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84th Academy Awards Best Dressed List   Leave a comment

Hollywood’s biggest night has just ended, and I don’t think anything can ruin my day especially since Meryl Streep just won her overdue coveted third Oscar. Who knew that 29 years later, she’d still get her moment above. Anyway, I did an okay 18/24 with Meryl Streep being the only prediction I got wrong (and this, I say, is the best wrong prediction I ever had). As for the red carpet, it was basically so-so, though these 12 looks stole the whole show tonight.

12. BUSY PHILIPPS in Dolce and Gabbana

She might be playing escort duties to Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams, but Busy Philipps finally hit the right stride i this gray Dolce and Gabbana creation that she sported last night.

11. LESLIE MANN in Roberto Cavalli

Who said that Tina Fey was the best dressed slash funniest comedienne in the house clearly didn’t spot Leslie Mann’s midnight blue Roberto Cavalli gown that she wore this year.

10. GWYNETH PALTROW in Tom Ford

Gwyenth is a very polarizing figure in the red carpet, but I guess I speak for the majority when I say that she looks divine in this white Tom Ford dress. And I can hear all the sighs of relief when she finally ditched that cape when she did presenter duties.

09. ROONEY MARA in Givenchy

She might be the girl with the dragon tattoo, but Mara finally ditched the goth black look she has been sporting all season, when she came out in this white Givenchy ensemble. Now if we can only work on her smile.

08. EMMA STONE in Giambattista Valli Couture

Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron know that wearing a bow is very risky within Oscar territory, but Emma Stone’s bubbly persona plus this red gown she was wearing made her an instant entry in the best dressed list.

07. MARIA MENOUNOS in Maria Lucia Hoha

Maria’s gown is not attention hugging, but the color and simplicity of the overall look of her airy Maria Lucia Hoha dress she wor complimented her. This one is definitely in for the books.

06. VIOLA DAVIS in Vera Wang

She might have not won the Oscar, but the Best Actress nominee made a statement by leaving off the wig at home and wearing this awesome green Vera Wang dress that is the same with the colorful awards season year she had.

05. PENELOPE CRUZ in Giorgio Armani

Oscar regular Penelope Cruz did not skip a beat in this youthful Giorgio Armani look that is reminiscent of her early Oscar red carpet experience circa 1999-2000.

04. MERYL STREEP in Lanvin

The best way to impress Oscar is to dress like one, and that’s what Meryl Streep exactly did in this golden Lanvin creation. Moreover, there’s no other accessory that will suit her than the actual Oscar that she surprisingly won.

03. GLENN CLOSE in Zac Posen

Who said you can’t glam up once you hit 60s? Glenn Close certainly didn’t get that memo, and she stunned us all in this green strapless Zac Posen photo.

02. ANGELINA JOLIE in Atelier Versace

Angelina Jolie, whose confidence wasn’t solely the legs she was pulling off, is an instant winner in this va va voom Atelier Versace dress that makes me think that it’s her best Oscar look of all time.

01. SANDRA BULLOCK in Marchesa

One might argue that Sandra Bullock does not deserve her Best Actress Oscar, but I think everyone is in agreement when we say that Sandra just looks divine in this Marchesa creation that she wore at last night’s activities.

How about you? Who are your choices for the Best Dressed? Pipe them in down. 🙂

Posted February 27, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Lists, Red Carpet

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84th Academy Awards Winner Predictions   8 comments

It’s officially my favorite day of the year. Nope, it’s not my birthday yet, nor it’s Christmas. This is probably the one day of every year that I’ll get really really excited after months and months of anticipation. It’s the actual Oscars day. Right now, I’ll be coming up with my last prediction for this year’s film cream of the crop, and though I don’t think I’ll beat my personal record in 2008 (Slumdog Millionaire sweep), I’ll still give my detailed analysis and best output for the nominees this year. Let’s start:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“Moneyball”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

With the surprise number of nominations for this year, one might thought that the noms will be as strained as possible. But let’s start with the fillers: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close proved that Daldry is synonymous to magic to the Academy. But with two nominations only, I don’t see it winning at all. War Horse, despite Steven Spielberg’s one two punch of a comeback year, isn’t strong enough and doesn’t have any notable precursors to back it up. Tree of Life is a very polarizing film, and despite two other nominations, it’s pretty funny to think that BP is the one that has the least amount of chance of winning. Moneyball has all important sectors covered up except for one: directing. And we all know how much crucial that is. The Help might be a celebration of diversity and color, but that has been put into good use already in 2002… and 2004… and 2006. Plus, the lack of supposedly support makes it a difficult choice for BP. Midnight in Paris is (surprisingly) Woody’s only third BP nominated film, and despite good support for the film, there’s already another award reserved to recognize the film. The Descendants lost the early momentum that it gained as it wasn’t that critical acclaimed as people expected, and it didn’t sweep televised awards as well. It’s just really difficult to follow Sideways (a film which defines perfection). This one is a two way race between two films that incidentally discusses films as well: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist. And by sweeping the BFCA, Golden Globes, SAG, DGA, BAFTA, PGA, and even the Cesar, it is already notable to see that the path is clear for a victory by The Artist.

PREDICTION: “The Artist”
SPOILER: “Hugo”

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Woody and Payne will be recognized on the Writing categories. Scorsese has just won one five years ago, and though it will be sweet to see him win again for an equally deserving film, the Academy will just spread the wealth. Terrence Malick is the spoiler, as he is someone you know the critics wanted to win an Oscar, and the film that he was nominated for is really a  directorial’s vision, but it is also too polarizing enough for the voters. This will be an easy victory for DGA winner Michel Hazanavicius and his very wonderful film creation of Best Picture winner “The Artist”.

PREDICTION: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
SPOILER: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

BEST ACTOR
Demián Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

First off, welcome to the club Oscar nominees Demián Bichir and Gary Oldman! The nominations are your rewards. Brad Pitt, despite multiple nomination this year, lacked the supposedly awards that will make him very competitive for the win. Just when we all thought that Moneyball is his The Blind Side, it was just his next nomination. This is a two way horse race between George Clooney and Jean Dujardin. Clooney is the actor that AMPAS loves to nominate, and he is clearly in his element here in The Descendants. Despite winning a Supporting Actor Oscar six years ago, you all know that voters will give him the Lead statue somewhere along his career. That would have been this year, until this French actor Jean Dujardin came into the scene. He first started with a Globe win, then he surprised us all at the SAGs. He continued this at the BAFTA, and it’s common sense to everyone that a Globe + SAG + BAFTA is a trifecta that will ultimately lead to the Oscar podium. That’s where we’ll see Jean Dujardin tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
SPOILER: George Clooney, “The Descendants”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Rooney Mara, the Academy loves you so much that they invited you to be a part of the voting committee even with only The Social Network in your credits. The Academy loves you so much that they nominated you despite having a single Golden Globe as a precursor. But they don’t love you to the point of giving you the Oscar tomorrow. Glenn Close, this type of passion projects are the ones that Academy loves… to nominate. As much as you are overdue for an Oscar, I don’t think you’ll be hearing your name be called tomorrow night. Michelle Williams, as much as you made a good and poignant impersonation of Marilyn Monroe humanizing her to the viewers, this is simply not your time. All in all, it comes back to Viola Davis and Meryl Streep. Viola is considered as the female Denzel Washington, and it has been ten years since the only woman of color won in this category. She cried during her past speeches at the BFCAs and the SAGs, brought out the race card and gives a touching performance in a big ensemble in The Help. Meryl Streep hasn’t been called out at the Oscar podium in 29 years, has won the Globe and the BAFTA, and was the clear scene stealer in a category that loves biopics. All in all, this is a tight race, but I’m giving the ed ge to Viola Davis just because they can nominate Meryl again and again and again and again.

PREDICTION: Viola Davis, “The Help”
SPOILER: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, and Nick Nolte are just fillers in the race, though if anyone might surprise, I’ll be giving slight edge to Nick Nolte. He’s the type of actor who’s somewhat overdue within the Academy. However, this is a race of the 82 year-olds. Exhibit A is Max Von Sydow, a very respected actor who has been a known name in world cinema that plays a silent role in a movie not entitled as The Artist. Exhibit B is Christopher Plummer who has literally swept all the precursors on the way to tomorrow’s Oscars. As much as Exhibit A can still pose a threat, this is Christopher Plummer’s to lose.

PREDICTION: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
SPOILER: Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Janet McTeer pulled off a very gimmicky role and turned it into something with finesse and catch despite how shouty the character was. But that defintitely is the reward to her nomination. Berenice Bejo is a in a good chemistry with Jean Dujardin, but she must be happy with her co-star and lover’s victories, as she wouldn’t be called out come tomorrow’s festivities. Melissa McCarthy seemed to be the it girl, and while her nomination is something that pushed boundaries, I don’t think this will be anytime soon rewarded with an Oscar. If people are rewarding an entire year of work, then Jessica Chastain should win this hands down, but that is not the case, and while voters will probably opt to do that, not everyone feels the same. And it will be ironic to see if Jessica Chastain, a white woman, will be the sole winning performance for a movie that shows diversity. In the end, it will be co-star Octavia Spencer’s victory tomorrow as she has the perfect scene-stealing comedic-relief role that this category usually rewards.

PREDICTION: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
SPOILER: Jessica Chastain, “The Help”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“Margin Call”
“Midnight in Paris”
“A Separation”

Bridesmaids is too raunchy for the Academy’s taste to actually give it an Oscar, and Margin Call is a welcome to the Academy type of recognition that could have gone to 50/50 or Take Shelter. The Artist winning a screenplay for a silent film will probably happen if AMPAS is too in love with the film, and if it makes a complete sweep tomorrow. Original Screenplay is probably the category that embraces writing from foreign language film more, and Asghar Farhadi can be in for a surprise, but being a Best Picture nominee, and the far and away most loved person in the history of this category bodes well for Woody Allen and his win for Midnight in Paris.

PREDICTION: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
SPOILER: Michel Hazanvicius, “The Artist”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants”
“Hugo”
“The Ides of March”
“Moneyball”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

The Ides of March is a clear filler here, and though it’s surprising that it got in over Best Picture nominee The Help, it still has zero chance of winning. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won the BAFTA, but that don’t matter much since the film is a British production. Hugo, despite having a very cutesy and solid screenplay, focuses more on the visuals over the actual story itself. Overall, it’s a battle of past two winners: Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and current champ Aaron Sorkin’s’ Moneyball. Since they’re all for spreading the wealth, I think this will go down to Alexander Payne to reward The Descendants overall.

PREDICTION: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
SPOILER: Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillan, “Moneyball”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Bullhead” – Belgium
“Monsieur Lazhar” – Canada
“A Separation” – Iran
“Footnote” – Israel
“In Darkness” – Poland

There’s usually a frontrunner curse that happens in this category, as what happened to Amelie, Pan’s Labyrinth, and The White Ribbon, so A Separation might be in danger. Add the fact that In Darkness tackles Hollywood’s favorite FLF topic: Holocaust. Holocaust films has lost only twice in this category, but I don’t think anything is strong enough to overshadow A Separation here.

PREDICTION: A Separation (Iran)
SPOILER: In Darkness (Poland)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 
“A Cat in Paris”
“Chico and Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2″
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

Two blockbuster films will cancel each other out, two low profile serious ones will also cancel each other leaving Rango the winner.

PREDICTION: Rango
SPOILER: Chico and Rita

OTHER CATEGORIES:

BEST ART DIRECTION
Prediction: Hugo
Spoiler: The Artist

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Prediction: The Tree of Life
Spoiler: The Artist

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Prediction: The Artist
Spoiler: Jane Eyre

BEST FILM EDITING
Prediction: The Artist
Spoiler: Hugo

BEST MAKE UP
Prediction: The Iron Lady
Spoiler: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Prediction: The Artist
Spoiler: Hugo

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Prediction: “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
Spoiler: “Real in Rio” from “Rio”

BEST SOUND EDITING
Prediction: Hugo
Spoiler: War Horse

BEST SOUND MIXING
Prediction: Hugo
Spoiler: War Horse

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Prediction: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Spoiler: Hugo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Prediction: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Spoiler: Pina

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Prediction: Saving Face
Spoiler: God is the Bigger Elvis

BEST ANIMATED SHORTS
Prediction: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Spoiler: Wild Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Prediction: Raju
Spoiler: Tuba Atlantic

Who are your predictions? Happy Oscar day tomorrow!

Posted February 26, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Films

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REVIEW: Ünofficially Yours   3 comments

Star Cinema’s (post-)Valentine offering this year tackles a very familiar territory that involves the country’s top notch box office director Cathy Garcia Molina and the premier leading movie star actor John Lloyd Cruz. The difference this time is that he’s paired with one of the country’s top female actresses Angel Locsin. One might think that it’s a rip-off of Friends with Benefits based on the trailer, but I’ve always learned to never judge a movie by its trailer.

Mackie (John Lloyd Cruz) is a guy who’s willing to change everything and anything once he thinks that he already has the love of his life. Ces (Angel Locsin) is a free spirited girl who doesn’t believe in commitments. After a one night stand happened between these two strangers, imagine how awkward it is to find out that Mackie’s mentor in his new work is Ces. What happened after involves a lot of sex, some promises, sex, broken promises, and oh did I mention.. sex?

While others might say that this has a been-there-done-that feel with the friends with benefits topic, what I like about the film is that it stayed true to its intentions. It featured the highs and lows of that scenario, and it never attempted to feel that it’s above or beyond that. It also contained probably the best balance of comedy, romance, and drama in a long time. Cathy Garcia Molina’s direction was slick, and I’m noticing that she’s starting to let go of her usual trademarks such as the under the rain confrontations, female characters wearing wig and the likes. In here, she also tried to be more experimental with colors and lighting and it makes up for an equally appealing visuals. I like how there are many scenes and lines in the movie that are memorable. Whether it’s the sitcom-y feel of Macky’s housemates, to poignant and touching moment with Ces and her mother, it’s the little doses of that which makes this more affectionate and effective as possible.

John Lloyd Cruz is probably the most versatile young actor that we have. He can make you blush, gets you all teary eyed with his serious moments, then laugh with his wackiest antics. If there’s anything that can be faked, it’s his charisma, and from the looks of it, he’s very well adept in that category. Angel Locsin plays the harder character of the two, and she exudes this sexy and vibrant yet vulnerable character with so much passion and enthusiasm that it’s hard not to feel and root for her as well. The movie’s supporting characters, as any local film, has its share of chopsuey cast ranging from necessary to comic to relief to no sense at all.

All in all, this is a more interesting, mature and fresh take into the world of relationships. This is nowhere near groundbreaking territory, but I like it because it’s something refreshing and entertaining as it is something most love-themed movies fail to achieve nowadays.

Grade: A-

Posted February 16, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Reviews

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12 Best Reel Pairs that should have been Real Pairs instead   15 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! While I’m not a fan of this specific event (I’m happy for all the couples out there), it’s not something that I celebrate. It’s been years since I got giddy and excited for this day, and I don’t see myself feeling that way again for today. But of course, enough about me. Not because I don’t celebrate Valentine’s mean that I will spoil this day to all those who do. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking of the perfect V-Day list that I can do for this day. I want it to be something that’s not the usual mos t romantic movies list, so here’s something quirky and somewhat new that I’d do today: I listed down my 12 favorite on screen couples that I wish should have been officially together off screen as well. So I don’t count the likes of Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, or Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy since there has been some hook up involved after their individual projects.

With no further ado, here’s my list of 12 couples who I wished have hooked up personally:

12. Bobby Andrews – Angelu de Leon

Probably one of the most famous loveteam of the 90s, I guess I’m one of the few who thinks that they have the perfect chemistry back then. When I was a kid, I always thought that loveteams in TVs and movies are actual couples in real life, so I was shocked when I heard that Angelu was carrying a child from action star Joko Diaz. I was thinking how can she do that to Bobby, until I figured out that it was just a pair made to entertain people. Nevertheless, I’m still a Peachy-Joaqui shipper forevs.

11. Adam Levine – Christina Aguilera

Now this one is just more of the fact that they produce the most sexual tension on television right now. Adam is a no holds barred guy who will tell you what you exactly want to hear. On the other hand, Christina is a diva who firmly stands on anybody’s way to prove her point. The bickering alone is enough to provide the most entertaining tension and chemistry between the two. That, and the Grammy nominated hit Moves Like Jagger.

10. Ryan O’Neal – Ali McGraw

Their movie is one of the most romantic love stories I have ever seen. The story behind it was even more interesting than what we all saw. He likes her, but he’s married and she’s taken. Years and decades later, the chemistry never fizzled a beat. And it only took a single viewing of Love Story to be captivated by them and wish that they’ll actually happen in real life.

9. Gerald Anderson – Sarah Geronimo

Gerald is one half of one of the country’s top loveteam. Sarah is the typical Meg Ryan, whom you can pair with everyone and the chemistry will always be there. Two movies in one year is enough reason to admit that what they had is something special and viewers were able to see that. As for wishing that they’d be a real pair, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it seems we’re on our way there.

8. Shane West – Mandy Moore

The start of the Nicholas Sparks saga was Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan with Message in a Bottle, but the real introduction and trend of his novels turning into movies started with this surprise hit of 2001. It was a typical story of rich jock fell in love with Catholic girl, but the natural chemistry of both West and Moore sealed the deal for the whole movie. Just a few months ago, they tweeted each other when they saw A Walk to Remember being shown on TV. Raise your hands if you know that something will happen the moment Mandy Moore’s Jamie Sullivan uttered “promise me you’ll never fall in love with me” in the movie.

7. Chris Noth – Sarah Jessica Parker

For Sex and the City loyalists, we all know Big is not the most perfect man for Sarah Jessica’s Carrie. It was still Aidan (John Corbett) who will make Carrie the most sane. However, you must admit that we’re all secretly rooting that in the end, it will still be Big she’ll end up with. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth played a love-hate-love relationship with so much vulnerability that we feel them as humans and not as merely TV characters. To this pair? I’m abso-f*cking-lutely in the club.

6. Aga Muhlach – Agot Isidro

We all know that Aga Muhlach found his real life partner in the set of Oki Doc. And as much as I want it to be Agot Isidro, he opted for equally stunning Charlene Gonzales. I’m probably in the minority here, but I’m a big fan of Aga and Alex. And though the relationship was purely on screen, I’m happy they still are close even after the show ended a decade and two years ago.

5. Leonardo di Caprio – Kate Winslet

To be the romantic lead of then’s highest grossing movie surely means that the moviegoers bought your chemistry. 15 years later, the chemistry is still ever present. And now that Kate has divorced with director Sam Mendes and Leo is just dating the current it blonde model, maybe it will still be the two of them in the end? It tells a lot when Kate won Best Actress at the Globes in 2009 when she kissed Leonardo first before kissing Sam Mendes. Or am I just overreading things? LELZ.

4. Joseph Gordon Levitt – Zooey Deschanel

Sadly for dear cute Zooey, her marriage ended last year. Happily for us, that means there’s a chance that she and 500 Days of Summer co-star Joseph Gordon Levitt can be together. After that movie premiered, I’m pretty sure everyone was dying that they’ll be together.  Between that, the video of the duet they sang together, and their Golden Globe photo, it’s just too good to be true, yet oe can’t help but wish for it to happen.

3. John Krasinski – Jenna Fischer

When I was fairly new to The Office, aside from Steve Carell, I find myself being excited the most to all PB&J scenes. I foolishly actually thought that they’re a real couple, and I was giddy excited until I learned that they aren’t. Jenna is a happily married woman while John is Mr. Emily Blunt. But the kiss at the end of the Season 2, a wedding in Season 6, and a baby proves that I’m not alone in thinking how effective they are as a reel couple.

2. Zanjoe Marudo – Bianca Gonzales

It was the classic tale that made their batch of PBB more intriguing and interesting. It was the product of adjusting with the situation and environment that they had inside the Big Brother house. What made this controversial was that people know she has someone left outside. However, I’m one of the biggest worshippers of this pair. All of those can be said as something spur of the moment, but one thing they can’t deny was that there was actual spark. Something that makes me still feel kilig until now. 🙂

1. Justin Chambers – Katherine Heigl

There’s something between the chemistry of these two people that just makes you feel for them as an onscreen couple. If you’re in the classroom setting, he is your typical alpha male tough guy who doesn’t give an F and bullies everyone. She, on the other hand, is the tall Barbie girl that everyone underestimates because her beauty overshadows her skills. Now think of him being smitten by her so much that he’s not afraid to show his vulnerability to have her. That’s exactly how I feel with the characters of Alex and Izzie which were played to perfection by Justin Chambers and Katherine Heigl.

Who are your favorite reel couples? And did you also wish that they’d be together in real life? Happy Valentine’s again, and have a good day everyone! 😀

Posted February 14, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Films, Lists, TV

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54th Grammy Awards Winners Predictions   3 comments

Tomorrow is music’s biggest night, and despite some category cancellations, there’s still a lot of categories left to predict. There’s no time for me to posts analysis anymore, so I’ll just go with my predictions and possible spoilers:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

WILL WIN: Adele, “21”
SPOILER: Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”

RECORD OF THE YEAR

WILL WIN: “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele)
SPOILER: “Holocene” (Bon Iver)

SONG OF THE YEAR

WILL WIN: “Rolling in the Deep” (Adele)
SPOILER: The Cave (Mumford & Sons)

BEST NEW ARTIST

WILL WIN: Bon Iver
SPOILER: Nicki Minaj

POP FIELD

POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: Someone Like You (Adele)
SPOILER: Grenade (Bruno Mars)

POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: Body and Soul (Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse)
SPOILER: Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera)

POP VOCAL ALBUM

WILL WIN: 21 (Adele)
SPOILER: Doo Wops and Hooligans (Bruno Mars)

TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

WILL WIN: Duets II (Tony Bennett)
SPOILER: The Gift (Susan Boyle)

DANCE FIELD:

DANCE RECORDING:

WILL WIN: Call Your Girlfriend (Robyn)
SPOILER: Barbra Streisand (Duck Sauce)

DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

WILL WIN: Nothing but the Beat (David Guetta)
SPOILER: Body Talk Part III (Robyn)

ROCK:

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: The Cave (Mumford & Sons)
SPOILER: Walk (Foo Fighters)

HARDROCK/METAL PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: White Limo (Foo Fighters)
SPOILER: Public Enemy No. 1 (Megadeth)

ROCK SONG

WILL WIN: The Cave (Mumford & Sons)
SPOILER: Walk (Foo Fighters)

ROCK ALBUM

WILL WIN: Wasting Light (Foo Fighters)
SPOILER: The Whole Love (Wilco)

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

WILL WIN: Bon Iver (Bon Iver)
SPOILER: The King of Limbs (Radiohead)

R&B

R&B PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: Far Away (Marsha Ambrosius)
SPOILER: Not My Daddy (Kelly Price)

TRADITIONAL R&B

WILL WIN: Fool for You (CeeLo Green/Melanie Fiona)
SPOILER: Surrender (Betty White and the Roots)

R&B SONG

WILL WIN: Far Away (Marsha Ambrosius)
SPOILER: Fool for You (CeeLo Green/Melanie Fiona)

R&B ALBUM

WILL WIN: FAME (Chris Brown)
SPOILER: Pieces of Me (Ledisi)

RAP:

RAP PERFORMANCE:

WILL WIN: Otis (Jay Z and Kanye West)
SPOILER: Look at Me Now (Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes)

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION

WILL WIN: All of the Lights (Kanye West etc)
SPOILER: What’s My Name (Rihanna/Drake)

RAP SONG

WILL WIN: All of the Lights (marami naman yan)
SPOILER:  Otis (Jay Z and Kanye West)

RAP ALBUM

WILL WIN: Watch the Throne (Jay Z and Kanye West)
SPOILER: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West)

COUNTRY

COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: Dirt Road Anthem (Jason Aldean)
SPOILER: Honey Bee (Blake Shelton)

COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

WILL WIN: Don’t You Wanna Stay (Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson)
SPOILER: Barton Hollow  (The Civil Wars)

COUNTRY SONG:

WILL WIN: Mean (Taylor  Swift)
SPOILER: God Gave Me You (Blake Shelton)

COUNTRY ALBUM

WILL WIN: Speak Now (Taylor Swift)
SPOILER: Red River Blue (Blake Shelton)

SOUNDTRACKS

COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK

WILL WIN: Burlesque
SPOILER: Boardwalk Empire

SCORE MUSIC

WILL WIN: The King’s Speech
SPOILER: Tron Legacy

SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA

WILL WIN: I See the Light (Tangled)
SPOILER: You Haven’t seen the Last of Me (Burlesque)

Posted February 12, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Music

65th Orange British Film Awards (BAFTA) Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

The Orange British Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, will be handling out their picks for top cinematic achievements of the year this Sunday, February 12. Also called as the British Oscars, many Brits have won this award from Julie Christie to Carey Mulligan in the Best Actress category. By the way, here’s my guesses on who will win alongside the possible spoilers in each category.
BEST FILM
THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slov

WILL WIN: The Artist
SPOILER: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno,
Rory Stewart Kinnear

WILL WIN: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
SPOILER: We Need to Talk About Kevin

DIRECTOR
THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Nicolas Winding Refn
HUGO Martin Scorsese
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay

WILL WIN: Michel Hazanavicius
SPOILER: Martin Scorsese

LEADING ACTOR
BRAD PITT Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY The Descendants
JEAN DUJARDIN The Artist
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Shame

WILL WIN: Jean Dujardin
SPOILER: Gary Oldman

LEADING ACTRESS
BÉRÉNICE BEJO The Artist
MERYL STREEP The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON We Need to Talk About Kevin
VIOLA DAVIS The Help

WILL WIN: Meryl Streep
SPOILER: Tilda Swinton

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Beginners
JIM BROADBENT The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Ides of March

WILL WIN: Christopher Plummer
SPOILER: Kenneth Branagh

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN The Help
JUDI DENCH My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY Bridesmaids
OCTAVIA SPENCER The Help

WILL WIN: Octavia Spencer
SPOILER: Jessica Chastain

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY Abi Morgan
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Woody Allen

WILL WIN: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
SPOILER: John Michael McDonagh, “The Guard”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

WILL WIN: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
SPOILER: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INCENDIES Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw
PINA Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
POTICHE François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
A SEPARATION Asghar Farhadi
THE SKIN I LIVE IN Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

WILL WIN: A Separation
SPOILER: Incendies

DOCUMENTARY
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD Martin Scorsese
PROJECT NIM James Marsh, Simon Chinn
SENNA Asif Kapadi

WILL WIN: George Harrison: Living in the Material World
SPOILER: Project Nim

ANIMATED FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Steven Spielberg
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Sarah Smith
RANGO Gore Verbinski

WILL WIN: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
SPOILER: Rango

ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE ARTIST Ludovic Bource
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
HUGO Howard Shore
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Alberto Iglesias
WAR HORSE John Williams

WILL WIN: The Artist
SPOILER: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE ARTIST Guillaume Schiffman
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Jeff Cronenweth
HUGO Robert Richardson
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Hoyte van Hoytema
WAR HORSE Janusz Kaminski

WILL WIN: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
SPOILER: The Artist

EDITING
THE ARTIST Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Mat Newman
HUGO Thelma Schoonmaker
SENNA Gregers Sall, Chris King
TINKER TAILOR SOLIDER SPY Dino Jonsater

WILL WIN: Drive
SPOILER: The Artist

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE ARTIST Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
HUGO Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
WAR HORSE Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

WILL WIN: Hugo
SPOILER: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

COSTUME DESIGN
THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O’Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

WILL WIN: Jane Eyre
SPOILER: The Artist

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE ARTIST Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
HUGO Morag Ross, Jan Archibald
THE IRON LADY Marese Langan
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jenny Shircore

WILL WIN: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
SPOILER: The Iron Lady

SOUND
THE ARTIST Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker,
Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
HUGO Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths,
Andy Shelley
WAR HORSE Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymn

WILL WIN: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
SPOILER: Hugo

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Joe Letteri
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler,
David Vickery
HUGO Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
WAR HORSE Ben Morris, Neil Corbould

WILL WIN: Hugo
SPOILER: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ADAM DEACON
CHRIS HEMSWORTH
CHRIS O’DOWD
EDDIE REDMAYNE
TOM HIDDLESTON

WILL WIN: Chris O’Dowd
SPOILER: Eddie Redmayne

Posted February 11, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, Films

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Douglas Fairbank’s 84th Oscar Acting Class Exhibit   Leave a comment

These are just so beautiful. And this is what makes make feel angry for someone who was Oscar snubbed (Fassbender and Woodley).

My favorites are Jean Dujardin (too animated and cute to be true), Meryl Streep (royal just like Thatcher), Bejo (reminds me of Ann Darrow in King Kong, but prettier and with clothes not tattered), and Jessica Chastain (looks somehow like Amy Adams) whose just so beautiful.

But seriously, all of these are just magnificent. And did you ever imagine Jonah Hill to be in that company? Hear, hear!

Posted February 10, 2012 by Nicol Latayan in Awards

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