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You aren’t going to see many nominations for La La Land as I thought it was a very over-rated film. Sorry but I expect the leads in a musical saluting ‘old’ musicals to be able to sing and dance which neither Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling can do.

I don’t have a good record in picking winners but these are my choices not who I think will win.

Best Movie  Moonlight followed by Fences and Hidden Figures

Best Actor  Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic  certainly the dark horse in this race

Best Actress Isabelle Huppert in Elle  As strong a performance as Charlize Theron in Monster and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls and bowled me over. Until I saw this film I was rooting for  Ruth Negga in Loving

Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali in Moonlight followed closely by Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress  Viola Davis  One of the best ever performances on screen

Best Director Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Best Animated Feature Moana I didn’t see the other films but this one ‘knocked my socks off’!

Best Original Song How Far I’ll Go written by Lin Manuel Miranda  (Can anyone hum a bar of a La La Song?)  I am rooting for this song because first of all I like it and second I would like Miranda to become the youngest EGOT winner (If you don’t know what that stands for just ask!)

I think the only ‘sure win’ on the above list is Viola Davis but I remember when Lauren Bacall  was a sure thing for The Mirror Has Two Faces and lost to Juliette Binoche for The English Patient!

  • Best Picture *


  • Actor in a Leading Role *

Viggo Mortensen: “Captain Fantastic”

  • Actress in a Leading Role *

Isabelle Huppert:”Elle”

  • Actor In A Supporting Role *

Mahershala Ali: “Moonlight”

  • Actress in a Supporting Role *

Viola Davis: “Fences”

  • Animated Feature Film *


  • Costume Design *


  • Directing *


  • Documentary (Feature) *


  • Original Score *

La La Land

  • Original Song

“How Far I’ll Go”, Moana

  • Visual Effects *

The Jungle Book

  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay) *


  • Writing (Original Screenplay) *

Manchester by the Sea



Posted February 25, 2017 by greatmartin in ACADEMY AWARDS, ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES, Uncategorized


There is no getting around it–Lady Gaga stole the Oscar show singing “The Sound Of Music’ Tribute.

Like many of my generation when she first started appearing she seemed more of a joke than a serious musician but about a year ago I heard her sing some jazz and I was impressed enough to look into her background. She has had musical, singing and songwriting training, writing her first song at the age of 14. She has written songs for and/or with Elton John and Cher. Her collaborations with Tony Bennett have almost reached classic status.

Take away wearing the meat gown or other attention getting outfits, the distracting tattoos and her public persona and Lady Gaga stands as an accomplished musician.

Having won 6 Grammy awards, 13 MTV Video awards, setting over a dozen Guinness World records, starting her Born This Way Foundation plus her advocating for the Gay Community Lady Gaga can now count achieving what very few entertainers can do–stealing the spotlight from all at the 87th Academy Awards.


Posted February 23, 2015 by greatmartin in ACADEMY AWARDS

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