Academy Awards 2017: Red Carpet

Academy Awards 2017: Red Carpet

It’s 10.30PM and the Red Carpet is LIT.

I also need a cup of tea.

 

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea.

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This kid seems humble. I didn’t watch Manchester by the Sea. It sounds like it has a cold setting temperature wise, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Giuliana Rancic – She’s looking icy in a Georges Chakra Spring 2017 Couture gown.
For reals, homegirl is looking like Elsa.

Ruth Negga –

When she was speaking about her outfit she seemed a bit off… IDK, is she hungry or?

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Olivia Culpo is wearing a dress partnered with Stella Artois, wherein each Stella challice that is sold provides five years of clean water for those in need. Fun fact, bits of challice are on the dress.

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Whilst the dress is kinda cute, her hair is not… Looks like she’s trying to be a scene kid circa 2008, or is trying to cover a big spot. Also, that pony tail looks fresh from a pony. Sorry not sorry.

Hailee Steinfeld is looking hellacute in her butterfly dress!
Loves it!

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Taraji P. Henson is mixing sass and class, of which has provided a classic and cool Oscars look. Blue velvet is fabulous.
She’s talking to Ryan Seacrest about the way that she chose her role for Hidden Figures, and is speaking about what resonates the most about the film for her.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are looking super cute… If you ever check the comments section of the Daily Mail everyone seems to hate them, but I don’t…. Speaking of hate, why do people go out of their way to waste their time and breath being negative about someone? The only person you’re giving hate to is yourself, you eggs.

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Emma Roberts looking sassy af, acting that way too…

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However, I don’t find her sass cool, hers seems arrogant…

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Hidden Figures – Live blog

Hidden Figures – Live blog

So, I’m watching Hidden Figures.

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It’s the first film on the Oscar list I found and I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this more than the Revenant. I watched that last year for my Oscar coverage and it was the longest film of my life – Honestly, I’d rather have a hangover than watch that film.

18.10 – So I’m watching Hidden Figures – I’m 15 minutes in and I’m loving it! I basically love anything with Octavia Spencer in, she is an amazing and incredible actress!

18.11- Kirsten Dunst – I haven’t actually seen her in a film since Bring It On – And now she’s actually playing an adult, which is weird. I think you expect a stronger voice to come out of her, but it sounds so weak, alongside her poor accent.

18.18 – I haven’t heard from Janelle Monae in a while, but then again, I haven’t been looking for her. Loved her album a few million years ago tho..

*** I’m not one of these people who are militant about black rights etc… I’m all for equality, but I really enjoy films that show what it was like for both women, and black women in the 60’s. Films like Hairspray made all the hardships that folk ‘in the day’ faced seem like a joke, but this film is really highlighting the issues.***

For example,Katherine, a mathematician is a single, widowed mother who is working full time at NASA to provide for her children. When she gets up to get a cup of coffee, she’s looked at like she just used her hat to brew the coffee. I’d legitimately hate life if that was me.

I am aware that this is a film, but it’s non-fiction, and I can imagine everything that’s occurred already, and everything that will occur throughout the film would have happened in the ’60’s.***

18.40 – Katherine runs, she runs in heels, she climbs ladders and she does mathematical calculations… I’m tired just watching this – You go, girl!

18.47 – “You act right, you are right, that’s for certain.”

19.59 – I took a break, it’s been a long day… The soundtrack/score is amazing for this film. It’s literally like the icing on the cake!

I’m currently reading about the historical accuracy of the film at the moment – A lot of what goes on regarding the ladies NASA careers is actually true, however, there aren’t any correlations with regards to the timelines.

20.16 – I’ve finished the film.
It was so good! It was both factual, entertaining and a thought evoking motion picture, of which is something quite rare (in my eyes) in the current thoughtless, self-obsessed selfie society we currently live in.

I’m actually researching the three ‘Hidden Figures’ this is based on – Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Katharine G. Johnson.
Mary and Dorothy are no longer with us, but Katharine is aged 98.

I believe a film like this could inspire young girls to persevere in maths and science, two subjects that are often considered masculine and unglamorous, but what’s more important? Glamour or success?

Success, in my opinion, and you can gain glamour as a result of success….

To conclude…

Will this film win any Academy Awards? 
Despite it being a great film, with amazing and thoughtful cinematography, I don’t think it has what it takes to win. I feel bad for saying this, but it’s just a part of the cold, hard reality of life in the film industry.

It’s worth noting that all 13,000 involved in the production of the film should be proud that they were a part of a film nominated for an Oscar, and everyone should know that this is a great film, but it’s missing a certain pizzazz that it’s predecessors had that made them worthy of winning.

Hmm… What film should I watch next?

A Twitter user, @TyeHarveyy has suggested Fences… It’s on!

2017 Academy Award nominees

2017 Academy Award nominees

So, tonight is the 89th Academy Awards, aka Oscars. It’s being held in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic theatres – the Kodak theatre.

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Unfortunately, due to work and academic (lol) commitments, I can’t be in attendance tonight, but I will be watching from the comfort of my own home, in my dressing gown and other pyjama type clothing items.

I digress…

The nominees are….

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (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

“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 Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Live coverage – Academy Awards 2017 – The Oscars.

Live coverage – Academy Awards 2017 – The Oscars.

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Academy Award – Pictured in 2008.

 

Welcome to the only coverage of the 2017 Oscars that you’ll need to stay tuned to!

For the second year, I’ll be providing coverage of the red carpet and ceremony, alongside a unique critique of what is going on!

You can comment on the post or tweet me @AmberLovellLand or snapchat me – itsambertime for a mention, or to let me know what you think!
Okay, woo!!

16.40 – At the moment, I’m watching a classic, Matilda, but throughout the night I’ll be watching two films that are set to be big winners tonight and doing a live blog on it… She says with hope!

 

Frickin’ Monday

Frickin’ Monday

I’m not normally one of those people who hate Monday, because it’s legit just like any other day, but this Monday was the worst this year.

Why?

People!
Some people are just so bloody rude!

“Oh no, why?”
First of all…

 

Attitude

If you’re gonna be a sassy little bitch, dress the part; don’t be sassy and half arse it because it looks bad on the rest of the sassy bitches who boss it everyday, you little skettyskank.

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Try as you might, you’re not sassy, you’re just a basic bitch with a bad attitude.

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Secondly…

 

Butting in –

Jigga please, I ain’t speakin’ to you, so mind yo’ own bizzznizzz

 

Thirdly…

 

Rain

I got off the train and the sky was bloody falling! “Why didn’t you check the weather?” AGAIN, MIND YOUR OWN BIZZNIZZ, I AIN’T ASK FO’ YO’ OPINION.

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Sweet lord Jesus, today just seemed to drag and drag and drag. I forgot a fork for my lunch, but if I did, I would have stabbed myself in a bid to escape for the day. I’m a princess, I don’t need an education – I’m soon to be the queen, man.

 

That’s my Monday moan over – I’m suitably content.
I purchased a v nice wine from M and S, alongside an array of Percy Pigs, sausages and a lovely salad.

 

Au Revoir, bitches.

 

*May or may not contain metaphors* lol.

I LOVE PIE – Happy national pie day!!

I LOVE PIE – Happy national pie day!!

IT’S National Pie Day today, undeniably the best day of the year thus far.

With this, I decided I’d made a firm favourite to most, a trusty apple pie.

My apple pie, however, differs from the rest.

It’s made with love, care and tenderness, things many seem to lack.

My love for baking forced me to make a beautiful caramel sauce from scratch to coat the skillfully sliced apple that now temporarily resides inside the crisp, buttery pastry.

Bog off Mary Berry, there’s not a soggy bottom in sight!

 

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I don’t normally reveal secrets for free, but here,people, is my recipe for my beautiful apple pie.

 

YOU WILL NEED…
A massive pie dish (I’m not the only Lovell who loves pie)
A mixing bowl
An adult if you can’t be trusted on your own
A sharp knife
A rolling pin
A hot oven
A fridge
A stovetop
A pastry brush

 

*Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C, babies *

Caramel sauce 

1 cup of white sugar

1/4 cup of water

6 tablespoons of butter (I used unsalted, but if you’re salty, use salted)

1/2 cup of double cream (Not that gross UHT stuff though)

Pastry

14 Ounces of plain flour

5 Ounces of unsalted butter,

2 Ounces of baking butter.

I find by using a vegetable fat, and the butter, you create a crisper pastry, which works wonders for texture.

 

Filling

1KG of apples, peeled and beautifully sliced.

 

Method

Put the flour into a mixing bowl and add the butter. Before adding the butter it’s worth dicing it to make it easier to mix if you’re not snazzy like me, because I juse throw it in the KitchenAid and get on with my life.

  • Mix until you have what resembles buttery breadcrumbs
  • Add water to form a dough
  • Leave to chill

PLEASE NOTE : DO NOT OVERWORK YOUR DOUGH, UNLESS YOU LIKE EATING LEATHER.

WHILST THE PASTRY IS CHILLIN…

Make your caramel sauce!

  • Put the sugar and water inside a pan, only mix to combine the two ingredients and gently whirl the pan if you need to.
  • cook on a medium heat until the sugary mixture turns a light amber colour
  • turn off the heat, and remove from the heat, and whisk in the butter. Be careful because it can spit, and it’s super hot, so you will get burnt.
  • Whisk in double cream.
  • Leave to cool, brother.

*** Pastry is still chilling, so is the caramel sauce***

  • Peel all yo’ apples.
  • Cut.
  • Once all of the apples are a similar pie sized size, mix them into the caramel.

*** Remove pastry from the chill-zone ***

  • Grease your pie dish
  • Divide your pastry into three… collaborate two of those three, so two thirds are for the base, and one third is for the top.
  • Line the dish with the rolled pastry, chuck in your apples, roll out the remaining pastry, fling it on the top… Bob’s your uncle and fanny is your aunt.
  • Brush with whisked egg, fling on some sugar and BOOM

Pop it in the oven, for about 25 mins, or until it is golden brown.

This is my pie, (looks like shit I know) with caramelised crusts (I added sugar on top of my egg wash)…

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Let me know how it goes!
Happy baking, and happy National Pie Day!!

Away with you and your resolutions

Away with you and your resolutions

I hate the cliché of clichés.

The biggest being ‘New Year’s Resolutions’.

First of all, in all reality, New Year’s day isn’t actually any different to any other day of the year. The only noticeable differences are…

  • Almost everyone is hungover
  • Staff in stores are angrier than usual.
  • The fear that a restaurant worker might spit in your food is higher because you know how much they don’t want to be serving you today.

 

That aside, one of the major things that annoys me about New Year’s Resolutions is other peoples’ resolutions.

Look pal, I don’t honestly care about your ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra; you’re still going to be a twat no matter how you behave for the first few weeks of the year, and after those first few weeks are done, so is your new attitude, so, next!
Another thing about the New Year that grinds my gears (you’re welcome) is those who take up fitness.

Booking onto my fave spin classes is impossible, finding a free and clean piece of cardio equipment in the gym is like finding a matching pair of socks, and don’t get me starting on finding somewhere to park, because, well…            no.

 

Yes, I understand the importance of fitness, but will people actually keep up with it? Probably not.

Instead of trying to be super good for the first few weeks of the year, be good all year round.

You only get one body, so you should treat it right, the way that I do.

My body is a temple.

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Again, you’re welcome.

(Yes, I only wrote this so I could post that photo)

 

For the third time,

 

You are welcome.