The 2017 Oscars

 

Hi guys,

Ok so if you have been living under a rock, this past weekend was the 89th Academy awards. The Oscars are my favourite awards show of the season because it celebrates the best of the best in film. The celebrities are fantastic, the presenters look beautiful and the host needs to keep the audience awake for almost 4 hours!

There is so much to write about! But I will try to narrow it down to my favourite moments from the show…

This year, the show was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The nominees included greats like Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Denzel Washington. There were some awesome movies nominated too! Hidden Figures, LA LA land and Hackshaw Ridge were amongst the 9 movies nominated for best picture…. (yes I know the mixup of the century, I’ll get there later on) There were beautiful musical performances for best song. These included Lin-Manual Miranda for How far I’ll go from Moana. Two original songs from La la land performed by John Legend and Can’t stop the feeling from Trolls. The show actually started off with Justin Timberlake performing this song and it set the tone for a fun, celebratory show.

One of the most anticipated awards of the evening was the best-supporting actress… this category was tough! Nicole Kidman, Naomi Harris, Michelle Williams and Octavia Spencer were all nominated alongside Viola Davis. Viola won making her the first black woman to win an oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for acting. Her speech was brilliant. You could feel she was really proud to have won and I am really happy she did because she is wonderful at what she does. In her speech, she said something so profound and I would like to share it with you;

“People ask me all the time, what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say, exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories. The stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artistand thank God I did—because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life”

I thought she expressed herself so well! And she was so correct artists are the ones who get to tell the stories that the world may have forgotten and it is a gift and a privilege…

The next part that really impressed me was the performance for the best original song for the film Moana. Lin-Manual Miranda (who is a brilliant man by the way) gave a lovely rap introduction to Auli’i Cravalho, the young woman who voices Moana in the film. She was wonderful! Seeing this song performed live made me like the song so much more than before.

A very sweet moment in the show was when Kimmel organised for sweets and treats to come down from the ceiling in little parachutes. There were kids in the audience since many of the films this year included kids in the cast and I feel that this little element helped them just as much as it helped the adults stay in tune with the show. The ceremony can sometimes be very drawn out and this was a nice break in between.

Kimmel also did a hilarious stunt. He invited a tour bus of tourists to the Dolby theatre and led them to believe they were coming to an exhibition of Oscar gowns. The whole tour bus walked into the theatre and once they realised what was happening were completely shocked. They got to shake hands with the front row and it was hilarious to watch how all the people reacted to the prank. Sadly, however, this was the end of Kimmel’s good moments for me since I felt he turned the rest of his hosting moments to a roast of Matt Damon. I didn’t get the humour of picking on Matt. Maybe I just missed that bit?

There were many great nostalgic moments too. Presenters like Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan and Javier Bardem got the opportunity to present with their role models. They each did a skit that explained their favourite movie memory and then appeared on stage with that person. The in the memorial was also done beautifully. Sarah Berellis did a beautiful tribute for that bit.

Next wonderful winner… Miss Emma Stone- she was up against MERYL! Can we just take a moment to let that sink in? She also delivered a very humble, well-said speech;

“I realize that a moment like this is a huge confluence of luck and opportunity, and so I want to thank Damien Chazelle for the opportunity to be part of a project that was so special and once in a lifetime. I’m so grateful to have been involved in this film and thank you for your faith and your patience and such a wonderful experience.”

Ok, this brings us to the mixup that will last a century… When it was time to announce the best picture AKA the biggest award of the evening. The presenters announced that La La land won. The whole cast and crew ran up onto stage and excidely started thanking everyone involved, mom, dad and G-D for this amazing oppotunity. They couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the entire cast and crew… a dream come true. HOWEVER, backstage hands started looking around for the enevelope becasue the envelope that was given to the presenters was in fact the envelope for best actress NOT best picture. PROBELEM! The producer of LA LA land then graciously announced that there had been a mistake and that Moonlight had actually won the award. This was an unfortunate mistake however I feel that all involved handled it well. I mean what were they meant to do storm off stage and have a temper tantrum? La La land still did exceptionally well at the awards and came home with 6 out of the 14 nominations.

Overall, I think it was a great show. I enjoyed it a lot more than last year’s ceremony and I think there was some wonderful talent celebrated! So with that being said, I would like to thank the academy for all their hard work and for bringing us the biggest awards ceremony of the year! Till next year :p

(p.s if you want to watch all these wonderful moments, have a look on the official Oscars website)

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

 

 

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New from OLLY MURS

Hi guys,

So there is a lot of new stuff being released in the music world at the moment! DNCE released a controversial new music video this week, Michael Buble released his new music video for ‘nobody but me’ (Look out for a post on that) and Olly Murs released his new Music video for Grow up.

I just finished watching his music video and it is so great! The title of the song gives the concept away a bit- it is about growing up! In a relationship sense, that is. Realizing that in a relationship there are two sides and to make it work it requires you to give and take. It is about overcoming your insecurities in order to make your relationship last. It has a pretty universal message to it which is great.

I have always loved Olly Murs, ever since he was on the ‘X factor’ in 2009. There is such a friendly vibe to his music and it is really refreshing to hear. His music has a bit of an Indie theme throughout and in its own unique way, it celebrates what British music is all about. On top of his talent, he is VERY easy on the eyes which never hurts…

Back to his music video, he has very cleverly used little kids to showcase the theme of the song. The story goes as follows: he is creating his music video and his production crew consists of little kids! And it is extremely cute. I was able to pick up the concept right away- He is the ‘grown up’ in the world of children. Instead of belittling the children, however, there is the idea that even though they are children he (Olly) can respect them and they can all work together. I presume this is to contrast the immature behavior he is singing about.

I kind of love it when artists write songs that are personal and they don’t keep it a secret. It shows that they are human but are able to channel their frustrations/ feelings/ experiences into their music- a healthy way of dealing with conflicts in their lives. This is what Olly has always done and I respect him for not giving up on who he is as a person and artist. After almost 8 years in the industry, he still remains authentic. Good Job Olly!!

His video is able to watch on youtube on his VEVO channel 😀

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

Michael Buble is back!

Hi guys,

OK, so VERY exciting news! The one and only Mr (wonderful) Michael Buble just released a brand new song off of his new album which is due to be released on October 19th! How exciting is that? Nobody but me was released today and having already listened to it at least 6 times, all I can say is.. I love this man!

I have grown up listening and adoring Michale Buble and have been fortunate enough to see him live twice. I have watched every Christmas special he has done and I have been glued to my screen for all of his facebook live chats. He closed his last tour right here in South Africa and I was lucky enough to attend his final concert of his ‘To be loved’ tour. He brought his entire team, including his wife, onto the stage and announced he was taking some time off to concentrate on his family and his music.

Now he is making his return and I am so excited. His new single which was released today on the radio is called Nobody but me. It is an upbeat, happy song that gets your feet tapping from the moment you hear the first bar.

There is not much news about his new album out yet but we know that it will be landing on the 19th of October so keep an eye out and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this new album when it is released!

😀

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

 

The daily show… With Trevor Noah

Over the past week or so EVERYONE has been talking about the daily show and Trevor Noah. Mr Noah officially took over from Jon Stewart and has attracted a lot of press because of it. I with many other interested South African’s tuned in last week to watch the first episode of the daily show with it’s new host.

Now, I do not follow American politics so I didn’t really understand many of the jokes. I followed a bit and understood a few of the jabs made at various stories and politicians but honestly I didn’t tune in for the ‘american news’ I tuned in because Trevor Noah is one of our very own. He is a South African comedian and that fact was the reason I decided to watch his show.

Trevor is funny. There is no doubt he is a funny guy and I enjoy watching him. However, he is not everyone’s cup of tea. I have heard reviews saying that he just talks a lot or that he is just trying to be like Mr Stewart. But that is show business. Some people are gonna love it and others are going to hate. I think that Trevor just needs to find his rhythm. He will get into the groove of things and figure out what works for him and what doesn’t.

Having said that, I feel that he now has a whole new realm of responsibilities to keep in mind. He now carries the label of ‘made it.’ He made it. He started in South Africa and he made it all the way to new york and for many people watching The Daily show from back home, he resembles dreams that some people only dream of achieving. And he needs to keep this in mind. He needs to understand that he is a role model for many people and that they are all looking up to him. He needs to deal with that wisely and not let his fans down.

I for one am very excited to see what Trevor comes up with and I am even more excited to see how he deals with everything that is going to be thrown at him. And I have all faith that he will continue to inspire people with his success.

#proudlysouthafrican

*lights out*

xxx