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3 major potential upsets tomorrow at the Oscars.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2017 by vincentloy

The 89th Academy Awards is finally just around the corner. It will take place tomorrow and to watch it live, I have to purposely wake up early on Monday morning (time difference). Fortunately, I don’t have any class to attend on Monday for this semester. I have been staying closely with the awards season this year and it gets more exciting day by day as the Oscars gets nearer. I had in the past posted the full nomination list of this coming Academy Awards alongside my predictions on who should and who will win on that evening.


Just a day before the ceremony, I’m here to write on 3 major potential upsets that may happen tomorrow in the Oscars.

First one would be ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ winning the Best Animated Feature over the frontrunner, ‘Zootopia’. ‘Zootopia’ has been leading the race in this category ever since with wins in many precursor awards including some major ones like Annie Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards. However, do not look down on ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ that has been in the second place to many people’s predictions in winning the best animated film. The movie has also won multiple precursor awards including the BAFTA which is a strong indicator of Oscar winner in animated film category. I myself love ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ much more than ‘Zootopia’ and I would love it if it really takes home the award tomorrow. In my opinion, it has a much more better story, better visual, better style, better characters, better animations, and better effort than ‘Zootopia’ and the remaining three other nominees; ‘Moana’, ‘The Red Turtle’ and ‘My Life as a Zucchini’. I would love this upset to happen. It’s time to reward Laika, the production company behind this work. Their past works are three also great stop-motion animated films (all were nominated but didn’t win); ‘Coraline’, ‘Paranorman’ and ‘Boxtrolls’.


Next major upset will be in Best Actress category. The frontrunner now is Emma Stone from her wonderful performance in ‘La La Land’, a film that has been getting a lot of love as shown from the 14 nominations it gets in this Academy Awards. She has won best actress in Golden Globes (musical and comedy), Screen Actor Guild and BAFTA. She is great in that movie. However, her performance is not the strongest compared to the other nominees in this category. It is very obvious. People are just voting her because it is Emma Stone and she is likable, and is not voting based on performance in the film. I would like to see Natalie Portman to win this as a major surprise of the evening. Her performance as Jackie Kennedy in ‘Jackie’ is tremendously good. People just think that it is too fast to award her the second Oscar since she won it few years back from her performance in ‘Black Swan’. Hey…stop that mentality. If she deserves it, then she deserves matter how many she has won before. Another ‘dark horse’ contender will be Isabelle Hupert from ‘Elle’. Deep down in my heart, I still think Natalie has a shot at it because Academy usually loves people who acts as a real-life historical figure and Natalie nailed that role effectively and with a lot of effort. Seen as the early favourite as Natalie won best actress at the Critics Choice, her momentum went downward because the movie ‘Jackie’ is not getting a lot of attention unfortunately.


The last major potential upset I foresee is in best supporting actor. Currently, Mahershala Ali is the one to beat from his performance in ‘Moonlight’. I didn’t see that movie. He has been also sweeping many precursor awards and hence many see him as a lock in this category, up until when he lost the award surprisingly in Golden Globes (to Aaron Taylor-Johnson in ‘Norturnal Animals’) and in BAFTA (to Dev Patel in ‘Lion’). Mahershala is still in the lead position to win supporting actor as he did won at Critics Choice and at Screen Actors Guild. However, Academy usually love to award Best Supporting Actor to someone many didn’t see it coming. Hence, get ready to watch some drama when the name in the envelope tomorrow is not stating ‘Mahershala Ali’. I’m thinking that all the other nominees has a chance for it except Lucas Hedges since he is too young for it, and I’m wishing for Dev Patel to win it. It’s because I watched ‘Lion’ and I’m amazed by his performance in there.


These are my last opinions before the Academy Awards tomorrow. What do you think? My biggest wish is still to see ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ winning Best Animated Feature. It totally deserves it way more than the others. ‘Zootopia’ has the edge just because of its right timing to the current political situation in USA. It’s just an ordinary animated film, and no where near the excellence delivered by ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ in nearly all aspects.

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70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2017 honours ‘La La Land’ with best film.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2017 by vincentloy

The 70th British Academy Film Awards, or simply known as BAFTA is held yesterday at Royal Albert Hall, London. It is the fourth of the five major annual awards celebrating the best of Hollywood films. It is also an important precursor award to the coming OSCARS as there is an overlapping of over 500 members voting for the BAFTA and also at the OSCARS. Stephen Fry is hosting the awards ceremony again. Here below is the full nomination list with the winners highlighted alongside with a bit of my thoughts.


ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt – WINNER
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski


Opinion: Deserving win for ‘La La Land’, an energetic and heartfelt musical masterpiece. It looks like this Oscar frontrunner is unstoppable as the momentum of ‘Moonlight’ is going downhill now. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ should be at least getting a nomination here and replace ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Well, British tend to be biased towards their own productions and so there must be at least one British film contending for the top honour here. 

AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty – WINNER
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh


Opinion: Since ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is even getting nominated for best film, it is a 100% certainty that it is going to take home this one. 

The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer)
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer)
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director)
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers) – WINNER

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos – WINNER
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski

Opinion: ‘Son of Saul’ won the Oscars last year for best foreign language film  in 2015 but it is only released in UK last year (2016). Hence, it is a year late and that doesn’t take away its position as the best in this category. 

13th Ava DuVernay – WINNER
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore


Opinion: Very happy for ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ to win. It is certainly a much better choice than the Oscar frontrunner, ‘Zootopia’ (or called ‘Zootropolis’ here in UK). ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ was better in story, style, and of course in visuals. I hope it will win in the coming Oscars too.

ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle – WINNER

Opinion: A very predictable win. Damien Chazelle has been taking all the director awards for his work in ‘La La Land’.

HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

Opinion: Another expected result. Deserving win for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ that has a fantastic script and amazing performances by the cast.

ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
LION Luke Davies – WINNER

Opinion: Not only that ‘Lion’ is getting a lot of love from the Oscars in their nomination list, but also here with a win in adapted screenplay, beating out all other excellent nominees. 

CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea – WINNER
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic


Opinion: With Denzel Washington not being nominated here, it is unsurprising for Casey Affleck to take home best actor easily. Well, he deserved it too for his amazingly restrained performance in ‘Manchester by the Sea’. It will be a battle between Denzel and Casey in the coming Oscars and I still prefer Casey. Denzel has won Oscar twice in the past. 

EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins


Opinion: It looks like Emma Stone is going to take the Oscar for best actress too. While I love ‘La La Land’, I find that her performance in it was not challenging, not a breakthrough and not an eye-opener. People just voted for her due to her adorable persona and not based on true performances. I’m still hoping for Natalie Portman to win in the coming Oscars for her splendid performance in ‘Jackie’ as the titular character. 

HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water


Opinion: Mahershala Ali is a frontrunner in this category all along until British Academy decided to award it to someone else. What a surprise. It makes the race in this category very exciting. The winner, Dev Patel deserves this award too for his excellent performance in ‘Lion’.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea


Opinion: This is the only acting category that is a lock. Viola Davis all the way. 

ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz – WINNER
LION Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka

Opinion: Very much expected. A film that is all about music should win this one easily. ‘La La Land’ presented to us amazing score and songs. Enough said.

ARRIVAL Bradford Young
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren – WINNER
LION Greig Fraser

Opinion: Yup…’La La Land’ again. Beautiful camera work throughout the whole movie.

ARRIVAL Joe Walker
LA LA LAND Tom Cross

Opinion: I thought that ‘La La Land’ would win this as well. Fine. I’m glad that British Academy decided to spread the wealth and award something to ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ which is also another great film. 

DOCTOR STRANGE John Bush, Charles Wood
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Opinion: Well, British Academy would want to award ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ at least in one category and this is it. It’s a British film and British Academy would not want it to be completely shut out. 

ALLIED Joanna Johnston
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine – WINNER
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

Opinion: ‘Jackie’ presented to the audiences amazing costumes in that period of 1960s in the US, especially the glamorous ones worn by Natalie Portmna as Jackie. A deserving win. 

DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips – WINNER
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng

Opinion: Happy for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ to win this. Great make-up and hairstyling works in that movie. I’m surprised this film is not even getting a nomination in the Oscars in this category. BAFTA did it right more than the Oscars here.

ARRIVAL Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare – WINNER
DEEPWATER HORIZON Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

Opinion: Surprised to see ‘La La Land’ losing this one. Still happy for ‘Arrival’ to win with its unique and interesting sound work.

ARRIVAL Louis Morin
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez – WINNER
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

Opinion: A very deserving win for ‘The Jungle Book’, a movie filled with great scenery, realistic talking animals, and breathtaking visuals overall. 

THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King – WINNER
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

Opinion: No comment. Didn’t watch any of these works above.

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)


Opinion: I knew that Tom Holland will win this eventhough I find that Ruth Negga is more deserving of this recognition. All the British girls will just vote for Tom Holland while the boys also will vote for him, anticipating his upcoming Spiderman role in ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’. He is actually great in ‘The Impossible’, a disaster film few years ago when he was still a child. Now, he is a young adult and there is a bright future for him ahead.


Opinion: Curzon Cinemas is a chain of cinema that specializes in art house films. Didn’t know anything about it since I’m not living in London. Hence, no comment for its win.

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Opinion: I don’t know who is Mel Brooks and so no comment too.

‘La La Land’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 5 wins including taking home the best film prize. ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Moonlight’ are completely empty-handed without any win respectively. But overall, this awards has been spreading the wealth with many nominated films winning at least one award in the evening respectively.

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Winners from Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2017 by vincentloy

Screen Actors Guild Awards is one of the five major annual Hollywood film awards with the other four being the Critics Choice, Golden Globes, BAFTA and of course the Oscars. It is an important precursor to the Academy Awards every year. The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards or simply known as SAG is held last weekend on 29th January 2017. Here below is the full list of nominees for the awards with the winner highlighted in bold for each categories. This awards also honours the television section. As usual, I will be putting in my opinions in some categories.


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Captain Fantastic
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea


Opinion: ‘La La Land’ not nominated here is already a big surprise, but that still doesn’t take away its position as the frontrunner for best picture in the Oscars later. People are expecting ‘Manchester by the Sea’ or ‘Moonlight’ to take this, but in the end, ‘Hidden Figures’ emerged as the winner. That is surprising. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences


Opinion: Another shock. Casey Affleck has been the clear frontrunner in this race from the very beginning. And suddenly, SAG decided to honour Denzel Washington who has been nominated many times in the past but has not win before. So, it is confirmed that the Oscars next month for best actor will be the battle between Casey and Denzel. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


Opinion: Congratulation to Emma Stone who I find is a hardworking actress. However, I think her role in ‘La La Land’ is not that hard to portray and is not challenging compared to the other nominees. I don’t understand why she is the frontrunner and even winning this one. People just love her, and in the end, not judging by the true performances. The popularity of ‘La La Land’ pushed her to this victory. I’m still choosing Natalie Portman as my pick for best actress in the coming Oscars. 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Robin Wright, House of Cards


Opinion: I did watch a bit of this drama and I can say she is truly brilliant in this series portraying as the young Queen Elizabeth II. Young, beautiful and talented. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
John Lithgow, The Crown
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards


Opinion: Rather a weak category this year. As expected, they will award this to a veteran actor and also to compensate ‘The Crown’ loss in the ensemble category. ‘The Crown’ winning just one seems to be not ideal, hence this one too for John Lithgow from ‘The Crown’.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion


Opinion: It looks like it is a lock for Mahershala Ali to win supporting actor in the coming Oscars too unless the Academy wants to give us another surprise just like last year in this category by handing the Oscars to an unpopular choice, Mark Rylance.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Opinion: While there may be still surprise in the supporting actor category, this one appears 100% in hand for Viola Davis. She has been snubbed few years ago in lead actress race in the Oscars. It’s time to hand out one to her finally. Her win here in SAG is expected. 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ty Burrell, Modern Family
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Hacksaw Ridge
Jason Bourne
Nocturnal Animals

Opinion: Yes. I’m happy that ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is getting at least an award here. I love this film and it certainly has great and intense action performances (of course since it is a war film).

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Luke Cage
The Walking Dead

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin


Two remaining major awards to look forward to before wrapping up films released last year (2016); the BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) and the Oscars (Academy Awards). I didn’t watch this Screen Actors Guild Awards because I was away for a vacation in Vietnam but I do heard that many speeches by the winners are politically-motivated and in direction against their current US President Donald Trump, Hollywood hates him and there are many good reasons for it.

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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.


Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hidden Figures

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.

La La Land

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.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

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.

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.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land

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.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
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.

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.

La La Land

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.

“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.

Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

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.

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.

Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

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.

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

Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights

Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

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.


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.

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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:


The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Spotlight *WINNER
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


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…

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


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.

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


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.

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.

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).

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.

The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight *WINNER
Straight Outta Compton

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

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.

Black Mass
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.

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

Opinion: Mad Max…….AGAIN.

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.

Furious 7
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road *WINNER
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

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.

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.

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.

The Big Short *WINNER
Inside Out

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Assassin
Goodnight Mommy
The Second Mother
Son of Saul *WINNER

Cartel Land
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade Next

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.

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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The first major award to honour the best of Hollywood films in the year 2015 has arrived; the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by vincentloy

I managed to watch (or listen to exactly) parts of the presentation ceremony of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards this morning live from online streaming at Youtube. That’s illegal but it’s the only way that I could catch up to the result the same time with the television audiences from the US. It’s evening over there in US but it’s already morning the next day here in Malaysia. Too bad, the internet connection is not good and so I only managed to listen to certain parts of the show while I’m working in my office (couldn’t watch it since I have to work!).

Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at the usual venue, Beverly Hills and Hotel, Los Angeles. This is Ricky’s fourth time hosting the Golden Globes. He is good and funny as well but I miss Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The girls were much funnier in their previous hosting for the Golden Globes three times consecutively. Even Ricky’s opening monologue isn’t that hilarious and was shorter. As for the results of the awards, here below is the winners’ list. (the winner in bold alongside with the other 4 losing nominees). I also inserted my brief opinion after each categories. By the way, I didn’t include the television categories in since I didn’t watch any US series. I’m like most others only interested on the film section.


Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”


“The Revenant”



Opinion: I’m not pleased with this outcome. ‘The Revenant’ is a nice movie but it’s not a best-picture’s quality. Out of all the five nominees, ‘The Revenant’ is actually the film with the lowest score from multiple critics, be it from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritics. I don’t get why the HFPA voters voted this to win. I would prefer ‘Room’ to take it as I’m moved by this movie the most out of the five nominees. It’s a small budget movie but came with strong story and superb performances. A surprisingly exceptional film that should have won than ‘The Revenant’.


Best motion picture, musical or comedy



“The Big Short”

“The Martian”


Opinion: I don’t understand why HFPA sorted ‘The Martian’ as a comedy. The movie is nothing funny and I’m sure 100% of people out there would have placed it under ‘drama’ category which is obviously more suitable. I think HFPA liked this movie very much but the competition over at the ‘drama’ categories are too crowded, hence this decision. Anyway, I’m happy that ‘The Martian’ is getting recognition too. It’s a good movie (but it’s certainly not a comedy!!!) It’s a joke that the HFPA placed the movie here. Or they think that it is a musical? Hahaha….What’s on their minds, really?


Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Opinion: Very happy for Brie Larson. She is young but extremely talented and she nailed the role as the mother in the movie ‘Room’. Also to mention that Jacob Tremblay is awesome too portraying her son in this beautiful movie. Both Cate and Rooney were fantastic in ‘Carol’ too but putting them together in the same list equals to killing each other off, making it a lot easier for Brie Larson to take this home. She deserved it anyway. Alicia Vikander on the other hand is an extremely gifted actress and she shined this year. Awards may be too fast for her, but I’m sure her time will come very soon for multiple awards next time.


Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Joy’ but I knew Jennifer Lawrence is a very talented and professional actress. No problem with her taking another Golden Globe again.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Opinion: Ahhaa…finally Leonardo diCaprio is winning for the ‘drama’ section. This gives him a big boost for his chance in the next coming awards soon especially the Oscars of which he is certainly long overdue and has never win before. He is great in ‘The Revenant’ and he deserved it. It’s his year. No one else should take the trophies away from him. Michael Fassbender can try again next year. Eddie Redmayne had just won last year and should be fine letting it go this time around.


Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Creed’ but I hear many good words for Sylvester Stallone. I think he deserved it too since he is a wonderful senior actor and the movie brought him back to awards’ stage.

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Opinion: Since Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander compete in leading role, so everything is easier for Kate Winslet. Well, she is good too in ‘Steve Jobs’ alongside the leading man, Michael Fassbender. Happy that she won an award after many years of not seeing her on stage receiving award already. Another great actress.


Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Opinion: I think HFPA gave this to Alejandro G. Inarritu because he didn’t win it last year for his accomplishment in ‘Birdman’ that won him Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars but not at the Golden Globes. So, HFPA compensate it for him this year. However, in my personal opinion, I would prefer Ridley Scott or George Miller to take it this year. Anyway, I still have to say that Alejandro G. Inarritu is an awesome director. He knew things well on how his movie should go.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Opinion: It’s like the most predictable result of the whole show. This is simply allocated for Matt Damon since he would stand no chance at ‘drama’ category like I said earlier.

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Opinion: Another expected result. A script by Aaron Sorkin is always magnificent, especially when he wrote on subjects related to technology. His previous work in ‘The Social Network’ also won him a lot of accolades.

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Hateful Eight’ and so I couldn’t judge. But in my opinion, I prefer ‘The Danish Girl’ to win this actually. However, ‘The Danish Girl’ is not receiving award buzz already due to lower-than-expected ratings.

Best motion picture, animated


“The Good Dinosaur”

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Opinion: Very happy for ‘Inside Out’ to win. Certainly the best animated movie last year with no doubt. There is actually a split second that I’m worried that ‘Anomalisa’ may take this home as a dark horse since many are praising that movie too (but I don’t enjoy it). Glad that ‘Inside Out’ still prevails in the end.

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”

“See You Again,” “Furious 7”

“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Opinion: My top 2 favourites are ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ and ‘See You Again’. Any one of them winning is fine for me. Since ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ win the Golden Globes already, I think the following awards should instead recognize ‘See You Again’.

Best motion picture, foreign language

“The Brand New Testament”

“The Club”

“The Fencer”


“Son of Saul”

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of the five nominated foreign-language films above and so no comment.

Extra note: I’m also surprised that Lady Gaga is winning an award in one of the television categories. Didn’t know that she can act as well aside from her superb singing. This is her first ever nomination in a film award, and she won it straight away. Hmm…

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Full nomination list revealed for TVB Anniversary Awards 2015.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2015 by vincentloy

Next week is already the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2015 and the voting for that particular awards presentation will end today. Hence, for all Malaysians, today is your last chance to cast your vote. I did voted everyday and I hope I can win the tickets for the show. I probably won’t be attending it but at least I can sell them since they are high in demand. I did that last year too. After the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2015 next Saturday, the final and most prestigious annual awards presentation for Hong Kong’s TVB would be the TVB Anniversary Awards. This year, it will be held on 13th December 2015. Singaporeans have voted. Malaysians have voted. Now, it’s finally the time for Hong Kongers to vote!!!


Here below are the nomination list for the awards. What I don’t like about the nomination list this year is that they include almost everyone into the list. Once you get to star in any series in broadcast this year, then you get nominated. This way makes the nomination list looks ‘cheap’. They should limit the nominees for each categories to only five. Then, it make things more interesting while the nominees would feel more honoured. In this nomination list below which has just been fully announced yesterday, I will as usual put in my comments and picks for each categories.

“Best Actor” nominees:
1. Mak Cheung-ching — Come Home Love
2. Johnson Lee — Officer Geomancer
3. Edwin Siu — Madam Cutie On Duty
4. Ben Wong — Raising the Bar
5. Him Law — Young Charioteers
6. Kevin Cheng — Eye In the Sky
7. Joe Ma — Smooth Talker
8. Damian Lau — Limelight Years
9. Moses Chan — Ghost of Relativity
10. Vincent Wong — Brick Slaves
11. Chin Ka-lok — The Fixer
12. Louis Cheung — Momentary Lapse of Reason
13. Ruco Chan — Captain of Destiny
14. Tony Hung — Captain of Destiny
15. Bosco Wong — Under the Veil
16. Bobby Au-yeung — With or Without You
17. Anthony Wong — Lord of Shanghai
18. Wayne Lai — Lord of Shanghai
19. Kent Tong — Lord of Shanghai
20. Kenneth Ma — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Kevin Cheng, Ruco Chan, Anthony Wong, Wayne Lai, Kenneth Ma

My personal favourite: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny).

Expected to win: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny), Anthony Wong (Lord of Shanghai).

Opinion: Ruco has win for the same role in Singapore and is expected to do the same in Malaysia next week. Hence, high chance for him to continue his winning steak to Hong Kong. However, film king Anthony Wong is a heavyweight star this year and he is not bad in ‘Lord of Shanghai’. Kenneth Ma out of sudden went into this category eventhough I expected him to land in supporting actor category since he is potraying only the younger part of Kiu Ngo Tin (portrayed by Anthony Wong). But so far in all the flashback scenes, he is absolutely brilliant despite the disturbing dubbing of his voice.

“Best Actress” nominees:
1. Priscilla Wong — Madam Cutie On Duty
2. Elaine Yiu — Raising the Bar
3. Grace Chan — Raising the Bar
4. Nancy Sit — My “Spiritual” Ex-Lover
5. Sisley Choi — Young Charioteers
6. Kate Tsui — Smooth Talker
7. Elena Kong — Smooth Talker
8. Liza Wang — Limelight Years
9. Linda Chung — Limelight Years
10. Kristal Tin — Ghost of Relativity
11. Nancy Wu — Ghost of Relativity
12. Selena Li — Brick Slaves
13. Mandy Wong — The Fixer
14. Myolie Wu — Every Step You Take
15. Tavia Yeung — Momentary Lapse of Reason
16. Rosina Lam — Momentary Lapse of Reason
17. Eliza Sam — Under the Veil
18. Joey Meng — With or Without You
19. Louisa So — Lord of Shanghai
20. Alice Chan — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Liza Wang, Linda Chung, Kristal Tin, Nancy Wu, Tavia Yeung.

My personal favourite: Liza Wang (Limelight Years)

Expected to win: Liza Wang (Limelight Years)

Opinion: Many said that the two leading actresses from ‘Ghost of Relativity’ had high chances but I don’t think so. Kristal Tin is good in there but had just won not long ago. For me, Nancy Wu is only average in the series eventhough I do acknowledge that her acting is very good already. The veteran artist, Liza Wang stand a chance. Linda Chung will sneak into top 5 quietly since she is very natural in her acting in the same series with Liza. Also worth to comment that Selena Li did a great job taking on a leading role in ‘Brick Slaves’. But somehow, I think she won’t get into top 5 as there is still Tavia.

“Favorite Male Character” nominees:
1. Oscar Leung — Officer Geomancer
2. Edwin Siu — Madam Cutie On Duty
3. Ben Wong — Raising the Bar
4. Him Law — Young Charioteers
5. Kevin Cheng — Eye In the Sky
6. Damian Lau — Limelight Years
7. Moses Chan — Ghost of Relativity
8. Vincent Wong — Brick Slaves
9. Benjamin Yuen — The Fixer
10. Louis Cheung — Momentary Lapse of Reason
11. Mat Yeung — Momentary Lapse of Reason
12. Ruco Chan — Captain of Destiny
13. Tony Hung — Captain of Destiny
14. Bosco Wong — Under the Veil
15. Joseph Lee — Under the Veil
16. Bobby Au-yeung — With or Without You
17. Anthony Wong — Lord of Shanghai
18. Wayne Lai — Lord of Shanghai
19. Kent Tong — Lord of Shanghai
20. Kenneth Ma — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Kevin Cheng, Ruco Chan, Anthony Wong, Kenneth Ma, Moses Chan

My personal favourite: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny), Kenneth Ma (Lord of Shanghai).

Expected to win: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny), Anthony Wong (Lord of Shanghai).

Expected to win: So far, only these two guys above did made an impact on me while I’m watching their scenes in their respective series. If Ruco win best actor, then this favourite male award shall go to Kenneth Ma or Anthony Wong. Kenneth won this award before and so I’ll say Anthony. If Ruco didn’t win best actor, this favourite male award must be for him. If not, I’m going to smash the TV screen when the result is announced.

“Favorite Female Character” nominees:
1. Priscilla Wong — Madam Cutie On Duty
2. Mandy Wong — Madam Cutie On Duty
3. Stephanie Ho — Raising the Bar
4. Angela Tong — My “Spiritual” Ex-Lover
5. Liza Wang — Limelight Years
6. Linda Chung — Limelight Years
7. Kristal Tin — Ghost of Relativity
8. Nancy Wu — Ghost of Relativity
9. Vivien Yeo— Ghost of Relativity
10. Selena Li — Brick Slaves
11. Tavia Yeung — Momentary Lapse of Reason
12. Rosina Lam — Momentary Lapse of Reason
13. Grace Chan — Captain of Destiny
14. Elaine Yiu — Captain of Destiny
15. Eliza Sam — Under the Veil
16. Joey Meng — With or Without You
17. Jacqueline Wong — With or Without You
18. Louisa So — Lord of Shanghai
19. Alice Chan — Lord of Shanghai
20. Jade Leung — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Linda Chung, Kristal Tin, Nancy Wu, Selena Li, Alice Chan

My personal favourite: Kristal Tin (Ghost of Relativity), Selena Li (Brick Slaves)

Expected to win: Kristal Tin (Ghost of Relativity), Linda Chung (Limelight Years)

Opinion: The furthest Kristal can go is favourite female award this year. She won this before too but I think her performance in ‘Ghost of Relativity’ is very convincing and she can win it again. Linda has been feeling very ’empty’ in many years already and I don’t mind giving this out to her as a consolation. Selena is not bad and I hope TVB give more nice leading roles for her and Nancy too. Both of them can do it.

“Best Supporting Actor” nominees:
1. Owen Cheung — Come Home Love
2. Koo Ming-wah — Lady Sour
3. Raymond Cho — Madam Cutie On Duty
4. Junior Anderson — Madam Cutie On Duty
5. Ram Chiang — Raising the Bar
6. Timothy Cheng — Raising the Bar
7. Jason Chan — Romantic Repertoire
8. Tommy Wong — Smooth Talker
9. William Chak — Limelight Years
10. Jonathan Wong — Limelight Years
11. Eddie Kwan — Ghost of Relativity
12. Ngo Ka-nin — Ghost of Relativity
13. Timothy Hung — The Fixer
14. Lau Kong — Momentary Lapse of Reason
15. Hugo Wong — Momentary Lapse of Reason
16. Li Shing-cheong — Captain of Destiny
17. Joel Chan — Captain of Destiny
18. Joseph Lee — With or Without You
19. Vincent Wong — With or Without You
20. Willie Wai — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Raymond Cho, Eddie Kwan, Li Shing-cheong, Joel Chan, Vincent Wong.

My personal favourite: Joel Chan (Captain of Destiny).

Expected to win: Joel Chan (Captain of Destiny).

Opinion: Joel surprised us with an excellent performance in ‘Captain of Destiny’. People all commented previously that his performance is even better than the two lead roles portrayed by Tony Hung and Grace Chan in the same series. I agreed to that. On the other hand, the other nominees in this category are mostly very weak. Well, Li Shing-cheong is also very convincing and funny at the same time for his villain role in ‘Captain of Destiny’ too. But his character gets very much lesser important in the end.

“Best Supporting Actress” nominees:
1. Law Lan — Officer Geomancer
2. Rachel Kan — Madam Cutie On Duty
3. Natalie Tong — Raising the Bar
4. Stephanie Ho — Raising the Bar
5. Jeannie Chan — Raising the Bar
6. Elena Kong — Raising the Bar
7. Ali Lee — My “Spiritual” Ex-Lover
8. Samantha Ko — Eye In the Sky
9. Michelle Yim — Limelight Years
10. Vivien Yeo — Ghost of Relativity
11. Celine Ma — Ghost of Relativity
12. Mimi Chu — Ghost of Relativity
13. Tracy Chu — Smooth Talker
14. Cilla Kung — Every Step You Take
15. Elaine Yiu — Captain of Destiny
16. Kelly Fu — Captain of Destiny
17. Susan Tse — Captain of Destiny
18. Katy Kung — Under the Veil
19. Jacqueline Wong — With or Without You
20. Jade Leung — Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Law Lan, Elena Kong, Vivien Yeo, Mimi Chu, Elaine Yiu.

My personal favourite: Elaine Yiu (Captain of Destiny).

Expected to win: Elaine Yiu (Captain of Destiny).

Opinion: Just like Joel Chan, Elaine Yiu has been in the acting industry for quite many years already. Hence, this may be the time to acknowledge her acting. She is not bad as the villainous concubine in ‘Captain of Destiny’. Michelle Yim should be nominated for ‘Young Charioteers’ and not ‘Limelight Years’. She is much better in the former and will have higher chance of getting into top 5 or even winning. Now, represented in ‘Limelight Years’, she literally had no chance.

“Most Improved Male Artiste” nominees:
1. William Chak
2. Tony Hung
3. James Ng
4. Hugo Wong
5. Mat Yeung
6. Benjamin Yuen

My top 3: Tony Hung, Mat Yeung, Benjamin Yuen

My personal favourite: Tony Hung

Expected to win: Tony Hung

Opinion: Eventhough received multiple backlash in leading role in ‘Captain of Destiny’, but that kind of role also helps him to be ‘seen’ more. He is also not bad in the other series, ‘Eye in the Sky’. There is still huge room of improvement for him but so far he is the best in this list. Mat Yeung had many roles this year but none of the roles attract attention. He only got very minor roles.

“Most Improved Female Artiste: nominees:
1. Grace Chan
2. Tracy Chu
3. Rosina Lam
4. Ali Lee
5. Jacqueline Wong
6. Rebecca Zhu

My top 3: Grace Chan, Tracy Chu, Rosina Lam

My personal favourite: Rosina Lam

Expected to win: Rosina Lam / Grace Chan

Opinion: Rosina Lam just won best supporting actress in Singapore’s TVB Starhub. This elevates her chance in this category since she is not even nominated for supporting actress category. She is a talented new actress and I can see good future in her in this industry. TVB tries too hard and quick to promote Grace Chan and may hand out this to her too but I disagree. She too is improving but her annoying acting in ‘Captain of Destiny’ made me think that she shall wait for one or two more years. Her time will come soon anyway. Tracy Chu is a dark horse.

“Most Popular Classic Drama” nominees:
Lives of Omission (2011)
Brother’s Keeper (2013)
Triumph In the Skies (2003)
The Greed of Man (1992)
The Justice of Life (1989)
The Final Verdict (1988)
Time Before Time (1997)
War of the Genders (2000)

My top 3 pick: The Greed of Man, Triumph in the Skies, War of the Genders

My personal favourite: War of the Genders

Expected to win: ??? Unsure.

Opinion: I’m surprised on this sudden new category introduced this year. I’m fine with this category but I think that more classic dramas should be nominated. Recent dramas (from 2010’s onwards) should not be nominated since they are still considered ‘recent’ and not ‘classic’ yet. They should include ‘Square Pegs’, ‘War and Beauty’, ‘Heart of Greed’, ‘Moonlight Resonance’ and ‘Rosy Business’ in. Really undecided on which series expected to win but I love ‘War of the Genders’. It is a funny classic drama starring Carol Cheng and Dayo Wong.

“Best TV Host” nominees:
Sidewalk Scientist – Ali Lee, Leung Ka-ki, Jacqueline Wong, Mayanne Mak, Sammi Cheung, Roxanne Tong
Sunday Songbird – Liza Wang, Adam Cheng, Jerry Lamb
Are You Healthy? – Lawrence Cheng, Leung Ka-ki, Steven Cheung
Neighbourhood Gourmet 3 – Kitty Yuen, King Kong Lee
Good Cheap Eats 3 – Maria Cordero, Luk Ho-ming
Helen TO-KYO! – Helen To
Four Amigos Bon Voyage – Kenneth Tsang, Patrick Tse, Wu Fung, Joe Junior
Not Far But Away – Tony Hung
DoDo Goes Shopping – Carol Cheng, Priscilla Wong, FAMA, Sammy Sum, Sharon Chan, Fred Cheng, Oscar Leung, Kenneth Ma

Expected to win: Sunday Songbird hosts, Four Amigos Bon Voyage hosts, Dodo Goes Shopping hosts.

Opinion: Not much comments to this category and also to the two categories below.

“Best Variety Show or Special Programme” nominees:
Sze U Tonight
Sunday Songbird
Street Sorcerers 3
Good Cheap Eats 3
Helen TO-KYO!
The Million Dollar Minute
Four Amigos Bon Voyage
Miss Hong Kong 2015
DoDo Goes Shopping
48th TVB Anniversary Gala

Expected to win: Sze U Tonight, Sunday Songbird, Dodo Goes Shopping

“Best Informative Programme” nominees:
Sidewalk Scientist
Am I Healthy?
Big Big World
World’s Great Parties
Not Far But Away

Expected to win: Am I Healthy?, Not Far But Away.

“Best Drama Serial” nominees:
Come Home Love
Lady Sour
Officer Geomancer
Noblesse Oblige
Madam Cutie On Duty
Raising the Bar
My “Spiritual” Ex-Lover
Young Charioteers
Eye In the Sky
Romantic Repertoire
Smooth Talker
Limelight Years
Wudang Rules
Master of Destiny
Ghost of Relativity
Brick Slaves
The Fixer
Every Step You Take
Momentary Lapse of Reason
Captain of Destiny
Under the Veil
With or Without You
Lord of Shanghai

My top 5: Eye in the Sky, Limelight Years, Ghost of Relativity, Captain of Destiny, Lord of Shanghai

My personal favourite: Captain of Destiny, Lord of Shanghai

Expected to win: Lord of Shanghai / Captain of Destiny

Opinion: This is a hard category to choose. Early this year, I love ‘Limelight Years’ very much. In mid of the year, ‘Ghost of Relativity’ is very entertaining. Then, ‘Captain of Destiny’ surprised us with many good elements and had just won most favourite series in Singapore. And finally, ‘Lord of Shanghai’, a grand production with heavyweight casts came in. Hard to choose. But my top 2 are fixed. I’m happy either of the two win.

“Most Popular Original Theme Song”

Opinion: Didn’t see any nomination list for this category so far. But my personal pick would be the theme song for ‘Young Charioteers’, ‘Eye in the Sky’, ‘Captain of Destiny’, ‘Lord of Shanghai’ and ‘Limelight Years’.

“Lifetime Achievement Award”

Opinion: I wonder who will win this award this year. I hope they give it to the one very well deserved and had really served very long in TVB and overall in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.

That’s all for my thoughts for the nomination list of the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards 2015. What’s your own opinions? Same with mine? You can share your thoughts at the comment section below. Last but not least, happy 48th birthday to TVB once again!


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