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My personal selection of the best for 2017 Hollywood films.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by vincentloy

An actor from Hollywood can win over 20 best actor honours from a single performance or a movie can take multiple best film titles. That is possible because there are a lot of different film organizations or festivals in the West which get to pick their best of the year. For example, each states in US has its own film critics group. I have been thinking that why not Malaysians get to have our own group of film critics that get to pick the best in Hollywood too. That would be interesting.

I myself watched considerably huge number of Hollywood films every year. For 2017, I have watched over 60 Hollywood films to date and I have also compiled a list of all the 2017 movies that I have watched end of last year in a blog post (link: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/2017-films-that-i-have-watched-and-list-of-10-highest-grossing-films-for-the-year/). I do not have a voice (not able to vote) on the result for the Golden Globes, SAG, Critics Choice, BAFTA, Academy Awards or any other film awards but I can have my own annual list of the best for 2017 Hollywood films published here too.

The list of my personal best is shown right below (and it has 25 categories) and you will notice that I have a fair mix of major blockbusters and Oscar-type movies. The result is only from the movies that I had watched and is based on my personal analysis and statistics from the on-going awards season.

MY SELECTION OF THE BEST FOR 2017 HOLLYWOOD FILMS

Best Film: The Shape of Water

Runner-up: Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Get Out, War for the Planet of the Apes, It, Happy Death Day, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Runner-up: Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Steven Spielberg (The Post), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name)

Best Leading Actor: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Runner-up: Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger), Tom Hanks (The Post)

Best Leading Actress: Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Runner-up: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Meryl Streep (The Post)

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Runner-up: Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya)

Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Runner-up: Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water), Tatiana Maslany (Stronger), Julia Roberts (Wonder)

Best New Performer: Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)

Runner-up: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day), Tom Holland (Spider-man: Homecoming), Asa Butterfield (The Space Between Us)

Best Original Screenplay: The Shape of Water

Runner-up: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Get Out, I Tonya, Lady Bird

Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name

Runner-up: The Disaster Artist, Stronger, Victoria and Abdul, Wonder

Best Production Design: The Shape of Water

Runner-up: Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, The Post, Beauty and the Beast

Best Cinematography: The Shape of Water

Runner-up: Dunkirk, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, The Post

Best Costume Design: Beauty and the Beast

Runner-up: The Greatest Showman, Victoria and Abdul, Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water

Best Film Editing: I, Tonya

Runner-up: The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, Get Out, Baby Driver

Best Make-Up and Hair-Styling: Darkest Hour

Runner-up: Wonder, Victoria and Abdul, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol II, I Tonya

Best Sound Mixing and Editing: Dunkirk

Runner-up: Baby Driver, The Shape of Water, Get Out, Wonder Woman

Best Visual Effect: War for the Planet of the Apes

Runner-up: Beauty and the Beast, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol II

Best Original Score: The Shape of Water

Runner-up: Dunkirk, The Post, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Victoria and Abdul

Best Original Song: This Is Me (The Greatest Showman)

Runner-up: Remember Me (Coco), The Mystery of Love (Call Me By Your Name), Visions of Gideon (Call Me By Your Name), Evermore (Beauty and the Beast)

Best Animated Film: Coco

Runner-up: Ferdinand, The Boss Baby, Despicable Me 3, The Emoji Movie

Best Horror / Supernatural Film: It

Runner-up: Jigsaw, Annabelle: Creation, Eloise, Rings

Best Science-Fiction / Fantasy Film: War for the Planet of the Apes

Runner-up: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Life, Kong: Skull Island, The Space Between Us

Best Action / Thriller Film: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Runner-up: The Fate of the Furious, Split, Alien: Covenant, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Youth / Superhero Film: Wonder Woman

Runner-up: Justice League, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Power Rangers

Best Musical / Comedy Film: The Greatest Showman

Runner-up: Happy Death Day, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Beauty and the Beast, The Disaster Artist

Best Foreign Language Film: Bad Genius (Thailand)

Runner-up: Kung Fu Yoga (China, India), Cook Up A Storm (Hong Kong, China), The Adventurers (Hong Kong, China), Love Contractually (China)

‘The Shape of Water’ is the biggest winner with 7 wins. I enjoyed this film and I am amazed by almost everything in it from its masterful direction, brilliant acting performances and technical presentations. ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Darkest Hour’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ has two wins respectively. If you are a movie lover, what do you think of my list here?

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Full nomination list for TVB Anniversary Awards 2017

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2017 by vincentloy

The last, the most anticipated and the most prestigious of the three annual awards to honour the best of TVB programmes and artists for the year 2017, TVB Anniversary Awards 2017 breaks the tradition by delaying its ceremony to a month later to allow for the last two anniversary dramas, ‘My Ages Apart’ and ‘Heart and Greed’ to finish airing before the awards. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, 21st February 2018.

TVB has announced first part of the nomination list early this month in a press conference. The second part is revealed few days ago in another press conference and that leads to the beginning of voting by the Hong Kong public as the whole nomination list is now out.

Here below is the full nomination list for TVB Anniversary Awards 2017 alongside with my top 5 or top 3 picks (highlighted with *), my predicted winner, my preferred winner and my personal opinions:

Best Actor
Tony Hung (“Recipes to Live By”)
Wayne Lai (“May Fortune Smile on You”)
Ben Wong (“Tiger Mom Blues”)
Gallen Lo (“Provocateur”)
Eddie Cheung (“The No No Girl”)
Frankie Lam (“My Unfair Lady”)
Vincent Wong (“Legal Mavericks”) *
Raymond Cho (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Edwin Siu (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Ruco Chan (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Lai Yok Yi (“The Tofu War”)
Pakho Chau (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Michael Miu (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Roger Kwok (“Oh My Grad”)
Kenneth Ma (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) *
Bobby Au Yeung (“My Ages Apart”)
Moses Chan (“My Ages Apart”)
Ha Yu (“Heart and Greed”) *
Bosco Wong (“Heart and Greed”)

Predicted winner: Kenneth Ma

Preferred winner: Kenneth Ma

Opinion: Although Michael Miu has won in Malaysia, the race is still only between Vincent Wong and Kenneth Ma for this coveted best actor title. Both of them have three series this year respectively and of course their most outstanding work is on their respective nominated drama. I find both of them equally good. Hence, the next subject to be in consideration is how long they have been in the industry. Hence, my answer is Kenneth. He hardly get any good roles after his success in 2012’s The Hippocratic Crush. After a long wait, he finally has one good role as ‘Ma Kwai’ in The Exorcist’s Meter and he nailed it. I believe Vincent Wong can wait one or two more years for this award. Furthermore, Kenneth has been very popular in Hong Kong after the airing of The Exorcist’s Meter.

Best Actress
Lin Xia Wei (“Burning Hands”)
Sharon Chan (“Tiger Mom Blues”)
Elena Kong (“Tiger Mom Blues”) *
Kristal Tin (“Destination Nowhere”) *
Jacqueline Wong (“Provocateur”)
Nadia Chan (“The No No Girl”)
Jessica Hsuan (“My Unfair Lady”) *
Natalie Tong (“My Unfair Lady”)
Sisley Choi (“Legal Mavericks”)
Nina Paw (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Nancy Wu (“The Unholy Alliance”) 
Nancy Sit (“The Tofu War”)
Roxanne Tong (“The Tofu War”)
Priscilla Wong (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Mandy Wong (“Nothing Special Force”)
Ali Lee (“My Ages Apart”)
Susanna Kwan (“Heart and Greed”)
Louise Lee (“Heart and Greed”) *
Michelle Yim (“Heart and Greed”)
Eliza Sam (“Heart and Greed”)

Predicted winner: Jessica Hsuan / Kristal Tin

Preferred winner: Kristal Tin

Opinion: I hate it when a lot of audiences have forgotten how powerful Kristal’s performance is in Destination Nowhere. It was such a challenging role and she delivered it absolutely well. She lost votes because that series is aired long time ago. Michelle Yim and Eliza Sam got nominated? Their roles in Heart And Greed are so minor. I considered them doing supporting roles in that drama only and didn’t deserve the nominations. I left out last year’s winner, Nancy Wu for this year’s Top 5 spot to make way for Elena Kong. She is brilliant in Tiger Mom Blues but she would not win. I also left out Ali Lee who has won in Singapore in the top 5 spot for Louise Lee. It is a disadvantage to Ali for being nominated not from her winning role in Legal Mavericks but from My Ages Apart instead. There should also be a nomination for Grace Wong from her role in My Dearly Sinful Mind. I remembered that she is doing very well in that one. What a huge snub!

Best Series
“Rogue Emperor”
“Recipes to Live By”
“May Fortune Smile on You”
“Burning Hands”
“Tiger Mom Blues” *
“Destination Nowhere”
“Lo and Behold”
“Provocateur”
“Married but Available”
“My Dearly Sinful Mind”
“The No No Girl”
“My Unfair Lady”
“Phoenix Rising”
“Bet Hur”
“Legal Mavericks” *
“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”
“The Unholy Alliance” *
“The Tofu War”
“Line Walker: The Prelude”
“Nothing Special Force”
“Oh My Grad”
“The Exorcist’s Meter” *
“My Ages Apart”
“Heart and Greed” *

Predicted winner: The Exorcist’s Meter

Preferred winner: The Exorcist’s Meter

Opinion: The Exorcist’s Meter stood out and left the audiences in surprise because of its supernatural theme that many didn’t expect would have such a good outcome. The performances, the script and the many touching scenes in this drama are excellent despite this drama not being a big production with heavyweight cast. The dark horse in this category would be Legal Mavericks. I have Heart And Greed as one of my top 5 picks too because I think the drama although not doing that well now but I believe it will accelerate on its last ten episodes.

Most Popular TV Male Character
Tony Hung (“Recipes to Live By”)
Ben Wong (“Tiger Mom Blues”)
Gallen Lo (“Provocateur”)
Raymond Wong (“Married but Available”)
Eddie Cheung (“The No No Girl”)
Frankie Lam (“My Unfair Lady”)
Vincent Wong (“My Unfair Lady”) *
Andrew Yuen (“My Unfair Lady”)
Natalis Chan (“Bet Hur”)
Owen Cheung (“Legal Mavericks”)
Raymond Cho (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Edwin Siu (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”) *
Jimmy Au (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Ruco Chan (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Tofu War”)
Lai Yok Yi (“The Tofu War”)
Pakho Chau (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Michael Miu (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Benjamin Yuen (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) *
Kenneth Ma (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) *
Hubert Wu (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“My Ages Apart”) *
Moses Chan (“My Ages Apart”) 
Bosco Wong (“Heart and Greed”)

Predicted winner: Kenneth Ma / Bobby Au Yeung / Vincent Wong

Preferred winner: Vincent Wong

Opinion: I somehow think that Vincent Wong should really get something this year. I have already placed my bet on Kenneth Ma for best actor. Hence, I will give this favourite male character to Vincent. He has a superb portfolio of work this year. However, I think he should instead be nominated for Legal Mavericks for higher chance of winning. I didn’t enjoy My Unfair Lady at all. If Kenneth lost the best actor, then I’m almost 100% certain Kenneth will win this (he has won it before in 2012 for his role in The Hippocratic Crush). Bobby Au is the dark horse in this category.

Most Popular TV Female Character
Elena Kong (“Tiger Mom Blues”) *
Kristal Tin (“Destination Nowhere”)
Koni Lui (“Lo and Behold”)
Jessica Hsuan (“My Unfair Lady”) *
Samantha Ko (“My Unfair Lady”)
Natalie Tong (“My Unfair Lady”)
Sisley Choi (“Legal Mavericks”)
Tracy Chu (“Legal Mavericks”)
Rebecca Zhu (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Nina Paw (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Nancy Wu (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Elaine Yiu (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Nancy Sit (“The Tofu War”)
Roxanne Tong (“The Tofu War”)
Priscilla Wong (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Moon Lau (The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Susan Tse (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Mandy Wong (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Ali Lee (“My Ages Apart”) *
Susanna Kwan (“Heart and Greed”)
Louise Lee (“Heart and Greed”) *
Michelle Yim (“Heart and Greed”)
Eliza Sam (“Heart and Greed”)

Predicted winner: Jessica Hsuan

Preferred winner: Elena Kong

Opinion: Jessica Hsuan is back to film for TVB. TVB must try their best to acknowledge her and I have to admit she is doing well in My Unfair Lady although I disliked the drama in general. Ali Lee may stunned everyone by emerging as the winner in this category as I see her as a dark horse here. Elena Kong is amazing in Tiger Mom Blues but the drama is aired too early this year and most audiences would have forgotten her awesome character in it.

Most Popular Series Song
四方 (“Rogue Emperor”) – Hoffman Cheng
心暖 (“Rogue Emperor”) – Kenneth Ma & Niki Chow
乾杯 (“Rogue Emperor”) – Ronald Law, Hoffman Cheng & Yao Bin
天賜的味道 (“Recipes to Live By”) – Maria Cordero
財神駕到 (“May Fortune Smile on You”) – Wayne Lai, Amy Fan, Pal Sinn, Matthew Ho & Kelly Fu
一輩子守候 (“The Princess Weiyoung”) – HANA
不變的愛 (“Tiger Mom Blues”) – Edwin Siu
迷 (“Destination Nowhere”) – Fred Cheng
獨來獨往 (“Provocateur”) – Gallen Lo
地盡頭 (“Provocateur”) – Fred Cheng
真心真意 (“Married but Available”) – Fred Cheng & Stephanie Ho
印記 (“Married but Available”) – Kayee Tam
籠牢 (“My Dearly Sinful Mind”) – Alfred Hui
你走的那個晚上 (“My Dearly Sinful Mind”) – Fred Cheng
我有我美麗 (“The No No Girl”) – Nancy Wu
我不會撒嬌 (“My Unfair Lady”) – Stephanie Ho
手中沙 (“My Unfair Lady”) – HANA
陪著你走 (“My Unfair Lady”) – Kayee Tam *
我不歸去 (“The Legend of the Condor Heroes”) – Kayee Tam
用愛邁步 (“Phoenix Rising”) – Kelly Chen
久別重逢 (“Eternal Love”) – HANA
十倍奉還 (“Bet Hur”) – Fred Cheng
心眼 (“Legal Mavericks”) – Vincent Wong
愛近在眼前 (“Legal Mavericks”) – Stephanie Ho
戰勝吧 (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”) – Fred Cheng
一觸即發 (“The Unholy Alliance”) – Ruco Chan
家中的太陽 (“The Tofu War”) – Nancy Sit
天網 (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) – Pakho Chau
忘記我自己 (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) – HANA *
安守本分 (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) – Vivian Koo
快樂快活人 (“Nothing Special Force”) – Kayee Tam
畢業之後 (“Oh My Grad”) – Mag Lam
你在我心間 (“Nothing Gold Can Stay”) – Jinny Ng
到此一遊 (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) – Hubert Wu
遙不可及 (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) – Hubert Wu *
泣血薔薇 (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) – Jinny Ng
誇世代 (“My Ages Apart”) – Hacken Lee
別再記起 (“My Ages Apart”) – Jinny Ng
我本無罪 (“Heart and Greed”) – Susanna Kwan *
欲言又止 (“Heart and Greed”) – Vincent Wong & HANA *
I Promise (“Heart and Greed”) – Linda Chung

Predicted winner: 忘記我自己 (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) – HANA

Preferred winner: 忘記我自己 (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) – HANA

Opinion: My chosen song stated above still remains my most favourite theme song of the year although I have been quite addicted to the songs from The Exorcist’s Meter and Heart And Greed recently.

Most Popular TV Partnership
Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (“My Unfair Lady”) *
Vincent Wong & Owen Cheung (“Legal Mavericks”)
Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Matthew Ho (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”) *
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Moses Chan & Jessica Hester Hsuan (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Benjamin Yuen, Priscilla Wong & Pakho Chau (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Kenneth Ma & Hubert Wu (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) *
Moses Chan & Bobby Au Yeung (“My Ages Apart”)
Ha Yu & Louise Lee (“Heart and Greed”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 6)”)
Benjamin Yuen & Mat Yeung (“All Work No Pay Holidays (Sr.2)”)
Myolie Wu, Nancy Wu, Mandy Wong, Elaine Yiu, Selena Li & Paisley Hu (“The Sisterhood Traveling Gang”)
Carol Cheng, C Kwan & Luk Wing (“DoDo Goes Shopping (Sr. 2)”)
Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Raymond Wong (“Dickies on Tour”)

Predicted winner: Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu

Preferred winner: Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu / Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Matthew Ho

Opinion: I think TVB would not want The Unholy Alliance to win nothing. This category is the one that this drama has slightly higher chance of winning due to the great chemistry between Ruco & Nancy and Joel & Elaine. Between these two pairs, Joel & Elaine stood out as I think people are now starting to get bored of Ruco & Nancy pairing already. The three guys in A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch are the dark horse here as I think their chemistry in that drama is one of the most critical subject that makes that particular series good and hilarious.

Global Netizens Favourite Series
“Rogue Emperor”
“Recipes to Live By”
“May Fortune Smile on You”
“Burning Hands”
“Tiger Mom Blues”
“Destination Nowhere”
“Lo and Behold”
“Provocateur”
“Married but Available”
“My Dearly Sinful Mind”
“The No No Girl”
“My Unfair Lady” *
“Phoenix Rising”
“Bet Hur”
“Legal Mavericks” *
“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch” *
“The Unholy Alliance” *
“The Tofu War”
“Line Walker: The Prelude”
“Nothing Special Force”
“Oh My Grad”
“The Exorcist’s Meter” *
“My Ages Apart”
“Heart and Greed”

Predicted winner: Legal Mavericks

Preferred winner: The Exorcist’s Meter

Opinion: This is a new category. This is the only one category that non Hong Kong citizens can vote on. If The Exorcist’s Meter win best series, then Legal Mavericks will win this. Same goes to the other way round. This is like the opportunity for TVB this year to award more than one series. My Ages Apart and The Unholy Alliance are closely behind in this race too.

Best Supporting Actor
Hugo Ng (“Burning Hands”)
Matthew Ho (“Tiger Mom Blues”)
King Kong (“Destination Nowhere”)
James Ng (“Destination Nowhere”)
Mark Ma (“Lo and Behold”)
Fred Cheng (“Provocateur”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dearly Sinful Mind”) *
Max Cheung (“My Unfair Lady”)
Lai Lok Yi (“My Unfair Lady”)
Andrew Yuen (“My Unfair Lady”)
Owen Cheung (“Legal Mavericks”) *
Timothy Cheng (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
John Chiang (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Jimmy Au (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Joel Chan (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Kwok Fung (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Carlo Ng (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Benz Hui (“Line Walker: The Prelude”) *
Brian Tse (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Kenny Wong (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Ram Chiang (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Ho Yuen Tung (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Hugo Wong (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) *
Hubert Wu (“The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Louis Yuen (“Heart and Greed”)

Predicted winner: Jimmy Au

Preferred winner: Joel Chan / Owen Cheung

Opinion: I have to admit that all the supporting male cast in The Exorcist’s Meter are great but putting them all together in this nomination list made them cancelling each other out in the end easily. Owen has won in Singapore and Joel has won in Malaysia. I have a feeling TVB want to award to someone else. Who will it be? I have a feeling Jimmy Au will win although I see him doing nothing much in The Unholy Alliance besides some fighting and stern-looking scenes. He is being pushed as one of the people that has to be awarded something this year by many Hong Kong citizens.

Best Supporting Actress
Stephanie Ho (“Recipes to Live By”)
Kaman Wong (“Tiger Mom Blues”)
Mandy Lam (“Lo and Behold”)
Joyce Tang (“Lo and Behold”)
Kelly Fu (“Burning Hands”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Dearly Sinful Mind”)
Eileen Yeow (“The No No Girl”)
Samantha Ko (“My Unfair Lady”) *
Zoie Tam (“My Unfair Lady”)
Toby Chan (“Legal Mavericks”)
Tracy Chu (“Legal Mavericks”)
Rebecca Zhu (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Grace Wong (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”) *
Harriet Yeung (“A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”)
Elena Kong (“The Unholy Alliance”)
Elaine Yiu (“The Unholy Alliance”) *
Alice Chan (“Line Walker: The Prelude”)
Susan Tse (“The Exorcist’s Meter”) *
Katy Kung (“My Ages Apart”)
Sharon Chan (“Heart and Greed”) *

Predicted winner: Elaine Yiu

Preferred winner: Susan Tse

Opinion: Elaine Yiu and Susan Tse are the top two contenders in this category without any doubt. They both have won this award before too. I would be hating TVB if the winner is other than any of these two.

Most Improved Male Artiste
Owen Cheung (“The No No Girl”, “Legal Mavericks”, “HK Gag Gag”, “Amazing Summer Splash”) *
Matthew Ho (“May Fortune Smile on You”, “Tiger Mom Blues”, “A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”, “Tiger Mom Blues Returns”) *
Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”, “Sir Ben Prop Guide”, “TVB Anniversary Gala”, “Young and Restless”)
Hugo Wong (“May Fortune Smile on You”, “Legal Mavericks”, “The Exorcist’s Meter”)
Hubert Wu (“The Exorcist’s Meter”, “My Ages Apart”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dearly Sinful Mind”, “Bet Hur”, “Love and Construction”, “All Work No Pay Holidays (Sr.2)”) *

Predicted winner: Mat Yeung / Matthew Ho

Preferred winner: Mat Yeung

Opinion: There is a lot of competition in this category. Matthew Ho has won this award both in Singapore and Malaysia and hence his chance is higher. However, I’m rooting for Mat Yeung to win instead as he has been nominated a lot of times but have never won. What a pity as I find that he is one great actor too. His performance in My Dearly Sinful Mind and Bet Hur are fantastic too. Matthew can wait for another one or two more years.

Most Improved Female Artiste
Rebecca Zhu (“May Fortune Smile on You”, “A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch”, “Hong Kong Round the Clock”)
Samantha Ko (“My Unfair Lady”, “Bet Hur”, “Sammy on the Go”, “Gag Gag Summer”) *
Mayanne Mak (“Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2017”, “Sammy on the Go”, “Line Walker: The Hunting Game”, “TVB Anniversary Gala”)
Zoie Tam (“May Fortune Smile on You”, “My Unfair Lady”, “Legal Mavericks”, “My Ages Apart”) 
Roxanne Tong (“Provocateur”, “My Dearly Sinful Mind”, “The Tofu War”, “Sidewalk Scientist”) *
Jacqueline Wong (“Provocateur”, “Nothing Special Force”, “Sammy on the Go”) *

Predicted winner: Samantha Ko

Preferred winner: Jacqueline Wong

Opinion: It is not surprising if anyone of them except Mayanne Mak wins in this category. It’s hard for me to decide for this category. Samantha Ko has been doing well, and so does Jacqueline Wong especially for her role in Provocateur.

Best Host(s)
Lee Ka Ting & Helen Tam (“The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show”)
Gigi Wong (“Eating Well with Madam Wong (Sr. 3)”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 6)”) *
Nancy Sit, Michael Lai, Raymond Cho & Karen Tong (“Cantopop at 50”)
Mayanne Mak, Kaki Leung, Roxanne Tong, Crystal Fun, Tiffany Lau & Bowie Cheung (“Sidewalk Scientist”)
Tony Hung (“Retiring in Paradise”)
Luk Ho Ming, Louisa Mak & Crystal Fung (“Young and Restless”)
Bob Lam, Mayanne Mak & Linna Huynh (“Chef Minor (Sr. 3)”)
Janis Chan (“Faraway Brides”)
Lai Chi San (“Starry Starry Talk”)
Evergreen Mak, Joyce Tang & Elena Kong (“Bazaar Carnivals (Sr. 3)”)
Benjamin Au Yeung, Mayanne Mak, Luk Ho Ming, Bella Lam & Liz Ji (“Sir Ben Prop Guide”)
Helen To (“Helen Goes to Kyushu”)
Sammy Leung, Samantha Ko, Mayanne Mak & Jacqueline Wong (“Sammy on the Go”) *
Carol Cheng, FAMA, Kenneth Ma, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (“DoDo Goes Shopping (Sr. 2)”) *

Predicted winner: Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming

Preferred winner: Carol Cheng, FAMA, Kenneth Ma, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong

Opinion: It would be boring if Carol Cheng win this category again. So, I pick Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming to win this as they have also won the same in Malaysia earlier.

Best Non-Drama Programme
“The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show”
“Miss Chinese International Pageant 2017”
“Love at Last Sight”
“Feng Shui for the New Year”
“Cantoxicating!”
“Dinner Ma’s”
“Eating Well with Madam Wong (Sr. 3)”
“Dream in the Ring”
“HK Gag Gag”
“Anchors with Passport (Sr. 3)”
“The Place We Call Home”
“Neighborhood Treasures (Sr. 7)”
“Public Housing Outing”
“Hong Kong Round the Clock”
“Easy Come Easy Health”
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 6)”
“Cantopop at 50” *
“Pay It Forward”
“Sidewalk Scientist”
“Retiring in Paradise”
“Litigation at Home”
“Big Big Kids Awards 2017”
“All Work No Pay Holidays (Sr.2)” *
“Young and Restless”
“Buskkkkk Music”
“The Big Big Channel Nite”
“Amazing Summer Splash”
“Fun Abroad”
“Chef Minor (Sr. 3)”
“C AllStar Thai Odyssey”
“Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2017”
“Faraway Brides”
“Starry Starry Talk”
“The Sisterhood Traveling Gang” *
“Bazaar Carnivals (Sr. 3)”
“Sir Ben Prop Guide”
“Helen Goes to Kyushu”
“The Ultimate Street Sorcerer”
“Sammy on the Go”
“Line Walker: The Hunting Game”
“EYT: Anniversary Edition” *
“Diva Liza 50-Year Special”
“TVB Anniversary Gala”
“The Heavenly Party”
“DoDo Goes Shopping (Sr. 2)” *
“Tung Wah Charity Show 2017”
“Gala Spectacular”
“Dickies on Tour”
“J.S.G. Awards Presentation 2017”

Predicted winner: The Sisterhood Traveling Gang

Preferred winner: The Sisterhood Traveling Gang

Opinion: I didn’t watch much non-drama programmes every year. Hence, my only choice is The Sisterhood Traveling Gang as I remember this programme that shows the travel of a group of six female artists in Australia is quite entertaining.

Yup…that’s it for the post. What a lengthy post.

As usual for every year, there will be disappointment in the nomination list. There are some major snubs and shockers. Some didn’t deserve got nominated. Some only has very minor roles and yet got nominated in supporting categories. Some got nominated for the poorer drama. TVB is forever careless in compiling the list. And it is such a long nomination list this year to squeeze everyone in unnecessarily. This makes the nomination nothing much to value for.

The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, 21st January 2018.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

MY SELECTION OF THE BEST FOR TVB 2017 DRAMAS

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2017 by vincentloy

The Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017 and TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2017 have concluded. The remaining Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards that will be held on 21st January 2018 is the last of the annual three awards ceremonies presented to honour the best of TVB actors, actresses, series and programmes that aired for the past year. I personally have this habit of choosing my own list of winners too based only on the dramas that I have watched in that particular year. And for this year (2017), I watched the most number of TVB dramas, at 16.

Here below is the list of all the 2017 dramas that I have watched (completed):

  • Rogue Emperor.
  • Recipes To Live By.
  • Burning Hands.
  • Tiger Mom Blues.
  • Destination Nowhere.
  • Provocateur.
  • My Dearly Sinful Mind.
  • My Unfair Lady.
  • Phoenix Rising.
  • Bet Hur.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.
  • The Unholy Alliance.
  • Line Walker: The Prelude.
  • Oh My Grad.
  • Legal Mavericks.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.

I am now currently watching the ‘Heart and Greed 3’ and I will not include this drama for this year’s contention as it will only finish its airing on mid of January 2018 (that’s next year already). And without delaying further, here’s below are my selection for the best in 2017 TVB dramas. The result is solely based on my personal opinion, taking in analysis from precursor awards, from online discussions, and from my personal judgement without any bias or unfair decisions. Top 5 are listed for each categories (15 categories in total) with the winner highlighted.

Most Favourite On-Screen Partnership

  • Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho, Matthew Ho (A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Kenneth Ma, Raymond Wong, Dominic Ho (Bet Hur)
  • Charmaine Sheh, Samantha Ko, Connie Man (Bet Hur)
  • Pakho Chau, Benjamin Yuen, Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Vincent Wong, Sisley Choi, Owen Cheung, Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Veteran Artiste

  • Michelle Yim (Tiger Mom Blues, My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Lee Kwok Lun (Recipes to Live By, Bet Hur, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Cheung Kwok Keung (Recipes to Live By, The Unholy Alliance)
  • Mary Hon (Recipes to Live By, The Unholy Alliance, Oh My Grad)
  • Law Lok Lam (Provocateur, My Dearly Sinful Mind, Phoenix Rising, Legal Mavericks, The Unholy Alliance)

Most Favourite TV Villain

  • Lee Kwok Lun (Recipes to Live By)
  • Lee Shin Cheung (Provocateur)
  • Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Louisa So (Phoenix Rising)
  • Pal Sinn (Legal Mavericks)

Best Technical Production (Visuals, Scores, Editing, Costumes, Make-Up, Production Design)

  • Burning Hands.
  • Legal Mavericks.
  • The Unholy Alliance.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.

Most Favourite On-Screen Couple

  • Pakho Chau & Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)
  • Kenneth Ma & Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
  • Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Most Favourite Drama Theme Song

  • ‘The Night You Left’ by Fred Cheng (My Dearly Sinful Mind – ending theme)
  • ‘Walk With You’ by Kayee Tam (My Unfair Lady – sub theme)
  • ‘Forgetting Myself’ by Hana Kuk (Line Walker: The Prelude – ending theme)
  • ‘Love Before One’s Eyes’ by Stephanie Ho (Legal Mavericks – ending theme)
  • ‘Out of Reach’ by Hubert Wu (The Exorcist’s Meter – sub theme)

 

Most Improved TV Actress

  • Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues, Oh My Grad)
  • Winki Lai (Destination Nowhere, Provocateur)
  • Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)
  • Ali Lee (Provocateur, Legal Mavericks)
  • Sisley Choi (Recipes to Live By, My Dearly Sinful Mind, Legal Mavericks)

Most Improved TV Actor

  • Hugo Wong (Recipes to Live By, Burning Hands, Legal Mavericks, The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • James Ng (Destination Nowhere, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Matthew Ho (Tiger Mom Blues, A General A Scholar And An Eunuch)
  • Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind, Bet Hur)
  • Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Susan Tse (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur)
  • Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Ram Chiang (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Benz Hui (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Female Character

  • Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Grace Wong (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
  • Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks)

Most Favourite TV Male Character

  • Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
  • Kenneth Ma (The Exorcist’s Meter)
  • Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Edwin Siu (A General, A Scholar And An Eunuch)

Best Actress In A Leading Role

  • Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere)
  • Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues)
  • Jessica Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
  • Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)
  • Nina Paw (The Unholy Alliance)

Best Actor In A Leading Role

  • Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
  • Kevin Cheng (Destination Nowhere)
  • Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude)
  • Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
  • Kenneth Ma (The Exorcist’s Meter)

Best Series

  • Legal Mavericks.
  • A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch.
  • The Exorcist’s Meter.
  • Line Walker: The Prelude.
  • The Unholy Alliance.

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You are free to leave comments on my above picks. They are selected after a thorough study and considerations. Now, we will wait and see how many of my selections above differs to the result from the coming Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards.

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Which is the better way to measure a building’s height?

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by vincentloy

Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) which is considered the foremost authority on tall buildings has made it clear that it has four ways of measuring a building’s height. Out of the four, height to the architectural top is officially used to determine the list of world’s tallest building. Architectural top here includes unoccupied spires/pinnacles/parapets that are permanent and critical to the overall design while disregards antennae, signage, flagpole or other ‘functional technical equipment’.

This is the reason why the Petronas Twin Towers won over Sears Tower (now renamed Willis Tower) to become the tallest buildings in the world back in 1997. The twin towers reach the height of 452 metres including their architectural spires while Willis Tower goes up to 527 metres including its antennae. However, antenna is not included and hence the official height of Willis Tower is just 442 metres.

The other three methods on measuring a building’s height that can be seen as alternatives or extensions of the main measuring method are height to top of roof, height to highest occupied floor, and height to highest point (tip). The latter method is the one that counts everything from a building from its base to its very top including those ‘functional technical equipment’. Once Taipei 101 was built in 2003,  the skyscraper cools down the controversy by topping the world’s tallest ranking in three out of the four methods. Then, Burj Khalifa came in 2009 to take all the top spots including the world’s tallest man-made structure and it is still holding the title now. The current list of world’s top ten tallest buildings is shown below which is measured in height to architectural top: (click on the image for larger version)

Besides than these four methods, other professional industries in this field of tall buildings such as the Emporis has its own set of methods too. But not to confuse anyone further, we will just stick to the more precise ones by CTBUH at this point.

There are still many parties who are not happy with these methods. They each has its flaws. The height to tip method rewards vanity height of all stripes, which could allow designers or developers seeking a height accolade to cheaply take the top spot using any poorly designed, extraneous addition to the roof. On the other hand, height to highest occupied floor does not acknowledge the impact that a building has on the experience of the urban environment – for example, the Burj Khalifa does not appear 584 meters tall but 828 meters, and as most of us will never be lucky enough to visit its topmost floor, it seems only sensible to judge its height based on its impact on the city’s appearance.

How about height to top of roof? In the variety of design of skyscraper nowadays, it’s very hard to judge the actual roof of a particular building. Is it just the roof over the highest occupied floor or roof covering the very highest portion of the building although the floor below it is not habitable.  The Burj Khalifa has 244 meters of vanity height, but where exactly is the roof over its top floor? The tapered design of this building does not allow for such simple definitions. The definition provided also repeats the flaw of the “height to top floor” method, in that many skyscraper designs have significant architectural additions above this, which impact how they are perceived by those on the ground.

Hence, which of the four methods are the best? Of can you define what’s the ‘best’ or the ‘better’ here? Louis Sullivan, an architect who is always known as the father of skyscrapers, says “It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line”.  If we take this to be true then it is clear that measuring the height to the tip, including – and rewarding – any and all of the clutter that often adorns the tops of skyscrapers is a move against design quality.

By contrast CTBUH’s official measurement tool, at the very least, holds designers accountable for ensuring that the way a building’s height is expressed is also a factor in establishing its quoted height. As architects, shouldn’t we support any tool which encourages tall buildings to be expressed elegantly? Recently, once the 1 World Trade Center in New York City is completed, another heated argument surfaces. Some claims that it is US tallest building but some said it’s Willis Tower. Many don’t see the antennae-like, awkward-designed and out-of-proportion spire on top of 1WTC as the key architectural element of the building. I too stand in that opinion. However, CTBUH has approved to have the spire as part of its architectural component in measuring its building height to the architectural top.

Increasing a building’s height with poor design is a big NO for me. Putting in a huge spire that is not proportionate to the overall building is a bad decision too. On the other hand, I do think it is necessary to have vanity height (non-usable height) to ‘complete’ a skyscraper especially when it is a tapering design on certain occasions. This issue actually leaves up a lot of questions and is open for multiple discussions.

Nevertheless, what’s important is that ‘the architects shouldn’t be arguing over which building is taller, but rather which building is better.’ 

Reference:

http://www.archdaily.com/548829/in-defense-of-rewarding-vanity-height

http://www.archdaily.com/881090/the-10-different-ways-to-measure-a-skyscrapers-height

(Images in this post are from the two sources listed above)

 

 

Second week done with plenty of gatherings and a TVB drama review for ‘Destination Nowhere’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by vincentloy

First week of the semester is considered a happy-go-lucky week as no one would like to start on the assignments on the first week itself. Now, even the second week is gone and there is no more time to be wasted anymore. There are several submissions coming very soon already and I’m way not prepared yet. I did do my work, but 24 hours a day is just not enough. I’m not on track in my progress in all the units this semester. Well, I took that off my mind for a while first to enjoy this weekend.

Last Friday, I get back to the court to play badminton with my friends for about 3 hours. That was after a very stressful design studio with nothing from my part to show to the lecturers and I don’t really get what they want with their super-hard-to-understand words. It’s good to be back playing badminton after several months of not playing it already, and unfortunately, my badminton skill has not improve. The gathering did not stop there as we went for some snack and drink after that. Then, yesterday evening, we had another gathering in a friend’s house to enjoy the potluck dinner as well as to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Several hours later, I will heading out with my housemate to watch a movie. So many activities, and hence, not much time to focus on my assignments. Well, I will promise to myself to concentrate on my study from tomorrow onward.

Recently, I finished watching another TVB drama. It’s ‘Destination Nowhere’ (迷), a Hong Kong drama about a female news reporter who get caught up in the problematic collusion scheme between government official and businesses. All the hardship she faced has lead to her to be forced to become cunning and evil especially after the murder of her daughter. Those complicated cases that were actually linked to one another were then investigated by a police inspector who later felt in love with the female news reporter. This 30-episodes series starred Kevin Cheng, Kristal Tin, James Ng, King Kong Lee, Winki Lai, etc.

The plot is very interesting but there are several obvious plot holes that ruin the logic of the story in some major parts. The main cast, Kevin Cheng and Kristal Tin only get to bump onto each other in the very later stage of the series. I’m fascinated by the director’s decision to show them crossing over but not knowing each other in many occasions in earlier episodes but that were taking too many episodes. Once they knew each other, their relationship builds up too quickly. It’s a fresh thing to see this new pairing between Kevin and Kristal by the way. Their acting in this drama were also top notch especially Kristal. I’m stunned yet by another groundbreaking performance by Kristal. Her character is a very challenging one that requires execution of variety of emotions. She has a role that has to show the innocent side, leadership side, crying side, and cunning side all in one drama. She nailed it. There were time when I was sleepy and not paying attention while watching new episode of this drama on late night, and then, I immediately paid attention and went fully awake by her performance. I don’t mind giving her another best actress award but it is too early to tell right now since awards season is at the end of the year. This drama is being shown too early in the year and will be usually forgotten by the time awards season come. Other cast also did good job such as James Ng (still don’t like his face and his crying is too ugly to watch) and Winki Lai. Even the bad guy portraying ‘Wat Dee’ is putting on a very good performance. I don’t know his name but I pity him for always portraying bad guy in TVB dramas. He has the bad-guy look.

Overall, this drama is nice to watch. It is all good due to the amazing performances by the cast. Their acting kept me not wanting to leave my seat watching every episodes of this drama. There is also a good amount of suspense and dramatic moments throughout the whole series to keep engaging the viewers. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Destination Nowhere’ a total of 7.5.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Nomination list for the 89th Academy Awards.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by vincentloy

Here below is the full nomination list for the 89th Academy Awards alongside with my predictions and thoughts. The awards ceremony will take place on February 26, 2017.

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BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Predicted to win: Moonlight

My choice: La La Land

Opinion: 9 nominees for best picture this year. Academy voters love to vote for movies dealing with serious or heartfelt issues, and to cope with strong criticism last year for being pure White in their nomination list, I’m quite confident the Academy this year will award their most prestigious best picture prize to a movie about Black people. Deep down in my heart, I still wish ‘La La Land’ to win as it is a musical masterpiece.

BEST DIRECTOR
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Predicted to win: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

My choice: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Opinion: This one looks like a lock for Damien Chazelle who has been sweeping all precursor awards for his directing work in ‘La La Land’. Since I think it is unlikely for ‘La La Land’ to emerge as best picture winner, it is highly likely that Damien will take this best director award as a consolation.

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Predicted to win: Casey Affleck (La La Land)

My choice: Casey Affleck (La La Land)

Opinion: Casey Affleck is the clear frontrunner as he has been winning multiple best actor prizes for his subtle yet strong performance in ‘Manchester by the Sea’. Denzel Washington is a dark horse contender here. It’s good to see Andrew Garfield on his first nomination here as he is one young good actor. However, this is not the time yet but I’m sure he will be rewarded in near future.

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Predicted to win: Isabelle Huppert (Elle) / Natalie Portman (Jackie)

My choice: Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Opinion: This is a very competitive and tough race. I’m surprised to see Amy Adams get snubbed for her solid work in ‘Arrival’. That slot has been given to Ruth Negga. I think this will be a three-way fight between Isabelle (Globes best actress-drama), Emma (Globes best actress-comedy or musical) and Natalie (Critics Choice best actress). And Meryl Streep may just take that advantage and sneak in to clinch her historic 4th win. This is also her record-breaking 20th Oscar nomination.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Predicted to win: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

My choice: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Opinion: Mahershala, Jeff, Lucas and Dev are the four lock-in for this nomination. The fifth slot goes to Michael Shannon. Hugh Grant from ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ and Aaron-Taylor Johnson from ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (Globes best supporting actor) couldn’t snatch that fifth slot unfortunately. Academy will certainly vote for Mahershala Ali since they are now determined to make sure their awards are as diverse as possible.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Predicted to win: Viola Davis (Fences)

My choice: Viola Davis (Fences)

Opinion: For the diversity reason mentioned earlier and also to compensate for Viola Davis for losing few years ago, this is certainly the year for her. The other four nominees are simply here just to fill in the remaining slots and to be audiences for the ceremony next month.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Predicted to win: Manchester by the Sea

My choice: Hell or High Water / The Lobster

Opinion: I don’t really find any greatness in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ for its script. I would then prefer for ‘Hell or High Water’ to win since it would stand no chance in other categories or ‘The Lobster’ since this is the only category it is nominated in.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Predicted to win: Fences

My choice: Arrival

Opinion: ‘Fences’ will win here because there is no other categories for it to shine and I feel that this movie must be rewarded for Academy to achieve their diversity objective. My prefered choice would be ‘Arrival’ for its unique approach to an extraterrestrial-themed film and also for its briliant plot with deep subject and mind-fucked plot twist.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Predicted to win: Arrival / La La Land

My choice: Arrival

Opinion: Hard to choose from this 5 nominees. I pick ‘Arrival’ because I do think this is the only category in high possibility for this particular movie to get rewarded.

BEST FILM EDITING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Predicted to win: La La Land

My choice: La La Land

Opinion: All the way for ‘La La Land’. The brilliant editing work in ‘La La Land’ is very obvious from the start (continuous shot of musical sequence on a congested highway) to the end (alternate reality of the two leads over the years) of the movie.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Predicted to win: The Jungle Book

My choice: Doctor Strange

Opinion: ‘The Jungle Book’ is predicted to win due to its realistic talking animals and the beautiful scenery throughout the whole movie. My own choice would be ‘Doctor Strange’ for its exceptional and out-of-this-world visual treatments.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Predicted to win: La La Land

My choice: Passengers

Opinion: No one has predicted ‘Passengers’ to get nominated at all in the Oscars and yet it does. I enjoyed that film and I’m glad it receives a nomination here eventhough I think it is unlikely for the movie to win. The heavy favourite ‘La La Land’ is going to take this award home but I actually don’t think the production works for ‘La La Land’ are that amazing.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Predicted to win: Jackie

My choice: Jackie

Opinion: If Natalie Portman didn’t win best actress, then this is the only category for ‘Jackie’ to win. The movie shown to us some great costumes in 1960s.

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Predicted to win: A Man Called Ove

My choice: Star Trek Beyond

Opinion: Academy doesn’t like blockbuster movies that much, hence ‘A Man Called Ove’ suddenly stand a strong chance to win. I’m also surprised that ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ and ‘Deadpool’ didn’t get nominated here.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Predicted to win: La La Land

My choice: La La Land

Opinion: Also surprised to see ‘Passengers’ get another nomination here. It looks like ‘Passengers’ is getting surprising love from the Academy and I’m fine with it. But I don’t think it will win anything. At least getting some nominations is already a great news for this under-rated movie. ‘La La Land’ is certainly going to win this for its beautiful and inspiring background music.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Predicted to win: ‘City of Stars’ (La La Land)

My choice: ‘City of Stars’ (La La Land) / ‘How Far I’ll Go’ (Moana)

Opinion: Two nominations for ‘La La Land’ in this category alone. Would it be harmful to the movie as the votes are split to the two songs in it? Probably. ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from ‘Moana’ may just sneak in and take this award.

BEST SOUND EDITING
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Predicted to win: Hacksaw Ridge

My choice: Hacksaw Ridge

Opinion: This is the only category that ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ has high chance of winning. Let it win then. The sound work in the movie is brilliant.

BEST SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Predicted to win: La La Land

My choice: Hacksaw Ridge

Opinion: ‘La La Land’ should win this without any heavy competition. ‘Sound mixing’ and ‘Sound editing’ will be distributed equally to ‘La La Land’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. I still think the Academy should just combine ‘sound editing’ and ‘sound mixing’ into one award.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Predicted to win: Kubo and the Two Strings / Zootopia

My choice: Kubo and the Two Strings

Opinion: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ gets nominated in best visual effects’ category too and also shortlisted last time for best costume design category eventhough didn’t get nominated in the end. So, this movie stands a higher chance now to win this one, giving a strong competition to earlier frontrunner ‘Zootopia’. ‘Zootopia’ still has the chance to win due to the appeal from its box office success.

No predictions and comments for the remaining 4 categories above.

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

What do you think of the nomination list? Do you agree to my predictions and thoughts? You may post your comment and it is very welcomed.

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There are some surprises in the nomination list as expected since the Academy likes to give us some shock every year. But the shock this year is not that much as most of the list are predicted from earlier on. ‘La La Land’ gets the most love from the Academy with most number of nominations at 14. The movie sets the record for film with most Oscar nominations and ties with ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘All About Eve’ (1950). ‘Arrival’ and ‘Moonlight’ each gets 8 nominations. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘Lion’ each gets 6 nominations. Surprising entries into the list with multiple nominations include ‘Deepwater Horizon’ (didn’t expect it to be nominated at all in any categories), ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ (only expected it to be nominated in one category – animated feature film), ‘Passengers’ (didn’t expect it to be nominated at all in any categories) and ‘A Man Called Ove’ (only expected it to be nominated in one category – make-up and hairstyling) with two nominations each. ‘Deadpool’ is snubbed as I expect this movie to get one or two nominations.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Movie review for ‘Jackie’ (2016), and have you heard of Razzies?

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by vincentloy

‘Jackie’ is the last Oscar-type films of 2016 that I watched before the announcement for the nomination list of the 89th Academy Awards later on. ‘Jackie’ is a biographical drama film that starred Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was famously known to be the fourth and the last President of the United States to be murdered while still in office. And on the other hand, nothing much have been known about his wife, Jackie Kennedy, the First Lady before, during and after the infamous assassination. I’m interested to know more on that, and so, I’m interested to watch this movie.

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The other reason I watched ‘Jackie’ is also because I’m amazed by Natalie Portman’s scenes in the movie trailer alone. She is one great actress and I love her since her award-winning performance in ‘Black Swan’ several years ago. I already sense huge Oscar feel to her performance just by watching the trailer. And after watching the whole movie just now, I have no doubt that her performance here will land her another best actress nomination in the Oscars and I don’t mind her winning it again too. She is phenomenal as Jackie. The whole movie is seriously focusing on her with many close-up scenes of her face (though I find it unnecessarily too much at some point) to show her emotions and expressions in dealing with all the issues after her husband’s shocking death. She not only mastered that, but also nailed the accent and posture that the real Jackie Kennedy had. She put in a lot of effort in this role and she delivered. The only imperfection is that her face didn’t resemble Jackie Kennedy’s face at all.

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Peter Sarsgaard is solid for his supporting role as Robert, the younger brother of John F. Kennedy in this movie. An unknown Danish actor who portrayed John F. Kennedy in this movie shocked me because his face really resembles closely to the late President himself. While watching the movie, it was really as though John F. Kennedy himself was in there. The costumes are great, the production design is excellent, and the way they used old recordings of Jackie’s introduction to the interiors of the White House and putting in the same scenes in the movie with Natalie Portman as replacement is commendable. As for the story and its editing, they are just average. The overall feel is a bit bored and plain (like too many scenes of Natalie walking around in the White House). There is no greatness in this film besides than Natalie Portman. But she faces strong competition from Emma Stone and Isabelle Hupert for the Oscar trophy for best actress next month. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Jackie’ a total of 7.1. This kind of movies makes me wanted to do a quick online research on the real information behind such historical events.

On the other hand, have you heard of Razzies? It is a name for the Golden Raspberry Awards, an annual awards presented to honour not the best, but the worst films. It’s like the total opposite of the Oscars. I guess many of you do not know of such existence. It even has its nomination list for the worst for films in 2016 released yesterday. The awards usually took place a day before the Oscars. Among the films with most nominations (hence being regarded the worst movies in 2016) are ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, ‘Gods of Egypt’, ‘Zoolander 2’, ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Dirty Grandpa’, etc. ‘Winners’ will be famous for the other way round. This is the only awards that nobody wants to get nominated or even involved in.

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