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Mum of three.
X graphic designer turned mum.
Was a Clinical Support Worker. (Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2011!!)
Now a Trainee Nursing Associate and Married for 23 years.


As I sit here trying to relax my knee on a day off, I am doing my usual trawl through internet news and snippets.

Today I am attempting to cook a whole chicken in my slow cooker.
It is sitting on a bed of onions, carrots and celery and the smell is now wafting nicely through the house. Why did I not try this sooner!

I have just poured a nice large glass of wine and I have just discovered a piece of exciting news…. for me anyway.

I have made it no secret that I have fallen in love with a film called ‘Call Me By Your Name’
A film with quite a bit of awards buzz.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is based on a novel by André Aciman and follows 17yr old Elio as he experiences first love with twenty-something Oliver during a summer in Italy.

It is a beautiful film.

It perfectly captures a young man’s conflict about his own sexuality during a time that is not very accepting.

Since premiering  at the Sundance Film Festival, it has made a bit of an impact with critics and a lot has been said about about the chemistry between its leads, the intelligent script by 90-year-old screenwriter James Ivory, and the way Guadagnino frames the romance in nonjudgmental terms. There is a lot of buzz around its more-salacious moments, including an erotic encounter between Chalamet and a peach!!
Believe me, you will never eat a peach and think the same thing again!!

Anyway, today I came across an article that states…

“Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020”

My heart skipped a beat as I read on.

‘Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way.
ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.’

This makes my heart sing.
I was crestfallen (along with Elio) when Call Me By Your Name ended.
The thought that we could now see Elio a few years later and the decisions he’s made in his life and his loves and the possibility of seeing Oliver again makes me so happy!!
I know it won’t be an easy watch considering the choice Oliver made at the end of Call Me By Your Name and the fact that Elio’s own sexuality is still very much in the air, but I really can’t wait to see where Luca will take this beautiful romance.

Luca Guadagnino has been quoted….

“I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.”

The way recent awards have been going, Call Me By Your Name stands a good chance of being in with a ‘best movie’ Oscar nomination along with Timothee Chalamet for best actor and possibly Armie for supporting actor.
Not to mention screenplay and cinamatography nominations!

I’m not a big reader but I am now going to find the novel this film was based on and enjoy myself all over again in a little more detail.


So, just 27 days after it’s release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is sitting at number 12 in the ‘all time’ ranks after raking in 1.3 BILLION Dollars.

It’s creeping up a place every day or two and is still going strong.
It will be interesting to see where it finishes.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended up at number 3 after raking in 2.06 Billion and it currently only sits behind Titanic from 1997 at number 2 with 2.18 billion and Avatar from 2009 at number 1 with 2.78 billion and both of those films have had multiple re-releases over the years.
I think it stands a good chance of going up at least another notch over the next few years.

So the two films combined have so far raked in 3.36 billion Dollars between them which is currently about 2.47 billion British Pounds.

That is an absolutely insane amount of money for two films to make.

So admit it…. how many times have you seen these Star Wars movies????

I’ll start the ball rolling.
I have officially seen The Force Awakens 11 times in the cinema. 10 on its initial release and 1 just before seeing The Last Jedi.
I have….so far….. seen The Last Jedi 5 times.

Will I see it again?
I want to but I have  heavy work load at the moment so we’ll just have to wait and see.


So, Call Me By Your Name.
Yeah, I know, I’ve told you already that I ‘LOVE’ this film.
The whole film reels you into these two final moments.
If you don’t want it to be spoilt, then don’t watch these clips.

I first started crying in the train station scene.
I was fine until Elio got on the phone to his Mum.

And then, just as Elio is getting back to normality, he gets ‘the phone call’

Elio: Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio!!
Oliver: I Remember ‘everything’

OMG! This is where I started crying again and couldn’t stop!!

Seriously, if you get a chance to see this film, see it!!
It is absolutely stunning.

There….. gushing over until I ‘OWN’ the film for myself or it wins some up and coming awards.


I must apologise for my last blog about Golden Globe winners and BAFTA nominations.

It was a complete mess and so rushed.
It was late and I was tired and was just trying to get the important information down.

Now that I read back through it, I can see that ‘maybe’ I should have waited until I had more time to play with it and give more of my own reviews.

Anyway, the deed is done and I’ve learnt a lesson. It was sloppy!

I can’t do anything about it now except try and keep catching all the potential Oscar nominations so that I can give an honest prediction or hope of winners and then a final review of the actual outcome.

The only problem with that is that I will have started back at Uni by then and probably fully ensconced in my first Essay! At level 5 I’m assuming the word count will be going up too.
It was hard enough writing a fully referenced 2500 word essay at level 4. If level 5 goes up to 3 or 4000 words I don’t think I will be seeing the light of day for the next year and any real blogs about anything else will be few and far between.

Anyway, if the Golden Globe Winners and BAFTA nominations have shown me anything, it’s that, as much as I love ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and want it to win everything it’s been nominated for, it’s actually up against some stiff competition.

If my last few blogs are anything to go by, I think it’s pretty obvious that this film has weazled it’s way into my life in a pretty big way.
It’s just ticking all my boxes at the moment.

It is beautifully shot.
It is set in Northern Italy.
It is a HUGE reminder of my stay in Italy last summer.
It captures the era (1983) perfectly.
It tells an achingly heartbreaking love story.
It will leave you in tears.
Armie Hammer plays Oliver. What’s not to love!!
Timothee Chalamet plays Elio. A rising star who is destined to go a long way.
Both of them beautiful.

I can safely say I will gush about this film whenever possible.


So! we have our first round of winners.
How did I do?

Not very well it would appear.

Best motion picture, drama, went to ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Moissouri’

I am disappointed it didn’t go to ‘Call Me By Your Name’ but I can see why.
I saw this one the other night and it was not what I expected!! A very good film.

Best motion picture, musical or comedy went to ‘Lady Bird’.

Yep, again I can see why this one grabbed a Globe. I watched it the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bonus…. I didn’t realise Timothee Chalamet was in it!!!

Best performance by an actor, drama, went to Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour.

I have yet to see the Darkest Hour but from the clips I’ve seen, I can see why he’s getting all the votes, however, I’m completely bummed that Timothee Chalamet didn’t win!! Come on BAFTAs and Oscar’s, you can redeem yourselves!!
Don’t go for the already acclaimed actor in amazing makeup, go for the fresh young talent in a breathtakingly brave film.

Best performance by an actress, drama, went to  Francis McDormand, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Molly’s Game was a snore fest. This film was brilliant and from what I’ve seen, this is a much deserved accolade.

Best performance by an actor, musical or comedy, went to James Franco for The Disaster Artist.
Mmmm, I wanted to see Hugh Jackman get this one. I don’t know why but I find James Franco a bit….. up his own arse most of the time, which puts me off of his movies.

Best performance by and actress, musical or comedy went to Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird.
The only one of the nominated movies I’ve seen and I can totally understand why Saoirse got the votes.

Best performance by and actor in a supporting role went to Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

A little disappointed Armie Hammer didn’t get it for Call Me By Your Name but I can totally see why Sam Rockwell got the votes. Brilliant performance.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role went to Allsion Janney for I, Tonya.
I haven’t seen enough of the other performances to comment.

Best Director went to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water.
Again, I haven’t seen enough of the others to comment yet.

So it would seem that the only prediction I got right was that This Is Me from The Greatest Showman won best original song!! Yay! Go me!!

So! a tentative start with my predictions.

Today they announced the BAFTA nominations and my selected favourite categories go as follows…..

Best film

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape Of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I really want to see Call Me By Your Name do well!!


  • Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  • Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • The Shape Of Water – Guillermo Del Toro
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

Can you tell?

Leading actress

  • Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape Of Water
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Leading actor

  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Jamie Bell – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

This would be such a deserved win!!

Supporting actress

  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spencer – The Shape Of Water

Supporting actor

  • Christopher Plummer – All The Money In The World
  • Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Yep!! Amazing performance.

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Florence Pugh
  • Josh O’Connor
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Timothee Chalamet

If Timothee didn’t win best actor he has GOT to win rising star!! This kid is going to go a long way.

Original screenplay

  • Get Out
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape Of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted screenplay

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Molly’s Game
  • Paddington 2


  • Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins
  • Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
  • The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Ben Davis


  • Baby Driver – Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Joe Walker
  • Dunkirk – Lee Smith
  • The Shape Of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory


  • Baby Driver – Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mark Mangini, Mac Ruth
  • Dunkirk – Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
  • The Shape Of Water – Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

Special visual effects

  • Blade Runner 2049 – Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
  • Dunkirk – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson
  • The Shape Of Water – Dennis Berardi, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Nominees TBC
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes – Nominees TBC

I had to leave the last two categories in place. I want to see Star Wars win as much as possible this year!!

Now we just have to wait until Feb 18th for the final results.
We will know the Oscar nominations by then but the final voting will not take place until Feb 20th through to Feb 27th! So the BAFTA winners could have a sway in the way the Academy members vote.

There is only one film on my mind as it stands and that’s Call Me By Your Name.
I absolutely adore this film and want to see it win as much as possible, particularly Timothee Chalamet. What a stunning and very brave performance he pulled off. Can’t wait to own it for myself so I can watch it whenever I want.


The only good thing about the beginning of a new year is the buzz around films and awards.
I have always loved the Oscar buzz and as a little girl I used to stay up and watch the Oscars live on TV.
Unfortunately, the BBC stopped showing the Oscars years ago here in the UK and now we have to hunt around for anyone showing ‘highlights’ or streaming online.
Apparantly, this year, Sky Cinema will set up a channel (304) and show the Oscars live.

Whoopie!! (Can you feel the snark?)

I refuse to pay for a Sky package just to be able to watch the Oscars.

So it looks like I will be waiting for results in the news the next morning or watching pathetic highlights with the bulk of the ‘show’ cut out and absolutely no red carpet footage.

Anyway, now that I have that off my chest.

Academy members are currently voting on their choices. The voting closes on Jan 12th and the nominations will be announced on January 23 with the Oscars themselves on March 4th.

The BAFTAs announce their nomination on Jan 10th with the final show being aired on Feb 18th.

Tomorrow evening, we have The Golden Globes.

The BAFTAs and the Golden Globes are usually a pretty good indication as to where nominations for the Oscars will go but the Oscars regularly surprise us with the final outcome.

Anyway, I can’t wait to find out the nominations for Best Motion Picture Oscar.
I try to make it a thing that I see as many of the ‘Motion Picture’ nominees as possible before the awards themselves, so that I can see if I agree with the Academy.

Last year was the first year I’d actually managed to see ‘all’ of the nominations and I virtually didn’t agree with ANY of the winners.

Best picture ‘should’ have gone to Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures.
Best Actor ‘should’ have gone to Andrew Garfield.
Best Actress I could live with. I hadn’t seen the other movies so couldn’t really comment.
Best Director ‘should’ have gone to Mel Gibson.
Best Cinamatography ‘should’ have gone to Silence.
Best Visual Effects ‘should’ have gone to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The supporting Actor and Actresses are probably the only winners I really agreed with.

Anyway, back to 2018 and the Golden Globes.
The nominations, and I will only be listing my favourite film categories here.
I don’t watch an awful lot of TV these days, so I can’t really comment on it.

I also have a lot of catching up to do on some of the films so I can’t really comment on a few categories.
As we learn more about nominees and Globe and BAFTA winners, I will ‘hopefully’ be able to give more of an opinion when it comes to the Oscars themselves, so for now….

Best Motion Picture, Drama nominations……

Call Me By Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I have only seen 2 of these movies so far.
I’m hearing a lot of buzz around Three Billboards but as it stands, I REALLY want to see Call Me By Your Name win this one. It’s a stunning film.

call me by your name 6

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominations…….
Why do the Globes split the motion picture nominations??

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

How does ‘Get Out’ get put into the musical or comedy category?
Anyway, I would love to see The Greatest Showman win this one.

greatest showman

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actor……..

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel Esq.

My vote goes to Timothee Chalamet all day long!!
Look out for this young man, although he’s up against some tough competition.

timothee chalamet

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actress…..

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All The Money In The World

I’ve only seen Molly’s Game, which is the biggest snore fest so far this year, so I can’t really comment.

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actor………

Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

I would dearly love to see Hugh Jackman get this one.

Hugh Jackman 03

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actress…..

Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

I haven’t seen any of the movies so I can’t comment.

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture, Actor…..

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Armie Hammer!!! His onscreen chemistry with Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name was spinetinglingly good! I cannot tell you the ‘feels’ I had in the closing few minutes of the film with the ‘phone call’. My heart broke.

Armie Hammer 19

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Actress…..

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Haven’t seen any so can’t comment.

Best Director…..

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money In the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Only seen one so I can’t comment.

Best Original Song…..

Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River – Mud Bound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

This Is Me ‘HAS’ to win this one!!!!

So there you have it!
I have a lot of catching up to do before the Oscars but the race is now on.
I can pretty much guarantee that none of the ones I want to win will actually win, but it’s fun to try and guess!
Thankfully I’m not back at Uni for a while so I can sneek in as many movies as I can before Oscar day. Starting today!!


We’re not even a week into the new year.
Half the family have been hit by the flu bug and trips to GP and hospital.
My car is running great after having to fork out £850 on it just before Xmas but yesterday, the hubby left work only to find one of his tyres as flat as a pancake.
One of his very expensive £80 – £100 tyres!!

He had to drive home on a space saving tyre last night.
He’s working from home today so he can get it sorted locally but yet again, money we simply could do without having to fork out.

It’s just not fair!