Posts tagged ‘Oscars’

January 22, 2014

Three Good Things: January film edition

This week’s Three Good Things has a distinctly cinematic theme to it. January is the perfect time for film. It’s cold and gloomy outside, and the prospect of snuggling up on the sofa to watch an old favourite has much appeal. I’m also a huge fan of the cinema, so we often venture out into the cold to watch new releases on the big screen.

If Christmas and the summer holidays are reserved for giant super-hero blockbusters, then January is the worthy month; all the serious award heavy-hitters are arriving on the big screen around this time. The Golden Globes have passed and the Oscar nomination list has just been announced. My plan is to watch all the nominated films this year, and I’ve made a good start already.


Hyde Park Picture House.

We’re so lucky to have this beautiful cinema in Leeds, and we recently saw American Hustle there (part of our Oscar nomination list) which was good. Not amazing. But good. Jennifer Lawrence is superb, in my opinion and the source of most of the humour in the film. I’m hoping to spend a lot more time in Hyde Park Picture House this year…

Hyde Park Picture House

Photo credit: @man_with_bag, who also bought my ticket!


Making an appearance for the first time on Three Good Things – YouTube. Because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Golden Globes 2014 hosting is perfect.


The third Good Thing this week is my joy to have found a fellow film lover to share my life with. As I mentioned, we’re working our way through the Oscar nominated films. Christmas was fun with Frozen and Despicable Me 2 (Best Animated Feature, so they count!)  and of the Best Picture nominations we’ve seen Gravity, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave so far.  Of these, if I was to choose Best Picture it would be 12 Years a Slave. It’s a harrowing, important and beautifully acted film, with many incredible characters and a haunting score. In his Top 5 films of the week, Mark Kermode put 12 Years a Slave in all five positions. Whether it deserves that hype is another matter, but if there’s one film you should see in January, it’s this one.

What are your Three Good Things this week? What do you think will take Best Picture at the Oscars this year? And do you have any film recommendations for me to curl up on the sofa in front of? 

February 28, 2012

Favourite Oscar Frocks.

A special, additional post, just for my Twitter friend @Hennie07 who wanted to know my views on the Oscar dresses!

There must be nothing more terrifying than getting dressed for a giant global audience, and I applaud everyone who made it down the red carpet without incident. The only thing I can compare it to is my own wedding day, when I was fortunate enough to have my wedding dress individually designed and made for me. Of course, my audience (apart from all the people who happened to be at Nostell Priory on the day) were people who loved me, not those waiting to tear me apart. So, for that reason, I’m only adding photos here of dresses that I particularly loved. There will be no mention on my blog of the ones I hated, although I will go as far as questioning what on earth Angelina Jolie’s leg was doing, as it seemed to have developed a mind of its own over the course of the evening…

I had a really quick look through the dresses at lunchtime and this is very much an instinctive reaction. No time for pondering over them for ages. I am sad that I didn’t think better of Livia Firth’s dress, as I know it’s part of her Green Carpet Challenge to wear ethical and environmentally friendly clothing, but it just wasn’t a favourite for me this time around.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my favourite dresses of the Academy Awards 2012.

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Penelope Cruz in custom Giorgio Armani

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

I think my absolute favourite is the Tom Ford dress. The chic simplicity of it, coupled with the cape, makes for a stunning change from all the sequins and flounce of many a red-carpet dress. Gwyneth makes it look effortless, although there has no doubt been a lot of backstage preparation!

Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli is gorgeous. Yes, it’s got a giant bow on it, but the cut and colour are perfect for her, and I love the boldness of it.

Octavia Spencer’s Tadashi Shoji dress was for me, a brilliant example of dressing well for the red carpet with a curvier figure. I loved her acceptance speech too, so honest and heart-felt. What a night she must have had!

I know that Penelope Cruz’s dress is exactly what I denigrated above, as it is pretty flouncy – but hell, it’s a princess frock, isn’t it? If I got a red carpet opportunity, this is probably what I’d wear!

Sarah Burton cannot put a finger wrong, and this heavily embroidered McQueen dress on Jessica Chastain is proof of that. It’s stunning. It would have been amazing to see some more British designers showcased – Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem. Although, they might be a little too fashion forward for red carpets perhaps?

So, there we are. Do you agree with my choices?