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88th Oscars Predictions: December Edition   Leave a comment

After the critics and the televised precursors unveiled their nominations, here’s the December roundup of my Oscar predictions. To say this year’s crazy is an understatement — that Spotlight Supporting Actor debacle, the rise of Trumbo, Mad Max made its case, and Joy underwhelms. Here’s my last batch of predictions before the final one in January.

best picture

best director

best actor

best actress

best supporting actor

best supporting actress

best original screenplay

best adapted screenplay

animated docu

flf original song

tech 1

tech 2

tech 3

Current tally:
10: Mad Max: Fury Road
9: The Revenant
8: Carol
7: The Martian
6: Spotlight
5: The Big Short, Star Wars: The Force Awaken
4: Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Room
3: Brooklyn
2: Anomalisa, Shaun the Sheep, Sicario, Steve Jobs

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Posted December 17, 2015 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized

10 Best MMFF Movies of the Last 10 Years   Leave a comment

Last week, the Metro Manila Development Authority headed by Francis Tolentino has announced the entries for this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. And as expected, MMFF staples such as Vice Ganda, Robin Padilla, Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, and Aiai delas Alas all have entries this year.

Once the festival home of films such as Himala, Burlesk Queen, Karnal, Itanong Mo Sa Buwan, Magic Temple, and Dekada ’70, there has been a paradigm shift in terms of the criteria on how films are chosen the past decade. Commercial appeal has been the primary agenda now and box office as a main factor on which entries will make it.

And while this has elicited a lot of criticisms, particularly the idea of prioritizing box office over “quality” films, the MMFF has still treated us with some notable films quality films over the years. This coming year, entries from Gil Portes, Antoinette Jadaone, Jose Javier Reyes, and Dan Villegas have been chosen while those of Erik Matti’s and Jeffrey Jeturian were in the waitlist categories.

Before I reveal my picks of the ten best MMFF films of the last ten years (New Wave section excluded), here are five that came close from being included:

11-15

“Ulam” from Shake, Rattle, and Roll XV (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2014) – Ulam made good use of every minute we’ve seen on screen to show the horrors and tension of a marital relationship.

“Katas ng Saudi” (director: Jose Javier Reyes, 2007) – Probably the most memorable OFW movies in local cinema depict those of a mother leaving their children behind. Here’s from a father’s perspective of coming home and realizing it isn’t what he expected.

“Pagpag” (director: Frasco Mortiz, 2013) – It’s horror by the numbers, but it tackles such a Filipino ritual one can’t help but to give in to its scares.

“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” (director: Daryl dela Cruz, 2011) – It got its reputation as the one that started the action comeback, but its behind the scenes director mishap got in the way for  the film to move from being good to being great.

“One More Try” (director: Ruel Bayani, 2012) – Rip-off or not, the film brags of solid performances from its four leads, particularly that of its lead actress Angel Locsin.

And as for the top 10:

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10. “Parola” from Shake, Rattle, and Roll 13 (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2011) – Parola is the perfect throwback to the early heydays of the Shake, Rattle, and Roll franchise, only with better production and technical achievements. Its scares mixes that of the old and the new, giving the type of scares that the audience will definitely bite.

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09. “English Only Please” (director: Dan Villegas, 2014) – It’s easy to dismiss English Only Please from the get go, it’s not from the manufactured Star Cinema factory of kilig, not does it star a tandem that has a solid following. But it has proven that it doesn’t need any of those. It gives the same kilig and “feels” without the need to fall trap to the usual rom-com clichés.

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08. “Blue Moon (director: Joel Lamangan, 2005) – During the last few years when Regal Films was still obsessed with this big star-studded ensembles in family dramas comes Lamangan directing a Palanca-winning screenplay about three generation of family members with the patriarch searching for his one true love. The film is mostly fluff hiding in between the big war backdrop, but its attempt is earnest one can’t help but fall in love with it.

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07. “Lihim ng San Joaquin (director: Richard Somes, 2005) – When Shake, Rattle, and Roll made a comeback in the mid-Aughts, a lot expected to feel the throwback of the early 90s horror franchise. Instead, we got that ridiculous “Poso” episode and an uneven “Aquarium” one. Then comes “Lihim ng San Joaquin”, about a young , newlywed couple transferring to a rural town. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat with its silence.

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06. “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles (director: Erik Matti, 2014) – Sure, the MMFF has been a commercial venue for the whole family to enjoy, but with Kubot, the follow up to 2012’s Tiktik, Erik Matti proved that a sequel isn’t an alibi to come up with a lackluster addition to a franchise (which most MMFF franchises are guilty of doing). While it doesn’t necessarily have to beat its predecessor, it doesn’t have to be a downgrade as well.

05

05. “Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill (director: Chito Rono, 2013) – The best thing about Boy Golden is that it doesn’t want to prove anything. It doesn’t take itself seriously and just wants to have fun. And boy was it a fun movie-watching experience mixing camp and action we haven’t seen in a long time.

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04. “Punerarya” from Shake, Rattle and Roll 12 (director: Jerrold Tarog, 2010) – Hands down, this is one of the best episodes ever in the whole SRR franchise. Jerrold Tarog’s first output stars Carla Abellana as a private tutor to two kids from the neighbor’s funeral parlor. And as secrets were slowly revealed, the tension just escalates further. This one doesn’t get old and is a must watch.

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03. “RPG Metanoia” (director: Luis Suarez, 2010) – Not for lack of trying, the MMFF has welcomed local animation in the festival. Twice, even (the first one was 2008’s “Dayo sa Mundo ng Elemento”). RPG can brag about being the first Pinoy 3D animated film, but more than that achievement, its dedication in tackling a theme highlighting the rich Philippine culture is admirable.

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02. “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” (director: Jose Javier Reyes, 2006) – On the outside, Kasal’s biggest achievement is how it managed to be a crowd-pleasing film, yet one that critics will positively respond as well. Digging deeper, it’s really not difficult to fall in love with this film. It touches the topic of a traditional Pinoy family whose value for marriage and relationship is as valuable to the whole family, maybe even more so, than to the actual couple. Obviously, the great ensemble elevated the already strong material further.

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01. “Thy Womb (director: Brillante Mendoza, 2012) – It’s silly when you think about it, that the best film of the festival of the last decade, was just a replacement choice of that year. Shot in the farthest village of Tawi-Tawi, “Thy Womb” wasn’t just the story of a midwife attempt to provide her husband a child, but it also opened us to a culture we aren’t particularly familiar with. I believe this is one of the films that will go down as the best in the history of the festival. Plus, it gave us Nora Aunor’s comeback performance.

So as much as we rant and complain about the MMFF every year, chances are there are one or two entries that will really be worth of our money. This year has the potential to deliver as well.

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67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination Predictions: June 2015   Leave a comment

Hi everyone! In less than a month, John Stamos and Uzo Aduba will be announcing the nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. The long list of eligible shows and performances is finally out, so this clears up some placements and submissions from the contenders. This will be the second to the last batch of predictions I’ll be doing because the next one would be the final group of nominee predictions which will be available to the week leading to the announcement. Anyway, let’s get the ball rolling, as I also included guest acting categories, as well as writing, directing, and reality/variety.

drama series

DRAMA SERIES:
1. Mad Men
2. Game of Thrones
3. House of Cards
4. Orange is the New Black
5. Empire
6. Downton Abbey
7. Better Call Saul

Next in line:
8. Homeland
9. Justified
10. The Americans

drama actor

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
2. Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
3. Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
4. Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
5. Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
6. Terrence Howard, “Empire”

Next in line:
7. Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
8. Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
9. Clive Owen, “The Knick”
10. Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”

drama actress

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
2. Taraji Henson, “Empire”
3. Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
4. Claire Danes, “Homeland”
5. Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
6. Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Next in line:
7. Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
8. Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
9. Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
10. Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

drama supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
2. Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
3. Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
4. Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
5. Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
6. Ben Mendehlson, “Bloodline”

Next in line:
7. Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”
8. John Slattery, “Mad Men”
9. Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
10. Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

drama supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
2. Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
3. Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
4. Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
5. Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
6. Lorraine Toussant, “Orange is the New Black”

Next in line:
7. Sissy Spacek, “Bloodline”
8. Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”
9. Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
10. Kate Mulgrew, “Orange is the New Black”

drama guest actor

GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
1. Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
2. Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
3. F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
4. Sam Shepard, “Bloodline”
5. Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
6. Courtney B. Vance, “Scandal”

Next in line:
7. Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
8. David Hyde Pierce, “The Good Wife”
9. Pablo Schreiber, “Orange is the New Black”
10. Ed Asner, “The Good Wife”

drama guest actress

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
1. Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away with Murder”
2. Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
3. Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
4. Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
5. Kate Burton, “Scandal”
6. Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Next in line:
7. Patricia Arquette, “Boardwalk Empire”
8. Laura Prepon, “Orange is the New Black”
9. Marcia Gay Harden, “How to Get Away with Murder”
10. Ann-Margret, “Ray Donovan”

drama directing

DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES
1. Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado”
2. Game of Thrones, “Hardhome”
3. Empire, “Pilot”
4. Better Call Saul, “Uno”
5. Orange is the New Black, “Thirsty Bird”

Next in line:
6. Mad Men, “Person to Person”
7. Downton Abbey, “Episode 9”
8. The Knick, “Pilot”
9. House of Cards, “Chapter 39”
10. Homeland, “The Drone Queen”

drama writing

WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES:
1. Mad Men, “Person to Person”
2. Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”
3. Downton Abbey, “Episode 8”
4. Better Call Saul, “Uno”
5. Empire, “Pilot”

Next in line:
6. Orange is the New Black, “We Have Manners, We’re Polite”
7. The Affair, “Pilot”
8. House of Cards, “Chapter 39”
9. The Americans, “Stingers”
10. Mad Men, “The Forecast”

comedy series

COMEDY SERIES:
1. Modern Family
2. Veep
3. Transparent
4. Silicon Valley
5. Louie
6. The Big Bang Theory
7. Episodes

Next in line:
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
9. Parks and Recreation
10. Grace and Frankie

comedy actor

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
1. Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
2. Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
3. Louis C.K., “Louie”
4. William H. Macy, “Shameless”
5. Matt Leblanc, “Episodes”
6. Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Next in line:
7. Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley”
8. Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth”
9. Billy Crystal, “The Comedians”
10. Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

comedy actress

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
2. Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
3. Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
4. Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
5. Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
6. Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Next in line:
7. Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
8. Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
9. Jane Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
10. Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”

comedy supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
1. Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
2. Tony Hale, “Veep”
3. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
4. Hugh Laurie, “Veep”
5. Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”
6. Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

Next in line:
7. Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
8. TJ Miller, “Silicon Valley”
9. Chris Pratt, “Parks and Recreation”
10. Laurence Fishburne, “Black-ish”

comedy supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
1. Allison Janney, “Mad Men”
2. Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
3. Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
4. Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
5. Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
6. Judith Light, “Transparent”

Next in line:
7. Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
8. Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
9. Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
10. Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia”

comedy guest actor

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
2. Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
3. Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
4. Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
5. Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
6. Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”

Next in line:
7. Martin Short, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
8. Billy Bob Thornton, “The Big Bang Theory”
9. Josh Charles, “Inside Amy Schumer”
10. Mel Brooks, “The Comedians”

comedy guest actress

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
2. Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
3. Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
4. Rita Moreno, “Jane the Virgin”
5. Kathy Bates, “Mike and Molly”
6. Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”

Next in line:
7. Tyne Daly, “Modern Family”
8. Octavia Spencer, “Mom”
9. Carol Burnett, “Glee”
10. Kyra Sedgwick, “Brooklyn Nine Nine”

comedy directing

DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES:
1. Modern Family, “Connection Lost”
2. Louie, “Sleepover”
3. Glee, “2009”
4. Veep, “Testimony”
5. Silicon Valley, “Two Days of the Condor”

Next in line:
6. Transparent, “Best New Girl”
7. Modern Family, “Won’t You Be Our Neighbor”
8. Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride”
9. Episodes, “409”
10. Grace and Frankie, “The End”

comedy writing

WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES
1. Louie, “Bobby’s House”
2. Veep, “Election Night”
3. Episodes, “409”
4. Transparent, “Pilot”
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “Kimmy Goes Outside”

Next in line:
6. Silicon Valley, “Two Days of Condor”
7. Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride”
8. Modern Family, “Connection Lost”
9. Community, “Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television”
10. Jane the Virgin, “Chapter One”

limited series

LIMITED SERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. The Honorable Woman
3. American Horror Story: Freak Show
4. American Crime
5. Wolf Hall

Next in Line:
6. 24: Live Another Day
7. Texas Rising
8. The Casual Vacancy
9. Houdini
10. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

tv movie

TV MOVIE:
1. Bessie
2. Nightengale
3. Derek: The Final Chapter
4. Killing Jesus
5. Worricker

Next in line:
6. A Poet In New York
7. Grace of Monaco
8. Stockholm, Pennsylvania
9. Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case
10. Foyle’s War

longform actor

LEAD ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. David Oyelowo, “Nightengale”
3. Ricky Gervais, “Derek: The Final Chapter”
4. Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
5. Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
6. Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Live Another Day”

Next in line:
7. Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
8. Bill Paxton, “Texas Rising”
9. Bill Nighy, “Worricker”
10. James Corden, “The Wrong Mans”

longform actress

LEAD ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
3. Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
4. Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
5. Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
6. Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco”

Next in line:
7. Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
8. Helena Bonham Carter, “Worricker”
9. Anna Gunn, “Gracepoint”
10. Kelli Garner, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”

longform supp actor

SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
2. Stephen Rea, “The Honorable Woman”
3. Jonathan Pryce, “Wolf Hall”
4. Michael Chiklis, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
5. Ralph Fiennes, “Worricker”
6. Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie”

Next in line:
7. Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
8. Frank Langella, “Grace of Monaco”
9. Oliver Martinez, “Texas Rising”
10. Tim Roth, “Grace of Monaco”

longform supp actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES
1. Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
2. Mo’nique, “Bessie”
3. Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
4. Janet McTeer, “The Honorable Woman”
5. Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”
6. Judy Davis, “Worricker”

Next in line:
7. Regina King, “American Crime”
8. Khandi Alexander, “Bessie”
9. Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
10. Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge”

longform writing

WRITING IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. Bessie
3. The Honorable Woman
4. Derek: The Final Chapter
5. Wolf Hall
6. Nightingale

Next in line:
7. American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us”
8. American Crime: Episode One
9. Killing Jesus
10. Texas Rising, Night 1

longform directing

DIRECTING IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. The Honorable Woman
3. Bessie
4. Nightengale
5. Wolf Hall
6. 24: Live Another Day

Next in line:
7. American Horror Story: Freak Show, “Monsters Among Us”
8. Derek: The Final Chapter
9. The Casual Vacancy
10. American Crime, “Episode One”

reality comp

REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION:
1. The Amazing Race
2. The Voice
3. Top Chef
4. Dancing with the Stars
5. Project Runway
6. So You Think You Can Dance

Next in line:
7. Rupaul’s Drag Race
8. Hollywood Game Night
9. Survivor
10. American Idol

reality comp host

REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION HOST:
1. Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
2. Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
3. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
4. Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
5. Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
6. Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”

Next in line:
7. Rupaul Charles, “Rupaul’s Drag Race”
8. Carson Daly, “The Voice”
9. Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef”
10. Jeff Probst, “Survivor”

variety talk

VARIETY TALK SERIES:
1. The Colbert Report
2. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
3. Late Show with David Letterman
4. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
5. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
6. Real Time with Bill Maher

Next in line:
7. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
8. Late Late Show with James Corden

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38th Gawad Urian Winner Predictions   Leave a comment

Probably the only remaining legit among the traditional awards ceremonies (sorry Golden Screen Awards), the Manunuri will be handling out their picks from the best of 2014 cinema in two days. And just like what I did last year where I got 7/12 of my predictions correct, I’ll throw my hunch on who’ll be winning the Gawad Urian for this year!

best pic

BEST PICTURE:
“Barber’s Tales”
“Bwaya”
“Dagitab”
“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”

Unlike last year when it’s an easy given that Norte is so winning the top award, this year is much more difficult to pin. These four films have amassed a total of 42 nominations, so to say that the Manunuri loved them equally is just. I would have picked Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon in a heartbeat especially after its Locarno victory, but if we have to base at Urian’s recent history, they’re all after spreading the wealth. So a Lav film winning back to back might be of a disadvantage. But then again, it’s not easy to dismiss any of these four films. The funny thing is a lot of these films remind me of the recent winners in this category. Just like 2012 Best Picture winner “Ang Paglalakabay ng Mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim“, both Bwaya an Barber’s Tales represent a bigger political statement which the Manunuri can find relevant. If not that, then the poetic nature of Dagitab can follow the footsteps of 2011 winner “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.” It’s really anybody’s ballgame, but if I have to make a prediction, I’ll go with Jun Lana’s film as my prediction.

Prediction: Barber’s Tales
Alternate: 
Bwaya

best director

BEST DIRECTOR:
Giancarlo Abraham (“Dagitab”)
Lav Diaz (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Jun Lana (“Barber’s Tales”)
Jason Paul Laxamana (“Magkakabaung”)
Francis Xavier Pasion (“Bwaya”)
Kanakan Balintagos (“Esprit de Corps”)

No director has ever won in this category’s history for a film that wasn’t nominated for Best Picture so that tends to affect both Jason Paul Laxamana and Kanakan Balintagos’ chances here. And as last year proved, when one of the only two Urian-less directors managed to end up winning the category, the Urian loves to spread its wealth. Thus, I’m checking off Lav Diaz. I think Giancarlo Abraham has a better chance of winning in Screenplay, so that leaves me with Jun Lana and Francis Pasion, Pasion has won Screenplay in 2008 for Jay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Urian puts him in the big leagues and go with a Barber’s/Bwaya Picture-Director split especially since the last two years have been split too. That said, I’ll stick with a Jun Lana win here to match with my predicted Best Picture win for Barber’s Tales.

Prediction: Jun Lana, “Barber’s Tales” 
Alternate: 
Francis Pasion, “Bwaya

best actor

BEST ACTOR:
Robert Arevalo (“Hari ng Tondo”)
Noni Buencamino (“Dagitab”)
Allen Dizon (“Magkakabaung”)
JM de Guzman (“That Thing Called Tadhana”)
Sandino Martin (“Esprit de Corps”)
Robin Padilla (“Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”)
Arnold Reyes (“Kasal”)
Jericho Rosales (“Red”)
JC Santos (“Esprit de Corps”)
Dennis Trillo (“The Janitor”)

There seems to be a number of overdue actors here, but first, let’s eliminate those previous winners who aren’t likely to pull off a repeat win that quick. 2005 winner Robin Padilla (whose nomination this year still makes no sense to me) and 2012 winner Jericho Rosales seem filler nominations this year. Both Esprit de Corps actors are likely to split votes which doesn’t bode well for their chances. Then we have Robert Arevalo on his fifth career nod, Noni Buencamino on his fourth, and JM de Guzman and Dennis Trillo on their third tries. I see a possibility for Arnold Reyes to win this one, but if I have to choose I’d place my bets on one time nominee Allen Dizon who’s just on a roll these last few months sweeping off Best Actor trophies both here and in the international scene. If not him, then maybe a make up win for Dennis Trillo. Remember when he was thisclose to pull off the grandslam in 2004 for Aishite Imasu after sweeping the Star Awards, FAMAS, and Luna only to be spoiled by Wendell Ramos at the Urian the last minute? This can be their atonement for him.

Prediction: Allen Dizon, “Magkakabaung” 
Alternate: 
Dennis Trillo, “The Janitor

best actress

BEST ACTRESS:
Nora Aunor (“Dementia”)
Angeli Bayani (“Bwaya”)
Ai Ai De las Alas (“Ronda”)
Eugene Domingo (“Barber’s Tales”)
Hazel Orencio (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Angelica Panganiban (“The Thing Called Tadhana”)
Eula Valdez (“Dagitab”)
Nova Villa (“1st Ko si 3rd”)

Can this be the year when Nora Aunor finally ties current leader Vilma Santos’ record of most number of Urian Best Actress wins with 7? With Aunor being the recipient of the Natatangiang Gawad Urian, methinks the answer is no and that they’ll likely wait for another year to do that. Considering they are their film’s sole nods, I think the nomination is the reward for both Aiai delas Alas and Nova Villa. It’s quite a feat that all four Best Picture nominees have their leading ladies contending in this category as well, so that puts them on equal footing, if not only current Best Actress Angeli Bayani is gunning for a back to back win here. That said, Eugene Domingo is in her fifth nomination and this can be the perfect vehicle for her to take the trophy. After all, this is a departure from her usual nominated comedic performances. And then there’s Angelica Panganiban. It felt like in Angelica’s case, getting the nomination is the biggest hurdle. Will the Manunuri go for her light fared performance? The answer was yes, and this can be a rehash of 2011 when they gave a relatively younger actress the Urian (Maja Salvador). In the end, I’d give the odds to Eugene Domingo, but I won’t be surprised to hear Angelica’s name come awards night.

Prediction: Eugene Domingo, “Barber’s Tales”
Alternate: 
Angelica Panganiban, “That Thing Called Tadhana”

best supp actor

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Nico Antonio (“Red”)
Roeder Camañag (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Martin del Rosario (“Dagitab”)
Joel Lamangan (“Violator”)
Nicco Manalo (“Barber’s Tales”)
Karl Medina (“Bwaya”)
Jess Mendoza (“Mauban: Ang Resiko”)
Noel Santodomingo (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)

First off, apologies for the lack of Noel Santodomingo photo. I really can’t find one and it has took me hours already trying to search for it. Moving on, the Urian Best Supporting Actor is the counterpart of the Oscar Best Actress one, I must say. If the Oscars love its Best Actress young and pretty, this category has been the home of relatively young actors. Since 2000, the category has rewarded Jeffrey Quizon (in 2000), Piolo Pascual (2002), Ketchup Eusebio (2005), Rafael Rossell (2006), Coco Martin (2008), Joem Bascon (2010), and current winner Junjun Qintana (2013). Thus, for the shallowest reasons, I predict Martin del Rosario to win this one. After all, Dagitab is bound to win at least one acting award no? So maybe this is where it happens. if not him, then maybe Joel Lamangan gets his first Urian acting win via Violator.

Prediction: Martin del Rosario, “Dagitab
Alternate: 
Joel Lamangan, “Violator

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Shamaine Buencamino (“Barber’s Tales”)
Iza Calzado (“Barber’s Tales”)
Alessandra de Rossi (“Mauban: Ang Resiko”)
Barbie Forteza (“Marquina”)
Karenina Haniel (“Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon”)
Gladys Reyes (“Magkakabaung”)
Gloria Sevilla (“M: Mother’s Maiden Name”)

The past two years made it easy to guess the winner considering that both Alessandra de Rossi and Angel Aquino were double nominated in this category. That’s why I’m a bit surprised that Gladys Reyes wasn’t considering the amount of love the acting from Barber’s Tales received. Maybe Barbie Forteza wins it, though the Urian hasn’t awarded a young actress here since Serena Dalrymple in 1998 and she was even younger. Iza and Alessandra both have won already, and Shamaine Buencamino is the only multiple nominee who hasn’t won yet. I guess I’ll go with Karenina Haniel here, whose role also stands out among the rest of the pack.

Prediction: Karenina Haniel, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon
Alternate: 
Barbie Forteza, “Mariquina

And as for the rest of the categories…

SCREENPLAY:
Prediction:
Giancarlo Abrahan, “Dagitab”
Alternate:
Jun Lana, “Barber’s Tales

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Prediction: Chito Sumera, “Barber’s Tales
Alternate: Hal Balbuena, “Esprit de Corps”

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Prediction: Neil Daza, “Bwaya
Alternate: Rommel Sales, “Dagitab

MUSIC:
Prediction: Jesse Lucas, “Alienasyon
Alternate: Mon Espia, “Dagitab

EDITING:
Prediction: Carlo Manatad, “Bwaya”
Alternate: Lav Diaz, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon

SOUND:
Prediction: Mark Locsin, “Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon”
Alternate: Corrine de San Jose, “Violator

The 38th Gawad Urian Awards will be shown live on Tuesday, June 16 over at Cinema One.

Talk about it and follow me on Twitter: @nikowl

Posted June 14, 2015 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized

67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nomination Predictions: May 2015   Leave a comment

Welp after three long months, I finally made a blog post! I thought my blog was dead already. And for quite some time, it really was. But I’m slowly starting to balance blogging and working (hopefully!), so I’m slowly trying to revive it back. Anyway, if I won’t be able to update here, you can follow my Oscar and Emmy predictions on Awards Watch since I’m doing Emmy expert and Oscar guru duties over there (heads up: that site is the best when it comes to predicting these awards stuff, and it’s the one place you should really subscribe to. Double heads up: It gets catty here and there, but trust me it’s fun there!). As TV season is about to end this month,I’ll offer my first batch of Emmy predictions in 16 different categories!

DRAMA CATEGORIES:

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DRAMA SERIES:
01. Mad Men (AMC)
02. Game of Thrones (HBO)
03. House of Cards (Netflix)
04. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
05. Better Call Saul (AMC)
06. Downton Abbey (PBS)
07. Empire (Fox)

Next in line:
08. Homeland (Showtime)
09. The Affair (Showtime)
10. The Good Wife (CBS)
11. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
12. Justified (FX)

DRAMA LEAD ACTOR:
01. Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards
02. Jon Hamm, “Mad Men
03. Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul
04. Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom
05. Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey
06. Terrence Howard, “Empire

Next in line:
07. Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire
08. Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline
09. Dominic West, “The Affair
10. Clive Owen, “The Knick
11. Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex
12. James Spader, “The Blacklist

DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS:
01. Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder
02. Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife
03. Robin Wright, “House of Cards
04. Claire Danes, “Homeland
05. Taraji P. Henson, “Empire
06. Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men

Next in line:
07. Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey
08. Kerry Washington, “Scandal
09. Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex
10. Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black
11. Ruth Wilson, “The Affair
12. Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR:
01. Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones
02. Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul
03. Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland
04. Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey
05. Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan
06. Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline

Next in line:
07. Michael Kelly, “House of Cards
08. Christopher Eccleston, “The Leftovers
09. John Slattery, “Mad Men
10. Sam Shepard, “Bloodline
11. Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife
12. Walton Goggins, “Justified

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
01. Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey
02. Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black
03. Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men
04. Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
05. Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones
06. Sissy Spacek, “Bloodline

Next in line:
07. Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey
08. Lorraine Toussant, “Orange is the New Black
09. Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers
10. Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones
11. Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife
12. Ann Dowd, “The Leftovers”

 COMEDY CATEGORIES:

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COMEDY SERIES:
01. Modern Family (ABC)
02. Veep (HBO)
03. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
04. Louie (FX)
05. Silicon Valley (HBO)
06. Transparent (Netflix)
07. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Next in line:
08. Episodes (Showtime)
09. Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
11. Girls (HBO)
12. Parks and Recreation (NBC)

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR:
01. Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory
02. Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
03. Louis CK, “Louie
04. William H. Macy, “Shameless
05. Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes
06. Don Cheadle, “House of Lies

Next in line:
07. Billy Crystal, “The Comedians
08. Thomas Middleditch, “Silicon Valley
09. Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth
10. Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine Nine
11. Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish
12. Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS:
01. Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep
02. Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie
03. Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation
04. Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
05. Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
06. Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback

Next in line:
07. Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie
08. Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin
09. Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly
10. Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer
11. Lena Dunham, “Girls
12. Emmy Rossum, “Shameless

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR:
01. Ty Burrell, “Modern Family
02. Tony Hale, “Veep
03. Hugh Laurie, “Veep
04. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family
05. Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine
06. Fred Armisen, “Portlandia

Next in line:
07. Laurence Fishburne, “Black-ish
08. Martin Sheen, “Grace and Frankie
09. Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family
10. Adam Driver, “Girls
11. Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
12. Sam Waterston, “Grace and Frankie

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
01. Allison Janney, “Mom
02. Julie Bowen, “Modern Family
03. Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live
04. Anna Chlumsky, “Veep
05. Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
06. Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory

Next in line:
07. Judith Light, “Transparent
08. Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family
09. Gaby Hoffman, “Transparent
10. Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie
11. Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia
12. Eden Sher, “The Middle

LONGFORM CATEGORIES:

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LIMITED SERIES:
01. Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
02. The Honorable Woman (Sundance Channel)
03. American Crime (ABC)
04. American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
05. Wolf Hall (PBS)

Next in line:
06. Texas Rising (History)
07. Houdini (History)
08. The Casual Vacancy (HBO)
09. 24: Live Another Day (Fox)
10. The Missing (Starz)

TV MOVIE:
01. Bessie (HBO)
02. Killing Jesus (National Geographic)
03. Nightingale (HBO)
04. A Poet in New York (BBC America)
05. Derek: The Final Chapter (Netflix)

Next in line:
06. Worricker (PBS)
07. Stockholm, Pennsylvania (Lifetime)
08. Hello Ladies: The Movie (HBO)
09. Grace of Monaco (Lifetime)
10. Whitney (Lifetime)

LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES:
01. Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge
02. Ricky Gervais, “Derek: The Final Chapter
03. Adrien Brody, “Houdini
04. David Oyelowo, “Nightingale
05. Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall
06. Kiefer Sutherland, “24: Live Another Day

Next in line:
07. Timothy Hutton, “American Crime
08. Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall
09. Bill Paxton, “Texas Rising
10. James Nesbitt, “The Missing
11. Zachary Quinto, “The Slap
12. Bill Nighy, “Worricker

LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
01. Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge
02. Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman
03. Queen Latifah, “Bessie
04. Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
05. Felicity Huffman, “American Crime
06. Nicole Kidman, “Grace of Monaco

Next in line:
07. Frances O’Connor, “The Missing
08. Helena Bonham Carter, “Worricker
09. Saoirse Ronan, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania
10. Anna Gunn, “Gracepoint
11. Allison Williams, “Peter Pan Live
12. Aunjanue Ellis, “The Book of Negores”

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
01. Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge
02. Stephen Rea, “The Honorable Woman
03. Michael Chiklis, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
04. Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie
05. Jonathan Pryce, “Wolf Hall
06. Ralph Fiennes, “Worricker

Next in line:
07. Frank Langella, “Grace of Monaco
08. Finn Wittrock, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
09. Michael Gambon, “The Casual Vacancy
10. Kris Kristoferson, “Texas Rising
11. Tim Roth, “Grace of Monaco
12. Louis Gossett, Jr., “ The Book of Negroes

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
01. Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
02. Mo’nique, “Bessie
03. Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
04. Janet McTeer, “The Honorable Woman
05. Judy Davis, “Worricker
06. Khandi Alexander, “Bessie

Next in line:
07. Regina King, “American Crime
08. Susan Sarandon, “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
09. Blythe Danner, “The Slap
10. Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show
11. Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge
12. Parker Posey, “Grace of Monaco

You can talk to me about it by popping a comment below or tweeting me: @nikowl

Posted May 10, 2015 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized

86th Academy Awards Acting Class   Leave a comment

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Obligatory post. 86th ACADEMY AWARDS ACTING CLASS

BEST ACTOR

CHRISTIAN BALE |as Irving Rosenfeld in “American Hustle” | 2nd nomination, 1 win
BRUCE DERN | as Woody Grant in “Nebraska” | 2nd nomination, 0 win
LEONARDO DI CAPRIO | as Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street” | 4th nomination, 0 win
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR | as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave” | 1st nomination
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY | as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” | 1st nomination

BEST ACTRESS

AMY ADAMS | as Sydney Prosser in “American Hustle” | 5th nomination, 0 wins
CATE BLANCHETT | as Jasmine Francis in “Blue Jasmine” | 6th nomination, 1 win
SANDRA BULLOCK | as Ryan Stone in “Gravity” | 2nd nomination, 1 win
JUDI DENCH | as Philomena Lee in “Philomena” | 7th nomination, 1 win
MERYL STREEP | as Violet Weston in “August: Osage County” | 18th nomination, 3 wins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

BARKHAD ABDI | as Abduwali Muse in “Captain Phillips” | 1st nomination
BRADLEY COOPER | as Richie DiMaso in “American Hustle” | 2nd nomination, 0 win
MICHAEL FASSBENDER | as Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave” | 1st nomination
JONAH HILL | as Donnie Azoff in “The Wolf of Wall Street” | 2nd nomination, 0 win
JARED LETO | as Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club” | 1st nomination

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

SALLY HAWKINS | as Ginger in “Blue Jasmine” | 1st nomination
JENNIFER LAWRENCE | as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in “American Hustle” | 3rd nomination, 1 win
LUPITA NYONG’O | as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave” | 1st nomination
JULIA ROBERTS | as Barbara Weston in “August: Osage County” | 4th nomination, 1 win
JUNE SQUIBB | as Kate Grant in “Nebraska” | 1st nomination

Posted January 17, 2014 by Nicol Latayan in Uncategorized

2013 in GIFs   Leave a comment

So I decided to skip my annual movie, TV shows, red carpet looks, and songs lists for this year since I have no time to write them all. Instead, I’ll be posting my favorite moments of 2013 in GIF style. So yes, most of these would be from awards show ceremonies or basically any pop culture event of the year. Okay.

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Okay so let’s begin with five six time Oscar loser a.k.a Albert Nobbs herself Glenn Close. At the Golden Globes last January, Close probably thought that she’s also one of the cool kids when she decided to play drunk after Tina Fey’s signal. You probably have no idea how epic this moment was. I mean I can’t even choose my favorite part. Is it the closing of her eyes to give a more convincing portrayal? Is it when she changed her mind and started to look up the heavens instead to make it even more convincing? Is it her husband’s coy “WTF I think I actually married Alex Forrest” tepid laugh? I guess I have to go with none of the above and choose the closing shot of her looking sideways to see check if people find her stuff funny.

That same night, we’re treated to one of the best (and yes I mean the best) awards show presentations ever. When SNL alums Kristin Wyg and Will Pharrell (as Tina Fey would say it) presented the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy, I.WAS.DYING. As a refresher, here’s how they described the nominees that night:

(on Emily Blunt’s Salmon Fishing in Yemen): “When the salmon comes out.. and when the bad guy comes…. and the salmon was like.. and you’re in Yemen.
(on Judi Dench of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel): “That Judi Dench. Where did she come from? Unknown, she used to be a police officer, and this is her fist movie. And when all the marigold comes out.. and it’s on her hair. And on one scene, she looks at the town people and she’s like “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”
(on Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Lings Playbook): “Ugh love Jennifer Lawrence. J.LAW. And then comes the silverrr!! I thought it was an animated film. And all the silver she has collected and they tried to get it away from her and she’s like “NOOO! THAT’S MY COOKBOOK!” and she’s like “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”
(on Maggie Smith of Quartet): “And no one knows what a quartet is. IT IS AMBIGUOUS! And you think you know what it is, but then the guy comes and says “I think I know what a quartet is!” but he doesn’t”
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on Meryl Streep of Hope Springs): “And Meriall Streep. And she’s the sassy sheriff! “I’m Hope Springs!” She comes in a horse and she’s like she looks at the town people and she’s says “YOUUU!!! YOUUU GET OUT OF HERE!!!”

UGH TYPING THAT WAS A HOOT. I’m laughing again. And everyone in the room was actually entertained. Everyone that is except that creature named Tommy Lee Jones.

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Ugh Gramps looked grumpy as hell during that presentation. Guess what TLJ, that was my exact look when you stole that Oscar from Ralph Fiennes and Leonardo di Caprio.

Then we have the Screen Actors Guild Awards where you’re allowed to waste a minute of your life listening to Giuliana Rancic say things like this:

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Girl is useless as their manicam. By the way let’s appreciate that the SAG was the only time this award season where Anne Hathaway opened her mouth and said something entertaining that does not involve
a.”a blunt object I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt”,
b. thanking Victor Hugo
c. thinking her Oscar win will stop prostitution.
d. correcting the spelling of her name
It was when Anne presented with co-star Hugh Jackman and they played a banter of how they will describe Les Mis in 2013.

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Yes Anne, you crushed it. Speaking of crushed, don’t you love this BFF pic of Nicole Kidman and the lesser Nicole Kidman Naomi Watts at the SAGs? Go Nic, giving some Regina George fierceness.

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Prior to her history making releasing an album without anything stint, Beysus graced us all with her presence at the Superbowl. But it wasn’t even her who stole the show. Two words: poor Michelle.

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Go poor Michelle!! Put that one day off to good use and appear at the Superbowl.I’m living for her facial reaction. She suddenly got cocky when she realized she did not fall off the mosh pit. YESSS!!

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But then again, we’re quickly reminded why she never skyrocketed as a solo artist. I mean not literally a rocket but even Bey can do it.

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Anyway, let’s move on to the Grammys a.k.a the first televised exam to see if Taylor Swift knows this song…

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and this one as well…

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and did you know she knew this song too?

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Okay we get it Taylor. You know all the songs. But then again who wants to see her do it for a fifth  time when you can see Legend Kidman bopping to that Bob Marley tribute?

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It wasn’t as epic as her singing Teenage Dream  at the Grammys last year but she gets bonus points because Adele is wearing a red doily.

Then there’s also the BAFTA where the only two interesting things we saw were Dame Dench’s O face (and when I say O, I mean Oh my god!) as Javier Bardem falls asleep

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and David O. Russell’s reaction when Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress.

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I was secretly wishing Emmanuelle would say “I beat J.Law” at the podium but then I remembered she doesn’t speak in English. So maybe in French? Anyway, off to the Oscars.

Okay remember when I said a few posts above that Giuliana Rancic is as useless as the manicam? Well I take it back. The Manicam is more useful than Giuliana apparently. I’m pretty sure it made Catherine Zeta Jones upset when Ryan Seacrest denied her to do one. You can clearly see in her eyes she wants to parade her fingers on the manicam. Not good, Ryan!

nicole-kidmanSee even Mr. and Mrs. Keith Urban felt bad for La Zeta.

Aside from that, we saw Lil’ Quvenzhane Wallis proving she’s the man (with a proud Denzel Washington beaming from behind),

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a bored Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter

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and a tripping Best Actress winner. Whoever put that banana peel there for Anne Hathaway clearly didn’t work

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But the best moment happened when Emmanuelle Riva unintentionally takes revenge on David O. Russell upon learning his reaction to her BAFTA Best Actress win.

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Be thankful, David. At least Em didn’t squashed your face with a pillow. #justsaying

In April this year, Reese Witherspoon was arrested by the cops but she tried to get herself out of this…

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…which only means she ended up in prison with a mugshot. You should have called Elle Woods to save you, Reese.

Taylor Swift won eight Billboard Music Awards in May of this year. But surprisingly, not any of those can match the WIN level of her reactions here:

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Meanwhile, Miguel channels his inner Bjorn Barrefors and trains for the Olympics on air

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Ouch for that woman whose head was found in between Miguel’s legs.

And as everyone celebrates film over at the Cannes Film Festival, two tiny teeny things clearly doesn’t wanna be there. Julianne Moore’s little toes can’t wait enough to go home instead they’re trying to escape while she’s on the red carpet.

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Still on the subject of feet, it’s not cool to talk about North West anymore, so let’s just hope Kim K’s feet some speedy recovery for everything they’ve been through this year:

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Last August 10, two of the biggest popstars go head to head as Lady Gaga releases Applause and Katy Perry releases Roar on the same week. You know it was bound to get messy.

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And someone’s coming out on top:

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But come the VMAs, it wasn’t even the two of them who became the talk of the town. But before that we saw…

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Justin Timberlake joined by four other lessers perform,

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Taylor Swift asking her BFF to STFU,

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Willow Smith whipping her head back and forth as Jaden Smith tries another shot at “acting”,

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Lady Gaga opening the show,

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but Katy Perry closing it.. (Ouch Gags! Was that msg for you?)

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But it Miley who made the whole thing classic. Even getting a classic rxn from Rih

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September also was the end for Breaking Bad. And I think no amount of GIF will give it justice so I’ll just post a photo of Bryan and Aaron because uhm, duh, bitch.

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And when the Emmys came, Neil Patrick Harris bombed as host, but no other bombed better than what this guy did:

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Then cute Merritt Wever gives one of the best Emmy speeches ever when she said nothing but…

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while Julia Louis Dreyfus stays in character in her speech.

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Michael Douglas, meanwhile, uses Matt Damon as metaphor in his thank you speech

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And though he did not win, Kevin Spacey still scores one in my b0ok after doing this:

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And the delight of Oprah pushing people

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And last month, Miley Cyrus wins Round 2 of best performance at the American Music Awards when she performs with a huge cat behind her:

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As Ariana Grande shows us all how it’s really done just by standing up.

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Meanwhile, a certain legend named Christina Aguilera is slaying the red carpet fo’sho:

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And that’s how you make an exit!  Wait let me reiterate

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On the other hand, here’s how you make an entrance. An album entrance that is. As Beysus Christ showed us, just drop em ‘off and boom.

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Let’s pause this moment and recognize Queen B.

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Oh wait, did you know Britney released an album this year? I’m sure even she’s not aware, but I guess she’s raking it in Vegas no so go Brit and

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And as Oscar season comes, we’re treated to a whole lot of epic GIFs from contenders like this of J.Law pleading…

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or Sandra Bullock in Gravity a.k.a basically whatever you wanna do to your enemy

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But to close this off, a legendary performance to close the year happened between Gags and Legend X when they did a duet of Do What U Want on The Voice finale.

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Anybody who does not get the ABBA meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane reference is deads to me. Plus, I’d kill to have my head on Legend’s bosoms. Anyway, cheers to a happy 2013 and let’s hope for crazier things this 2014.

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Happy New Year everyone!

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