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Oscars 2015

The Awards Season is now done and dusted for another year and it’s been a great ride.


With Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony bringing things to an end, I didn’t think I did too badly with the predictions I laid out in my previous post. I got four out of four in the acting categories (ok, so all the favourites won, which meant it wasn’t actually that difficult.) I slipped up on picking Boyhood over Birdman, but it’s not the end of the world.

What I quite enjoyed about this year’s Oscars was how political it became in places. Some of these A-Listers know the platform Oscar night gives them and used the opportunity to voice some issues that needed a voice, which I admired greatly. From Reese Witherspoon pushing along the Ask Her More campaign message to Patricia Arquette’s empowering speech, it turned out to be a night for the girls.

NPH even managed to get a joke in right at the beginning about the lack of diversity this year, which is a bit of shame considering 2014’s ceremony was a veritable smorgasbord of diversity and talent. Where 2014 had big winners in 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyer’s Club, which were powerful stories, highlighting important issues, I felt a little let down that Birdman was at the forefront of everything year – especially when a film like Selma was in contention as well.

So, here are my top five moments from the 2015 Oscar ceremony, in no particular order:-

  • The Opening Number

I’m a big fan of musical numbers to open Oscar ceremonies (Hugh Jackman’s in 2009 is still my favourite) and this didn’t disappoint, giving NPH a chance to do what he does best. A wonderfully written and performed song, it was the perfect homage to the history of cinema, reminding us why we love it. And Anna Kendrick’s cameo only helped make it more amazing – although I don’t think I can condone her throwing a Jimmy Choo across a stage.

  • Everything is Awesome

When The Lego Movie is involved, everything indeed is awesome. It just may have been the happiest thing I’ve ever witness and was probably worth going to the Oscars just to be able to watch it live. Or at least pick up a Lego Oscar (think Oprah loved hers!).


  • Lady Gaga’s Performance

I’m not going to lie, I was completely blown away, and a tad surprised, the second she opened her mouth for her Sound of Music medley. I’ve got some of her songs on my iPod and know that she has a good voice, but just, wow. She definitely gave Julie Andrews a run for her money. It was truly beautiful.

  • Patricia Arquette’s Acceptance Speech

She got her thank-yous out of the way, then moved into a powerful, moving speech that felt like she was addressing the UN rather than Hollywood. Total Girl Power. And she had Meryl Streep and J-Lo fully in her corner the whole time.


  • John Legend’s Glory Performance

Most of the Oscar top moments seem to be music based, but this Best Song nominee had a very different reaction to The Lego Movie or the opening number. Seeing the audience become so moved by a song they have tears in their eyes is wonderful. It was powerful stuff.

So those are my top five moments. A couple of notable mentions go to Eddie Redmayne’s excitable acceptance speech and Clint Eastwood not getting NPH’s Kanye West joke at all.

The Oscars may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about next year’s already. There are some fantastic films coming out over the course of 2015 and a lot to look forward to. There’s already buzz surrounding certain films that, on-paper, seem awards worthy. Will Eddie Redmayne pick up another nomination for The Danish Girl? Can Bradley Cooper get nominated for a fourth year in a row? Will Meryl Streep be able add another award to what already must be a mansion full of statues? She’s playing Emmeline Pankhurst in a film about the suffragette movement, so they might as well just engrave her name on the Best Actress award now!

There’ll be no dress critique this section though. After saying how much I admired the #AskHerMore campaign, it seems a bit hypocritical to write about the designer dresses. I love a good couture dress as much as the next person, but when they are doing red carpet interviews, I’m equally as interested in hearing about the career and opinions of the woman being interviewed.

How did you feel about the 2015 Oscars and do you agree with my top moments?

Are there any films coming out this year you’re already excited about?



Oscar 2015 Predictions

Sorry things have been a little bit quiet on the Awards Seasons front recently. All my writing time has been focused on my books, which meant I bypassed the BAFTAs completely. My very quick commentary on them is that I personally didn’t think there were any big surprises with the winners that evening, Stephen Fry was wonderful as per usual and having Chris Evans and Henry Cavill present an award together almost broke my television! Well played to the organisational team on that one!


So tonight is the end of the season and we finish up on the peak of the awards mountain. The Oscars will take place later and by the time everyone will have woken up in the UK tomorrow morning, all the little statues will have been handed out. I think I’m more excited about Neil Patrick Harris presenting than the awards themselves because you know there are going to be some awesome musical numbers in there.

So my penultimate blog post on the Awards Season 2015 will be my predictions for tonight – hopefully I won’t get it too wrong!

Best Picture

This has become a two-horse race between Birdman and Boyhood now, with most of the awards this season being split, but I think Boyhood is just going to edge it and take the award home tonight.

Who I’d like to win – Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel or Whiplash. I still haven’t seen Boyhood and I felt Birdman was pretty overrated. I enjoyed all the other nominees much, much more and think I would rather see one of them win it, especially one of the aforementioned three.


Best Director

Another head to head between Boyhood and Birdman, although again, I think Boyhood will edge this. Richard Linklater will end up with the award – making a film over twelve years kind of works in your favour!

Who I’d like to win – Wed Anderson. I greatly enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel and thought everything about it was well done. Although I would have really liked to see Ava DuVernay (Selma) or Angelina Jolie (Unbroken) in this category. Partly to fly the flag for female directors and partly because they both did amazing jobs this year and deserved to be recognised.

Best Actor

I read an interesting article saying that the race between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton might cause them to cancel each other out and Bradley Cooper could sweep in and steal the award. The important thing to remember is that he hasn’t been around for the other awards, so we can’t do any real comparisons. Though I thought it was a standout performance and Cooper’s best yet, I think the award will still (fully deservedly) go to Eddie Redmayne.

Who I’d like to win – Eddie Redmayne #TeamEddie!


Best Actress

A strong category this year which is lovely to see, but it seems that if Julianne Moore doesn’t walk away with the Oscar, someone will have mucked up counting the votes!

Who I’d like to win – This is only on the basis that Still Alice hasn’t been released in the UK yet. I wouldn’t mind Rosamund Pike winning. She put in a fantastic performance for Gone Girl.


Best Supporting Actor

As with the Best Actress award, think this one is a pretty safe bet. J.K Simmons looks like he’ll be taking an Oscar home later, which I’ve got no problem with at all. His performance was amazing, if not a little terrifying. The tension in the Rushing or Dragging scene makes it one of the standout of the film.

Who I’d like to win – If for some reason J.K Simmons doesn’t get it (which is highly unlikely), Mark Ruffalo is equally as deserving.

Best Supporting Actress

Everything points to this going to Patricia Arquette. Afraid I still can’t comment as I still haven’t seen Boyhood (sorry!)

Who I’d like to win – I really enjoyed both Laura Dern’s performance in Wild and Keira Knightley’s in The Imitation Game, so wouldn’t mind seeing either of those taking it.


So that’s it. Those are my predictions for the big six awards. Now we just have to wait and see how right or wrong I was.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my final post to cover the winners, any potential surprises, NPH and the dresses!


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.


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…