Monthly Archives: February 2015

Oscars 2015: List of winners


The Oscars took place yesterday and here is the list of winners in some major categories:

Best Picture

Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Julianne Moore — Still Alice

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu — Birdman

Best Animated Movie

Big Hero Six — Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Best Original Song

Glory — John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score

The Grand Budapest Hotel — Alexandre Desplat

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

I saw many of the winning movies. I have no idea why Birdman is given this much attention. It is a nice movie and Micheal Keaton’s performance is undeniably great but my first reaction after watching it and even now  is “What did I just watch!”, it’s good and all but probably the best word to describe is Weird.

I am disappointed that The Imitation Game did not score any big wins. It’s one of my favorite movies along with The Theory of Everything, I think they both deserve more awards!


Probably a good time to buy tickets!

MEA slashes fuel surcharge in half after international oil prices decline | Business , Local | THE DAILY STAR

BEIRUT: Middle East Airlines has reduced its fuel surcharge to reflect the recent drop in oil prices, company chairman Mohamad al-Hout announced Monday.

“Middle East Airlines has reduced by 50 percent the charge on travel tickets that had been imposed due to the surge in oil prices,” Hout said after meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam, according to a statement released by the premier’s office.

MEA had imposed a surcharge of about 15 percent of the price of a ticket after oil prices began to spike over the past few years. The surcharge has now been reduced to about 7.5 percent of a ticket’s price.

The chairman told The Daily Star in a recent interview that he had been considering reducing the fuel surcharge by half after oil prices started to fall in June 2014.

Hout revealed that the revenue from the surcharge is close to $100 million a year.

Tickets from Lebanon to Africa were reduced by around $100 and tickets from Beirut to London or Paris by $85, Hout said.

“We have started implementing this price reduction starting today,” he added.

Hout also discussed with the premier the airline’s ongoing projects, including the arrival of a flight simulator at the MEA flight-training academy, the statement said.

The unaudited profits of MEA in 2014 rose to $69 million despite the difficult economic and political conditions in the country.

Hout also briefed Salam on plans to open the aviation-training center near the airport.

Source: The Daily Star