The Oscars 2013

The Oscars 2013

The 85th Academy Awards took place last night on Sunday 24th February. Below is the full list of winners from the evening with added mishaps, thrills and prestige.

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Host MacFarlane. Great set of Gnashers and Dickie Bow.

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Short Film (Animated) – Paperman

Best Animation – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Best Cinematography – Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Best Hair and Make-up – Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables

Best Short – Curfew

Best Documentary Short – Inocente

Best Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Film – Amour, Austria

Best Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Miserables

Best Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo

Best Production Design – Rick Carte, Jim Erickson, Lincoln

Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Best Original Song – Skyfall

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarrantino, Django Unchained

Best Director – Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Picture – Argo

Almost, if not every award was what False Fabs predicted and are pleased with the list. Honouring all those deserving and a batch of credible winners among candidates made this eighty-sixth awards bash a great contest based on talent, skill and sustained resolve. All graceful yet itching to win, we wrote in our BAFTA’s review a week or so ago on this site, about the steering towards Argo and Ang Lee’s displacements. Some may argue we are tough. Well you’re ‘wrong’ to assume this. We are highly impartial but mention the underline. As with the Oscars, Ang Lee nabbing the Director was highly deserved. Ang Lee’s sheer poignancy with piercing eye and forthcoming visuals with deep narrative structure to excel Life of Pi onto the screen was simply sensational.

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Tiger Lee kisses the gold!

Argo scooped the Picture nomination and this was also deserved for the film, though Ben Affleck’s presence surrounds it. The omission of Director for Affleck was seen as unjust. We have to disagree. We respect Affleck, however the Director nomination was based solely on Affleck’s presence, not the Directing and this was lower for recognition than those nominated who made headway so for that could potentially place him in ‘sixth’ place for example, meaning only five go through, obviously. Affleck did deserve the Picture, granted, alongside the other Oscar’s so he can be happy with that, surely.

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Beaming Benji! Argo a-got an Oscar for Best Picture.

As for Daniel Day-Lewis, now the first ever male to catch the triple crown for winning three Oscar’s for Actor had been a monumental achievement for the method actor, who is highly conformed to the roles he undertakes with severe precision, nobility and technique. The man thoroughly deserved to be placed as one of Hollywood’s enriched greats. Congrats to you, fine sir.

Third times a charm.

Jennifer Lawrence at the tender age of twenty-two, took home the Actress gong for Silver Lining’s Playbook. While a clear front-runner to win, Lawrence, with serenity, grace and dignified maturity has lined herself for a bright future in Hollywood, despite her fashion faux pas, tripping over her dress as she approached the podium for her honours. Her peers encouraged her recovery with respected applause. One moment of the flying birdie occurred not for the stumble, but when Lawrence spotted one photographer who was ‘THAT’ photographer to her. Done with pure style and taste, Lawrence could not be harmed whatever the outcome. Even a fabulous Dior dress could not stifle the radiant youngling.

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Controversial host and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane sang with a “We saw your boobs” which was supposed to be funny but was really rather dry and tacky. Some glaring eyes were annoyed from the audience of those actresses mentioned, while others laughed along. I get the humour, believe me, but it was rather lame and probably shouldn’t have happened. Nothing good came from it and it had no real sustained impact in delivering for the host, the audience watching and in attendance as well as an awards ceremony, though managed to follow through after with a well-rounded, unpredicted hosting duties later on in the evening.

Tarrantino, and Waltz have earned their tremendous rights to their sheers talents in what may be unconventional film settings yet both have expert understanding of one another that shines through and the pair working together also cements that precision on stage. Waltz and Quentin have BOTH received all three grand slam awards taking Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscar’s for their portrayal of Django Unchained. Epic.

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Adele took the song for Skyfall as expected and earned. Her performance of the Bond hit with a medley from Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones was a joy for the show in itself.

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Sassy Songstress Adele.

On a parting note, I have to give immense plaudits to ones that may not be the ‘big’ news. These include the brilliance of Les Mis and the stunning Costume Design for Anna Karenina. Impeccable visuals, sound and style make them a must see regardless.

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Overall the awards were a sterling success. Gaining a nomination alone is a huge feat to receive but to take one home is the ultimate nod from Hollywood. To gain such important prestige can launch and support careers further in film, which should maintain the levels of talent in the room further along to ensure Hollywood keeps a sturdy place in producing really hot, quality films that have once again list an entire checklist for DVD’s and must see screenings for those who haven’t already seen the goods on offer, or to simply own a classic in the making.

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Helena Bonham Carter in Anna Karenina

Maybe next year the Oscar’s would also send me a VIP badge to report from the luxurious carpet and backstage hobnobbing with the stars. Cheap plug, but hey, I’m good for it! 😀

Images found via search engines of other sites, though ultimately belong to ‘The Academy.’ No copyright infringement intended and credit goes to them, overall.

The Brit Awards 2013

The Brit Awards 2013

Image Credit : Brits.co.uk

You didn’t think you’d get away with this one did you? Below in every item presented can be a vital way of reforming the broken formula in any product, service or award ceremony. I am available should you need to hire a new force. You should consider it.

In previous years the Brit Awards have been filled with controversy. While the Brits are avoiding this and that is not a problem itself, though fans and critics are asking for trouble for fun, this show can be a success without disaster. From politicians, musical performance interruptions and expletives galore, and the infamous Ronny Wood challenge the awards have been a right laugh for controversy and interest.

Many are panning this Wednesday, 20th Feb’s Brits as “bland.” I disagree. They weren’t bland. They were dire! Non-descript, empty and botched out, winners were unknown, undeserving or just plain randoms. One saving grace from the Brits has been the musical performances. A couple of years back the Brits reformed stating the performances were the focus (ludicrous to make your awards second place) but the sets were going to be amazing. There have been numerous sets in past years that were outstanding, unique and concert worthy. The mash up’s of 2009, including The Ting Tings and Estelle were further highlight even when the ‘big names’ finished or came later.

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The host has always been an imperative role. For the third, yes, third year running, lovely, bouncy, housewives favourite comedian James Corden was host of the show. This was one of its many problems. The assumption that everyone loves James Corden is an idiotic notion that the ceremony producers convince themselves in order to make them seem they know what is good for the show. Their stubborn attitude cost them dearly. Corden scrapped through three years ago with a bearable presentation. He should not have returned for a second series but with this Gavin and Stacey TV show ending and assumed to be the nation’s biggest favourite show, the Brits pounced. It was OK as a show, but wasn’t to the scale of heightened appreciation. The only way the Brits could possibly have this would be to parachute in Ricky Gervais. Golden Globes anyone? Although, now one has mentioned it, the Brits should be gracious to offer me a role producing, strategizing or in the audience typing my ivory keys on my keyboard. J I can get you what you need, but don’t go abusing it. The Brits is in need of serious revamps and PR.

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I am a lover and supporter of the Arts and have immense time for it and others should get more involved for our culture and in-depth growth as human beings. This aside, Damien Hirst is a great artist whom I respect. However, those ‘Awards’ with a white statue and polka dot mess all over it looks more reminiscent of a Yazoo milk bottle. They are ugly. Awards should never be such and are an ‘Award’ meaning high levels of prestige and to acquire such a rare and exceptional feat of talent recognition is vital in the gong. I would be embarrassed if I won that and quite possibly refuse it! Marlon Brando eat your heart you!

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OK, enough gabbing on the poor show structure, what of the awards themselves?

British Male Solo Artist – Ben Howard

British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

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British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sande

British Group – Mumford & Sons

International Male Solo Artist – Frank Ocean

International Group – Black Keys

Live Act – Coldplay

British Single – Skyfall, Adele

British Producer – Paul Epworth

Critic’s Choice – Tom Odell

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Best Album – Our Version of events, Emeli Sande

Brits global success (International Sales of 2012) – One Direction

International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

Special Recognition – War Child

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He’s come in for a lot of stick. Perhaps not his fault, who knows, however, WHO is Ben Howard? I m extremely well rounded and into new, alternative, indie and all rising music with an ear to the ground, but even I am stumped by Ben Howard.

The Brits felt it should honour moody Olly Murs with a nomination after talking about being snubbed for his rather meek music. While Olly may be a lovable guy, his music is somewhat off. This is no popularity contest. Calvin Harris was also nominated, alongside Richard Hawley and Plan B. While I am in favour of none of the nominees, though obvious decision to win should be Plan B, if the Brits didn’t want obvious pandering to make a farce of the show, how about nominating credible candidates?

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Corden and the Brits were so obsessed with “patting themselves on the back” as Matthew Wright expressed on Friday morning’s The Wright Stuff, on Channel 5, Corden spoke to music insiders of the mainstream like record boss Simon Cowell, DJ Nick Grimshaw, singer Robbie Williams and others in terrible exchanges that were pointless, drab and did nothing for the show and all about ego. In contrast, those winners of the evening were not anywhere in the mainstream, apart from Cowell brainchild’s One Direction. Thanks for turning up, Si. I’m still awaiting a response, though never get one. You know what for. Obsessed with a tele camera, tanktop and media coverage, mogul Cowell uttered a few minimal words whilst chewing gum as he squawked.

An award ‘made’ for One Direction to encourage viewers to tune in was a practise that ate into any credibility the Brits hoped to have. ‘Hey, got an idea. Let’s nominate One D and we can get all the kids to watch.’ Have you forgotten that the demographics watching, past the watershed, no less are grown-ups, adults and matured teens? Sharon Osbourne’s epic fail attempting to make a penis joke about Harry Styles from a mother at sixty year old was unappealing. Mrs. O had also been previously involved in an online row with daughter Kelly’s fight with Lady Gaga earlier this year.

“So Macho! He’s gotta be…”

No gripes with Lana Del Rey, here! Deserved.

Adele won the best single for Skyfall. After last year’s doomed mistake, in which Adele responded with a deserved flipping of the bird for cutting her speech off, this year gave a humourous video message, in which she was rehearsing for the Oscars, as mentioned, and also stated she would keep it short. Producers said that it was preparing to “right that wrong” tonight for last year’s bungle. Cutting off Adele is like cutting off Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes or other Oscar people who have sheer prominence to the ceremony for their talent. You do not do so, so easily. If timing is an issue then you should have cu others of to allow space for people you know are coming up and need allocation.

Last year’s Brits flying faux pas!

The Brits were all over the place and have lost yearly viewers however this year’s crippling stumble has seen thousands turn their TV attention elsewhere. How can music media barons in charge of productions as big as this, and certain others previously addressed by FalseFabs, get it so wrong? Does it imply, which it does, that the producers are so out of touch with the changing and reality of the world that it goes on its statistics which actually tell you nothing about what is necessary to adhere to? Take a step back and get those needed on board instead of flaunting your own stylist principals which lack exactly that. The ceremony is non-existence, unworthy, and of no interest to be there. It’s simply become a waste of time. Change it, or scrap it! It can be saved, but those in charge may not know how to do so. Think!

X Factor UK 2012: Week 6 Results

X Factor UK 2012

Week 6 Results

Group Song

Beautiful Day – U2

Bono must be livid. Share a cuppa with Sting.

Were told this one is “live.” James started the song to no impact as Rylan ruined as usual. Christopher added a deep, musky beautiful tone. All the rest pile in drowning out the sound. Ella was ok. Not amazing. No opinion on her from anyone. District3 way off and shouty all over every time. Can’t maintain level tempo of composition. Union J sang woooo hoooooooooooooo. That was it. Jahmene chimed in, always having to shout at the end with one note only. That’s the only thing he can do, can’t hold a full song together. Won’t have a future after the X Factor bubble bursts at that rate.

Nicole mocking Britain. Why are you here then? Go “home” if you feel uncomfortable here. Louis gave a humourous quip about urban roots on Tulisa’s hair. Ooooh! But, then, that’s what the show is, unwitty, childish antics of namecalling.

Little Mix

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I have succumbed. There is always an artist/group that you dislike for whatever reason, though has a least one “guilty pleasure” you can’t help but like.

This single shows attitude and slight sense of character, but lose gimmicks and the Tulisa hand DNA sign jewellery accessories. Accessories added will destroy your look and view will become labelled as lame instead.

Way too many ‘hunky’ dancers. Struggle to get those notes out. Bit watered down, singing live. Still learning. Wonder if Misha B will get a performance call?

Sexual crotch on display. Record biz does require you to change though, yes, but, damn… Tulisa full of her own inflated ego. There not yours anymore…

“So funny. All grown up now.” She mentions. “Why you meant to do this. So on point and confident now.” She continued. On-point… Anyone would think this a dancing show…

What artists get signed when un-confident in the business? Ah the “beauty” of X Factor and a multi-millionaire music mogul to bail us all out. Won’t take my calls though will you..? Contradiction. Double standard.

Ed Sheeran

Give Me Love

Ed Sheeran gave a pre-recorded performance as he was busy with a Newcastle gig. We don’t blame him; we wouldn’t cancel a music gig for a tele show that can’t be bothered with music.

The Result

Five acts through in “no particular order” are – James, Rylan, Jahmene, Ella and “you’ll find out after the break.”

Wow, X Factor are really mixing it up…

The final place safe for one act next week is revealed – Christopher.

The sing off

Union J Vs District3

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Amazing – Bruno Mars

Off key too fast into it and rushing through the song. Tripping over everything. No harmonies. Terrible. Guy in middle tries to save but so wayward off key. Near crying. Can’t hold it together, none can handle pressure, should not be put into spotlight. Louis concern.

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Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

All over one another worse than District3 then shouty linger out guy who thinks is lead man. Terrible alignment. Too big a song, they NEVER learn when a song is too big for them. District3 crying realising they are out on the sidelines.

Union J too aggressive and shouty. All for show, absolutely terrible only the guy in teal is trying to save it. Louis looking solemn, realising both groups were just as bad as one another.

Was it not Gary who said only James Arthur should perform Adele songs? Union J still doesn’t learn, and with that attitude, you won’t make it in the business lads.

The Vote

Louis is going first. Will he take forever to decide?

As mentor to both, Dermot O’Leary asks for “one name to send home.” Here we go again, Cowardly Louis bellows – “I’m not voting.” Fire him on the spot.

It’s happened before, Dermot blasély points out dismissing it, in reference to when saint Cheryl Cole chose to abstain her vote in a disgraceful manner. You are paid tons of money to be on the panel and make a decision, even when your own acts come up against one another. It should not be allowed to be dismissed and anyone avoiding should be fired on the spot!

Gary thought this choice would be “quite simple seeing these two in bottom” initially thought. “Shame, is one of the worst vocals to date” and opts to send home District3.

Nicole said “bad day of harmonies” of District3. On Union J she spoke – “Boys, you have my heart. Group I think is more mature and a little bit more ready is Union J.” Screams of audience are pitiful. Nicole sends home District3.

The vote is over at 2 out of 3 votes due to Louis cowardice.

Tulisa – “think the performances were in different ways, ya know? Have a deep connection with District3 so I would’ve saved District3” Tulisa claims. Good to see her “heart” is in it when judging a music competition based on “singing” as she once expressed weeks ago.

Louis Walsh returns to say they are a ready-made pop act. On their downfall he adds – “I don’t know, maybe two boybands?”

Wait for next week when Ella will be facing James in the sing off.