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Oscars 2015: List of winners

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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!

The Theory Of Everything

One of the best movies I have ever seen.

Storyline: “The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.”

Source: IMDB

The Oscars next month

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The first Academy Awards ceremony, better known as The Oscars, took place on May 16th 1929, and was attended by two hundred seventy people only and the guest tickets price was $5. At first, the winners were notified in advance, but that changed to the system of the sealed-envelop still in use today.

This year marks the 87th edition of the ceremony to be held on February 22nd 2015 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

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Some facts about Oscar Statuette:

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  • Official Name: Academy Award® of Merit (if you are wondering why it has been called Oscar, here is why: “a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939”).
  • Height: 13½ inches
  • Weight: 8½ pounds
  • Number of Awards Presented: 2,947 (so far)
  • First Recipient: Emil Jannings, named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh” in 1929
  • Design: A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process.
  • Designer: Cedric Gibbons, chief art director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Sculptor: Los Angeles artist George Stanley
  • Manufacturer: S. Owens & Company in Chicago
  • Manufacturing Time: 3–4 weeks for 50 statuettes
  • Material: During initial ceremonies, the statuette was made of gold-plated solid bronze and within a few years, the bronze was abandoned in favor of britannia metal which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.

Below you can find the nominees for this year in some of the major categories:

Best Picture

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers

Boyhood

Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers

The Imitation Game

Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers

Selma

Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

The Theory of Everything

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers

Whiplash

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Directing

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood

Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum

Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne

The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell

Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper

American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard

Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones

The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore

Still Alice

Rosamund Pike

Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon

Wild

I saw some of the contending movies, and I think they are amazing. My favorite ones are The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. Both are superb by all means, directing, acting, story and script…

Source: The Oscars

Fifty Shades of Grey

Many factors concur to make a movie a blockbuster, in most cases, they are indigenous to the movie itself (direction, cast, scenario,…). But there are other factors such as the movie being an adaptation of a best seller novel, a well produced soundtrack or more simply a good advertising (even if the movie is terrible).

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is finally coming to the big screen and scheduled to be released on February 13th 2015. It is one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, and so far, it is on the right track:

– adaptation of a bestseller novel: checked

– Soundtrack: checked (see below)

– the movie: yet to be checked  but the trailer is promising:

As for the soundtrack, the tracklist is now finally revealed and will be released on February 10th 2015:

  1. Annie Lannoux – I Put a Spell On You
  2. Laura Welsh – Undiscovered
  3. The Weeknd – Earned It
  4. Jessie Ware – Meet Me In the Middle
  5. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  6. Beyoncé – Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix)
  7. Sia – Salted Wound
  8. The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
  9. AWOLNATION – I’m On Fire
  10. Beyoncé – Crazy In Love (2014 Remix)
  11. Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft
  12. Vaults – Where You Belong
  13. The Weeknd – Where You Belong
  14. Skylar Grey – I Know You
  15. Danny Elfman – Anna and Christian
  16. Danny Elfman – Did That Hurt?

I am already excited for the soundtrack. The orchestral’s remix of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love which is featured in the trailer sounds amazing, and I am already in love with The Weeknd’s song, Earned it. Ellie’s song is also very good.

As for the plot, here it is as written by Mischa LeCroix: “When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naïve Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.”

Can’t wait!

Maleficent (short review)

So I was really anticipating to see the movie and I saw it yesterday. Was it worth all my excitement? Mmm, not that much. It’s a nice movie and the new twist is good, but It’s a Disney movie and it surely feels as one. I was expecting it to be a bit more darker, for Maleficent to be more evil, instead she turned out to be eventually a good loving character. So all along the movie, emotions are flowing and love is in the air. Anyway, I tend to point out the negative better than I do for the positive as when I have high expectations, I set the bar high and I hate disappointments. So go see the movie, enjoy the scenery and explore the new twist in it.

X-men: Days of Future Past

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 I’ve always been a fan of super heroes movies as I used to enjoy watching the cartoon series when I was a kid and now I get the chance to see them in movies. In recent years, for the Marvel Heroes, the Avengers (individually or all together) & X-men, we were getting at least one movie of each per year and the thing is that they are becoming a sort of a movie-chain, in a way that if you skip watching one, there are some details that you won’t get in the next movie. It’s plain marketing strategy and I am sure it’s paying-off well for the producers.

Yesterday I saw the movie X-men: Days of Future Past and I really liked it. It’s long but interesting and it’s obvious that it’s just another one in the sequence of other X-men movies to come. What I miss seing though is more of the battles between the mutants as in the first three parts, I think they are trying to work more on the story. Briefly, Wolverine must go back in time, convince professor X and Magneto to change some events in the past to prevent the extinction of the mutants in the future by the Sentinels, and Mystique has a key role on this mission.

It’s a definitely a nice movie to watch. Here’s the trailer.