DIDN’T SEE THAT ONE COMING!

So, I didn’t stay up to watch the Oscars. I needed my bed.

Anyway, I wake up this morning and eagerly scan the news sites for winners and Youtube for clips and all I can say is……

WHAT A FUCK UP THAT WAS!!!

How was it even allowed to get that far? There’s no way that the acceptance speeches should even have started.
The La La Land crew must have been gutted! and in full view of millions of viewers.

Anyway, how did I do with my personal predictions?

Best Picture – La La Land…. ooops, no sorry it’s actually Moonlight!
I knew Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures wouldn’t get it but I honestly thought La La Land would.
I’m glad the Academy didn’t bow to public and media opinion and went with their gut instead.
But that said, Moonlight, although deserving, didn’t quite hit the mark for me personally.

Best Actress – Emma Stone.
I made no predictions for this one because I haven’t seen the other performances.

Best Actor – Casey Affleck
There’s just no way that Casey Affleck’s performance was Oscar worthy in my opinion.
Both Denzel Washington and Andrew Garfield acted him off the screen.

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis
Yep, got that one spot on.
How they decided this one I’ll never know.
Out of the five nominated, I could easily put Michelle Williams at the bottom of the pile with Nicole Kidman right next door BUT Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Harris ALL gave astounding performances.

Best Supporting Actor – Marhershala Ali
Yep! Called that one too!
I’ve been keeping an eye on this guy since I first saw him in a TV series called ‘The 4400’
As much as I loved Dev Patel in Lion, I think Marhershala’s performances in both Moonlight and Hidden Figures won me over just a little bit more.

Best Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Another correct prediction, unfortunately.
Sorry, but I firmly believe this should have gone to Hacksaw Ridge.

Finally, I mentioned a film that has been seriously underrated this year, Silence.
It was nominated for Best Cinematography but didn’t win.
No, it went to La La Land….SERIOUSLY?!!!
Did anyone watch Silence? The Cinematography in it was absolutely breathtaking and far superior to La La Land.

But in my very biased opinion it should have won, or at least been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinemtography, Best Adapted Screenplay…… hell…. everything possible!!!

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And where the hell was Paterson?!!!!
Naaah, I’m not bitter at all!!

PERSONAL PREDICTIONS

So, tonight is Oscar night. Being a film fan it’s one of my favourite events in the film calendar and this year, for the first time ever, I have actually seen all nine of the movies up for best picture.

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

What a mixed bunch it is and I’ve been surprised by my response to a lot of them.
I’m usually a sucker for a good sci-fi movie but I found Arrival to be one of the biggest bores of the year.
La La Land, I fully expected to hate but actually really enjoyed!
Hidden Figures was brilliant and hilarious.
Hacksaw Ridge was just astounding.
Lion was beautiful.
Fences was not too bad but did still feel more like a play than a movie.
With Moonlight I felt a little cheated. I needed to see more. Did Terrence embrace his sexuality? Did he get to spend his life with anyone? It just felt cut short.
Manchester by the Sea was soooo dull. I just cannot see why it’s getting the attention.
Hell or High Water just seems like an odd Oscar contender. Not a bad movie. Not a great one either. Just not what I would consider Oscar worthy.

A film that should have been on the list was Martin Scorcese’s ‘Silence’. I’m still a little disappointed that this is only up for Best Cinematography. Fingers crossed it gets that! 

I would personally love to see Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures win, but I have a feeling La La Land will be running off with this one.

When it comes to actor nominations,  I can only give opinions on the ones I’ve seen.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck
Ryan Gossling
Andrew Garfield
Denzel Washington

Out of the 4 that I’ve seen I would love to see Andrew Garfield win but I think Denzel Washington stands a good chance of walking away with this one. His performance in Fences was unbelievable.

Best Actress

Emma Stone

I can’t really comment on best actress as I haven’t seen the other performanes. 

Best Supporting Actor

Marhershala Ali
Dev Patel
Jeff Bridges
Lucas Hedges

Marhershala Ali gets my vote here. He gave a lovely subtle performance in Moonlight that he’s nominated for but he also gave a heartwarming performance in Hidden Figures.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis
Octavia Spencer
Naomi Harris
Nicole Kidman
Michelle Williams

This one is going to go to either Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer. I’d be happy with either. Viola was stunning in Fences and Octavia was wonderful and sassy in Hidden Figures.

Best Director

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

This will probably go to La La Land but I would like to see Mel Gibson get this, however, I don’t know if he’s been forgiven enough for past indiscretions,  we’ll see.

So that’s it! Only time will tell now. I’m not working tomorrow so I’m tempted to stay up to watch it but the red carpet doesn’t start until midnight here in the UK and the ceremony itself doesn’t start until 01:30. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours. It could be quite a challenge.

EGO BOOST

So I got a new app on my phone this morning.
I found out about it when I watched Riyadh’s new video on Youtube last night.

The app was sponsoring Riyadh’s video and it sounded really interesting.
It sounded like a nice way to meet new people and make new friends.
The bit that got me hooked was the fact that you can see people nearby and, like Riyadh says in the video, if you’re going to be travelling alone, you can put the place you’re visitng into the app and see who’s nearby so you can find people, chat and make friends before you arrive.

Mmm, I thought.
Italy in the summer. I would love to have some friends who know the area and would take me exploring and get to know the real Italy.

So, being completely naive I thought, why not!

What I didn’t take into consideration, and what Riyadh failed to mention, is the fact that it is primarily a dating app!

It has given me a little confidence boost however.
I have been very clear in my profile that I have a partner and kids and that I’m looking to just ‘make friends’ with both guys and girls and in the last half hour alone I have had 13 likes, 15 visits to my profile, all men I might add, and I have also had 2 messages. 1 guy, 1 girl.

I am not responding to anything just yet.
I’m not really interested in meeting people locally but it’s nice to get the attention!!

The question now is, am I brave enough to actually try it and see what kind of people are out there?
Are there people who just want to make new friends or are they all out there looking for something more?

Whatever, it’s given me a real giggle this morning.

 

GOOD TIMES, SCARY TIMES

So it’s been an eventful couple of weeks with a HUGE but scary decision thrown into the mix.

We celebrated my Dad’s 70th birthday last weekend by surprising him with a party at a local village hall. We used my Auntie’s 40th wedding anniversary as a ruse.
It worked beautifully.

My youngest daughter, Dharma, and a friend took it upon themselves to do a sponsored 10 mile walk in aid of the ‘Riverbank Sensory Garden Project’.
The little garden on the children’s ward where I work is in need of a complete refurbishment and they are currently trying to raise £30,000 to do it.

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My daughter and her friend have raised over £600 so far!!
They did amazingly well on their walk that they completed in just under 5 hours on Wednesday in the cold and the rain.
They are now collecting their sponsor money and their crowdfunding page still has another 25 days to go.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the project, you can take a look at the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/riverbankwardsensorygarden/?fref=ts

If you would like to help Dharma raise a little bit more, then her crowdfunding page is at  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dharma-winter

Speaking of work, a HUGE decision has been made.
There is an opportunity for me to take on some training. 2 years at foundation degree level, that will take me out of the Health Care Assistant role and land me in the Nurse Associate role!
It will mean on the job training in my current work place with a day out at Uni each weak and some placements in other areas.
The thought of it is absolutely terrifying!
I have an assessment on 23rd and an interview on 28th and if I get offered a position, I will start on April 1st!

I was never very academic at school and went to a Graphic Design College. It then took another 25 years to do any studying when I did an NVQ to back up the work I currently do. That was tough but I got into the swing of it eventually so I’m hoping that this will go the same way.
I just need to get through the assessment and inteview.

Fingers crossed.

So, back to today.
I’ve literally just finished watching all 5 seasons of Queer As Folk for the second time!!
I can honestly say I absolutely love the show. It just doesn’t get boring.
Eye candy galore, hot as hell and it makes me giggle.

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Give it a couple of months and I may just start it all over again.
Could be my way to de-stress if I do this Nurse Associate training!

Ian is home early and we are going to the cinema!!
We are going to see ‘Hidden Figures’ based on the true story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
I’m really looking forward to this one.

That will make 8 out of the 9 Oscar nominated movies that we’ve seen. Hopefully we’ll be making it a full house tomorrow with a little trip to MK to see ‘Fences’.

Tonight will be an early night. Movie, Jack and Coke and nibbles with snuggles.
Lovely.

NO NEED TO APOLOGISE

Adam, baby, no need to apologise.
It was hilarious!!!

GIGGLE OF THE DAY

So I’m sat here, ready for work, enjoying a milky coffee and I just have enough time to check out the LIVE snickers advert from the Superbowl last night.

I haven’t even checked to see who won the game!!

Anyway, here it is.

You ruin live Superbowl commercials when your hungry!!

DISH OF THE WEEK #71 – EZRA MILLER

The first dish of 2017.

OK, so this one is one of the youngest Dishes yet!
Only 24 years old which makes me old enough to be his mother with at least one possibility of an older sibling!!

That said, he’s absolutely adorable and I will be watching his career with great interest.
He is openly ‘queer’ and loving every minute of it.
He says “My friends and I use that word as an all-encompassing banner. For every human being, there should be an ongoing question and investigation of who you love and everything that’s involved with that very tricky and beautiful thing.”

He is fun to watch in interviews. Very geeky and has incredible style.

So far, I’ve seen him in We Need to Talk about Kevin

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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But it’s his arrival as The Flash that I am really looking forward to in 2018

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And I really need to get hold of a copy of Madame Bovary. A period piece in which Ezra looks stunning!
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Watch this space.
I will be geeking out about the Flash as more info becomes available.