Award Season Results: The SAG Awards and BAFTAs

Combining two award show results... because I forgot want to. And squeezing this in yet again, as it is the Oscars on Sunday and I kinda need to get the predictions one for that done and out. Oops...


So let's go back in time to the SAG awards!

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Prediction: 12 Years a Slave – Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams and Alfre Woodard
Result: American Hustle – Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm and Shea Whigham

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Prediction: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Result: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Prediction: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Result: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Nailed it!

Outstanding Performace by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Prediction: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Result: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Nailed it!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Result: Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave

Well... didn't do so well with the SAG awards did I. However I'm actually quite glad I got the Best Supporting Actress wrong.

On with the show! Now for the BAFTAs.

Best Picture
Prediction: 12 Years a Slave
Result: 12 Years a Slave
Nailed it!

Best British film
Prediction: Gravity
Result: Gravity
Nailed it!

Best Director
Prediction: Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Result: Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Nailed it!

Best Actor
Prediction: Leonardo Dicaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Result: Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress
Prediction: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Result: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Nailed it!

Best Supporting Actor
Prediction: Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Result: Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips

Best Supporting Actress
Prediction: Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Result: Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

Best Animation
Prediction: Frozen
Result: Frozen
Nailed it!

The EE Rising Star award (voted for by public)
Prediction: Will Poulter
Result: Will Poulter
Nailed it!

Ah, that's a bit of a better result for my predicting abilities! Maybe it's because it's a British affair that I was a smidge more able to guess the winners... ;)

As I mentioned above, the Oscars are on Sunday! The big one! Also the last major one. Can't wait to see the dresses! See you then!

Mini Review Type Thingy: Becoming YouTube

The last episode of this series by ninebrassmonkeys came out last night delving into what makes YouTube, well, Youtube. Here's the trailer.

I have loved this series, partly because it helped me discover so many YouTubers but also because it is like proper telly. As in half hour episodes that you can really get into. In the past, TV has looked at the internet and tried to understand it. When BY looks into YouTube, and even the internet as a whole, it’s great because it gets the internet. It’s irreverent but thought provoking, and nerdy to the extreme.

Also Ben Cook (/ninebrassmonkeys) is really funny and so insightful. I met him at SitC ‘13 and he is the nicest guy, despite all video evidence to the contrary. I asked him a question and gave me a proper in depth answer even though there was a massive queue of people waiting to meet him. Huge respect for him.

The last episode really cracked me up at several moments. There was a huge reference to Harry Potter, which included Jack and Finn (/jacksgap) in it. Loved it. Nerd heaven… literally. It mainly talked about change. As always, very interesting. Especially as the interviews are all from a few years ago, and lots of the most controversial changes (G+, I'm looking at you) hadn't happened.

There was a hint at a second series of BY coming in the summer and I am so excited for it! So glad it’s coming back. If only to see how YouTubers' opinions have changed since S1.

Anyway, if you're at all interested in YouTube or internet community, you should definitely watch it.

Award Season Prophecies: The BAFTAs 2014

It's been a while since the last award show but no matter! Tomorrow (Sunday 16th Feb) is the BAFTA award show. This is the British go and it's always a good one. Stephen Fry hosts and the British acting royalty comes out in force. Plus I can watch it live!

Well let's get on with it.

I'll be using a key to indicate my choices:
  • Green for Most Likeliest Winner
  • Purple for My Personal Choice
  • Orange for Both
Best picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips

Best British film
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr Banks
The Selfish Giant

Best director
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

Best actor
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips

Best actress
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr Banks

Best supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Daniel Brühl - Rush
Matt Damon - Behind the Candelabra
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

Best supporting actress
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
Oprah Winfrey - The Butler

Best animation
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University

The EE Rising Star award (voted for by public)
Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong'o
Will Poulter
Léa Seydoux

There we go. Let's see how I do!

Book Review: Pharmacology by Christopher Herz

Synopsis: 1993. San Francisco. The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming. They're looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order. Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but she begins to question the side effects of the products she's pushing. Sarah begins publishing an underground zine to expose the secrets behind the pharmaceutical industry's aims. Fulfilled by her quest to spread the truth, her new life seems to be working out perfectly until she realises that she herself is perilously close to becoming a victim of this new corporate world.

Pages: 214

Rating: 4/10

Overall: An interesting look at the early digital boom and the drug industry. Bit too cynical for my taste, but has some colourful characters to fill the story.
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