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And the Oscars 2010 Goes To…

Let’s cut the crop, here are they…

BEST PICTURE
The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mo’Nique, Precious

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hurt Locker

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Precious

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
El Secretro de sus Ojo, Argentina

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Up

ART DIRECTION
Avatar

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar

COSTUME DESIGN
The Young Victoria

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Cove

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Music by Prudence

FILM EDITING
The Hurt Locker

MAKEUP
Star Trek

ORIGINAL SCORE
Up

ORIGINAL SONG
The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart

ANIMATED SHORT
Logorama

LIVE ACTION SHORT
The New Tenants

SOUND EDITING
The Hurt Locker

SOUND MIXING
The Hurt Locker

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar

Congratulations!

Oscars 2010 Nominees Are…

Best actor in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)
* Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Best actor in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)
* Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
* Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Best actress in a leading role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
* Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
* Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
* Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Best actress in a supporting role Oscars 2010 nominees
* Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
* Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
* Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Coraline” (Focus Features) Henry Selick
*“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson
*“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) John Musker and Ron Clements
*“The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS) Tomm Moore
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Pete Docter

Best in art direction Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
*“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics) Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
*“Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
*“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Best in cinematography Oscars 2010 nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore
*“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.) Bruno Delbonnel
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Barry Ackroyd
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Robert Richardson
*“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) Christian Berger

Best in costume design Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Bright Star” (Apparition) Janet Patterson
*“Coco before Chanel” (Sony Pictures Classics) Catherine Leterrier
*“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics) Monique Prudhomme
*“Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Colleen Atwood
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Sandy Powell

Best Director Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Cameron
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Kathryn Bigelow
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Quentin Tarantino
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Lee Daniels
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Burma VJ” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
A Magic Hour Films Production Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
*“The Cove” (Roadside Attractions)
An Oceanic Preservation Society Production Nominees to be determined
*“Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
*“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
A Kovno Communications Production Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
*“Which Way Home” A Mr. Mudd Production Rebecca Cammisa

Best documentary short subject Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
A Downtown Community Television Center Production Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
*“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
A Just Media Production Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
*“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” A Community Media Production Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
*“Music by Prudence” An iThemba Production Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
*“Rabbit à la Berlin” (Deckert Distribution) An MS Films Production Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Best in film editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Julian Clarke
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Sally Menke
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Ajami”(Kino International) An Inosan Production Israel
*“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haddock Films Production Argentina
*“The Milk of Sorrow” A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production Peru
*“Un Prophète” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production France
*“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics) An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production Germany

Best in Makeup Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Il Divo” (MPI Media Group through Music Box) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
*“The Young Victoria” (Apparition) Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (Original score)
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) James Horner
*“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Alexandre Desplat
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
*“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino

Best in music written for motion pictures Oscars 2010 Nominees (Original song)
*“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
*“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36″ (Sony Pictures Classics) Music by Reinhardt Wagner. Lyric by Frank Thomas
*“Take It All” from “Nine” (The Weinstein Company) Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
*“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) A Lightstorm Entertainment Production James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
*“The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.) An Alcon Entertainment Production Nominees to be determined
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Block/Hanson Production Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
*“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics) A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) A Voltage Pictures Production Nominees to be determined
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production Lawrence Bender, Producer
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
*“A Serious Man” (Focus Features) A Working Title Films Production Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
*“Up” (Walt Disney)A Pixar Production Jonas Rivera, Producer
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) A Montecito Picture Company Production Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best animated short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“French Roast”A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production Fabrice O. Joubert
*“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (Brown Bag Films) A Brown Bag Films Production Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
*“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production Javier Recio Gracia
*“Logorama” (Autour de Minuit) An Autour de Minuit Production Nicolas Schmerkin
*“A Matter of Loaf and Death” (Aardman Animations) An Aardman Animations Production Nick Park

Best live action short film Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Door” (Network Ireland Television) An Octagon Films Production Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
*“Instead of Abracadabra” (The Swedish Film Institute) A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
*“Kavi” A Gregg Helvey Production Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” (Premium Films) A Druid Films Production Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
*“The New Tenants” A Park Pictures and M & M Production Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Best in sound editing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Wylie Stateman
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Best in sound mixing Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
*“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount) Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Best in visual effects Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“Avatar” (20th Century Fox) Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
*“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Best in Adapted screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“District 9″ (Sony Pictures Releasing) Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
*“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics) Screenplay by Nick Hornby
*“In the Loop” (IFC Films) Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
*“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate) Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
*“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best in Original screenplay Oscars 2010 Nominees:
*“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment) Written by Mark Boal
*“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company) Written by Quentin Tarantino
*“The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
*“A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
*“Up” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Not-the-Usual Valentine Ideas for Dummies

For a change, you can try conceptualizing the not-the-usual thing for your valentine date.  

The key word is “plan” ahead.  To some people as my self, ideas come into my mind while I am on my way to work or after office while on my way home.  We may be different.  It doesn’t matter as long as you plan in advance.    Below are some common suggestions (the best is something you think and plan yourself because no one knows how to please your partner better than you):

  1. Better to think of a “tesear” type of gift before your valentine’s date.  One suggestion is to give her a romantic novel as Nicholas Sparks pocketbook or the like… a day before your date.
  2. Choose a not-the-usual venue where you plan to dine or whatever you are planning to do that evening.  It’s up to you if you want to do it in the comfort of your home or somewhere different.  It need not be expensive and extravagant, though I see nothing wrong about it if you can afford.
  3. Better to exert some effort like you yourself will cook, write a poem… you think what is the best thing to do (conceptualize).
  4. Expect heavy traffic in most commercial areas during that day, so better plan your route.  It’s up to you if you want to celebrate on the 14th or do it before/after.
  5. There are romantic secrets your partner wishes you knew.  Most partners are not comfortable telling it so you better find his/her secrets.
  6. Appreciate and thank your partner for all the thing he/she has done for you and the relationship.  Pray for her.
  7. Make her smile.  Make her laugh.
  8. Give a not-the-usual gift.   Same with what I said at number 2, It need not be expensive and extravagant, though I see nothing wrong about it if you can afford.
  9. Flowers and chocolates are still effective but you can give it in a more creative manner, for a change.

10.  There’s more but you should research it yourself before the said date.  You can also learn from other suggestions but analyze if it fits in your relationship. 

Please do not depend too much on what you can get from the internet, Hollywood movies or articles.  You know your partner and your relationship better so plan what you think is best for your relationship.  Pray for wisdom and use your common sense. 

Dear John knocks Avatar

Who would have thought that Dear John would have beaten Avatar from the first chart? There were reports from Sony Pictures distributor that “Dear John” made a $32.4 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, against Avatar who only made $23.6 million.

Records shows that “Dear John” was the biggest debut for a movie and it overtake “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,” which started with $31.1 million in 2008.

Photo is excerpt from Google Images

Possible Nominations: The Oscar 2010

A source says that Avatar, Up In The Air and The Hurt Locker are expected to dominate the arena.  Nonetheless, the Academy is known to unredictable and/or surprise announcements along the way.  But surely, all the said three films are considered for the best picture chosen few. 

Below Directors are anticipated to battle for the Best Director category:

  • James Cameron
  • Kathryn Bigelow

(for Avatar and The Hurt Locker respectively). Incedentally, the said two are former husband and wife. 

As to anticipated other categories… 

Best Actor nominees are:

  • Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  • George Clooney (Up In The Air)
  •  Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Best Actress:

  • Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
  • Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
  • Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia).

Hope is very high for another two:

  • Dame Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
  • Carey Mulligan (An Education)

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Anna Kendrick
  • Vera Farmiga (both from Up in the Air)

Other Hopefuls for Best Picture:

  • Pixar’s Up (comedies and animation)
  • Precious (devastating drama)
  • District 9  (low-budget sci-fi movie set in South Africa)
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • An Education
  • A Single Man

The Blind Side may also be included.

Nominees will be announced on 5:30am (1.30pm GMT).  Ceremony is scheduled on March 7, 2010 to be hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

Images are excerpt from Google Images

Avatar is Titanic’s Iceberg

Avatar Rules!

Avatar beats Titanic in Biggest International Rlease of all time during the weekend.  Avatar is almost there as it is nearing to claim its worldwide crown.  If this happen, James Cameron will beat James Cameron.

As per report by The News Corp (NWSA.O)-owned studio, it was told that  “Avatar” has sold $1.841 billion worth of tickets worldwide during its unbroken six-week reign, and was a day or so away from surpassing the seemingly insurmountable $1.843 billion racked up by “Titanic” in 1997-1998.

The international portion stands at $1.288 billion, eclipsing the $1.242 billion haul of “Titanic.”

It could only need at least twoo weeks to sink the $601 million total of “Titanic,” Fox said.   Moviegoers in the United States and Canada have chipped in $552.8 million, enough to replace 2008’s “The Dark Knight” ($533 million) as the second-biggest movie of all time.

 “Gone with the Wind,” (1939) is considered the biggest movie of all time in North America — adjusted for inflation — with sales of almost $1.5 billion, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo. “Avatar” ranks No. 26 by that measure.

Elvis Presley sang Amazing Grace

An Actor-Singer, Elvis Presley have been regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century popular culture.   I won’t go into details but one side of his life I will touch.  

I admire Elvis humble recognition of how he started and where where he got his first inspiration.  Although he lived a controversial and questionable Christian life, I will still recognized his brave showing of his faith like Samson.  Others may not agree on me but let me still recognized him through his videos via youtube. 

Elvis Presley’s earliest musical influence came from Gospel music. His mother recalled that from the age of two, at the Assembly of God church in Tupelo attended by the family, “he would slide down off my lap, run into the aisle and scramble up to the platform. There he would stand looking at the choir and trying to sing with them.  Later, the family sang together as a gospel trio. In Memphis, Presley as a young teenager frequently attended all-night gospel singings at the Ellis Auditorium, where the likes of The Statesmen Quartet led the music in a style. 

 

Invictus is must to see movie

Better watch the video if you missed this movie.

Pls view the trailer

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 Invictus is directed by Clint Eastwood 

starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

Now I somehow understand who Nelson Mandela is and why Europeans and Americans loved him dearly.    This happens after the fall of apartheid in South Africa, during his term as president, when he campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.   

Trully inspiring!

The title comes from the fact that Mandela had the poem written on a scrap of paper on his prison cell while he was incarcerated. In the movie, Mandela gives the “Invictus” poem to his national rugby team’s captain Francois Pienaar before the start of the Rugby World Cup. In reality, Mandela provided Pienaar with an extract from Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech from 1910.

Hope the people and institution behind this film also tell to the world the story of Jose Rizal, Juan Luna, Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, etc.  All these are from the Philippines.  

AVATAR rocks!

photo excerpt from google images credit to http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/avatar-james-cameron-movie-2-1024×576.jpg

I simply could not deny that I liked AVATAR after watching it.  It’s a combination of many memorable and blockbuster movies put into one, yet new ideas were obviously injected.  

What I like best of this movie is its subliminal approach and eye opener scenes that teaches viewer to respect other culture and the environment for common good of all.  Somehow it also exposes the dirty side of politics.   Nonetheless, it can educate any form of viewers. 

To me, the main character is more than pigment of the writer-director’s immagination.  Although I do not know the director personally, somehow I clearly see James Cameron in the main character.  His intention to educate seem to be above his intention to earn and be applauded. 

This film is simply two thumbs up!