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Stuart McBratney’s “Pop-Up” film reviewed by Ștefan Alexandrescu

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 23/09/2017


coproduction Australia-Romania, 2015

written and directed by Stuart McBratney

produced by Rebecca Abramovic

Seen at the Elvira Popescu / Institut Francais Cinema at the International Festival of Psychoanalysis and Film of December 2015. Vision date: Friday, December 11th, 2015.

The topic

“The film, a comedy with dramatic overtones, presents three stories that intertwine that of an unemployed father, a Romanian immigrant woman and a theater director seeking revenge on a critic.

The preview in Romania took place in the presence of the Australian director Stuart McBratney and the actress Laura Vasiliu. Andrea Sabbadini, the director of European Psychoanalytic Film Festival will comment this movie with the Director of Psychoanalysis International Film Festival, the film critic Irina Margareta Nistor. “(From the festival website: -up/)

Critical review

Seeing this independent movie, an Australia-Romania coproduction, creates some leapingly reactions. Either you marvel at the brilliance of a line, of a scene or the exposure of a psychological mechanism, or find yourself asking what are you doing in the cinema and why does the time hang so heavy.

This inequality comes from director’s oscillation itself, who, albeit creative, hasn’t got very clear in mind what he wanted to convey and, especially, what he managed to express. I was the fortunate spectator of a projection of which the author managed to clarify widely his intentions. But probably the vast majority of the viewers will not have this privilege – as happens with the vast majority of art movies.

Based on the principle “shoot at a pigeon and kill a cow”, the strength of the film doesn’t lie on the narrative technique (the crossing of some stories that incidentally converge to a narrative event that links the characters), because here things are really forced, appearing highly unlikely and cheap. The strength is the construction of the characters, due to which, the actors (very talented, as a matter of fact) really have what to play and the psychological mechanisms which the author stresses, really have the chance to emerge.

Of course, the sublimation of the emotions doesn’t represent a very interesting or obvious topic outside the psychologists’ area, but, somehow, to his credit, Stuart creatively manages to make it cinematographic. Therefore, we have an unqualified worker who defies his elevator phobia, a Romanian woman who faces her fear of rejection and a producer who struggles in order to get recognition. What the characters do on the screen with the emotions and the situations in which they find themselves is certainly exciting and also funny, here and there.

However, the direction in which each of these characters goes is not dramaturgical, is not dramatic and is not even credible. The starting point contains an unused potential. The author’s creativity works for the movie to a certain point. That point is when the structure should intervene. Pop-Up is a comedy that wants to be a drama or a drama that wants to be a comedy and manages to be neither one nor the other, so it remains a mediocrity.

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Of course, it’s not wrong to make a movie about characters. As such, Pop-Up would stay in a place of honor in a psychological portraits gallery. But its tragedy is that it doesn’t aim to be a character movie, but a narrative one. And, as such, it fails.

The definition of drama is “how characters manage to triumph despite the toughest conditions.” The definition of comedy is “how do the characters fail despite the best conditions.” So the characters fail their initial intentions (Mick does not keep the job he chooses, Neil fails with his theater play, Rada fails in finding a boyfriend) in a quite comical manner.

However, they manage to triumph, despite the conditions rather limited and desperate, not as a result of their merits but as a result of a Deus Ex Machina event type: things simply arrange themselves on the good track. How cute! It ends like a fairy tale:

  • without characters taking responsibility for what happened in their life;
  • without negative consequences;
  • without making a much conscious effort.

In a similar way, Stuart McBratney’s film manages to make a zero-sum game, incidentally. It’s not a bad movie. But is not a good one either. And it doesn’s not say anything about reality but about how Stuart McBratney’s mind works. From whom I hope to see better.

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My score: 5/10

Stefan Alexandrescu

Occasionally, film critic

Translation of the article ”Recenzia filmului românesc „Pop-Up” (2015)” by Ștefan Alexandrescu, initially published on Discerne at 21st of January 2016.  Copyright © Ştefan Alexandrescu 2016 for the Romanian original version. Translation by Alexandra Ioana Mateiciuc. Copyright © Alexandra Ioana Mateiciuc, 2016 for the English version of this article.



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Film culture

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 24/08/2017


Who doesn’t like movies? I have only met 2 people in my whole life which claimed that they didn’t like movies and even them have certainly enjoyed some films.

As with any kind of art, in order to experience it, you must first understand its specific language. There is a certain grammar to making sense of visual images that is being commonly used in films in order to make sense of it all. The grammar might be obvious, but is actually very subtle and we only become aware of it when a rule is broken, in the same manner we become aware of a mistake in somebody’s verbal expression when breaking a grammar rule.

A film culture signifies two different things:

  • watching and deeply understanding a certain large part of what is commonly accepted as movies which made it into film history, have been awarded, acclaimed and stood the test of time

  • the ability to discern the quality of a work without having any context or reference for its understanding

They are interdependent, but can also be independent. Thus, with a proper guide and list, someone can easily go through a list of n “best movies of all times” and learn by reading and assimilating what was already interpreted and expressed about those movies. In the same time, someone can learn to discern the value of a film by watching movies about which (s)he does not read or know anything and trying to discover the meaning, the symbols, the signification by sheer intellectual effort based on the skills of the spectator.

The best way is to do both of them, with precaution. Which are some of the precautions that must be considered when creating an authentic film culture?

  1. Watching must be combined with reading about the respective films, at a certain point, either before or after the viewing. Each viewer should use his or her own capacity of making sense of the spectacle, then compare it to what the analyzers, critics, reviewers and historians have written. Thus, a critical argumentation may start to develop, that would allow the film fan to support his or her views.

  2. The importance of critic must not be underestimated and must not be overestimated. Critics are people who usually have a film culture and make solid arguments by knowing and arguing for what they believe, so they deserve to be read. In the same time, some films don’t get the attention of enough well-prepared critics and can have many negative reviews, which aren’t well (or at all argumented). Critics can be influenced by political context, currents of opinion and own prejudice, not to get into the details that they might change their mind in time.

  3. The fact that one hasn’t understood anything from a movie does not automatically qualify the movie as “bad” or of “low quality”. Such a verdict, without sufficient culture, can in exchange qualify the viewer as a snob ignorant. Therefore, some people, being afraid of not being able to argue their own opinions or being afraid of being judged, never dare to express their negative opinions of films, especially in public.

  4. For understanding certain authors or certain film cultures, or film currents, one must have seen other representative similar work within that vicinity, especially when considering authors which are very cryptic or film literates (such as Andrei Tarkovsky, François Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino). Not being able to understand the work of such authors is normal even for a film literate who starts to “cut his teeth” with such work. Multiple viewings and readings may be required. 

  5. There are currently two large production and distribution systems for national cinematographic industries: Hollywood (USA) and Bollywood (India). Still, films produced and distributed from the European Union make their emphasis, as do Asian films. Therefore, to really have a film culture, one must have a universal, international culture, from all spaces and all times. There can’t be “too independent” or “too foreign” or “too old” films.

  6. No matter how hard one tries, one cannot see in a lifetime all the movies which are well worth from the history, especially considering each year more movies are being produced than the year before and it’s impossible to even to keep the pace with what’s new and interesting, not to mention the classics that in some cases can even be viewed for free on the internet. Therefore, it makes sense to reduce the number of “bad” movies and increase the possibilities of watching better movies. If someone only watches commercial films and gets used to it as a normality, that person will not be able to appreciate the values of a good quality film. Watching better films (such as masterpieces, classics) makes the bad quality movies obvious like the darkness disappears with the light.

  7. The quality of a film must be judged taking into consideration the genre or genres it can be framed into. Understanding genres and differences between them is key in judging it as a value in itself. By watching the classics of the genre (for example, “The Godfather” for crime, “Gone With the Wind” for love story and “The Maltese Falcon” for film noir), you can have a frame of reference in judging an individual work. Sensible comparison of films is allowed on basis of genres, authors, currents, story line and format. Foolish comparison between films happens when someone considers “a drama is better than a music-hall” or “a thriller is better than a horror”.

  8. The quality of a film must not be confounded with the emotions it depicts or instills. For example, some women might dislike horrors because they get scared, but that doesn’t mean the movie has a low quality. A historical drama may instill sadness, as a war movie may instill rage, but calling the movie “ugly” doesn’t make it bad. For example, some people (especially Italians) have the idea of judging the quality of a movie as being “beautiful” vs “ugly”, in terms of the content, not of the quality of the representation. Considering this, it is important to remember that art doesn’t necessarily have to cover beauty. Art can be used to represent truth and truth isn’t always beautiful or pleasant to look at.

  9. There is a difference between film tastes and film opinions. For example, some people might have a taste for a certain film culture, or genre, or author and they will be likely to consider some work more interesting and valuable on that criteria. A film opinion, on the other hand, must always be an educated film opinion of a person owning a film culture. “De gustibus et coloribus non disputandum” can’t be sensibly used as a pretext to avoid contradiction when talking about a specific film.

  10. The informative value of a film must not be mistaken for its artistic value. For example, a docudrama may be a very interesting factual reconstruction of a historical era, and a very boring movie. In the same way, a very exciting history film may be an utterly wrongful mystification of actual truth. One must remember that film served and continues to serve as means of propaganda, brainwashing and one must consider the value of the representation, not the value of the content. Often (and even more in the last years in film festivals), films are judged exclusively by their daring content and not by the inner artistic value of the depiction.

Which are the advantages of gaining a film culture?

Films offer you the possibilities of voyaging in places and times you haven’t been before. They explain to you how some systems work in order for you to better understand the reality. Films offer you the experience of a spectacle, with emotions which you wouldn’t otherwise feel. Films offer you the possibility to learn from the lives of others, real or imaginary people, to find models which are inaccessible directly. Movies also convey powerful, beautiful, abstract messages using audiovisual means of expression that may inspire you, move you, change you. Understanding some movies can also prevent you from being manipulated by propaganda, commercial work. This experience can run as a bridge between you and people who work in art and extend your perception of the conceptual, immaterial world: what lies beyond words, facts and objective reality. In the movie world, one can find the inspiration and the models (s)he could not get in the real world and use them as a stepping stone to success.

What are the consequences of choosing films whimsically, remaining ignorant towards this form of art? Here are some of the common consequences of not truly developing a film culture. These are not life threatening, but they make for a lesser thrive.

Ignorance in appreciating movies can be manifested:

by overly enthusiastically appreciating what most rightfully consider rubbish

by over criticism of work which isn’t understood

by the inability to give an honest impression based on arguments after viewing a film

by the lack of ability or will to follow the narrative story of a movie, forgetting anything in a short time after watching it

by watching movies as a mere entertainment, thus discarding their artistic potential, without thinking of considering it

by watching only films from a certain culture, period of time, genre, author and discounting other possibilities

by adopting the ideas of the majority without thinking for oneself

by saying a general or vague thing about a movie when asked for an honest, in-depth opinion

by overly criticising the author for not doing the movie the way you wanted it him to (it’s his movie, not yours)

through judging the quality of the movie by its content, its genre or the way one may feel when watching the film

by avoiding to see new movies being scared of not being as good as those you already know

by criticising the authors of a movie for not doing a good enough adaptation (original literature will in most cases be better than movie depictions)

by being overly attached to or opposed to the value of a movie being “old”. Time creates strange effects for different people: some exaggerate the “timeless perspective” creating a positive aura around a film that didn’t exist when it was released or by unjustifiably comparing it to the modern means.

Psychologists came tot he conclusion that some films are well worth watching because of the discussions they generate for people around day to day topics: what are the views, the perspectives, the considerations of a certain person on the topic of how a certain character behaved? This way, movies can be used as a factor for connection, encouraging debate and knowledge.

How do you relate to movies? Do you have a film culture? How much time do you allocate reading about films before seeing them or after seeing them? How much do you talk about your conclusions about those movies with other people?

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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2017

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 27/02/2017

This post will be updated during the night as the ceremony unfolds. As every year, the Oscars are covered with live blogging as I watch on internet the ceremony. This year, the links I chose to watch the show online are targeted at the online view of the Pro 7 channel available at , and

You can also use the links , and

Read about the predictions here

I am watching the red carpet arrivals.

Sting says the song for which he was nominated “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story is the most important in his career.

Isabelle Huppert never had any reluctance about the role because she didn’t judge her character and accept her because she understands a woman who is looking for getting more understanding.

Justin Timberlake talks about the special feeling of sharing the songs and recognition with his son.

Halle Berry says the things are changing, considering there are black actors in every category for interpreting this year and the diversity is celebrated.

Viola Davis aprreciates how Denzel Washington as a director was so unselfish. She won a Tony award. She says that many women can relate to her role. It helped the actors that they played that role 14 times on the stage before.

Ryan Gosling says he didn’t know the movie would make such a big surprise. The 3rd time Ryan worked with Emma Stone and they have worked a lot in improvising.

Emma Stone presented to her parents a ppt called “Project Hollywood” to convince them to let them pursue her dream, but she didn’t expect to get here.

Justin Timberlake has an entry singing dancing number that heats up the night.

Jimmy Kimmel says that this country can’t be united. There is only one Braveheart in the room and he doesn’t think he can unite them.

He congratulates Meryl Streep and invites the whole hall to raise up and stand up to applaud her for her 20th nomination.

Alicia Vikander presents the award for

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea as Patrick Chandler
Dev Patel – Lion as Saroo Brierley
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals as Detective Bobby Andes

First nomination and win for actor Mahershala Ali – thanks to the teachers who taught him that as an actor he is in the service of the characters. Thanks to his wife who just gave birth to his child and being a support for him during this process.

Jasom Bateman  presents

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and
Christopher Nelson

Alessandro dedicates this Oscar to all the immigrants.

Best Costume Design
Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
La La Land – Mary Zophres

Colleen didn’t expect to win, thanks to director David Yates.

Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. henson present the award for Best Documentary – Feature
Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck
Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish

Ezra Edelman thanks for acknowledging this kind of unconventional story. It is a movie about criminal injustice.

Dwayne Johnson Presenter of the performance of Best Original Song nominee “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda performed by Auli’i Cravalho

The president of the AMPAS delivers her political correct yearly speech.

Sophia Boutella and Chris Evans present the awards for sound.

Best Sound Editing
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Best Sound Mixing
Arrival – Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee, and Steve A. Morrow
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher
Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Greg P. Russell, Gary
Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Mac Ruth

Kevin O’Connell has the 21th nomination and 1st win. 

Vince Vaughn presents the review of the Governors’ awards.

Mark Rylance presents the award for Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences as Rose Lee Maxson
Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula
Nicole Kidman – Lion as Sue Brierley
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures as Dorothy Vaughan
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea as Randi

Mark Rylance says we don’t have an award for actor in opposing role. Women are so good in playing parts of opposition without hate.

Viola Davis (hers 2nd Oscar) say acting is the only profession that celebrates what it is to live a life. Actors must tell those stories of people who dreamed, lost and forgave. She especially thanks Denzel Washington, which everybody applauds. Thanks to everyone who taught her how to win and how to lose. She thanks God for bringing her into the world.

Jimmy Kimmel thanks for the inspiration of David Letterman. Charlize Theron thanks Shirley MacLaine that inspired her to be an actress.

Charlize Theron and Shirley MacLaine come in. Everybody applauds them standing. They present

Best Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine (Denmark) in Danish – Martin Zandvliet
A Man Called Ove (Sweden) in Swedish – Hannes Holm
The Salesman (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi
Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
Toni Erdmann (Germany) in German – Maren Ade

There has been read a statement from mr Farhadi that protests against the inhumane laws against immigrants, dividing the world between us and the others, the enemies, creating fear and excuse for warmongering. Films create empathy between we and others and we need this more than ever.

Dev Patel presents the song “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story – Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting. Performed by Sting.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Heilee Steinfield present the Best Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Alan thanks to his kids and especially to John Lasseter.

Gael Garcia Bernal protests against the building of the wall.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Heilee Steinfield present the award for Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer
My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

One of the winners mentions tolerance being more important than fear of the others.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan present the award for Best Production Design and Set Decoration
Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig and Anna
Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco and David Wasco
Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

The winners are husband and wife.

Jimmy Kimmel presents Hollywood tour of people surprising the ceremony and entering this room.

Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed present the award for Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammeck, Jason Snell, Jason
Billington, and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli,
and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones,
and Dan Lemmon
Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian
McLean, and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal
Hickel, and Neil Corbould

 3rd win of 4th nominations (Robert Legato), Adam 2 nominations, Andrew R. Jones 2nd award of 3 nominations. Dan Lemmon 1st award from 3 nominations.

Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox present the award for Best Film Editing
Arrival – Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Thanks to his wife Karen.

Sunny Pawar receives special attention from Jimmy Kemmel.

David Oyelowo and Selma Hayek present award for Best Documentary – Short Subject
Extremis – Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

1st Oscar and 2nd nomination for both of them. They ask everyone to stand up to remember that everyone cares. They want the blood shed to stop in Syria.

David Oyelowo and Selma Hayek present the award Best Live Action Short Film
Ennemis Interieurs – Sélim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Sing – Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy
Timecode – Juanjo Giménez

These films come from 5 different countries.

Leslie Mann present the Academy’s Scientifical and Technical Awards

Javier Bardem was impressed by The Bridges of Madison County.

Javier Bardem and Meryl Streep enter the scene. Everyone applauds standing. We make movies about a truth hard to capture.

Best Cinematography
Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Greig Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Calls Damien a poetic genius. Thanks to his father who passed away.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone present the songs from La La Land, described with hope and melancholy.

“City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul performed by John Legend.

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land – Music by
Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Jimmy Kimmel acknowledges Harold Wheeler who is the orchestra conductor backstage.

Samuel L. Jackson presents Best Original Score
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman

Samuel L. Jackson says some movies are great because they make you cry, other because they make you laugh, but he prefers the movies that leave you humming and wondering if the score has been written for the screenplay or the other way around. 1st award of 3 nominas, all this year for Justin Hurwitz.

Scarlett Johanssen present the award for Best Original Song
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land – Music by
Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from Trolls – Music and Lyric by Justin
Timberlake, Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster (Shellback)
“City of Stars” from La La Land – Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyric by
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story – Music and
Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana – Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel

In memoriam – my list is partial, I didn’t catch all the names Art Hiller, Tracey Scott, Bill Nunn, Alice Arlen, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Don P Harris Paul Sylbert Michael Cimino, Patty Duke Andrzej Wajda Emmanuelle Riva Anton Yelchin, Mary Tyler Moore, prince, Kenny Baker, John Hurt, Jim Clark, Norma Moriceau, Kit West, Lupita Tovar, Pat Conroy, Nancy Reagan, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Howard, Garry Marshall, Hector Babebnco, Curtis Hanson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tony Gibbs, Richard Portman, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fischer, Om Puri

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck soon again on the Oscar stage, 20 years after Good Will Hunting present the award for Best Original Screenplay
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

1st Oscar from 4 nominations for Kenneth Lonergan. Lonergan thanks Matt Damon as a film producer. Thanks wife Nellie says he’s going to try loving her more although he can’t. Also to his father who passed away earlier this year.

Amy Adams presents Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival – Eric Heisserer from “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Fences – August Wilson from Fences by August Wilson
(posthumous nomination)
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Saw Movie
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lion – Luke Davies from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and
Larry Buttrose
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Barry Jenkins declares this is an inspiration for all the non-conforming colored people.

Halle Berry presents award for Best Director
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Damien enters Oscar history being the youngest film director winning this award at this age. He thanks the other nominees who have inspired him with their works. He says he had the chance to fall in love with his wife while working on La La Land. Her name is Olivia.

Brie Larson presents the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss
Ryan Gosling – La La Land as Sebastian Wilder
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic as Ben Cash
Denzel Washington – Fences as Troy Maxson

Casey says one of the first actors who was a model for him was Denzel and he met him tonight for the first time. Everybody applauds him standing. He thanks Matt Damon for creating this opportunity.

Leonardo DiCaprio presents the award for Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle LeBlanc
Ruth Negga – Loving as Mildred Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie as Jackie Kennedy
Emma Stone – La La Land as Mia Dolan
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway get applauds at the 50th anniversary of the movie Bonnie and Clyde. They promote diversity and freedom all over the world. They present the award for Best Picture
Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, and David Linde
Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, and Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping,
Pharrell Williams, and Theodore Melfi
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt
Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder
Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris
Moore, Lauren Beck, and Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Unbelievable! Warren Beatty goofed the winners: La La Land, also initially announced as the winner of the best picture award wasn’t. The producers got to go on the stage and deliver their thank you speeches when it turned out that actually Moonlight won the award for best picture. Jimmy Kemmel asks pardon for accidentally mixing the envelopes.

Top biggest winners – from movies having at least 2 nominations:

  1. La La Land 6 wins from 14 nominations
  2. Moonlight 3 wins from 8 nominations
  3. Hacksaw Ridge 2 wins from 6 nominations
  4. Arrival 1 win from 8 nominations
  5. Manchester by the Sea 1 win from 6 nominations
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 1 win out of 2 nominations

Top biggest losers – o wins, from movies having at least 2 nominations:

  1. Lion – 6 nominations
  2. Fences – 4 nominations
  3. Hell or High Water 4 nominations
  4. Hidden Figures 3 nominations
  5. Jackie – 3 nominations
  6. A Man Called Ove – 2 nominations
  7. Moana – 2 nominations
  8. Florence Foster Jenkins – 2 nominations
    9. Passengers – 2 nominations
    9. Rogue One – 2 nominations
    9. Deepwater Horizon – 2 nominations

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Golden Globes Ceremony 2017 Live Blogging

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 09/01/2017

I am watching live online the ceremony at .

I am going to update this article every few minutes as the event progresses.

Jimmy Fallon is the presenter of the show and it’s set for a grand opening number.

At 4 PM Western Coast Time / 7 PM Eastern Coast Time / 3 AM Romanian time the ceremony begins.

Jimmy Fallon has a La-la Land moment entry via Moonlight. He crosses by Tina Fey ignoring her. “Manchester by the Sea” is the only thing that was more depresssing than 2016 itself, says Fallon.

Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone presents the nominations for Best Supporting Actor, any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Aaaron thanks Tom Ford for the script and insists on the connection with his wife and his father.

The next award is Best Actor Television Series, Drama
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

David E. Kelley’s new TV series has received the first important Golden Globe award of the night. It’s Billy Bob Thornton’s second Golden Globe in 16 nominations of his entire career.

Hugh Grant presents the film “Florence Foster Jenkins”.

Drew Barrymoore and Timothy Olyphant present the award for Best Actress Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin

Tracee Elliss Ross, Black-ish

She dedicates this to the community of black women and thanks for the opportunity of being part of conveying such an important message. She thanks her husband.

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle

Donald Glover, creator and star of the show, thanks for the interest for the subject and the black community of Atlanta.

Lorenzo Soria, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press hold a speech. We have to take into considerations the injustices and the joys of the life.

Vince Vaughn presents the film Hacksaw Ridge.

Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV, award presented by Nicole Kidman and Rheese Whitherspoon
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Up is the award for Best TV Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story wins the Golden Globe for best mini-series and Best Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV, Sarah Paulson


Annette Bening presents 20th Century Women

Naomi Campbell presents the Best Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
John Lithgow, The Crown
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Sophia Vargara presents the daughters of Sylvester Stallone.

Sting presents award for Best Orginal Score, Motion Picture
Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch, Hidden Figures

Sting presents award for Best Original Song, Motion Picture
‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’, Trolls
‘City Of Stars, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul’, La La Land
‘Faith’, Sing
‘Gold, Gold
‘How Far I’ll Go’, Moana

John Legend presents La La Land.

Michael Keaton presents the award for Best Supporting Actress, any Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Everybody appluds her speech standing. She was nominated 5 times. She was very emotioned.

Cuba Gooding, Jr presents Best Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Motion Picture for TV
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

The limited TV series “The Night Manager” based on John Le Carre wins 3 Golden Globes for best actors: Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie and for best supporting actress: Olivia Colman

Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar present Lion.

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer present award for best actor, Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

First award for Ryan Gosling out of 5 nominations. “This isn’t the first time I was confounded with Ryan Reynolds”. He says the award belongs to also Emma Stone and Damian Chazelle. He thanks to his brother, Juan Carlos Mendez.

Felicity Jones and Diego Luna present award for  Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell Or High Water

Kirsten Wiig and Steve Carrell present award for Best Motion Picture, Animated

They have the best comical moment of the evening. They “recall” the first animated feature seen at cinema. His parents got divorced after it and never seen father again and she saw the movie Bambi after her 3 dogs died.

Kubo And The Two Strings
My Life As A Zucchini

The creators say this is actually an animated movie for the adults.

In memoriam moment Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Casey Affleck presents Manchester by Sea.

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
Divines – Frances
Elle – France
Neruda – Chile
The Salesman – Iran, France
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Paul Verhoeven is amazed and especially thanks Isabelle Huppert.

Anna Kendrick and Justin Theroux present award for Best Actor, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for TV
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of go over by?
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Jake Gyllenhall presents a Ryan Reynolds movie: Deadpool

Laura Dern presents the Golden Globe for Best Actress Television Series, Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Keri Russell, The Americans
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

First award, first nomination, shock. It’s difficult to play a real character.

Best Television Series, Drama
Game Of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
The Crown

Ocdtavia Spencer presents the Golden Globe (Cecil B. DeMille award) for the whole career Meryl Streep. “You make me proud to be an artist”. The most celebrated actress of our times. 30 Golden Globe nominations, 18 Academy Awards nominations. 8 Golden Globes. 3 Oscars. It is a priviledge being an actor. It is important to celebrate the empathy that allows us to do this. She emphasizes the importance of telling powerful stories in a world full of violence. Since 1952, the Cecil B. DeMille award has been given to 14 women.

Chris Pine congratulates Meryl Streep for the best speech of the night and presents Hell or High Water.

Sienna Miller, Zoey Saldana and Ben Affleck present the award for Best Director, Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea

Mandy Moore presents the award for Best Actor Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Gael G. Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Nick Nolte, Graves
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Matt Damon presents the award of Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Emma Stone thanks to her long time girl-friends. Thanks to Damian and Ryan. This is a film for dreamers. Any creative person opens a door and the movie is a triumph of inspiration for those who deserve to go on.

Brad Pitt, producer of Moonlight, presents his production.

Jessica Chastain presents the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

La La Land wins 7 awards out of 7 nominations and sweeps its way to film history. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER IN ALL FILM HISTORY (73 YEARS OF AWARD).


Brie Larson presents the award for Best Actor Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Leonardo DiCaprio presents the award for  Best Actress Motion Picture, Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloan
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Isabelle Huppert says the film doesn’t create borders.

In honor of Rocky, 40 years ago, Carl Whithers and Sylvester Stallone appear on the scene and present the award for best feature Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Manchester By The Sea

Everyone applauds standing.

The participants from the crew in the hall get on the scene.


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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2016

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 29/02/2016

Like I did on the 23rd of February 2015 with the article “Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2015“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 88th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using this link:

This year, the oscars presentation is going to follow the film producing process

Emily Blunt & Charlize Theron present the oscar for original screenplay

 Tom McCarthy dedicates this award to all journalists. The orchestra intervienes

Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe present the award for adapted screenplay. Ryan Gosling jokes: “between the two of us, there are 2 Oscars”

 Chris Rock jokes about the difficulty for black actors to get awards, but also to get roles. We have a pastiche with him appearing in Joy, The Revenant, The Danish Girl, The Martian.

Stacey Dash present “Happy Black History Month”.

Sarah Silverman presents first song from a film: “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre – Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith . Interpreted by Sam Smith

Alicia Vikander wins the Oscar for best supporting actress – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener

Scott carrell and Tina Fey present the oscar forBest Production Design

Margot Robbie and Jared Leto present Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Benicio Del Toro and Jennifer Garner present the movies The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Liev Schreiber presents the Oscar for Best Film Editing

Margaret Sixel says that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best reviewed movie of the year, everzbody loved it.

George Miller says Mad Max is a movie you see with ears. Sound artists are storytellers.

Chris Jenkins – third win, 5th nomination, Gregg Rudloff, third win, 7th nomination, Ben Osmo – 1st win, 1st nomination

Andy Serkis presents the Oscar for special visual effects: we can create any worls we want

Best Visual Effects

the visual effects are a game very oriented towards team playing

Olivia Munn presents the scientifical and technical awards.

The robots from Star Wars: R2D2, Three Threepio and BB8 appear on screen.

The Minions Kevin, Stuart & Bob (voiced by Pierre Coffin) present the Oscar for animated short film

First Oscar for Chile nationals.

Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story present the Oscar for best animated feature.

For Pete Docter, it’s the 8th nomination and 2nd Oscar after Up.

“We are lucky because we can make stuff”. Pete Docter encouraged the children to create stuff, to express themselves. He sayed inside out is inspired from watching their kids growing up.

Patricia Arquette presents the Oscar for

Steven Spielberg leads with love. That’s why he is surrounded by so many people who love to work with him.

Louis C.K. presents the Oscar for Best Documentary – Short Subject

“You cannot make a dime on this” – This Oscar really means something, because the people making these movies don’t get rich. He jokes: The winner is “Mad Max”.

The 2nd Oscar for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. This is a militant film for women’s rights that managed to influence policy makers.

Dev Patel and Diasy Riley present the Oscar for Best Documentary – Feature

This is to show who Amy Winehouse really was, not the image. Chris Rock jokes that the people who made Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom are going to hate listening to her music from now on.

Chris Rock insults the Weinstein brothers for not participating with donations for Girls scouts’ cookies.

Whoopi Goldberg presents the honorary governors’ awards: Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee. The Jean Hearsolt humanitary award is won by Debbie Reynolds.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of AMPAS says tonight is a time to talk about the future. With the opportunity, comes responsability. Diversity is important. We have to accurately reflect the world today. There is a message for inclusion meant to make us all stronger. Each must play a role of influence. It’s not enough to listen and agree. We must act, she says. This is a chance to make a future all of them can be proud.

Louis Gossett, jr presents In Memoriam

Ettore Scola, Alan Rickman, Haskell Wexler, Karolyn Ali, Tex Rudloff, Richard Collis, Alex Rocco, Kirk Kevorkian, Bob Minkler, D.W. Samuelson, James Horner, Wes Craven, Frank. D. Gilroy, js Elmo Williams, Roger L. Mayer, Alber Maysles, Rh Glatzer, David Bowie, Vilmos Zsigmond, Leonard Nimoy are some of the people who died in the past year.

Quincy Jones presents the Oscar for music – Best Original Score

Ennio Morricone says a speech in Italian and acknowledges the nomination of John Williams, thanks to Quentin Tarantino and dedicates this award to his wife, Maria.

 One of them is gay and dedicates this award to the LGBMT community around the world.

JJ Abrams presents the Oscar for Best Director

The excerpts feature interviews with the directors talking about their movies.

Eddie Redmayne  presents the Oscar for Best Actress

Julianne Moore presents the Oscar for Best Actor

Thank you for creating a transcending cinematic experience, he says, to A.G. Inarritu. Leo DiCaprio attracts attention about climat change – the movie is about man’s connection to the nature. We need to talk to the world leaders and take action, he says. Everybody applauds standing.

Morgan Freeman presents the Oscar for the producers:Best Picture

 Chris Rock closes the night with the inviataion for every Oscar winner to come to the scene. He also reminds everyone about the Girls Scouts’ thing.

So, if we are to take into consideration the number of awards and nominations, the biggest winners for this year’s edition of the Academy Awards are, in order:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (6/10) Oscars for: film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing and production design. Nominations for: best feature, directing, cinematography and visual effects.
  2. The Revenant (3/12) Oscars for: directing, leading actor, cinematography. Nominations for: best feature, supporting actor, film editing, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
  3. Spotlight (2/6) Oscars for best feature and original screenplay. Nominations for supporting actor, saupporting actress, direction and film editing.
  4. Bridge of Spies (1/6) Oscar for supporting actor. Nominations for best feature, original screenplay, music, sound mixing and production design
  5. The Big Short (1/6) Oscar for original screenplay. Nominations for best feature, supporting actor, diresction and film editing.
  6. Room (1/4) Oscar for leading actress. Nominations for best feature, adapted screenplay and direction.
  7. The Danish Girl (1/4) Oscar for supporting actress. Nominations for leading actor, costume design and production design.
  8. The Hateful Eight (1/3) Oscar for music. Nominations for cinematography and supporting actress.
  9. Ex Machina (1/2) Oscar for visual effects. Nomination for original screenplay

9. Inside Out (1/2) Oscar for animated feature. nomination for original screenplay.

The biggest losers of the event were:

  1. The Martian – 7 nominations: best feature, leading actor, adapted screenplay, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects, production design
  2. Carol – 6 nominations: leading actress, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume design, music
  3. Brooklyn – 3 nominations: best feature, leading actress, adapted screenplay
  4. Sicario – 3 nominations: music, cinematography, sound mixing
  5. Steve Jobs – 2 nominations: leading actor, supporting actress

Thank you for following my posts. That’s all for this year, folks!


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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2015

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 23/02/2015

Like I did on the 12th of January 15 with the article “Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes 2015“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 87th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links:

One of the hashtags on Twitter is #askhermore because it invites the reporters to ask more questions than those about clothes.

19 nominations – Meryl Streep’s Oscar record, more than any person.

Julianne Moore’s 5th nomination at the Oscars. Alzheimer is the 6th cause of death, it’s a very important thing to illustrate how people are affected by it and their families, it’s really a great cause.

Melanie Griffith is very proud of her daughter, Dakota Johnson, but she doesn’t want to see her last movie, Fifty Shades of Gray. Everybody talks about Johnson’s red dress.

Marion Cotillard says she likes deep characters, like Sandra from Two Days One Night.

Channing Tatum has been part of the process of selecting the 6 college students, “Team Oscar” who made each a 60 seconds short and were deemed the best among tens of thousands of participants of USA.

Reese Witherspoon says working on “Wild” has been a scary experience that helped her grow. She talks about the 44 women nominated this year at the Oscars. She wants to bring more important roles for women.

Many people ask, where does the moniker The Oscars come from? According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the origins of the name are unclear, but “a popular story has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought it resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar.”

Emma Stone is a big Mark Ruffalo fan.

Ethan Hawke says the success of the movie has overwhelmed them, they surpassed everybody’s expectations. It’s the end of a 13 years job. He says he feels like a gentle pirate, feeling like they weren’t supposed to be here. I agree :)

Clara Kyle, the wife of Chris Kyle is present to support American Sniper, where she appears as a character. It’s a movie which really opens up a dialog in the couples affected by war, she says.

Neil Patrick Harris says we are here to honor the widest brightest actors. He sings to the movies. Anna Kendrick as Cindirella accompanies him. Jack Black joins in to creat a rock moment. The 8 pictures nominated grossed more than 600 million $.

Lupita Nyong’O presents the award for best supporting actor J.K. Simmons for Whiplash. Some poeple applaud standing. He thanks to his wife, Michelle Schumacher than to his children. Tell to your parents how much you love them.

Neil Patrick Harris has his predictions in a briefcase he put Octavia Spencer to watch.

Liam Neeson presents The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper.

Dakota Johnson presents “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” sang by Maroon5.

Jennifer Lopez presents award for costume design Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest 4th Oscar and 9th nomination for Milena Canonero. Thanks to Wes.

Reese Witherspoon presents the Oscar for make up. Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier for the Grand Budapest Hotel. First nomination and oscar for her, 2nd nomination and Oscar for him, after The Iron Lady. She thanks Bill Murray for introducing her to Wes Anderson.

Channing Tatum presents the Team Oscar project.

Nicole Kidman and Chwtel Ejiofor present award for foreign language film Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski. He feels surprised and thanks lots of people.

Shirley MacLaine presents Boyhood and The Theory of Everything and Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Marion Cotillard presents song Teagan Sara and the Lonely Island – “Everything is Awesome” from Lego Movie.

Kerry Washington and Jason Bateman present the best live action short film Mat Kirby and James Lucas – The Phone Call. Their 1st Oscar. Movies are not made by money, but by determination. Thanks to all people who voulnteered and contributed without being paied. Mat Kirby mentions the donut shop that will be giving him a free donut a day for life.

Best Documentary Short subject Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  Dana perry’s sone killed himself -she said we should talk more about suicide.

Viola Davis, 2 times nominee presents the Governor’s Award – a lifetime of inspirational achievements. Maureen O’Hare, Jean-Claude Carriere, Harry Belafonte and Hayao Myiazaki have received the awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow presents Glen Campbell’s song. I’m not gonna miss you by Tim McGrath from the documentary “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”. The composer’s last song to tell the dear ones how much he’ll be affecte by Alzheimer’s.

Neil Patrick Harris comes in underwear on the stage. Miles Teller presents the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Chris Evans and Sienna Miller present the sound mixing and sound editing awards.

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley.  They thank Damian Chazelle, great leader.

Best Sound Editing> American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – they previously won for Letters from Iwo Jima.

Jared Leto presents the Oscar for best supporting actress. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood. Everybody applauds standing. She thanks her friends for making the world a better place. She strives for the rights of the women to equal rights.

Josh Hutchinson presents Rita Ora who performs the song “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lihghts” written by Diane Warren.

Chloe Grace Moretz presents the awrd for visual effects Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for Interstellar.

Kevin Hart and Anna Kendrick present the best animated short film. Feast – Patrick Osborn and Kristina Reed. She thanks her kids for the many nights they let her miss in order to proceed with her “crazy career”.

Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson present best animated feature. Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli for Big Hero 6.

Sheryl Boone-Isaacs president of AMPAS says film is an universal language. Filmmakers have the responsability to make sure that every voice is heard, to protect freedom of expression. We honor the courage of filmmakers who encourage us to see the world around us in new ways. She thanks filmmakers around the world.

Chris Pratt and Felicity Jones present production design award: Adam Stockhausen (2nd nomination) and Anna Pinnock (5th nomination) for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Their 1st Oscar.

Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain present the Oscar for cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Meryl Streep presents in memoriam.

Naomi Watts and Benedict Cumberbatch present the award for film editing: John Cross for Whiplash. Thanks assistant film editors.

Terence Howard presents Whiplash. He is blown away by emotion. Then he presents The Imitation Game, then Selma.

Jennifer Anniston and David Oyelowo present awards for documentary. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky wins for best documentary feature.

Octavia Spencer presents the song from Selma, “Glory” – John Legend and Common – music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Flynn

Everybody applauds standing. This year we remember there have been 50 years since Martin Luther King jr. has ben killed.

Steve O’Reimas is the orchestra conductor for this evening.

Adeena Menzel presents John Travolta who she introducts like “Glom Gazingo”. They present the award for best original song Glory. Everybody applauds standing.  Lonnie first thanks first God. He mentions “sexual orientation” as a difference similar to race. John says there are more color persons in correctional/detention facilities then were people in slavery 2 centuries ago.

Scarlett Johansson presents the musical film which won the Oscar for best film and 4 others 49 years ago. It was presented to the public in 1965. She presents Lady Gaga who sings “The Sound of Music” and other songs from this movie. Julie Andrews enters the stage and is applauded by everyone standing. Julie Andrews awards the Oscar for achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score)> Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel – 1st win, 8th nomination.

Up until now, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash seem to be most awarded films of the night. J.K. Simmons’ prediction that Whiplash will make a “clean sweep” has been correct until now, as Whiplash didn’t lose in any category yet.

Eddie Murphy> “If it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage”. He presents the award for original screenplay Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris jr, Armando Bo.

Oprah Winfrey presents the Oscar for adapted sceenplay. Graham Moore – The Imitation Game. His speech pro LGBTM is applauded standing.

Ben Affleck presents the award for film direction: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Ego loves competition. Someone wins means someone loses. Artists’ work is measured by time, cannot be labeled and judged.

Cate Blanchett presents the award for best actor in a leading role. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything.

Matthew McConaughey presents the award for best actress. Julianne Moore for Still Alice. She is applauded standing. “I read an article that was saying winning an Oscar prolongs your life by 5 years, which is great, because my husband is younger than me”.

Sean Penn, 2 times award winner presents the Oscar for best film> Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)> Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole. The speech of Inarritu is centered on the thankfulness of immigrants, especially Mexican immigrants to USA which granted them with the equality of rights to which any American is entitled. He also noted this is the 2nd year in a row when a Mexican wins for Best Director.

This year’s biggest winners of the Oscars

1. Birman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 4 awards> best picture, best directing, best original screenplay, best cinematography out of 9 nominations

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 4 awards > costume design, makeup and hairstyling, music, production design, out of 9 nominations.

3. Whiplash – 3 awards > actor in a supporting role, film editing, sound mixing out of 5 nominations

Biggest losers:

1. Foxcatcher – 5 nominations> actor in a supporting role, actor in aleading role, directing, original screenplay and makeup and hairsyling 0 wins.

2. Mr Turner – 4 nominations> cinematography, costume design, music, production design 0 wins

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Live Blogging for the Golden Globes 2015

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 12/01/2015

I am watching the USA Golden Globes on live streaming from this address:

If that breaks from time to time, check this also:

Check the winners’ list here.

Check the presenters’ list here.

The NBC hosts have already started to hunt all the news of the glamour and especially the dresses on the Red Carpet.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the show and they are the expected with great curiosity by the NBC hosts.

Michelle Monaghan, first time nominee in TV is very happy to celebrate today one year since her show (True detective) started. If it wins, it’s gonna be a double celebration.

Dave Karger comments this year there are more intimate stories films, compared to the survival theme from last year. J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) are expected to win the supporting roles categories. George Clooney receiving the Cecil B. The Mille award for the whole career is expected to have a great speech speech addressed to the nominees.

Robert Duvall speaks about the role from The Judge. An intense experience, very concentrated. The got the indie feeling on the set.

David Duchovny is presenting best actor in a TV drama. David has a novel coming out soon.

Naomi Watts is presenting Birdman and Liev Schrieber starred in thwo comedies (Birdman and St. Vincent). He is nominated in the TV section. They are together.

4 of the 5 comedy series nominated tonight are nominated for the 1st time.

Reese Whitherspoon is next to the real character she’s playing in Wild: Sheryl. She got nominated for acting.

Maggie and Jake Gylenhaal are both nominated this year.

Edward Norton, nominated for Birdman, won in 1997 for his debut film, Primal Fear.

Bill Murray is a double nominee this year at the

Helen Mirren is wearing the free speech symbol.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aree hosting the Golden Globes for the 3rd and last time.

Mark Ruffalo is a double nominee but he doesn’t expect to win any. He thinks it’s not fair to ask for which show he prefers to win.

Kevin Hart can’t believe he’s presenting an award tonight. He’s very enthusiastic.

Michael Keaton has the 2ns Golden Globe nomination. He’s pround of the movie “Birdman”.

Amy Adams, nominated for her role in “Big Eyes” talks about how she changed her perspective while playing the character. She is friend with other nominees.

The shooting for JK Simmons’s film Whiplash lasted for 18 days.

Patricia Arquette has the 4th GG nomination. She seems kinda fatigued.

Steve Carrell (7th GG nomination, 1 win in past) is known best as a comedy actor. It’s great to be nominated for drama.

David Oyelowo approached his role as Marthin Luther King in Selma as a man first of all. The actor’s job is to make the character 3D.

“Patricia Arquette is a woman who proves there are still roles for women over 40 as long as they get hired before that” Amy Poehler

“Birthdays are what people celebrate when they accept they’ve aged” Tina Fey

Tina makes a very friendly joke on George Clooney’s wife.

“Selma is the movie about the righs for colour people and now everything’s fine ald alright” Tina Fey

Whoever raises the hand gets to present with Jennifer Anniston. Benedict Cumberbatch gets on the scene. They present the first award.Best supporting actor in a film. Winner: JK Simmons – Whiplash. Thanks the director, the lead actor, Jason Writeman, Helen Estherbrook, Sony Classics, Steven Hirsch (agent), wife.

Dakota Johnson and Amy Dorman present the award for


Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey- season 4, 1st nomination and award.

Jeremy Renner presents



“These days you can get in trouble for saying anything, so I’m gonna say just: Thank you”

Billy Bob Thornton

Naomi Watts presents the film: Birdman

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are really making fun of North Korea. :))

Colin Firth presents “The Imitation Game”


Gina is very emotioned. She cries. “Today’s a great day. I can. And I did”



The show’s producer, Jill Solloway accepts the award on bahalf of the team. The show, which approaches the theme of the trangender persons, has been co-produced with Amazon. She thanks Jeff  Bezos.

Melissa McCarthy presents the film “St. Vincent”. An unlikely friendship and mentorship about seeing the good in others.

Sienna Miller and Vince Vaughn present award for best music Johann Johannsson – The Theory Of Everything

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Selma – Glory.

Seth Meyers and Katie Holmes present


Lots of people applaud standing for Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart winner. It’s a movie about gay propaganda.

Clive Owen presents “The Theory of Everything”

Ricky Gervais presents


She thanks the man who would never silence her voice. The thanks the many female models she has in the audience. She flet not prepared for winning the award for this role.

Kevin Hart and Salma Hayek present  the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM How To Train Your Dragon 2. Accepting the award Dean DeBlois

Kate Hudson presents Into the Woods.

Jared Leto presents


Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader present the awards for BEST SCREENPLAY Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – Birdman

Jack Black presents Boyhood. He says the film was filmed in 12 weeks over 12 years.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin present the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent 1st win and nomination. Everybody applauds standing. “This is big. This is begger than me. Thanks for putting us on the map”. He dedicates the award to the transgender community.

Lupita Nyong’o and Colin Farrell present BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev  – director and Alexander Rodnyansky  – producer

Adrien Brody and Kate Beckinsale present BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman

She says the comments on the fact there are many roles lately for “strong women” in TV. These are actually roles for actual women: women who are sometimes strong, sometimes not. Sometimes honorable, sometimes not.

Paul Rudd and Adam Levine present BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA The Affair. The whole crew present gets up on the scene. This was an unexpected award. Sarah Treem holds a long thank you speech.

Catherine Zeta-Jones presents Pride.

David Duchovny presents the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA Kevin Spacey – House Of Cards. 1st win and 8th nomination. Kevin Spacey: “This is just the beginning of my revenge […] This is the 8th time I’ve been nominated. I cant fucking believe I won”. He wanted to be better.

Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle present George Clooney who accept the Cecil B DeMille award for entire career. George has been always true to himself. True artist, has been nominated at the Golden Globe more than anyone else. Everybody applauds standing. “Thank you for supporting small films”. For nominees: “You get to do what you always get to do and get appreciated for that.” “It’s a wonderful thing to find someone to love”.

Owen Wilson presents The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Harrison Ford presents the directing award: Richard Linklater – Boyhood. A personal film that made the connection. We’re all flawed in this world. Thanks families across the world.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt (married) present BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA Ruth Wilson – The Affair

Amy Adams presents the award for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL  Michael Keaton – Birdman. Almost everybody applauds standing. Thanks the Hollywood Foreign Press they have a category for comedy. He tells the story of his family – how his mother took care of all his 6 brothers. His father worked 2 jobs constantly. “Cry and give them quotes”

Oprah Winfrey presents Selma.

Chaning Tatum presents Foxcatcher.

Robert Downey Jr. presents BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson accepts the award trying to pronnounce the many names of some of the people from the Hollywood Foreign Press who decided in his favor.

Matthew McConaughey presents BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Gwyneth Paltrow presents BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything. Had to cut his honeymoon short with Hannah in order to participate at the gala.

Meryl Streep says we’re gonna miss Amy and Tina. She presents

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Boyhood. Jonathan Sehring producer takes the speech.

Memorable speeches: George Clooney, Michael Keaton

Directed by

Louis j. Horwitz.

Written by

Barry Adelman

Dedicated tot the memory of Bob Bardo

Top winners in cinema section:

1. Boyhood- best drama, actor, director

2. Birdman – screenplay, actor

3. The Theory of Everything – actor, music





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Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2014

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 03/03/2014

Like I did on the 13th of January 2014 with the article “Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes 2014“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 86th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links:

Suzy Besinger costume desgner for Blue Jasmine talks about how the bag was fundamental for Cate Blanchett’s character. The bag is almost a character. That bag is a protection shield. The character of Jasmine clinges on the accesories that Suzy designed and they spent a lot of time with attention to that.

Matthew McConaughey came with his wife and his mother. This is about the experience of being here, nominated, for the very first time. He cannot know if he might be here again, so he intends to make the more of it and have fun.

Producers Craig Zaiden and Neil Meron have organized a contest in which the 6 winners would come on the Oscars stage to help as volonteers with the organizers. The winners were chosen by film essays they wrote.

Lara and Jess from ABC present the show on TV.

Ellen DeGeneres is the host of the big ceremony.

She says that she was presenter 7 years ago. She says that back then, Martin Scorsese, Leo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett were nominated. She mentions some of the first time nominees. Theme for this years’ ceremony is “Heroes in Hollywood”. Movies are used as inspiration. If people don’t have love and family and friendship and if people donb’t get those, they get into showbusiness, she says.

It’s an exceptional year for movies. Her has been nominated, and by that, she means Meryl Streep – 18 nominees. Ellen Degeneres says it’s gonna be The Hunger Games.

She mentions that Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the red carpet. Because she is in danger of tripping, maybe if she wins, they should bring the Oscar to her, not her come to the stage.

June Squibb is the oldest actress ever nominated – 88 years old.

Jonah Hill nominated again -nice surprise.

The best joke of the entire evening, in my opinion: “Possibility nr. 1 12 Years a slave wins best picture. Possibility 2. You’re all rasists”.

Anne Hathaway presents Oscar for best supportung actor. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He is so proud to have been nominated among such great actors. He tells a story about a girl, a highschool dropout with the second child. She inspired her children to be special. “Thank you for teaching me to dream, mom”. He dedicates to all the dreamers like Venezuela and Ukraine. He tanks his brother and tot he entire team. This is for 35 millions people who died of AIDS. He makes a statement pro-homosexuals.

Ellen DeGeneres. presents Jim Carrey who presents a video collage . He mentions his friend Bruce Dern. He does an imitation of him. He presents a colage of animated films thorughoput the history

Carrie Washington introduces the songfrom Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)

Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts presents the Oscars for costume design The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin

It’s her 3rd Oscar. He got her first 2 for costume design and art direction of “Moulin Rouge”. A very Australian presentation.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews

Their first Oscar., They are happy to have had the possibility to say this story about how AIDS was in the ’80s

American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street get presented by Harrison Ford. All these have in common blood.

Channing Tatum has been part of the process of selecting the 6 college students, “Team Oscar” who made each a 60 seconds short and were deemed the best among tens of thousands of participants of USA.

At the ceremony are present the real Captain Phillips and the real Philomena.

Kim Novak from Vertigo and Matthew McConaughey present awards for animation. Total freedom, anything goes, pure creativity – specific for animation.

Best Short Film, Animated Mr Hublot (2013): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares

Their 1st Oscar, their 1st film. This Oscar hat goes to France for tonight.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Frozen (2013). Chris Buck is at his first Oscar and second nomination. The 3 winners make a brief speech.

Sally Field – everyday quite act of heroism push back and their stories get told and illuminate and inspires us to be human. She presents a collage of feature films based on real stories of heroes.

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon Lewitt present Oscar for visual effects: Gravity (2013): Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould

VFX is all about the team, says Corbould, who also won for Gladiator. He makes a very polite speech on behalf of all. He thanks the families of all VFX artist families.

Zac Efron introduces another song: Her (2013): Karen O(“The Moon Song”)

Best Short Film, Live Action film under 40 mins Helium (2014): Anders Walter KIm Magnusson

1st Oscar for Anders Walter. 2nd win and 5th nomination for KIm Magnusson. They thank their families.

Best Documentary, Short Subject The Lady In Number 6 Music Saved My Life (2013): Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed

2nd win for Malcolm Clarke. The character of the film was 110 years and died a week ago. She taught the team joy and forgiveness. “Watch the film, it will make you live a happier life”

Ellen says she wants to order pizza. Who else wants some?

Bradley Cooper presents documentary. The quality is breathtaking. These people tell true stories of heroes stories for a living

Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013): Morgan Neville

Their 1st Oscar.

His mentor said to him years ago that he’ll never win an Oscar. The star coordonating “20 feet from stardom” in reality sings and everybody applauses standing.

Kevin Spacey “I sing because I’m returned from  Washington to be back with my Hollywood friends”. Angela Lansbury (88 years), Steve Martin (comedian), Pierro Tossi (5 yOscars for costumes) have won the awards for lifetime contribution. The honorary Oscar was presented at Washington.

The Jean Hearsolt Humanitarian awards as a global advocate for causes goes to Angleina Jolie who thanks her mother.

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It seems that until now at least, Dallas Buyers Club leads the race to the Oscars with 2 awards, having also very big chances for the best actor Oscar. Great masterpiece.

Viola Davis presents foreign language film:

The Great Beauty (2013): Paolo Sorrentino(Italy)

11th Oscar for Italy in film history in this category since it has been instituted.

Tyler Perry presents the 4th film nominated for Oscar Nebraska. Nothing is black or white, but radiant shades of gray. Then he presents Her. Gravity is between haunting silence and bold action.

Brad Pitt (nominated at the Oscar this year as a producer for 12 Years a Slave”) introduces U2 who sing the song from

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton(“Ordinary Love”). Everybody applauds standing.

Ellen DeGeneres tries to make a photo with as many actors as possible and sends it on Twitter.

Kristel Biell and Michael B Jordan present the Science and Technical Awards. 21 awards for 54 recepients. Gordon E. Sawyer award included.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron present sound Oscars. Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Gravity (2013): Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro thank to directo Alfonso for vision and patience

Best Achievement in Sound Editing Gravity (2013): Glenn Freemantle

1st Oscar, 2nd nomination after Slumdog Millionaire. Cuaron is brilliant and pushed him beyond limits. Sucha a great team, a big bond for this film. Thanks family and coworkers, generally.

Christoph Waltz presents Oscar for supporting actress. 3 of them are first time nominees. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013). Everybody applauds standing.

So much joy in her life for so much suffery of the real character. She thanks the spirit of her character who has inspired her. She mentions the members of the main crew. The thanks The Yale School of Drama and each member of her family. No matters where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

Ellen serves pizza to some of the celebrities. She asks money from the public.

Ellen introduces Sheryl Bone Isaacs, the first coloured woman from the histoy of AMPAS (The Academy). They preserve the past, honour the present and shape the future. There have been 5 billion movie tickets sold in 2013. She presents the project of a museum which is planned to open 2017.

Amy Adams and Bill Murray present the Oscar for photography Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki

1st Oscar, 6th nomination, including previously with Cuaron for Children of Men. She names several people of  the crew and “my teachers, not all of them, but some”

In the music from her single “When I’m gone”, comes Anna Kendrick who presents Oscar for film editing: Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

1st Oscar for both of them. Mark Sanger thanks to professions. There is no greater accolade than to be recognized by thos who inspire you.

Whoopi Goldberg who presented 4 Oscar ceremonies and won 1 Oscar. She came with movie slippers, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz. LIza Minelli and Lorna Loft, decendants of Judy Garland are honored. Alicia Moore or Pink sings “Somewhere over the Rainbow” comemorating the film Wizard of Oz.

Looks like “Gravity” is gonna be the great winner of the night. The film received 5 Oscars already, for sound mixing, sound editing, film editing, cinematography and visual effects and has great chances for directing. It also did not lost yet at any of the 10 categories where it has been nominated.

Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch present the Oscar for Best Achievement in Production Design The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

4th Oscar win for Catherine Martin out of 6 nominations. 1st Oscar for B. Dunn.

Rhys Ifans presents a collage of films stills about the heroes’ journeys. Features music from the trailer of Inception.

Julie Andrews presents in memoriam.

Bette Midler sings “the wind beneath my wings” from the film “Beaches”.

Ellen DeGeneres says they broke Twitter and her plan to get most retweets on her picture worked.

On the music from “As Good As It Gets”, Goldie Hawn presents the remaining 3 films nominated for best picture: Philomena, Captain Phillips  and 12 Years a Slave.

On the musical theme of Pulp Fiction, enters 2-time nominee John Travolta, who introduces another nomination in song category:Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

Everybody stands up applauding.

William Ross conducts the orchestra for the Oscars. He gets acknowledged.

Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel present the award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Gravity (2013): Steven Price

Cuaron inspired every note. “Sorry my parents for making so much noise while growing up”

best song Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

They have a very fun  moment thanking people whose names rhyme. This song is an inspiration to not let fear and humiliation stop you from being who you really are.

The big awards left: screenplays, leading actor & actress, directing and film.

Carey MUlligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams have each of them been in  two different films nominated for Oscar this year.

Robert DeNiro and Penelope Cruz present awards for screenplays

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published 12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Her (2013): Spike Jonze 4th nomination, 1st win. 42 seconds to thank. He thanks everyone who made a movie about relationships.

There have also been a lot of applauses when American Hustle script was on the screen.

Angelina Jolie and Sydney Poitier enter – the music of To Sir With Love. Poitier is celebrating his 50th anniversary for best actor. They present the Oscar for directing Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)

This has been a transformative experience, says Cuaron. If the great things would not take a lot, the whole thing would be the waste of time. For a lot of people, it has been a wising experience. He first thanks his son. This is the accomplishment of a lifetime project.

Under the music from Mary Poppins featured in Saving Mr Banks, Ellen DeGeneres promises to come back.

Ellen congratulates Matthew McConaughey on how he looks.

Daniel Day-Lewis presents the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)

Everybody applauds standing. She says “Sit down! You’re  too old to be standing”. She congratulates everyone who she has been nominated with. She thanks Woody and for the intelligent distribution who stayed for long time in cinemas. The female-centered movies deserve to stay in the the cinemas because they make money. She mentions a lot of particular people from the cast of Blue Jasmine.

Jennifer Lawrence presents Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) . He got most applauses. Everyone applauds standing.

Something to look up to, something to look forward to and somebody to chase, the hero. “When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend and that is you”. His hero when he was 15 was himself in the future at 25. He turned that into a habit of competing with himself. Great speech. Memorable. When I’ll see it on YouTube, I’ll share it.

Will Smith presents the award for best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Brad Pitt says everyone was brought together by S. McQueen, who says that without B. Pitt this movie wouldn’t have existed. Steve McQueen catches hardly his breath. Winners:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Steve McQueen
Anthony Katagas

Everyone deserves not only to survive, but to live. This movie is dedicated to all those who have endured slavery and to 21 million people who still endure it on our planet.

Ceremony Directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Final Oscars count


1st place Gravity, 7 Oscars

2nd place 12 Years a Slave, 3 awards including best film

3rd place Dallas Buyers Club 3 Oscars

4th place The Great Gatsby, Frozen each 2 Oscars

Great movies who haven’t received any Oscars

American Hustle, 10 nominations,

The Wolf on Wall Street, 5 nominations

Nebraska, 6 nominations


PS Sorry for the spelling mistakes. Didn’t have time to correct all of them as I was typing.

Subjective comment: All in all, the ceremony wasn’t so spectacular compared to other years and most of the awards were predictable. Everybody was very hurried. I would have liked for the people awarded to have more time to send powerful messages and Ellen to have less time for her jokes.

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Live Blogging for the Golden Globes 2014

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 13/01/2014

I am watching the USA Golden Globes on live streaming from this address:

If that breaks from time to time, check this also:

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey host the show.

Jennifer Lawrence just won her Golden Globe as best supporting actress for her role in “American Hustle”. She said she discovered David O. Russell through “I Heart Huckabees”

Jacqueline Bisset won her first Golden Globe for “Dancing on the Edge”

Susan Ekins     Gregory Jacobs     Michael Polaire won the award for best TV film, Behind the Candelabra. I think this is just propaganda. I’ve seen the movie and it’s not so good really.

Elisabeth Moss – best supporting actress in a TV series, Top of the Lake. She is very emotioned.

Matt Damon presents the film “Captain Phillips” nominated for best drama.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey introduce the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Theo Kingma. He says it was a  year full of very good movies.

Wolf on Wall Street is getting presented.

Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski presents the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad” (2008). This is not the first time he is awarded for this TV series.

They also present the awards for the best TV series drama: Breaking Bad – Vince Gilligan TV show creator and producer. Vince was launched by his work at the X-files. He invites performer Aaron Paul to say something. Vince has thanked the audiences. In the beginning, there weren’t so many viewers.

In the commercial break, I’ve seen the trailer for Monuments Men, a potential future contendent next year. Initially the movie was planned to launch 2013, but the premiere was delayed.

Steve Coogan and Judi Dench the stars of Philomena present the drama nominee Philomena.

Kate Beckinsale present award for music Alex Ebert, All is Lost

and the best song: Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen jr – Ordinary Love from Mandela Long Walk to Freedom – Bono says he has been working for Nelson Mandela since the ’70s – a very personal award, – he pays a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The best TV series or TV movie drama actor: Jon Voight for “Ray Donovan” (2013)

Her” is presented.

The award for best actress in a motion picture comedy is up next.

Robert Downey jr presents the award. Award goes to Amy Adams for American Hustle. She said this is her 15th year in acting. Thanks her daughter for teaching her to accept joy and renounce fear. Everybody congratulates her. Very enthusiastic hall.

Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon present their daughter Sophie Bacon – miss Golden Globe and Randy Bacon – mr. Golden Globe . They all present a comic moment together. They also present the best actress in TV series drama award:  Robin Wright for “House of Cards” (2013). “Completely unexpected, I have no speech” she says. She thanks David Fincher for inspiring her to accept this part.

Jim Carrey presents American Hustle.

Christoph Waltz presents the award for best supporting actor in motion picture: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He says it was a very transformative role. He has gone to great length to do this part. He hasn’t been in a film in 6 years before Dallas Buyers Club. He thanks everybody for supporting him with love.

Emma Thompson, 2-times winner of Golden Globes presents the award for best screenplay: Her (2013): Spike Jonze thanks David O. Russell, very good friend. Half of the people in the hall applause him. He is very emotioned and thanks everybody.

Laura Dern presents Nebraska. She starred in Alexander Payne’s “Citizen Ruth”

Julie Bowen and Seth Myers presents Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Andy Samberg for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013). He does a great performance – parody of “thanks speech”.

Best Foreign Language Film La Grande Belleza – Nicolo Giuliano (producer)

Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy present  the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra (2013) (TV). Steven Soderbergh asked him about playing Liberace even since he was filming “Traffic”. He acknowledges Matt Damon, one of the most talented actor he’s ever worked with and Steven Soderbergh. This is his third award at the Golden Globes, including the Cecil B DeMille award for entire career.

Emma Watson and Chris Pine present the award for animated film Frozen (2013): Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Colin Farrell presents Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation” (2009) This is her first win for this role. She kisses Bono in joy. Everybody cheers her up. “I never won anything and I can’t believe I won”.

Tina Fey tells Amy Poehler: “I love you and there’s a very special place for you in hell”.

Emma Watson presents the work of Woody Allen. He changed the way we think. She starred in his latest film. Diane Keaton accepts the Cecil B. de Mille award for entire career on behalf of Woody Allen. 179 of the worlds’ most captivating actresses have played in Woody Allen’s films. They are the hallmark of Woody’s work – he has written all of them. He is a total author. “One of the nice things over writing – the thing will survive or not on its own merits.”. She delivers a wonderful speech for an old friend.

Ben Affleck presents Best Director – Motion Picture Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)

Chris Evans and Uma Thurman present Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy award “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013). Accepting the award: Dan Gore

The award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy is up next.

Jenneifer Lawrence presents it to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He says anyone who studies film must see the filmography of Bruce Dern. He thanks his mentor Martin Scorsese whose films influenced his entire generation. He stalked Martin Scorsese on making this film.

Reese Witherspoon presents the film 12 Years a Slave.

Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth present Rush.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: American Hustle (2013)

Charles Roven accepts the award also on behalf of Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Richard Suckle . He shares the award with David O. Russell and thanks the first 5 actors of the film.

Leonardo DiCaprio continues his list of thanks and presents the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013). Everybody in the hall stands up to applaud her. She thanks to Dianne Wiest. It’s impossible to do such a quality performance without really very good people, she says. This was the most fabulous, generous crew of Woody Allen in quite some time. She thanks a lot of people.

Jessica Chastain presents the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) “Unexpected, but graciously accepted”. 86 times this movie was refused to be budgeted. This is an important triumph. He is glad this film came to him. He tanked his mother: “don’t go watching people on the screen, go do it yourself” and his wife who supported and inspired him. This movie was never about dying, but about living.

Before any award is given for best drama, I just want to say that among the films nominated in this category, I think the rightful winner should be Rush. But I don’t think it will win.

Johnny Depp presents the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen, director is accepting the award. The whole room applauds standing.

This edition of the Golden Globes TV show on NBC was directed by Louis J. Horwitz.

The nomination ballot it mailed to all eligible members of HFPA, who choose up to five nominees in each category. On the final ballot, the same members vote for one nominee in each category.. Information concerning the final results is known only to the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP, prior to today’s opening of the sealed envelopes.

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Ştefan Alexandrescu’s Top 10 of Best Films Made in 2013

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 07/01/2014

7 months ago, I published a top 10 of the best films I have seen in the first half a year of 2013, but most of them were, of course, movies from 2012. In order to do something a little bit more appropriate in the beginning of 2014, I decided to present you some more good movies and I have excluded the films I have seen at cinema the past year that were not made in 2013.

I consider 2013 was a year with very good movies as it hasn’t been for a long time. This is a year to remember and the voters will have some tough decisions to make for the Golden Globes, Oscars, BAFTAs and so on. 2013 was for me a year to re-discover the magic of seeing great stories with very deep, profound and moving messages like in the old days.

I want to state a few things, before I start listing the films, from bottom (10) to top (1). All of the movies mentioned here are masterpieces very near to perfection, films which I consider deserve all attention and deserve to make history. Some of them, like the ones from positions 1-4 may require multiple viewings in order to understand them and they may very well become among your very best favorite movies, as I think the nr. 1 movie of 2013 won my heart & mind.

Of course, as most of the masterpieces have premiered in USA just in November or December, I have yet to see some 2013 movies which could have made the top, and some of them could be better. Maybe I will include them in the top 10 movies seen at cinema in 2014, because they are on my watchlist – it also depends if they will run in Europe – some may not. So, some of the best movies of 2013 I have not yet seen, but I must see are: Wolf on Wall Street,  Inside Llewelyn Davis, Nebraska, Her, Nymphomaniac, All is Lost, The Spectacular Now, Dallas Buyers Club, Fruitvale Station, Only Lovers Left Alive, Before Midnight, Blackfish, Tim’s Vermeer, Kaze Takinu, The Lunchbox, Soshite chichi ni naru/Like Father Like Son, Tiun Zhu Ding/A Touch of Sin, Al Midan, Heli, Omar, Grzeli nateli degeebi/In Bloom, Krugovi/Circles, Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza/An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, In A World…, These Birds Walk, Enough Said, The Selfish Giant, Frances Ha, Stories We Tell.

Other 2013-released movies I missed, but can’t wait to see are Sarah préfère la course (feature film) and Money & Life (documentary).

Also, the following movies were late 2012 launches, which are all masterpieces I have seen in 2013, but did not make it into this top… because they are not from 2013: The Act of Killing, Django Unchained, Cesare deve morire, Jagten/The Hunt, Les Miserables, Pevnost/Fortress, The Human Scale, Después de Lucía, Killing Them Softly, Cosmopolis, Populaire, Dans la Maison, Room 237, Barbara, Silver Linings Playbook.

These movies from 2013 generally were well received by most of the American film critic, but I decided are not good enough for this top 10 (in the paranthesis my rating): Poziţia copilului/Child’s Pose (8/10), Saving Mr. Banks (8/10), La Migliore Offerta/The Best Offer (8/10), Gravity (7/10), La vie d’Adèle/Blue is the Warmest Color (7/10), Prisoners (5/10), 12 Years a Slave (4/10), Behind the Candelabra (4/10).

In addition, I want to make a personal comment. I don’t know how the French Academy or whoever decides over there to send French movies to Oscar, but I don’t understand how anybody sane in their minds could possibly send that piece of trash “Renoir”* when the French had in 2013 3 brilliant masterpieces (Le passé, Jeune & jolie, La Vénus à la fourrure), all nominated for Palme D’Or – also unexplainably lost to a very good, but not award-worthy French production La vie d’Adèle/Blue is the Warmest Color. Big shame.

So here’s my top 10 of best movies released in 2013 which I have seen so far (so 10 out of 39). I insist: they are all must-see masterpieces. In the paranthesis, my rating.

10. Rush (8/10)

Directed  by Oscar winner Ron Howard. Coproduction: USA/UK/Germany. Languages: English, German, Italian, French. Top 250 IMDb: #136. Awards for Daniel Bruhl, sound design and editing. Nominated as Best Drama at the Golden Globes.

It’s hard to choose what’s the best from this movie, as there are so many things to choose from: the screenplay, the actors, the editing, the sound. Take your pick. This movie deserves Oscar. It is one of the best pictures about sports competitions ever done and the best film about car racing. You can actually feel the energy in the air. Must be seen in a cinema theater. Special mention: brilliant original music by Hans Zimmer.

9. Jeune & jolie (8/10)

Directed by European Film Award-winner François Ozon. French Production. Languages: French, German. Awarded at San Sebastian film festival. Nominated for Palme D’Or at Cannes 2013.

A very good psychological movie about intimacy, sexual awakening, control games and, most important, self-acceptance. Must be seen with great attention in order to be understood. Brilliant interpretation by the main actress, Marina Vacht, deep visuals (especially the mirror shots). Special mention: the supporting role by Charlotte Rampling.

8. Still Life (8/10)

Directed by Oscar-nominated Uberto Pasolini. 4 awards at Venice Film Festival, including for Best Film (Pasinetti award).

A superb picture about the moral decadence in the UK society. This is a film about the value and respect this society shows for its dead people. A wonderfully sad portrait of the culture of solitude in the Western society. Special mention: don’t watch the trailer, it will give the movie away.

7. La Vénus à la fourrure/Venus in fur (8/10)

Directed by Oscar-winner Roman Polanski. Coproduction: France/Poland. Languages: French, German. Nominated for Palme D’Or at Cannes 2013.

A delightfully mesmerizing tour de force by two great French actors: Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric, in  cat-and-mouse psychological game played around how art depicts man and women relationship. Also a great meditation on the importance and responsibility of the author for the art he creates and delivers. Special mention: the elegant original music by Alexandre Desplat, which would deserve an Oscar nomination for best music.

6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (8/10)

Directed by Oscar-winner Peter Jackson. Coproduction: USA/New Zealand. Language: English. Top IMDb 250: #184

One of the most impressive fantasy-adventures blockbuster ever made, by the very team which revolutionized the genre. A full-scale epic fairy tale about the pitfalls of avarice and pride, in 48-frames/second 3D technology. What more could you ask for?

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (10/10)

Directed by Francis Lawrence. US production in English.

This is the perfect blockbuster I’ve been waiting in years. Far superior to the original, it takes the concept of Revolution to a higher scope and subtlety. The people waiting for a regular action movie will be disappointed, as this occupies only a third of the picture’s length and it’s stopped right in the middle. This is actually ground-breaking movie storytelling. Must win the Oscar for best song. The box office is well deserved. Hope it breaks the 1 billion $ barrier soon. Special mention: the marketing & PR for this movie are also top-notch. I recommend it as a case study in universities.

4. Blue Jasmine (10/10)

Directed by Oscar-winner Woody Allen. US production in English. 14 international awards for best actress: Cate Blanchett.

In my opinion, this is the best American drama of 2013, Woody Allen’s best film since Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and on a par with Annie Hall (1977), the best performance of Cate Blanchett’s career. This is much more than a modern version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951, 1995). It is a perfect portrayal of the modern society. Big shame it wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe in the “best drama” category. Special mention: this year’s best actress competitions will be very tight, but I think Cate Blanchett should win the Oscar.

3.  Le passé / The Past (10/10)

Directed by Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi. Co-production: France/Italy. Languages: French, Persian. 2 awards at Cannes 2013: Best Actress (Bérénice Bejo) and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. 2 American awards and one Golden Globe nomination for best foreign language film. Best Screenplay award at Durban International Film festival.

Asghar Farhadi, who already received about 60 international awards, is laying the ground with this film for a revolutionary cinema of creating suspense out of the actors’ interpretation in mesmerizing wonderfully-written life situations, entanglements and moral dilemmas. This film marks a historical meeting between Persian deep meaning and content and European cinema. Asghar Farhadi proves again to be one of the best and most promising film directors of the 21st century. Special mention: Pauline Burlet’s interpretation as Lucie.

2. La Grande Bellezza/The Great Beauty (10/10)

Directed by European Film Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino. Co-production:Italy/France. Languages: Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese. 16 international awards, including European Film Awards for Best Film and Best Director. Nominated for Palme D’Or at Cannes 2013. Also awarded for “stimulating the senses and creates a weave of endless meanings in the storytelling”, for “giving us images that are not only on the highest technical standards, but in first hand pleasing us by being musically dynamic”, nominated for “best international independent film”.

The Best European film of 2013, by any standards. One of the most poetic, beautiful, profound, meaningful films of this century. The best Italian film made in this century. The best film of Paolo Sorrentino. Must be seen and seen again, to be understood and discover new significations. About love, life, death, politics, sex and, of course, above all, about the beauty of rediscovering with respect how wonderful every person is. Actually, I adore this film so much, that I have went to see it in cinema twice in 2013. And I plan to see it again soon, on DVD. Special mention: great appearance by Fanny Ardant.

1. American Hustle (10/10)

Directed by Oscar-nominated David O. Russell. US Production. Languages: English, Arabic. 23 wins & 68 nominations, including 7 nominations for Golden Globes. More to come.

In my opinion, the best American comedy of this century and the most serious contender for the Best Film Academy Award. This movie belongs to any top ten of best American comedies, best noir-films and best noir comedies. It is comparable in quality with The Sting (1973), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pulp Fiction (1993), The Big Sleep (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and The Maltese Falcon (1941). Must be seen at least twice to be understood for its deep meanings. After years of good & very good movies, David O. Russell has done it. It is his masterpiece, his place in American history with a film so perfect in every single aspect that I can’t even start to grasp. To be seen in cinema theater.

Special mentions: 1. The Robert De Niro scene is worthy of an anthology. 2. If there was an Oscar for music supervision, American Hustle would get it. It has literally one of the best soundtracks of the past century.

* I have not seen “Renoir”, but I have checked how others rated it. My conclusion is that I don’t want to see it. Not only that it’s nowhere near the quality of Le passé, Jeune & jolie, La Vénus à la fourrure and La vie d’Adèle, but it’s not even good by a passible standard.

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