The Brit Awards 2013

Britain’s biggest music night out of the year has been and gone and – for a change – what a night it was. With the Famous Five One Direction, Emeli Sande and Justin Timberlake (JT) performing, James Corden hosting for a third time and the Taylor Swift vs Harry Styles drama to follow there was everything to play for.

Muse opened the show and what an opening it WASN’T. Sorry to all those Muse fans but I just don’t see the fascination with them, the only bonus that came with them opening was that I had an extra 5 minutes to get ice crème.

The stars had well and truly dressed to impress with thigh-high dresses and velvet tuxedos, however there were a select few that missed the ‘smart’ memo….

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Corden was looking dapper and seemed to be really enjoying himself as he joked around with the stars including Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw, Robbie Williams and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl. He breezed past touchy subjects publically highlighting the Adele interruption of 2012, but his main target was poor young Harry Styles – Swifty, strippers and at one point making Harry hide in embarrassment behind a program! (It was great fun for us though).

Performances were by far some of the best The Brits has offered us in the past few years. Hell-O Taylor Swift! Where did that come from? Some may say her transformation from innocent beauty to raunchy sex kitten could have been to show Harry what he’s missing but I think it was just the fact that a massive music awards show needs a massive performance – and she nailed it!

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One Direction gave us an awersum performance of their new single which is being released in aid of Comic Relief, and it was made clear why they were nominated for British Group. The guys were fun, energetic and their chemistry on stage was captivating.

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For me the return of JT has been long awaited, and to be completely honest I am still waiting for the excitement to kick in. I thought his previous song ‘Suit and Tie’ was perhaps a one-off mishap, but no he came back with Mirrors, and although yes another great performance, the song itself = naff. Come on JT bring the sexy back!! Ben Howard gave a beautiful rendition of his song ‘Only Love’ and of course Emeli Sande closed the show with ‘Clown/Next To Me – which was SOOO much better than last year’s atrocious performance by Blur.

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Award wise, winners were pretty boring, no shocks really apart from Lana Del Ray taking International Female Solo Artist – she was up against the likes of Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Rihanna, something definitely went wrong there! Although I was pretty bummed Jake Bugg didn’t win British Breakthrough and One D didn’t take British Group it was fair play to the winners. Tom Odell is our one to watch for this year and as the first male EVER to win the Critics’ Choice Award there will be all eyes on him throughout 2013.

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A final word on The Brit Awards 2013 – thank God James Author didn’t win British Single.

The Brit Awards 2013 Winners

Best Female Solo Artist –  Emeli Sandé

British Breakthrough Act – Ben Howard

British Male – Ben Howard

International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey

British Live Act – Coldplay

British Single – Adele – Skyfall

British Group – Mumford and Sons

International Group – The Black Keys

International Male – Frank Ocean

Special Recognition – Warchild

British Album – Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events

Global Success – One Direction

British Producer of the Year – Paul Epworth

Final Oscar’s Preview

After a solid months’ worth of Awards, glitz and glamour, the stage is set for the biggest night of them all – the Academy Awards; the culmination of the awards season, and perhaps the cherry on top of the cake.

As I’ve said before Awards season is my favourite time of year and I automatically geek out wanting to know who the favourites are and what is considered ‘top dog’. This year is no different; in fact I’d hedge a bet that I’ve been more involved this year, actively wanting to watch the films nominated (or stumbling upon them even before award season starts –Argo I’m looking at you.)

Now that most of the major awards ceremonies have passed and with only a week to go until the Oscars, we now have a much better idea on the frontrunners for each major award – some have been more of less show ins from the start, others not so much along a few surprises thrown into the mix. With this final Oscars preview I’m going to give a rundown on the major awards who is poised and ready to take the prize and who I want to win.

Best Picture

The race for the top prize has been mostly one sided, and not what people expected. Lincoln was expected to do well in awards season, with the might of Steven Spielberg and a powerhouse performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in its favour. However, much to my delight, it has been the underdog Argo picking up the Best Picture award left, right and centre and its now frontrunner for the prize. However, taking into account the Academy’s record of not giving the Best Picture award to a film where its director is not nominated for Best Director could stand against Argo on the night. In this case, I truly hope Argo triumphs on the night.

Best Actor

This category is pretty much locked down and the early favourite from the start Daniel Day-Lewis is certainly the favourite to take the award. He has competition from Bradley Cooper and an outside chance from Hugh Jackman but I’m sure nothing can stop Day-Lewis from winning his 3rd Oscar.

Best Actress

Best Actress is a little more difficult to guess as to how it’s going to go – it’s mainly been going to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty or to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Lining’s Playbook and on the night I think it’ll be one of these two that claims the prize. However the BAFTA’s threw in a wild card when 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva won the award. It’s going to be interesting and difficult to call who it will go to but I would like to see Chastain prevail on the night.

Best Supporting Actor

Again another surprising category as Tommy Lee Jones was an early favourite for his turn in Lincoln; however he has only won one major award this season and the category has mainly been dominated by Christoph Waltz’s performance in Django Unchained.  All the nominees in this category are past Oscar winners, but I think Christoph Waltz will take the award.

Best Supporting Actress

Throughout the award season there has really only been one winner and surely nothing can derail her now? Anne Hathaway has been spending awards nights clutching trophies, and making gushing award speeches, and I’m hoping that come February 23rd she’ll be making another one.

Best Director

Now this category is very much wide open. Throughout the awards season it has been Ben Afflek who has mostly been triumphing in this category, and rightly so as Argo is a fantastic film. However, thanks to the Academy snubbing him earlier in the year, he won’t be taking away the Academy award. Kathryn Bigelow won’t be winning for Zero Dark Thirty either after the Academy snubbed her as well so this category is truly wide open; it’ll probably go to Steven Spielberg, but I hope it goes to David O’ Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. It’s a fantastic film and one that’s close to the director’s heart, evident from his interviews about the film and his actors gushing words about him. If it can’t be Afflek, I would be happy if it was him.

Best Song

Even though Les Mis wrote an entire new song, just for this category, I still think nothing can stop Adele triumphing with the fabulous ‘Skyfall’ from the Bond movie of the same name, flying the flag for the UK.

 

The Academy Awards air Sunday 24th February in America (or if you are in the UK the ceremony will star at around 1am).

 

“The Golden Globes are fun. The Oscars are Business.” (Warren Beatty)

The People’s Choice Awards: The Winners….

So last night saw the People’s Choice Awards winners announced. There were some very deserving winners, some unsuspected winners, some questionable winners and some downright, WRONG winners – can anyone guess who I may mean by this?

Yes you’ve guessed it: the TWI-HARDS!!! Okay, yes I am biased, as a loyal Potterhead I am slightly distraught that we were not accepting the award BUT at least there was a tiny link to HP with Robert Pattinson being involved. Even still, we should have won.

The other big shocker for me was the winner of Best Movie Franchise, going to The Hunger Games…er hello?! They only have 1 film out, they haven’t been around very long, you can’t buy everything in the form of the Hunger Games, and to top it off, THEY DON’T HAVE A THEME PARK. I would have been quite happy if HP lost to Twilight, I can see how that franchise could be top of the list – I even own a Twilight bed spread, but I mean The Hunger Games? Come on, get real?!

Some other, very deserving winners included the beautiful Jenifer Aniston for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress; Big Bang Theory for Favorite Network TV Comedy and Ellen DeGeneres for Favorite Daytime TV host. In the music realm Katy Perry wiped the floor, claiming 4 awards, including her Katycats winning Favorite Fan Following and Taylor Swift scooped up Favorite Country Artist – I mean really, who else was going to win that one?

I accept I am bias as to who I love, but in the end aren’t we all? Take a look at the winners and decide for yourself.

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Movie : Ted

Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Icon: Meryl Streep

Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games

Favorite Movie Franchise: The Hunger Games

Favorite Action Movie Star: Chris Hemsworth

Favorite Action Movie: The Hunger Games

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Emma Watson

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Zac Efron

Favorite Dramatic Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Movie Fan Following: Twi-hards, Twilight

Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Lea Michele

Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Chris Colfer

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: A wkward

Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite New TV Comedy: The New Normal

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Ellen Pompeo

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Nathan Fillion

Favorite Network TV Drama: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Cable TV Drama: Leverage

Favorite New TV Drama: Beauty and the Beast

Favorite TV Crime Drama: Castle

Favorite Premium Cable TV Show: True Blood

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural

Favorite Competition TV Show: The X Factor

Favorite Celebrity Judge: Demi Lovato

Favorite TV Fan Following: SPNFamily, Supernatural

Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late Night Talk-Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite New Talk-Show Host: Steve Harvey

Favorite Male Artist: Jason Mraz

Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Pop Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Favorite Band: Maroon 5

Favorite Breakout Artist: The Wanted

Favorite Album: Up All Night , One Direction

Favorite Song: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Favorite Music Video: “Part of Me,” Katy Perry

Favorite Music Fan Following: KatyCats, Katy Perry

Favorite Superhero: Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man

Favorite Face of Heroism: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

People’s Voice Award: Christina Aguilera

Favorite Onscreen Chemistry: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games

Favorite Humanitarian: Sandra Bullock