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AWARDS SEASON

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
BlacKkKlansman
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.

ALMOST THERE!

So we’re coming to the end of another year and what a year it’s been.
My university course has been the driving force for the entire year, taking up all  my free time and my sanity with family life taking a bit of a back seat. Any chance of getting out and having some fun has been grabbed with both hands.

Anyway, the academic writing and exams has now finished and I’m relieved to say I’ve passed it all.
Now I just have to complete my placements and get all my skills documents and portfolio signed off before confirmation of an overall pass (hopefully) at the beginning of March.
I can now breath a little bit as the pressure has been taken off of home life and I can finally get back to the things I love to do.

Speaking of which…….

 Awards season is just about upon us and I am happy to announce that my man, Adam Driver, has already been nominated for one!!

The 2019 Golden Globes nominees have just been announced and BlacKkKlansman has received 4 nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

As a Best Movie nominee, it has some strong competition with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ also having nominations.

Best Actor nominee, John David Washington, who is the lead in ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and was brilliant, is unfortunately being outshone this year by Rami Malek who has received the nomination for his stunning portrayal of Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. 

I am torn between two actors for the Best Supporting Actor nominations.
Adam Driver has been nominated for his role in BlacKkKlansman and he totally deserves it (not biased in any way, but he was brilliant!)…..BUT…..
Timothee Chalamet has been nominated for his role in ‘Beautiful Boy’, which I haven’t seen yet but I have read the book and after seeing his breakthrough performance in ‘Call Me By Your Name’ last year, I suspect he is going to be tough competition this year, although both of them are up against Sam Rockwell, Richard E. Grant and Mahershala Ali.

Finally, Spike Lee is up for Best Director for his wonderfully dark humoured take on BlacKkKlansman.

This is just the start.
I hope to see this film get a lot more attention and acclaim over the next few months.
Watch this space.

BLACKKKLANSMAN

I finally got to see BlacKkKlansman yesterday and I was not disappointed.

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There’s always a huge sigh of relief after seeing one of Adam’s new films.
I can’t imagine giving him a bad review.
In this case however, he’s getting a rave review.

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John David Washington is definitely a chip off the old block.
Denzel’s son delivers a wonderful performance as Ron Stallworth.

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The film is brilliant.
Spike Lee has managed to take an unbelievable story and turned it into a pretty hard hitting film with all the social and political relevance of it’s day back in the 70’s and rammed home the fact that it is all still sadly relevant today.

Spike has managed to take, what is sometimes uncomfortable viewing, and turned it into a serious look at the issues involved and spattered it with just the right amount of humour.

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You have to admit, Black man infiltrates Ku Klux Klan, is an unbelievable film pitch right?

Just when you think the film has finished, Spike delivers an ending that leaves the audience completely shocked into silence.

Another Spike Lee masterpiece.
Am I smelling Oscars?
Yes, yes I am.

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This film has the potential to get nominations for best film, director, adapted screenplay, costume design, makeup, actor and supporting actor.
We’ll just have to wait and see.

NOT HAPPENING

Right, decision made.

I’m in the middle of annual leave.
The aim was to complete a presentation, which I have done.
I now have to actually present it on Tuesday morning.

The plan from there was to start the next presentation and take a look at 2 essays.

Well…… I tried….. I really did.

It’s just not happening.
I looked at the next presentation all day yesterday and I just can’t wrap my head around it right this second.

So!
I have decided to actually have a couple of days off.
Fully off.
No University work.
I’m going to clear my head and take a fresh look at it on Sunday.

Today was payday.
Not that it lasted very long.
I’ve paid bills, stashed money into savings pots and covered the direct debits for the month.
Now it’s time for a breather.
I have a bit of a shop to do and when Ian has finished work for the day, we’re heading over to MK to watch BlacKkKlansman and go out for dinner.

The butterflies have started already.
It always happens when I’m going to see one of Adam’s new films.
He looks particularly lush in this one from the photo’s I’ve seen so far.

If the film is a disappointment I may just cry.
Although it’s a Spike Lee film and the trailers and clips I’ve seen so far are very promising.
It’s also an incredible story!
Don’t know how I will stomach Adam in Klan robes but knowing he’s playing a character who’s undercover will help.
I’m also getting an Oscars vibe with this one. We’ll see.
I will endeavour to write a spoiler free review later.

Anyway, tomorrow we’re off to Coventry.
We haven’t been there since we left over 20 years ago!
The reason for the visit is so that Dharma can finally meet one of her online friends.

Don’t panic!

She face times her regularly and they chat at all hours.
We will be with her when she meets her friend and her Mother and when we are all suitably introduced, we’ll be letting them loose in Coventry centre for a few hours while me and Ian go for some lunch and have a nosey around the place.

Should be a nice day.

Then it will be back to Uni work on Sunday.
But for now, I’m just looking forward to today.