And here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Well, at least for those who have a great passion (or obsession, that will work too) for cinematography. I know all ceremonies are important in their own ways but there’s nothing like the Oscars. I don’t know if it just me (because I only saw two of the films nominated – Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity), but this year’s competition was really tight. With some exceptions, I think that for some categories it was totally unknown, until the last moment, who would be the winner. This year, both “Gravity” and “American Hustle” had the most nominations (10 in total), followed closely by “12 Years a Slave” (with 9 nominations). We can say that these three films were the favourites to win. As for the individuals, both Alfonso Cuarón and Spike Jonze had 3 nominations, making them the favourite ones.
Held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles (USA), this year’s ceremony was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. I must say I had no expectations about her work as host because I never actually saw the 2007 ceremony. Ellen was brilliant and so funny. I think it actually worked out very well. After all this talk, I here to present you guys the 86th Annual Academy Awards winners.
Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”
Best Foreign Language Film: Italy – “The Great Beauty”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Frozen”
Best Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot”
Best Live Action Short Film: “Helium”
Best Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom”
Best Documentary Short Subject: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”)
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”)
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”)
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (“Her”)
Best Production Design: “The Great Gatsby”
Best Cinematography: “Gravity”
Best Film Editing: “Gravity”
Best Visual Effects: “Gravity”
Best Costume Design: “The Great Gatsby”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Original Score: “Gravity”
Best Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Best Sound Editing: “Gravity”
Best Sound Mixing: “Gravity”
I don’t have a clear opinion on the winners, since I only watched two of the nominated films. As for the more technical awards, I wasn’t expecting nothing more than Gravity winning it because it is a really good film. As for the rest, I couldn’t be more proud of Jared Leto because he made a beautiful and amazing performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It was a well deserved award. Even though I knew DiCaprio wouldn’t win, there was a little bit of hope in the back of my heart. What do you guys have to say about this year’s winners?
There’s nothing like the Academy Award’s red carpet. This has been one of my favourite years, because in general the looks are really good. I like all the dresses I’m showing you guys, of course ones more than others. However, it’s easy to pick my favourite ones. First of all, Lupita Nyong’o was absolutely stunning and gorgeous. She’s so pretty and that dress was just perfect for her. It’s so simples but so perfect at the same time, and its colours is beautiful. Second of all, Emma Watson who was so beautiful too. I love her dress. Another one that’s really perfect. As for the rest, they had all really good choices, so this was a good year. What do you guys think of this year’s red carpet looks?
E é outra vez tempo de vos mostrar outra colecção. Eu sei que, em pouco tempo, irá começar a Primavera (embora eu nunca saiba as datas exactas), mas é provável que o tempo mais quente e solarengo esteja ainda um bocado distante. Eu até que gosto do Inverno mas esta chuva já está a dar cabo de mim. E porque estamos especialmente habituados a isso, nós precisamos mesmo do Sol. Para nos deixar a suspirar pela Primavera (e pelo Verão também), mais uma vez, hoje apresento-vos a nova colecção de Primavera/Verão da Elie Saab.
And it’s time again to show you guys another collection. I know that Spring will start sometime this month (I never know the exact day for these kind of things) but I guess we are still far away from getting a sunny and warmer weather. I do like Winter but this rain is killing me. And especially because we’re used to it, we really need sunshine. To leave us longing for Spring (and Summer too) once more, today I’ll show the new Elie Saab Spring/Summer collection.
Elie Saab is a Lebanese fashion house, funded in 1982 by Elie Saab. In the beginning, his atelier was purely specialised in bridal couture, but thanks to his huge success he expanded its production. This brand it’s still known for its bridal gowns, but it is also well-known for it’s ready-to-wear collections. Elie Saab‘s style is a unique fusion of western and eastern culture. He uses noble materials such as taffeta, organza, noble and satin paired with more fluid and light fabrics. Its clothes are not only worn by some celebrities (such as Emma Watson, Angelina Jolie, and Sandra Bullock), but also worn by royals (such as Princess Beatrice of York, Queen Rania of Jordan, and Princess Madeleine of Sweden). This is another of my favourite collections.
A Elie Saab é uma casa de moda libanesa, fundada em 1982 por Elie Saab. No início, o seu atelier era apenas especializado em vestidos de noiva, mas com o seu sucesso, ele acabou por expandir a sua produção. Esta marca é ainda conseguida pelos seus vestidos de noiva, mas é agora também muito conhecida pela sua colecção de pronto-a-vestir. O estilo de Elie Saab é uma fusão única entre as culturas ocidental e oriental. Ele usa alguns materiais nobres, como o tafetá, o organza e o cetim emparelhado com tecidos mais fluídos e leves. As suas roupas são não só usadas por algumas celebridades (como a Emma Watson, a Angelina Jolie e a Sandra Bullock), como também por alguns membros de casas reais (como a Princesa Beatrice de York, a Rainha Rania da Jordânia e a Princesa Madeleine da Suécia). Esta é outra das minhas colecções favoritas.
Como um oposto do último post desta rubrica, esta colecção mostra-nos as verdadeiras cores da Primavera/Verão; bem, pelo menos as cores que normalmente associamos a estas duas estações: cores vivas (como o rosa/vermelho e o verde) e cores claras (como o branco). Para além disto, pode-se ainda salientar outras tendências: rendilhado (os vestidos pretos representam um bom uso das rendas), transparência (como se vê no terceiro vestido preto, no último conjunto rosa e nos vestidos brancos), padrão floral (que eu absolutamente adoro nestes vestidos, especialmente devido à conjugação entre diferentes tons de rosa e verde). O segundo vestido preto e o segundo vestido rosa são os meus conjuntos favoritos. Ambos os vestidos são absolutamente lindos e perfeitos.
As the opposite of last week’s post, this collection shows us true Spring/Summer colours; well, at least colours that we usually associate with these two seasons: bright colours (such as pink/red, and green) and light colours (such as white). Apart from this, we can highlight some other trends: lace (the black dresses are a good example of its use), transparency (as in the third black dress, in the last pink outfit, and in the all-white dresses), floral pattern (which I absolutely love in these dresses, especially because of the combination of different shades of pink with green). The second black dress and the second pink dress are my favourite outfits. Both dresses are absolutely gorgeous and perfect.
O que acham desta colecção? Quais são os vossos conjuntos favoritos? | What do you think of this collection? Which outfits are your favourites?
Even without the usual title, this post will have the same purpose as those where I give you guys some film suggestions. The truth is, I normally use this rubric to also talk about some of my favourite TV series, even thought I’ve been doing it very rarely. I haven’t done one of these posts in ages, but this time I’ll be also publishing another besides this one soon. Apart from films, I’m also absolutely addicted to TV series (or TV shows; I actually prefer the first term), especially those related to historical periods – the so-called “period dramas”. In this context, I’ve watched “The Tudors” and “The White Queen“. I intent to watch “The Borgias” but I’ve yet to do it.
“Set in 1557 France, the highly fictionalised series follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, at French court while she awaits her marriage to the future Francis II of France, whom she has been engaged to since they were six. At court, Mary has to contend with the changing politics and power plays, as well as her burgeoning feelings for Francis and the romantic attentions from Francis’ bastard half-brother, Bash. Francis’ mother, Catherine de’ Medici, is secretly trying to prevent the marriage following Nostradamus’s confidential prediction that the marriage will lead to Francis’ death. The series also follows the affairs of Mary’s Scottish handmaidens Kenna, Aylee, Lola and Greer, who are searching for husbands of their own at court.”
Even thought part of its plot is based on actual historical facts, the truth is that the other half was made up by the creators. For an instance, Sebastian never existed and some other characters that appear we’re invented too. Since this is not supposed to be absolutely faithful to the actual true events, I don’t think this is a bad thing. Actually, it adds a certain uncertainty to the series, which is always hard to have on these because they’re based on events that have already occurred, and there’s no escape possible from that.
Reign stars Adelaide Kane (as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots), Toby Regbo (as King Francis II of France), Torrance Coombs (as Sebastian, “Bash“), Megan Follows (as Catherine de’ Medici), Alan van Sprang (as King Henry II of France), Rossif Sutherland (as Nostradamus), Jenessa Grant (as Aylee), Celina Sinden (as Greer), Caitlin Stasey (as Kenna), Anna Popplewell (as Lola), Anna Walton (as Diane de Poitiers), Katie Boland (as Clarissa), among others.
I don’t know if I’m watching too many TV series but I don’t think I’ve ever been this emotionally invested in one before. From the very first seconds, as you get more and more attached to the main characters, they will rip your heart out of your chest, squeeze it for such a long time that it will seem like an eternity and then aaa into a million little pieces. Don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad thing. On the contrary, this is absolutely a really good sign since it demonstrates that the actors are conveying perfectly their characters emotions and transmitting them to us. As with good books, I love when a TV series makes us feel as if we are part of it, as if we are in the middle of the action feeling every bit of pain and happiness as the characters do. This is not an easy thing to accomplish, so I must give them credit for it, not only to the producers but especially to the amazing cast they’ve selected. Apart from the costumes, which are always so beautiful in these type of TV series, Reign has a very good soundtrack: one of the best I’ve ever seen.
I believe I don’t have much to criticise, except for the fact that maybe they reached the climax too fast. I wish the end of the first half had gone a little bit slower, digging more into some characters’ emotions and actions but I guess it wouldn’t have made sense for the time period in which the plot is set. We have to admit that at that time, History wasn’t being made at a slow pace.
This TV series premiered in the United States of America on the 17th of October. Today (27th February) premieres the second half of the first season. The CW renewed the series for a second season. Until this moment, there’s no date for a premiere on Portugal.
Have you’ve heard of this TV series before? Do you watch it? What do you think of this TV series?
A song that makes you happy…
Quando viste esta questão, pensei que não havia volta a dar se não em escolhê-los, só restava era escolher uma música. E esta é uma das minhas músicas favoritas e a palhaçada no vídeo-clip é tanto, que é impossível não nos sentirmos um pouco mais contentes. Eu até diria que eles são o meu “guilty pleasure”, mas isso envolveria que tivesse problemas em admitir que tenho a mesma idade que eles e que gosto deles, o que não é o caso. Honestamente, nunca percebi qual é a lógica de limitar gostos musicas a determinadas faixas etárias. Que eu saiba, “gostos não se discutem”. Enfim, essa é todo uma outra questão que não importa muito para aqui.
When I saw this question, I thought that was no turning around it. I had to choose them, I only had to choose one of their songs. And this is one of my favourites. Its music video is absolutely hilarious, which makes it impossible for someone not to feel sort of happy from seeing it. I would say that they’re like my “guilty pleasure”, but that would mean that I had some kind of problem admitting that I have their ages and that I like them, which is not the case. Honestly, I never understood what’s the logic behind the limitations society imposes on musical taste. As far as I am concerned, tastes are not supposed to be discussed. Oh well, this is an entire new question that doesn’t exactly matter for this right now.
Que canção é que escolheriam? | Which song would you choose?