Today saw the announcement of the BAFTA nominations. So now we have 4 weeks of waiting to see who wins.
I need to catch up on some of the nominations to be able to give my full opinion and predictions, so the next few weeks will be used to catch up as much as possible. Some of the films are still in the cinema and one is actually on Netflix.

With the exception of 2018, I have kept a record of my cinema visits and movie watching since 2014 when we got our Unlimited Cineworld Cards. I gave up last year due to Uni work as there was just no time to watch movies or go to the cinema as much as I would like and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be keeping up with it all.
The best year so far has been 2015 with 64 trips to the cinema and 378 movies watched! I will be doing my best to beat that this year now that Uni is all but over, and so far I’ve watched 9 movies and been to the cinema twice. Two of the BAFTA nominated movies are being shown at our local cinema this weekend so I think some catching up is in order on my day off.
As it stands, there is still only one film I really want to see win something and that is BlacKkKlansman which is actually nominated for 5 BAFTAS.

The following is a list of the categories and nominations that I have an interest in. Starting with Best film.

The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

No points for guessing which one I want to win!
I have seen Green Book, which is good, but I think BlacKkKlansman is a far superior film with much more of an impact on it’s subject matter.

It’s out on DVD. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend it!!

Next is Outstanding British film.

Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

I suspect this will be going to Bohemian Rhapsody, although I can’t legitimately give an opinion as I haven’t seen any of the others yet.
I hope to see The Favourite this weekend.

Next is Best Animation.

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I’m not a huge animation fan, but I have seen the films in this category.
I can’t believe that Isle of Dogs is STILL getting acclaim. It’s an absolute monstrosity of a film!!
Incredibles 2 was good but imho, wasn’t a patch on the original.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was brilliant! Therefore, this one gets my vote.

The Best Director category is as follows…

BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper

Again, I want Spike Lee to win this one for BlacKkKlansman although Alfonso Cuaron won this category at the Golden Globes, so watch this space.

I’m looking forward to this category, Best Adapted Screenplay.

BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener, Jef Whitty
Fist Man – Josh Singer
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth

Again, it HAS to be BlacKkKlansman. It is a truly unbelievable story. I still find myself in shock that this actually happened and the writers have done an incredible job of writing it with the right amount of humour and gravitas to the subject matter without making it heavy going.

The Best Actor category is going to one person, and that is Rami Malek.

Bradley Cooper – A Star I Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stand & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Next we have Best Supporting Actor.

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

I have the same dilemma with this category that I had with the same category at the Golden Globes.
I desperately want to see Adam Driver win! Although I also want to see Timothee Chalamet win, but with the competition in the category, it’s anyone’s win although, Mahershala Ali won the Golden Globe.

Next is Best Original Music

If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star is Born

No real comment, except to say that I want BlacKkKlansman to win, obviously!

The trickiest category in my books is Best Special Visual Effects.

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Ready Player One

I can honestly say, I have seen all of these films! I can also honestly say that I really don’t know which way this one is going to go. They were all visually stunning. If I had to hedge a bet, I would go for Fantastic Beasts…. and Ready Player One!

And finally… EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Barry Keoghan
Cynthia Erivo
Jessie Buckley
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright

I have a sneeky feeling that this one will be going to Letitia Wright.


So how has the first 7 days of 2019 gone so far.

I never start a diet on the first day. It never works.
There’s just too much Christmas crap still around to get rid of, so I concentrated on my exercise level for the first six days and actually started my diet yesterday.

So far, so good.
This past week I have walked 47.44 Kilometres which is already 35 Kilometres better than the same period last year.
Today I will be upping the game by adding some resistance and weight work and doing exercises for my knees.

I’ve tried weight loss classes in the past and always failed.
The only time I have successfully lost weight is when I’ve done it myself and I always do it by calorie counting and exercise. It does make you really look at the healthier options as you can actually have more of them and feel fuller!
So today I am preparing a dinner for me and my husband that consists of 1 large sea bass fillet each and a side of honey roasted veggies.
I’ve weighed out and calculated the calories in a large tray of potatoes carrots and red onions then rounded up the calories to account for the honey drizzle and olive oil and the whole lot works out at approx 550 calories each for our main meal of the day.
That’s only if we eat it all. There’s so much veg, I may not manage all of it.

One issue that I’ve been quite aware of for a while now, is the fact that I don’t drink enough fluid throughout the day, particularly when I’m working!
Yesterday I had my Milky coffee breakfast and at work I only managed one 500ml bottle of water and an ordinary cup of coffee before coming home to a 500ml bottle of water that I finished throughout the night.

My sleep pattern is shot to pieces at the moment.
It would appear that I am in perimenopause – just to rub that little nugget into my mid-life crisis.
Hot flashes are worse at night. One minute I’m freezing, then I’m too hot and I’m just not getting much more than 3 or 4 hours of unbroken sleep.
It’s not helping the health aspect of my life at the moment.
Think I may be making a visit to the GP.

Anyway, time to go do a little exercise before heading into town for my contact lens check up and then I have to do some writing.


Right, let’s make this quick, I’ve got to get to work.

So the Golden Globes were last night but being in the UK meant that I had to wait until this morning to find out the winners.

To say I’m a little disappointed, and a tad surprised as some of the winners is an understatement.

Let’s start with the biggest disappointment.
Not a single win for BlacKkKlansman!! Not a single one.

Directors Bradley Cooper and Spike Lee were both overlooked by Alfonso Cuaron who won for Roma.

Both Adam Driver and Timothee Chalamet were beaten by Mahershala Ali for Green Book, which is a good film, but better than BlacKkKlansman? I don’t think so.

As I suspected, Rami Malek won best actor and Bohemian Rhapsody won best motion picture – drama.

Anyway, onto the BAFTAs and OSCARS. There’s still hope for BlacKkKlansman.

Think I’d better checkout this ‘Roma’. See what all the fuss is about.


I have just been for a 4K walk, along a route I walked regularly when I was losing weight for Italy in 2017 and it just about bloody killed me!!

I am so out of shape and that has just put it right into perspective.
So much work to do to get anywhere near as well as I was doing back then.

At least it’s put a bit of fuel on the fire and given me a kick in the backside.


Here it is, awards season has started.
There are a multitude of awards over the next few months, but the important ones for me are, The Golden Globes, The Baftas and the Academy Awards or Oscars.

The Golden Globes are actually tomorrow evening in the US but, as usual, there are no UK TV channels airing them, so I will have to make do with news reports and Youtube clips over the following days.

There are some good films in the nominations but the ones I am most interested in are as follows….

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

As much as I would love to see BlacKkKlansman walk away with the top award, it is up against some big movies, although it does have the ‘artsy’ edge that the voters like, so who knows?

Best Director
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Peter Farrelly, Green Book
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice

In my eyes, the winner of this one will be Spike Lee. He’s done an amazing job telling an unbelievably true story and gives it just the right amount of humour before slapping you in the face with a gob smacking ending.

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, is a chip off the old block, and I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future, however, I suspect Rami Malek will be walking away with this one after his stunning performance as Freddie Mercury.

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

This one is tearing me part. I am split between Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman and Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy.
Both gave outstanding performances in two films based on true stories.
However, Mahershala Ali is also fabulous in Green Book!!
Then there are two outstanding actors left in the nominations in Richard E Grant and Sam Rockwell and I haven’t seen their movies yet so I can’t comment on the performances.
This one could literally go to anyone!! Although I am still rooting for Adam Driver…….. and Timothee Chalamet!

After the Globes come the BAFTAs and the Oscars.
This is where things get a bit confusing. Follow carefully.

Jan 7th – The Nominations voting for the OSCARS begins
Jan 9th – The BAFTA nominations are announced
Jan 10th The BAFTA final voting opens
Jan 14th – The OSCARS nominations voting closes
Jan 22nd – The OSCARS nominations are announced
Feb 8th – BAFTA voting closes
Feb 10th – BAFTA awards ceremony
Feb 12th – OSCARS final voting opens
Feb 19th – OSCARS final voting closes
Feb – 24th – OSCARS awards ceremony

So as you can see, with the BAFTA awards right before the final voting for the OSCARS, the BAFTAs can have a bit of an effect on the outcome of voting for the Oscars.


So, 4 days into the new year and I’ve been easing myself gently into the whole ‘new me’ thing this year.
The aim is to do between 5000 and 10000 steps a day and so far I’ve managed 3 out of 4 days with a total of 39934 steps, which is equivalent to 31.32 kilometers.

The diet and less drinking hasn’t started yet though.
I’m saving that one for Monday. Don’t want the body to go into shock!
So this weekend will be tying up loose ends in my PAD and skills documents ready for my final interview, making sure I make my minimum step quota each day and preparing for a healthier start on Monday.

Bring it on!


Right, let’s start the year how I mean to go on.
Lots of random blogging that probably doesn’t mean a lot to anyone other than me!!
This is my diary in a way. Ranting, reviewing, gushing over actors (and actresses) and sometimes just venting. I find it therapeutic.

As I haven’t had the time for much of this over the last two years, I am determined to make up for it this year and what better way to start than by catching up with my ‘Dish of the Week’ posts that I haven’t updated since May last year!

I’m sorry, I know this is going to bore you, but I have decided that the first ‘Dish of the Week’ 2019, is going to be a joint venture, and two people who have already made the list several times in the past.

Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson.

My two favourite actors (with Adam just edging his way into the number one spot)

I do this for a reason.
This is a big year in my calendar as December will see the final instalment of the current Star Wars Trilogy and both of these guys are in it.
For anyone that knows me, you’ll know just how a big a Star Wars fan I am!

I have to admit that Adam was discovered purely because of Star Wars and this lead on to the discovery of his entire career from the TV series Girls, through to masterpieces like ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, ‘Hungry Hearts’, ‘This Is Where I Leave You’, ‘Paterson’, ‘Silence’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, and much more in between!!

The past year has been a frustrating one as I eagerly awaited the general release of ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.

One of Adam’s films that is still in legal wranglings over rights ownership that has meant that it has only had a limited release at film festivals and may never see a general release. I just hope that it at least makes it onto DVD!!

Domhnall is another matter. He came to my attention long before Star Wars in films such as Harry Potter when he played Bill Weasley, and when he played poor little Clan Techie in Dredd, and About Time is one of my absolute favourite chick flicks! Then of course there’s the amazing ‘Frank’ and the incredible ‘Ex Machina’, but it was again Star Wars that catapulted my interest in his career.

And he’s gone on to be in some of my favourite movies since Star Wars with ‘The Revenant’, ‘American Made’, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, ‘Crash Pad’, and ‘Peter Rabbit’.!

And I’m still missing beautiful films like ‘Unbroken’, ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’.

The build up to Star Wars in December is going to be fun!
This is when we start to get a lot of speculation, snatched set photos and fan theories before we are finally treated to a teaser trailer and the actual title of the film.

What do I expect from the film?
Well, I’m hoping that Kylo survives. Not necessarily redeemed, but at peace with the force and his life.
Hux on the other hand, is going to die! There is no doubt in my mind that I will in fact be losing my General in the last film. Either in battle or more likely by Kylo’s hand.
I just hope he gets to seriously ‘bite back’ after the way he was treated in ‘The Last Jedi’.

The pair of them have other films on the horizon too, and I will blog about these as I get to see them, and of course, awards season wouldn’t be much without at least one of Adam’s film in the spotlight with that honour falling to ‘BlacKkKlansman’ this year. Watch out!