Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 Academy Awards; my guesses and votes

So as the academy awards are coming up, I thought it would be fun to predict and 'vote' as to who/what will win each award. Many famous people on shows do this, and people always look forward to hearing their opinions, and I know no one really cares as much about a 'regular'/'normal' person's opinion like mine, but I don't care. ;)
But it will be fun (for me) so, here goes...

on the left is my guess, and on the right is my vote:

          My Guess                                                                                     My Vote                                             ____________________________________________________________

                         Best Picture 

The Martian                                  Brooklyn    

                Best Director

Lenny Abrahamson                                   Tom McCarthy   ____________________________________________________________________

                             Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio                          Leonardo DiCaprio

                                        Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling                     Jennifer Lawrence

                           Best Supporting Actor

Mark Ruffalo                        Christian Bale (cause he's Batman, that's why!) ____________________________________________________________________

                       Best Supporting Actress

Rachel McAdams                             Rooney Mara

                         Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies                                     Bridge of Spies        ____________________________________________________________________

                     Best Adapted Screenplay

Room                                                      Brooklyn       

                        Best Animated Film

Inside Out                                            Inside Out  

                        Best Foreign Film

A War                                                Mustang      ________________________________________________________________

                       Best Documentary

The Look of Silence                         Amy          

                 Best Short Documentary

A Girl in the River                        Last Day of Freedom  

                Best Short Live Action Film

Shok                                                Ave Maria      

               Best Short Animated Film

World of Tomorrow                       Bear Story        

                         Best Original Score

Star Wars                                        Star Wars    

                       Best Original Song

Writings on the Wall                       Writings on the Wall

                        Best Sound Editing

Mad Max                                        Star Wars

                          Best Sound Mixing

The Martian                                   Star Wars

                      Best Production Design

The Danish Girl                              The Martian _________________________________________________________________

                        Best Cinematography

The Hateful Eight                             Carol   _________________________________________________________________

                       Best Makeup and Hair

The 100 Year old Man                   Mad Max

                          Best Costume Design

The Danish Girl                             CINDERELLA

                         Best Film Editing

Star Wars                                        Star Wars   

                     Best Visual Effects

The Martian                                  Star Wars        

                       While I'm here, these were some of my favorite films from 2015:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Favorite Actresses from the 40s

Check out the host of the party's blog here

Lucille Ball

"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."

Lucille Ball was such an awesome actress, comedienne, and producer. She was best known as the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy. I really enjoyed her performances in Ziegfeld Follies and Yours, Mine and Ours as well. She became, in 1962, the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions. She was also nominated for thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four times. In 1977, Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award.

                              "I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."


                          Lauren Bacall

"I am not a has-been. I am a will be."

Lauren Bacall was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks.My favorite films that she appeared in are How to Marry a Millionaire and Murder on the Orient Express. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009, "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."

                              "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that."


                          June Allyson

"Because of the wealth of fine music spread through the film, working on it held all the fun and excitement of attending a great concert."

June Allyson was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer. Allyson began her career as a dancer on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the following year in Two Girls and a Sailor. Later in her life she established the June Allyson Foundation for Public Awareness and Medical Research and worked to raise money for research for urological and gynecological diseases affecting senior citizens. Some of her movies I especially liked are Good News and Her Highness and the Bellboy.

"I'd just as soon stay home and raise babies."


Judy Garland

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her contralto vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages. She was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year.
Garland was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star Is Born and for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains the youngest recipient (at 39 years of age) of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry. 

She was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. There, she made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney, and 1939's The Wizard of Oz. After 15 years, she was released from the studio and then gained new success through record-breaking concert appearances, including a return to acting, beginning with critically acclaimed performances. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the ten greatest female stars of classic American cinema. My favorite Judy Garland movies are Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, Babes and Arms, Easter Parade, and The Harvey Girls.

"I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it."


Ingrid Bergman

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."

Ingrid Bergman was born in Sweden and starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Bergman the as the fourth-greatest female screen legend of classic American cinema. Some movies that I have seen her in are The Bells of St. Mary's (as Sister Mary Benedict) Notorious (as Alicia Huberman) Joan of Arc (as St. Joan of Arc) and Murder on the Orient Express (as Greta Ohlsson).

"I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say."


Ginger Rogers

"My love for ice cream emerged at an early age - and has never left!"

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, dancer, and singer. She was known for dance films in which she was partnered with Fred Astaire such as Swing Time and Top Hat. Her acting was well received by critics and audiences, and she became one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s. Rogers is associated with the phrase "backwards and in high heels", which is also the title of her memoir, attributed to Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest cartoon with the caption "Sure he [Astaire] was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did... backwards and in high heels.
Rogers was successful during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and is often considered an American icon. She ranks #14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of female stars of classic American cinema.

"Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood."


Katharine Hepburn

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

Katharine Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. In 1999, Hepburn was named by the American Film Institute as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

Hepburn famously shunned the Hollywood publicity machine and refused to conform to society's expectations of women. She was outspoken, assertive, athletic, and wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so. Some movies she appeared in were Little Women, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."