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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!