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No losing city in this year’s bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2017 by vincentloy

The voting for the host city of 2024 Summer Olympic Games will take place on this coming September. Only two cities are remaining in the bid; Paris and Los Angeles. In an extraordinary International Olympic Committee Session held yesterday, the committee approved a decision to award the games to both cities, one in 2024 and another one in 2028.

So, there wouldn’t be any losing city in this year’s bid for the games. If a city receives lesser number of votes in the voting, it will still host the games, but that would be the next edition (4 years later) than originally intended. That’s certainly good news for both Paris and Los Angeles. I have to admit both cities are more than capable to host this world’s largest international multi-sport event.

Which city do you think will get the 2024 games? My personal choice would be Paris. If I’m not mistaken, Paris has submitted bid a number of times in the last few editions of the games but lost every time. I remembered the city lost to London for 2012 games by only a few votes. The last time that Paris has hosted the games was in 1924. If Paris win the right to host 2024 games, it will be coincidentally marking 100th anniversary since the last Olympics in the city. I also like the simplicity of its logo showing the number ’24’ that also designed to resemble their iconic Eiffel Tower.

Check out their bidding’s presentation clips below:

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Los Angeles 2024

So my choice is Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. This means that those cities which intend to bid for 2028 games has to drop out their plan and bid for 2032 games instead. I think this move will make the bidding for 2032 games to be more intense and exciting as more cities are expected to join the race by then. A joint bid by Malaysia and Singapore is explored and is possible for the 2032 games’ bid. I would love to see that but I think our chance is pretty low. It will be hard to resolve on many issues when more than one country is involved in a single games. Malaysia and Singapore have not even hosted Asian Games before (although Malaysia has hosted Commonwealth Games and Singapore has hosted Youth Olympic Games). I can only elaborate further on our chance if the joint bid is confirmed, and that is long way to go.

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22nd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards kickstarted Hollywood award season for 2016 films

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2016 by vincentloy

The Hollywood award season has began early this year with the first of the major 5 film awards honouring the best of Hollywood movies released in the year 2016 held last weekend. It’s the 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards. This awards presentation is usually held in January every year but is now moved to December slot for the first time now. In previous years, the first of the major 5 film awards was the Golden Globes. Now, it’s the Critics’ Choice.

Hereby below is the full result for the 22nd Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I’m not posting up the television awards’ result as I didn’t watch any Hollywood TV programmes…just films.

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  • Best Picture – “La La Land”
  • Best Actor – Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Best Actress – Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
  • Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
  • Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, “Fences”
  • Best Young Actor/Actress – Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Best Acting Ensemble – “Moonlight”
  • Best Director – Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
  • Best Original Screenplay – Tie between Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” and Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Eric Heisserer, “Arrival”
  • Best Cinematography – Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”
  • Best Production Design – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, “La La Land”
  • Best Editing – Tom Cross, “La La Land”
  • Best Costume Design – Madeline Fontaine, “Jackie”
  • Best Hair & Makeup – “Jackie”
  • Best Visual Effects – “The Jungle Book”
  • Best Animated Feature – “Zootopia”
  • Best Action Movie – “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie – Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie – Margot Robbie, “Suicide Squad”
  • Best Comedy – “Deadpool”
  • Best Actor in a Comedy – Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”
  • Best Actress in a Comedy – Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Arrival”
  • Best Foreign Language Film – “Elle”
  • Best Song – “City of Stars” from “La La Land”
  • Best Score – Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

Besides than ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Zootopia’, I have not watched any of the other winning films listed above. It shall be time for me to catch up with these Oscar-bait movies, especially that received super critical acclaims. I can accomplish that easily now since I’m currently in a long break and I have all the time to watch the movies that I’m looking forward to.

‘La La Land’ is the biggest winner with 8 wins including Best Picture. Now, this movie has shown to us that it is a strong contender in the coming other film awards and of course the Oscars on next February. It’s a musical film and I have watched its trailer. It looks good. Definitely will watch it. Other notable films winning are ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Jackie’, ‘Arrival’, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.

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The next major film awards is the Golden Globes to be held on early January as usual. Its nomination list has been released recently too.

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

Nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by vincentloy

The annual TVB awards in Malaysia is coming soon. The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 will be held on 26th November in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. For those who enjoyed watching Hong Kong dramas every year, then you shouldn’t miss this coming event, of which you can attend the show by obtaining the tickets or by watching its broadcast on that evening. Its nomination list has just been released recently and as usual, I will post the list here in my blog along with my personal picks and comments (* for top 3 or 5, and ** for my favourite for winning).

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(Image source: TVB Jade Pack Facebook page)

My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“Speed of Life”
“Short End of the Stick” *
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“Blue Veins”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“House of Spirits” *
“A Fist Within Four Walls” **
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Law dis-Order”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven”

Opinion: Actually I’m still undecided between ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. Both are great dramas and furthermore they were aired back-to-back that time, so it made me harder to pick one from them. I’m happy if any of the two win. 

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) **
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: I love Bobby Au and Ruco Chan’s performances this year. Since Ruco won this last year, I will reserve this for Bobby. He is awesome in ‘House of Spirits’.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Fashion War”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”) *
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) **
Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) *
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Why are this list filled with mostly new and inexperienced actresses who do not deserve to be nominated at all? And I would actually prefer Kristal to be nominated in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ since she did another great job in that sequel of which its predecessor won her Best Actress and Most Favourite Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards back then.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) **
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: Since ‘Short End of the Stick’ is released too early this year and will be usually forgotten by year end for the award season, I think it shall deserve some recognition at least and this is the perfect category for it. I’m fine with Raymond Cho or Power Chan winning for this one. They were really good in that drama, not to mention funny as well.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) **
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How is it possible that Joyce Tang is here, and not in leading role category. She stand a good chance of winning even in lead category. Since she is downgraded to this supporting category, I’m rooting for her to win this definitely. She gave brilliant performance in ‘House of Spirits’. This category is actually quite strong this year.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Brian Chu (“Fashion War”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”)
Mark Ma (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”) *
James Ng (“Come Home Love, “Blue Veins”)
Brian Tse (“Come Home Love, “Love as a Predatory Affair”)

Opinion: Only realized Cheung Wing Hong’s performances this year as the stood out one among the rest.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Toby Chan (“Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Fashion War”, “Daddy Dearest”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Katy Kung (“Come Home Love, “The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Zoie Tam (“The Executioner”, “Over Run Over”, “Presumed Accidents”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Roxanne Tong (“Fashion War”, “My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”, “Between Love & Desire”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)*
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)

Opinion: I think only Moon Lau stood out among the other nominees this year. Her acting has been very realistic and natural so far.

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Jason Chan & Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Benjamin Yuen & Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai & Nancy Wu (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho & Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Bosco Wong & Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)*
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng, Kay Tse & Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng & Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Benjamin Yuen & Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng & Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Edwin Siu & Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)*
Kenneth Ma & Eliza Sam (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Moses Chan, Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How can there be three persons nominated together? It’s a couple, not a triangle relationship. Anyway, I will vote for Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu. Their chemistry and pairing in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ are amazing.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu**
喵喵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Auston Lam, Alvin Ng & Penny Chan

Opinion: Out of the five nominees, I have only heard the one in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. So my vote automatically goes to that one.

My Favourite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Elaine Yiu (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)*
King Kong (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Kenny Wong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)*
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Roger Kwok (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)*
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)*
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)*
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”)*
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)*
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jason Chan (“Daddy Dearest”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)*
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Too many characters. Not much to comment. I will just list down my 15 choices.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”**
“Kansai Raider”
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Chow HK Block to Block”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”*
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“I Heart HK”*
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016” & “Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”

Opinion: Usually those funny game shows win my heart. This year, I go for the very interesting and hilarious ‘Sunday Stage Fight’. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”
“Do Did Eat”*
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Auspicious Festivals”
“My Handy Man”
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”
“All Things Girl Malaysia Version Season Two”
“Am I Healthy? (Sr. 2)”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”

Opinion: I only watched ‘Do Did Eat’. So my one and only pick.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Sammi Cheung, Ali Lee, Kaki Leung, Mayanne Mak, Roxanne Tong & Jacqueline Wong (“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”)*
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”)**
Helen To (“Kansai Raider”)
Nancy Sit, Eliza Sam, Steven Cheung, Bella Lam & Nathan Ngai (“My Handy Man”)
Anderson Junior & Ben Lee (“Chow HK Block to Block”)
Jinny Ng, Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu (“Taipei High Hi”)
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)
Bob Lam, Louis Yan & Jinny Ng (“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats Sr. 5”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”)*

Opinion: It’s hard for me to choose between my top 3 picks in this category. But if insist on one, I will go with Carol Cheng and Fama in ‘Do Did Eat’. Their collaboration is somehow awkward but interesting.

Winners List of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2016.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2016 by vincentloy

After the Golden Globes last week, here came the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2016, the second major film awards of the annual awards season running from January to February to honour the best of the Hollywood films in the previous year. There are five major awards in total, the concluded Golden Globes (GG) and this Critics’ Choice (CC), and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), British Film Academy Awards (BAFTA) and finally the Academy Awards (Oscars).

The 21st Critics’ Choice Awards was held successfully last night, on 17th January 2016 and I will only include the winners list for the movie categories (not interested on television side similarly to the Golden Globes). In summary, Mad Max: Fury Road is the biggest winner with 9 wins from their 13 nominations (the movie also obtained most number of nominations). The final and the most important award, Best Picture, however goes to Spotlight. Here comes the winning list below alongside my quick opinions as usual:

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BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight *WINNER
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Opinion: I think I’m one of the only few who didn’t really like the film ‘Spotlight’. I’m actually very surprised that this movie garnered universal acclaim  while I’m just feeling that the movie is absolutely average only. Hence, in my personal opinion which totally differs to most others, I think ‘Spotlight’ doesn’t deserve a best picture win. My choice: Room. My second choice: Mad Max: Fury Road. My third choice: The Revenant. My fourth choice: The Martian. My fifth choice: Bridge of Spies. ‘Spotlight’ would be almost the last for my choices from the long list of nominees above but it won in the end. Hmm…

 
BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant *WINNER
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

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Opinion: No need to say anymore. Leonardo diCaprio all the way to the Oscars too. His toughest competitor, Michael Fassbender is losing buzz so quick since Leonardo is the star of the year as everyone wanted him to win finally after all the years of losing. For a quick moment, since Eddie Redmayne didn’t win this one last year (Michael Keaton won this one, but Eddie sweep all the other major awards for best actor last year), I do thought of having him as my second choice.

 
BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room *WINNER
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Opinion: Very predictable and deserving result. I love Brie Larson for her fantastic performance in Room. She is taking all the best actress trophies currently. So, if someone else win this, I would have my jaw dropped.

 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Tom Hardy – The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed *WINNER

Opinion: Wow…Sylvester Stallone again! Before the Golden Globes, nobody is seeing him as a frontrunner in this packed category. But hey, after winning Golden Globes last week and now this Critics’ Choice, he is certainly the frontrunner for the Oscars. Didn’t watch his performance but I’m fine with this veteran actor winning.

 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl *WINNER
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Opinion: Happy for Alicia Vikander to win. Finally a bit of recognition for The Danish Girl in a major film award. All along, I thought that The Danish Girl is a great and a moving film and should be recognized more. Alicia shined in the movie alongside with co-star, Eddie Redmayne. Quite surprised that she managed to beat out hot favourites, Rooney Mara (best actress in Cannes) and Kate Winslet (best supporting actress in Golden Globes).

 
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Shameik Moore – Dope
Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
Jacob Tremblay – Room *WINNER

Opinion: Also very happy for this cute little boy to finally get a recognition from his exceptional performance in Room. Brie Larson took honours along the way, and finally Jacob get to go up stage to receive an award from this movie too.

 
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight *WINNER
Straight Outta Compton
Trumbo

Opinion: Spotlight sees few main casts working all out in the movie to write an investigative-based paper. That’s a nice group of actors and actresses together in a movie and I didn’t see any surprise Spotlight winning this eventhough I don’t like the movie (already said it many times).

 
BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Opinion: Mad Max is not my first choice for best director actually. I prefer Alejandro G. Inarritu to take this for The Revenant.

 
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight *WINNER

Opinion: I prefer Bridge of Spies, Ex Machina or Inside Out to win than Spotlight. You know the reason.

 
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short *WINNER
Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Emma Donoghue – Room
Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Big Short’. My personal pick would be Room.

 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol – Ed Lachman
The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki *WINNER
Sicario – Roger Deakins

Opinion: It looks like Emmanuel Lubezki is on the right and a bright track to get his third consecutive Oscars soon for his impressive work in The Revenant.

 
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson *WINNER
The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

Opinion: Start of Mad Max conquer on all the technical categories. I think Mad Max is a good movie but it won too much in Critics Choice to the point that I don’t think it deserve that extreme level of recognition here. For production design, I prefer Bridge of Spies or The Danish Girl to win actually.

 
BEST EDITING
The Big Short – Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel *WINNER
The Martian – Pietro Scalia
The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight – Tom McArdle

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Opinion: Okay for Mad Max to win this since the movie really impressed with excellent editing.

 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol – Sandy Powell
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan *WINNER

Opinion: Bad choice. Mad Max isn’t great in costume at all. Cinderella or even Carol or even The Danish Girl are much better.

 
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Black Mass
Carol
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
The Revenant

Opinion: Mad Max again. Tired. Prefer The Danish Girl to take this since the movie do excel on the make-up and hairstyling especially on Eddie Redmayne’s transformation to a exquisite woman. That one alone is already breathtaking. That’s the only element of the movie that 100% of people out there agreed. Why Mad Max again? The voters are too obsessed with Mad Max.

 
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant
The Walk

Opinion: Mad Max…….AGAIN.

 
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out * WINNER
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Opinion: Yes. Very happy for Inside Out to win. I think it will win all the way to the Oscars. Anomalisa which is also critically acclaimed (but I don’t like the movie) appeared to be a strong dark horse previously but now I’m happy that Inside Out is still the clear winner and frontrunner for the Oscars.

 
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Sicario

Opinion: My choice is Furious 7. A mega blockbuster filled with heart-stopping action sequences. Mad Max couldn’t match it up to the level from Furious 7, and yet it won. These voters only knew ticking the boxes for Mad Max only without really judging carefully.

 
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – Spectre
Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road * WINNER
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Opinion: Nothing excellent for any of the performances above except Tom Hardy. So, he deserved to win eventhough it’s from Mad Max again.

 
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER

Opinion: Same thing. Charlize Theron deserved to win and she is one of my favourite actresses too.

 
BEST COMEDY
The Big Short *WINNER
Inside Out
Joy
Sisters
Spy
Trainwreck

Opinion: Didn’t watch The Big Short, hence my first choice would be Spy. Inside Out shouldn’t be in here. Prefer Kingsman: The Secret Service to replace that spot actually.

 
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale – The Big Short *WINNER
Steve Carell – The Big Short
Robert De Niro – The Intern
Bill Hader – Trainwreck
Jason Statham – Spy

Opinion: Christian Bale is another great actor and honoring him an award (only a single one) is fine for me. No more after that for this year as I think he stands no chance in best supporting actor in the coming Oscars.

 
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey – Sisters
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
Melissa McCarthy – Spy
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck *WINNER
Lily Tomlin – Grandma

Opinion: I thought Jennifer Lawrence would take this since she won the same award last week at the Golden Globes. Amy Schumer winning is quite a surprise for me.

 
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
Ex Machina *WINNER
It Follows
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Opinion: Quite agree to this result. Finally, no more Mad Max. Jurassic World is also not bad actually.

 
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
Mustang
The Second Mother
Son of Saul *WINNER

 
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Amy *WINNER
Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade Next

 
BEST SONG
Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
Furious 7 – See You Again *WINNER
The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
Youth – Simple Song #3

Opinion: Happy for this song to win finally after being snubbed at the Oscars and also lost out at the Golden Globes last week. It’s such a nice and an emotional song in tribute to Paul Walker.

 
BEST SCORE
Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone *WINNER
The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
Sicario – Johann Johannsson
Spotlight – Howard Shore

 

Opinion: The Hateful Eight’s score has been taking a lot of awards recently and so I see no surprise it won in Critics Choice too. Set to be a clear favourite and frontrunner in the Oscars too.

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It’s Germany VS Argentina in FIFA World Cup 2014’s Final!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by vincentloy

Congratulations to both Germany and Argentina for winning their respective semi-final match. Both are now only one step away from the trophy, of which only one team could enjoy the fame of being crowned the champion in the end. Yes! The most anticipated football match, the FINAL of FIFA World Cup 2014 between Germany and Argentina will finally take place this Sunday (Monday’s early morning in Malaysia) at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I promised myself to watch that match (I skipped all the earlier matches).

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It’s quite a long journey to be able to reach to the final stage; from collecting points in preliminary rounds in respective group, to last 16 matches, then to Quarterfinal, and last but not least winning the Semifinal. There are 64 matches in total, of which by now, there are only two more remaining; of course the FINAL and also the third-placing match (Brazil vs. Netherlands). Well, the latter isn’t the focus as the furthest the winning team of the match can get is only to be named the second runner-up of the tournament. Final is the one that the whole world will be excited for.

On Tuesday’s night, the result of the first semi-final match between Germany and Brazil is the most shocking of the whole tournament. 7-1! Germany with a whopping seven goals while the host nation, Brazil had only one. The match has been described as the most humiliating and embarrassing play by the Brazil team sadly. I knew many were supporting Brazil, and even before the match took place, everyone is predicting 50-50 outcome. The two are strong countries in football and neck-to-neck result is expected. I didn’t watch that match, but waken up that day to hear that result is really surprising.

My favourite pick is Germany but I never thought that Brazil would be defeated to such scale. It’s already semifinal! Perhaps, there are three reasons why they ended up losing so badly on that match;

(1) absence of Neymar, a successful skillful player whom is admitted to hospital due to injury in earlier matches.

(2) mounting pressure as their country is the host of this tournament. The stadium is packed full of their supporters, and that could lead to extreme stress for the players wanting so much to get things right not to disappoint them.

(3) few earlier scored goals by the German team had easily dashed the hope of the Brazilian players and broken their mood and spirit to go on.

(4) poor defense and tactics from the Brazilian team, while German has their luck that day.

Well, the match is over, and Brazilian team has to move on too. Let’s hope that they won’t contribute that kind of lousy performance again in the third-placing match, and most importantly in future matches too. Football means so much to their country.

This 7-1 result has been the chat topic the whole day yesterday. That particular match has created such a worldwide buzz that it is also been recognized by Twitter as the most tweeted match in the history of the site. This is not the case for the other semi-final match between Argentina and Netherlands of which the result is not that surprising. Both score no goals, and in the end, Argentina prevails with 4-2 in penalty kicks. Nothing much to comment on this match.

So, time for my last prediction. For third-placing match between Brazil and Netherlands, my pick is Netherlands. They have done fairly well, and looking from Brazil’s extremely devastating performance in the semi-final, Netherlands has the advantage unless Brazil returned to their top form (but it’s a bit too late). And….for the FINAL, I guess 60% winning chance for Germany and 40% for Argentina. I’m still choosing Germany. A solid team. Both of them appeared in Final back in 1986 once (Argentina won) and also in 1990 (Germany won). This is their third encounter in FIFA World Cup Final. Who will win? Germany? Argentina? Hmm…Three more days to the FINAL! Ole…ole…ole…ole..ole! Ole!!! Ole!!!

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