor in a comedy category, he certainly made me laugh a lot more.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)

Amy Adams for Big Eyes

I’ve already admitted to having missed Big Eyes in the previous post, but I absolutely adore Amy Adams and I think everything she does is great, so I’m pretty sure this win was deserved.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Whiplash hasn’t been released in the UK yet, but there had already been a lot of buzz around J.K. Simmons’ role. From what I’d heard, Mark Ruffalo seemed to be a serious contender too (Foxcatcher to be viewed this week), so I’d expected it to be between these two actors based on what I’d picked up.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Gah – now I have to admit again to having missed Boyhood. I’m a terrible film-lover, I know. I did think this had Meryl Streep’s name on it though, because, you know, if Meryl Streep is nominated for an award, you expect them to put her name on it before they even announce the win.


Best Director – Richard Linklater for Boyhood

See the frustration mentioned above. But if you’re going to make a film over twelve years, that seems like a good enough reason to win, if nothing else.


Best Animated Film – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Now, I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon 2. I laughed in all the right places, it made me cry when it was supposed to and it had Kit Harrington in – it was a well-rounded film. But this category had The Lego Movie in it! THE LEGO MOVIE! The “!” pretty much sums my point up, I feel.

So that’s my general view on the awards. Next step is what most people want to know – who was the best dressed? To be posted very shortly!


And Awards Season Begins…

January may be one of the dreariest months, what with its bad weather and post-Christmas come-down. But there is one thing that brightens up those dark-too-early evenings for me and that is Awards Season. I love it. It combines two of my favourite things – cinema and designer dresses. When it kicks all off, I intently follow the updates – who’s nominated for what, who’s likely to win what and who wears what. BAFTA_award

With the BAFTA nominations announced yesterday and the Golden Globes ceremony tomorrow, I’m in my element. With Tina Fey and Amy Poelher hosing again this year, I’m even more excited (I’m a massive Amy fan-girl). So, until February 22nd, when the Oscars have been dished out (NPH hosting? Cue even more excitement!), I’ll be throwing my maybe-not-so-valued opinions in on the season.

To start with, I’m going to weigh in on the BAFTA noms. I think I may prefer the BAFTAs to the Oscars, mainly because they’re just so, well, British. It’s usually raining on the red carpet, Stephen Fry hosts with wonderful dry-wit and it’s never over-the-top. Plus, I’m watching it in the same time zone and every year, a small group of us order in take-away while we watch it, making an evening out of the whole thing. I can already taste my Mizu now.

But I digress. Back to my original point. My general feelings towards the nominations this year is that they are pretty spot-on. The big disappointment seems to have been a lack of interest in Mr Turner, which I’m ashamed to say, I never got around to seeing, so I can’t really offer my opinion on this. But I have seen almost all of the nominated films in the big categories, save for the ones that haven’t been released in the UK yet.

Best Actor

I have now seen all the films which these men are nominated for. I’m really glad Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for Nightcrawler because it was a terrific, unhinged performance. Equally as glad about the recognition Ralph Fiennes nomination because that was a wonderful and surprising comedic turn.

Apparently the smart money for awards season is supposed to be on Michael Keaton for Birdman. While this was a well-delivered performance, I would much rather see either Benedict Cumberbatch or Eddie Redmayne walk away with that golden mask. Personally, I think they both have the edge – popular British actors in biopics about important, British men. I found both performances captivating and brilliant. But if I had to pick between the two, I think it should be Eddie Redmayne who wins it and he’s got a serious chance too.


Best Actress

With this category, I’ve only seen two of the nominated actresses – Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl and Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything (Wild is being viewed on Monday, Still Alice hasn’t been released here yet and Big Eyes was shown at our local cinema for a week and that was it!).

Between the two I actually have seen, I would be happy if either of them won. Felicity Jones delivers a beautiful and real performance whereas Rosamund Pike is completely different to anything I have seen her in before. She’s about as far away from Jane Bennett as you could possibly get. After watching Gone Girl, I walked out of the cinema thinking she deserves as many awards as she can get for that role because she was incredible. I still feel like that.

Best Film/Best British Film

The good thing about the BAFTAs is there’s two chances for some films to win an award. This really was a great year for British cinema and I think it’s going to be a tight race to call. If I was voting (which sadly I’m not, so this point is kind of mute) I’d go for The Imitation Game for Best Film then Pride for the Best British Film. They were two of the films I enjoyed most in 2014 and both of them deserve to be honoured.


The Imitation Game was just a wonderfully well-rounded film with fantastic performances. Even though I knew what was going to happen eventually, it still didn’t stop me from getting nervous for the characters when they were trying to crack the code. Pride was equally as well-rounded and the performances equally as good. It was heart-warming and feel-good, yet still made you tense whilst watching certain scenes.

The most important aspect of these films for me though, was the fact they both portrayed people and a time in our history we should know more about. In the case of The Imitation Game, I knew of Bletchley Park and succeeding in breaking the code, but I didn’t know many of the details. Most of my World War Two knowledge is based around its origins and then the combat, rather than what was being done behind the scenes to win the war. I certainly didn’t know how abysmally Alan Turing was treated once the war was over. Pride showed me a side of Britain in the 80s I didn’t know too much about either. Not having been born until 1989, I only knew of the state of the country in the 80s from things I had read or from what people had told me. What I didn’t realised was that there was a lot of intolerance and homophobia. After all, it really wasn’t that long ago. Maybe I was just being naïve? The film itself has a very strong message which I think is important for all.

So, I’ve covered the big three categories that people have the most interest in. I could rabbit on for days if I covered all the nominees and you certainly have better things to do! But I shall be back after the Golden Globes with my thoughts and opinions on the awards and the best dresses. So, until then…


The Number 1 Anti-Aging Method? (As shown by Katie Hopkins)

Now, I don’t care for this Katie Hopkins woman very much. I try to ignore any of the nonsense she spouts because I genuinely think she doesn’t really believe anything she actually says, she just mouths-off, knowing it will rile the public and give her attention. As a woman with no discernible talent, how else is she going to get people to pay attention to her?

But recently, I was flicking through some magazine where her name and age was mentioned, causing me to take a slight interest. I read the little two digit number and had a chuckle, before shaking my head, thinking they had got it wrong. Turns out they hadn’t. There, in black text, her age was confirmed as thirty-nine.

Not knowing a lot about her, only having seen the odd photo or video snippet, I had automatically categorised her as late forties/early fifties. Thirty-nine came as a bit of a surprise.

Then I gave it some thought and realised why she looks older than her days.

Katie Hopkins

The big thing about her at the minute (aside from Ebola-gate) is the fact she has somehow landed a TV show to put on weight so she can moan about people who are more than a size 6 (no, I don’t get it either). I’ll admit, I haven’t watched the show, nor do I plan on wasting any time on watching it, so my information has come from other people who have watched it. The thing is, you can change your body through exercise and dieting as much as you want. You’re always going to be stuck with the same face. And for Katie Hopkins, it seems her vile, hateful comments are seeping out of her pores. Combining that with walking around with a scowl like a cat’s bum-hole has not been good for delaying the aging process.

I know a lot of women who are older than Katie Hopkins who could pass for ten years younger than they actually are. Of course it may fall down to genetics and luck, but all of these women are fun-loving and caring, which always shows through their smiles and the light in their eyes (something Katie Hopkins is sorely missing). I honestly believe this has played a major factor in helping to keep them looking younger and happy. In fact, my own father who is sixty-two and has probably spent half of his life outside, yet never wears SPF, could pass for someone in their early fifties. The most prominent wrinkles he has are smile-lines around his eyes.

Below is a quote from a truly wonderful, beautiful and inspirational woman. If you’re going to take beauty advice from somebody, it’s going to have to be from one of the most beautiful woman who ever lived.


So as you get older, it’s best to remember that along with looking after your skin, being a loving, caring person seems an effective anti-aging method as anything else. Surely it’s worth a try? Being a nicer person isn’t going to cost you anything. Live life, laugh loads and love properly. I, for one, would much rather look like Audrey Hepburn than Katie Hopkins.

To finish off, just because I love her so much, I’ll leave you with some more Audrey wisdom 😉