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29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 opens with surprisingly good opening ceremony!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2017 by vincentloy

The 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 has officially opened with a magnificent opening ceremony held just now in Bukit Jalil National Stadium. I am not in Malaysia but I am glad to be able to watch the ceremony live just now from YouTube. It began on 8.17pm (20:17 time for this year of 2017). I didn’t have high expectation of the ceremony, as you know, it is Malaysia. I remembered that our opening ceremony for 1998 Commonwealth Games was nothing exciting and I don’t even remember a single moment from the ceremony in 2001 when we last hosted this SEA Games.

Then, I am left surprised. The opening ceremony just now was actually good. Not to the point that it was incredible or out of this world, but it is still a great show. We of course cannot compare this to Olympic-level ceremonies. This is considered breathtaking at SEA Games level. The ceremony is short (just two hours) and I’m fine with it. The official speeches were short (good too). The first half of the ceremony is dedicated for all the official procedures like flags parade, athletes parade, and oaths taking. Then, came the second part that I’m looking forward to which is the performance segment.

I’m surprised that the role of the creative director is given to a Chinese this time. Cool. That’s a wise decision. I’m not intending to be racist here but giving major role to a Chinese in Malaysia is a very seldom occasion. Give us a chance and we will deliver. And he (forgot his name) delivered. I’m amazed by his ability to combine the traditional shows with contemporary elements for the performances. It’s hard to do that and he accomplished it. I can still experience the unique diversity of Malaysia (and ASEAN overall) through traditional dances and outfits, but at the same time, listening to vibrant modern music and seeing high-tech colourful lighting and projection all around. The choreography and synchronisation aren’t at the best but the effort is there. The presentation appeared to be like a mess for a time but overall, the energy was there.

Before watching the show, I have fear that the ceremony will be overwhelmed with very traditional dances and songs. I’m now certainly in relief. The songs during the performance are also great and complements to the energetic atmosphere of the almost fully-packed stadium. As for the stadium, I love the newly refurbished stadium. It looks awesome with the new skin cladding and modern LED lights. A major disappointment of the ceremony would be the cauldron. It’s just a huge chunk of cylinder mimicking ‘oil lamp’ (the broadcaster said so). That part is supposed to be intense and exciting. The end result is not. Lack of effort on this crucial part of the ceremony. And I don’t even know the last torch bearer. Apology but who is she? The last torch bearer is supposed to be someone who is the most excellent in world sports. By the way, where is our beloved Datuk Lee Chong Wei? He is not appearing at all in this ceremony. He is the best choice for that spot.

Last but not least, the concluding fireworks is awesome although I wish for more. Generally, the ceremony is great and is a good effort but it lacks ‘wow’ moment. There literally isn’t any ‘wow’ moment in the show. All the ‘suspended in the air’ show in the ceremony fall short of excitement too. The idea of having LED lights installed at the side of audiences’ seats reminds me of the same situation for London 2012 ceremonies. Well, I’m fine for this idea to be reused again to make the show better. Now, the games begin and we will see if Malaysia could reach its target by winning over 111 golds and topping the medal tally. The games will end with a closing ceremony on 30th August 2017, which is coincidentally the eve of the country’s 60th anniversary of independence celebration.

(Images in this post are from The Star Online and YouTube screenshots)

The month of June starts with the end of The Amazing Race 29

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by vincentloy

I have been following every episodes of The Amazing Race Season 29 each week. I have actually followed this reality television show for several continuous seasons by now. I love this program which sees a number of teams in pair travelling across the world, completing tasks, having arguments within themselves or with other teams, experiencing difficulties, brace the extreme challenges and sweating it all out to win the final grand prize of US$ 1 million. In this Season 29, the teams are formed by choosing within the group of individual participants who are completely stranger to one another.

I look forward to the new episodes every weekend and they traveled to countries like Panama, Brazil, Norway, Italy, Greece, Vietnam, South Korea, etc to complete tasks. Matt and Redmond are a great team that I first foresee their potential to win this season of The Amazing Race. They have been performing very well and consistently in every episodes. However, their poor decision of choosing train as their mode of transport in Seoul and the carelessness of their taxi driver later on the same day who brought them to other location has cost their opportunity to win the race. What a bad day that turns everything over for them! They were the last team to get kicked out before the final leg which is so unfortunate.

The final 3 teams that successfully proceed to the final leg are Scott and Brooke, Tara and Joey, and London and Logan. These 3 pairs were always considered the underdogs earlier on as they have not performed very well in the earlier legs. And to my surprise, luck is on Scott and Brooke’s (picture below) side on the last two crucial legs. Everything seems to be very smooth for this pair and they indeed win the race in the end and won the 1 million dollar. A huge congratulation to them! I actually find it unexpected because they are actually one of the weaker teams as compared to the rest. I also cannot stand the consistent whining by Brooke in every legs. She is too annoying and unbearable throughout the whole race. She can’t even do a simple task properly and loves to scream ‘I’m dying’ even at simple task of just running around. Scott should just get the whole bunch of the 1 million dollar just for putting up to her. Brooke do not deserve a single cent from this win. She should seriously work on her attitude. She now literally becomes my most hated person in The Amazing Race series, and will not be remembered as the winner of this reality show. Now, I have to wait for the next one, The Amazing Race 30 and I hope it will be out very soon. That will be the iconic 30th edition of the show!

On the other hand, did TVB has no new own dramas to show now? It has two timeslots every evening on the television. TVB ended up putting a mainland China drama and an old local drama made 10 years ago currently. This is a very bad move. People will just move away from their dramas for now. TVB should really appreciate the viewers and not letting them leave with such move especially in this year when the station will celebrate its 50th anniversary. I’m sure you have a lot of other completed dramas in shelf ready to be released out. I have no choice but to watch ‘Phoenix Rising’ now, a drama that was actually made a decade ago and they choose to release it now. They did release this drama earlier on though in oversea market.

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

74th Golden Globe Awards…so who’s winning?

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2017 by vincentloy

The 74th Golden Globe Awards honouring the best of Hollywood films and television series for the past year (2016) was held just now at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California. Produced and with votes determined by members of Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), this is one of the five major annual Hollywood film awards. Jimmy Fallon, a popular comedian hosted the show that lasted for three hours.

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I watched the last two hours of the show because I woke up late. It’s so nice to be able to watch it through live streaming from YouTube from its official Golden Globes channel. The awards ceremony was noted for delivering some shocking result in some categories. Here below is the full result for the 74th Golden Globe Awards with a bit of my personal thoughts on few categories:

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Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Meryl Streep

Opinion: I thought she would have got this award long time ago. A talented actress who has dedicated over 40 years of her life in theatre, television series and films. Nominated for 19 Academy Awards and winning three, nominated for 30 Golden Globe Awards and winning eight, are records that no one else has accomplished. I long admired many of her performances in films such as ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. She truly deserved this honour. The moment when she stood up and walked to stage to receive the award accompanied with standing ovation of all audiences and ‘Mamma Mia’ music playing in the background is emotional.

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Best picture, drama: “Moonlight”

Opinion: With this win, ‘Moonlight’ is racing to the top as another frontrunner to win best picture in Oscars next month. I don’t like to watch this kind movie and I find that Hollywood is now trying too hard to acknowledge back works by the Black after being faced with harsh criticisms in the past for not nominating any Black actors or actresses in the past Oscars.

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Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land”

Opinion: An enjoyable movie that received critical acclaim. So no reason for it not to win. 

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Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Opinion: First shock of the winner list. Would prefer the hot favourite Natalie Portman to win for her excellent performance in ‘Jackie’. It’s okay. She has won it before few years ago for ‘Black Swan’. 

Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Opinion: Looks like Casey Affleck is almost 100% lock for the Oscars for best actor. 

Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Opinion: Looks like Viola Davis is also almost 100% lock for the Oscars for this category.

Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Opinion: Second shock of the list. Many predicted clear favourite Mahershala Ali to win for ‘Moonlight’. And out of sudden, Aaron Taylor-Johnson who didn’t receive any award buzz earlier at all took this.

Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Animated film: “Zootopia”

Opinion: I enjoy watching ‘Zootopia’ but in terms of judging the best, I prefer ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ to win.

Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)

Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”

Opinion: Very much predictable to have a movie heavily centred on music to win both original score and song. 

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Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix

Opinion: This series took down ‘Stranger Things’, earlier favourite to win this honour to surprise of most people. Conclusion is, voters love works that are based on real life people and real life event. This one is based on Queen Elizabeth II.

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Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX

Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”

Opinion: It’s great to see Tom Hiddleston being honoured even is on this television category.

Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Opinion: I haven’t watch the whole series yet. I have only watched some clips from that series and I can already see the strength of her performance in ‘The Crown’. She is one young, beautiful and talented actress.

Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”

Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”

Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”

‘La La Land’ is the biggest winner of the evening for film categories with a total of 7 awards. The film breaks the record for the most Golden Globes won by a single film. It looks like ‘La La Land’ is going to win big in Oscars next month too, but I think the film will only take those awards in technical categories, and not the major ones like motion picture, lead actor and lead actress. ‘The Night Manager’ is the biggest winner in television categories by snatching 3 awards while ‘The Crown’ took 2 major wins. What’s bad for the awards ceremony is that the producer heavily cutting off time for acceptance speeches which is disrespectful to make way for excessive advertisement time. So for now, the next major awards to look forward to is the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards to be held on 29th January 2017.

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

New Year 2017 Fireworks!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2017 by vincentloy

Didn’t get to watch any new year fireworks live yesterday in KL since I’m at home with family on 12am last night. Well, I do not have the urge to watch the fireworks here in Malaysia eventhough I enjoy doing so because the displays here are simply too plain and boring every year.

So, I have to look up on new year fireworks display from other major cities across the world that were much more exciting to watch! YouTube is the best place for me to do so today after all cities across the globe has already celebrated the occasion from one time zone to another.

The best fireworks display goes to Sydney, Australia as usual. It is one of the largest new year’s fireworks display and its 12-minutes show was really overwhelming and beautiful. View of the massive fireworks shooting up from the Sydney Harbour and the iconic Harbour Bridge impressed me every year.

Here below are the other new year 2017 fireworks display in other cities that look great too:

London, UK – from the London Eye ferris wheel. Amazing and is always the second best.

Hong Kong, China – I like the idea of fireworks shooting from some buildings in the city but that only happened in the 10-seconds countdown to 2017 and not in the entire show which would make it much better.

Dubai, UAE – from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa and its surrounding. I’m impressed by the LED projection screen all over the facade of Burj Khalifa during the fireworks show.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building. Taipei 101 is the only stand-alone tall building in the city and so shooting fireworks from the tower itself in all angles is possible. And that is what makes their fireworks show every year spectacular. The inclusion of dramatic play of light of the building during the show is also great.

These fireworks shows above are way much better than our pyrotechnic show in KLCC. We couldn’t deliver intense and interesting display every year. It’s always the same one spot and same one style. It would be much better if our city presents a unified show by shooting fireworks from some major buildings in the city with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower as the main highlights.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from the KLCC Park with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers as the backdrop.

That’s it. Happy New Year 2017 to everyone once again! Have a great year ahead!

(All videos in this post are from YouTube)

TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 ended with some shocking results.

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

TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 (萬千星輝頒獎典禮 2016) concluded a moment ago with some predicted and also some shocking results this year. This awards, held back in Hong Kong is the last of the three awards presentations to honour the best of TVB artists, dramas and programmes annually with the earlier two ceremonies being held in Singapore and Malaysia. For the full nomination list of the TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 before scrolling down to check the winners’ list, you can view back my previous post on that particular nomination list at this link:

https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/nomination-list-for-tvb-anniversary-awards-2016/

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Here below is the full result of the TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 along with my opinions:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Chow Chung

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Opinion: Chow Chung deserved this honour. Eventhough he will be already reaching 86 years old next month, he still actively participates in many recent dramas and I admire his commitment to TVB. Eventhough he appeared mostly in very minor or supporting roles, but his dedication is no doubt strong. I’m glad for him winning this award.

Most Improved TV Female Artist: Ali Lee (Fashion War, Brother’s Keeper II, Law dis-Order, Sidewalk Scientist, Organized Dining, Anchors with Passport Series 2)

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Opinion: I’m fine with Ali Lee winning as I do see she did very well this year with many good roles. I predicted earlier that Moon Lau to win this as I find Moon Lau slightly better with more notable and likable roles this year. Anyway, I still think Ali Lee deserves this award too.

Most Improved TV Male Artist: Jonathan Cheung (The Last Healer in Forbidden City, House of Spirits, A Fist Within Four Walls, Spirits on Vacation)

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Opinion: I’m very happy for Jonathan Cheung. His hard work paid off and I truly saw his excellent performances in all of the dramas he was involved in for this year. He is one good actor and shall be given more opportunities from now on. He nailed all the roles this year and there is no other person to take this award away from him.

Most Popular Series Partnership: Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (Over Run Over)

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Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Over Run Over’ and so I couldn’t comment much on this one. Anyway, I’m fine with them winning. I believe they did have very good chemistry and have produced some sparks in that series.

Best Supporting Actor: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick)

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Opinion: Finally! I’m happy that Raymond Cho is finally winning. He has been in the acting industry for decades and finally this year, his work in ‘Short End of the Stick’ is paid off. Not only that an award for him is long overdue, but he also did very well portraying as one of the eunuchs in that drama.

Best Supporting Actress: Katy Kung (Two Steps from Heaven)

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Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Two Steps from Heaven’ and so I couldn’t comment further. Deep down in my heart, I wish for Joyce Tang (House of Spirits) or Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls) to win this. The race in this category is particularly strong this year. I read from news that Katy Kung has the hype due to her crying scene in ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. I don’t like the way that Hong Kong citizens now prefer to judge a person’s acting based solely on his or her crying ability. It’s a poor judgement, and that leads to a poor decision to this result. I’m nothing against Katy but I still think Joyce or even Grace’s performances are more solid than Katy. This is the first shock of the evening.

Most Popular Drama Theme Song: ‘Never Know You Are The Best’ by Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: An expected result. This song which is only a sub-theme song for the drama ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ turns out to be a big hit. It’s a nice song and once you hear it, you know which drama we are talking about. That’s how good it is. A deserving win.

Best Variety Programme: I Heart HK

Opinion: I prefer ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ to win this. ‘I Heart HK’ is not much entertaining compared to ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ with much lesser games and funny scenes this time.

Best Enrichment Programme: Sidewalk Scientist

Opinion: No comment on this category as I have not watched any of the enrichment programmes this year.

Best Special Programme: Heaven and Earth

Opinion: Also no comment for this category.

Best Programme Host: Carol Cheng, C-Kwan & Luk Wing (Do Did Eat)

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Opinion: I have no issue with them winning this. Everyone wants them to win since Carol Cheng is a very respected figure in TVB. Her partnership with C-Kwan and Luk Wing also turned out to be surprisingly awkward yet good. They created interesting hosting atmosphere.

Professionalism Awards x 3: Koo Ming Wah, Carlo Ng & Chun Wong.

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Opinion: Out of these three, I find Koo Ming Wah to be the least deserving. He has won Best Supporting Actor several years ago and that should be more than enough to recognize his contribution. This is a bit too much for him. I would rather have Power Chan to take this one since he is one great actor that has always been left out in races to win awards. Carlo Ng and Chun Wong are very deserving winners of this professionalism awards.

Most Favourite TV Female Character: Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Second shock of the evening. I would prefer Grace Wong to win for supporting actress rather than this one. This is also a bit too much for her. She did very well in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ but I couldn’t accept the fact that Joyce Tang didn’t win anything for the evening. This is so unfair and unfortunate for Joyce Tang who gave extremely brilliant and likable performance in ‘House of Spirits’.

Best Actress: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: This is a predicted outcome. There is not many strong competitors this year for best actress and so it’s the second consecutive win for Nancy. Anyway, she did a very good job in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. There is no other choice as she is the only one that stood out this year. I would prefer her to get this Best Actress for the first time this year as I still think Liza Wang from ‘Limelight Years’ is a much better choice for best actress last year.

Most Favourite TV Male Character: Benjamin Yuen (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Third shock of the evening. I hardly put my eyes on Benjamin’s character when I was watching ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. His role is nothing much and out of sudden, he won this coveted ‘Most Favourite TV Male Character’. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I wonder how Hong Kong citizens vote? They have very poor judgement. Bobby Au should easily win this from his impressive and well-received performance in ‘House of Spirits’.

Best Actor: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Finally, it’s time for Ruco Chan to be awarded best actor after he lost out to Anthony Wong last year in this category. He is one talented actor and since ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ is such a hit and is a drama that required him to put in a lot of effort, in the end, he managed to pull it off, and that leads to his victory here. Very deserving. There was one moment when I’m afraid that Roger Kwok may win this again and snatch the best actor prize away from Ruco. Roger is good in ‘Dead Wrong’ but I find his acting is a bit forced, brittle and exaggerated this time.

Best Series: A Fist Within Four Walls

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Opinion: Also another quite expected outcome. ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ is a fantastic drama this year with many suspense, plot twists, great action sequences, incredible cast performances and wonderful production. This drama is a huge hit, gets high viewership rating, and get us all talking about it when it was airing. A deserving win for this drama. It is also the biggest winner of the evening, also taking almost all the major acting awards as well as the song award. I felt pity for ‘House of Spirits’ that got snubbed heavily. They should award something to Bobby Au and Joyce Tang.

This year’s result for the TVB Anniversary Awards is not that good. Some are deserving but most of the major awards went to the people who I don’t think deserved them. I believe many out there share similar thoughts with mine too. Not a very good outcome this year. Poor voting decision by Hong Kong audiences in certain categories obviously.

As for the ceremony, I am annoyed by the poor editing of the ceremony as well as very rude cut-off of award winners’ speeches just to make time for the excessive slots for advertisements. I also hate it when they cut off the part when Ruco and Nancy sang their winning drama theme song for advertisements again. Very bad. I only enjoyed the ‘Mannequin Challenge’ done in the introduction part of the ceremony, but for that, it has sacrificed a usual segment to introduce all the attending nominated actors and actresses. Carol Cheng, Luk Wing and C-Kwan should have just stayed on stage all the time to host together with Sammy Leung rather than staying inside a room doing nothing much. The guests presenting the ‘Most Favourite TV Male Character’ and ‘Best Actor’ prizes should be of heavyweight celebrities rather than having two almost unknown young actresses presenting that two highly coveted honours. I hope TVB can do much better next year for its 50th anniversary gala and awards show. This year is pretty bad in almost all areas, and that includes the awards’ result.

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

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.

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Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

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’.

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Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“Joy”

“Spy”

“The Big Short”

“The Martian”

“Trainwreck”

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

“Anomalisa”

“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”

“Mustang”

“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…

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

Happy New Year 2016!

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by vincentloy

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! It’s a wonderful new year!

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There is nothing more important on this first blog post of the year than to wish everyone a wonderful new year from the bottom of my heart! It’s the first day of the year, and so it’s holiday for everyone no matter where you are. Happy Holiday to everyone too, and enjoy this coming weekend break too. Nice…it’s a 3 days of continuous break again! First thing first, have you changed your calendar yet? Your 2015 calendar should be in dustbin already, and your 2016 calendar should be placed nicely in front of you now.

One of the best thing for me to do for new year’s celebration is to watch new year fireworks display in major cities across the world. I love fireworks! Eventhough it’s polluting the air but it is a must-thing for a countdown event like this very happening new year celebration. If there is no fireworks (no loud noise, no beautiful colourful display on the sky), then there is no feel or excitement to mark a new year. Thanks to some people from around the world who were very quick on uploading clips of them recording fireworks display from their respective places for the new year celebration last night that enabled me to watch them this morning already. And here are some of the clips:

London, United Kingdom – from London Eye ferris wheel with shots of iconic Big Ben tower.

Sydney, Australia – from Harbour Bridge with shots of iconic Sydney Opera House.

Hong Kong, China – from the water body as well as from several buildings out of the picturesque city skyline.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – from Burj Khalifa, current world’s tallest building.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from KLCC Park, in front of the Petronas Twin Towers, current world’s tallest twin buildings.

Beautiful fireworks, aren’t they? If you find the clips are too long (since the shows are that long), you can skip to the ending part where the climax would be when massive fireworks were put on to end it with loudest bang! These fireworks displays are so much better than the one from my own city, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have beautiful landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, but our pyrotechnics are very poor in style and scale. I recommend for example, for the fireworks at KLCC, they should not only be released out from the park at the ground level but also from the twin towers itself. Then, it would be so much more nicer just like how Taipei 101 or Burj Khalifa did it in all these years. It’s much more beautiful if fireworks came out from tall buildings and I’m sure Petronas Twin Towers can certainly do that too. I also suggest to have a synchronized fireworks display from several buildings in the city region just like Hong Kong or even we can be better than that too. Right now, we have one spot over here shooting out fireworks in a few minutes and then another spot few kilometres away doing the same. Why not combine them and put that into one mega-scale fireworks show of the city to celebrate the new year? Look at how the other cities did that and I’m certain that KL can do that too. On the other hand, my blog’s header of the month would be also none other than a spectacular image of fireworks display too.

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Anyway, let’s forget about that. All the fireworks had already been released last night and it’s now a bright sunny morning on the first day of the year. We have for a moment thought of some major things that have happened to the world and to us personally in the past year, and now we shall look ahead and start setting goals for 2016 instead since this new year had already arrived. My goals would be to stay healthy and fit for the year, study hard and smart for my Master beginning this February at Australia, and also something else that I have not thought of right now just yet.

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Happy New Year once again! Let’s wish for a great and a wonderful year ahead for everyone!

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