Monday, February 27, 2012

Winners for the 84th Academy Awards (The Oscars 2012)



The 84th Academy Awards 2012 has finally come to an end and here are the winners!

Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Animated Feature Film
"Rango" Gore Verbinski

Art Direction
"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Cinematography
"Hugo" Robert Richardson

Costume Design
"The Artist" Mark Bridges

Directing
"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius

Documentary (Feature)
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Film Editing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

Foreign Language Film
"A Separation" Iran

Makeup
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource

Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

Best Picture
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer

Short Film (Animated)
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Short Film (Live Action)
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George

Sound Editing
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

Sound Mixing
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Visual Effects
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Writing (Original Screenplay)
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen

Congrats to all the above winners!!!  So who are the big winners for this Oscar? They are " The Artist"《艺术家》 & "Hugo" 《雨果》 which both secure 5 awards each!

The awards that go to “ The Artist” are namely - Actor in a Leading Role, Costume Design, Directing, Music (Original Score) and Best Picture.

And awards that go to “Hugo” are namely - Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Above Picture & Winner list extracted from: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/84/nominees.html

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Show Hand 《注定》

Woohoo, I have just won a pair of passes to Channel U Show Hand 《注定》private party this Friday.  So how did I get the chance to win the pass?  All I need to do is to share the below picture with a caption.  The 25 most creative captions will win the pass, and I happened to be one of the winners!  Cool isn't it? This round will be inviting my poly coursemate along with me, it's been a while since we last met, so it's a gonna be a great night for a short gathering as well! 

You may be curious what's my caption, here's my play -- 生死天注定,输赢靠自己!能够掌控命运者,注定是赢家!
To translate to English, it means: One's life & death is destined, to win or lose shall depends on individual! The ONE who is able to take control of his own destiny, is destined to be a winner! (Disclaimer: The English phrase is a translation from the original Chinese version. In the case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall supersede the English version.)


P/S: Above picture by courtesy from Channel U Facebook page
BTW, there will be a Show Hand Meet & Greet( 注定有缘来相聚 – 影迷拍照会) at Bugis Junction on this coming sat 25/Feb 15:30pm - 16:30pm, check it out here!

Monday, February 13, 2012

God Bless Grandma...

Dear friends, I thank you, who offer your prayers for my grandma after reading my post via Twitter/Facebook. Grandma has been hospitalised since last Wednesday (02/06/12) and we have rushed back to Malaysia to visit her over the weekend.


Upon seeing Grandma, my heart sunken and tears just can't stop flowing, then I remember one tip shared by a trainer, to look up to stop the tears from continue flowing, and it works! I can't understand how can she aged and slimmed so much just overnight and looked so much different from our last video chatting via MSN chat during Chinese New Year? Seeing her looking so sick & helplessly, I can't help but feel sad...

I'm glad that we made this rush trip back, despite having to chuck aside our work stuff behind. She became much cheerful upon seeing us, and I can see the glow in her eyes! Yes, work is indeed very important, but FAMILY is just as important, especially seeing the regrets of mom not being able to stay by the deathbed of her parents previously. We really do not wish to have dad go through the same regrets.

Grandma's right side of the body is affected by the stroke and thus movement of the right arm and right leg are very much less agile. We took turns to take care of grandma throughout the days and nights during the past few days. With the physio-therapy and acupuncture, she managed to show improvements in her movements.

The greatest pressure shall now lies on my younger cousin, Victoria, who is taken care of by Grandma since young. Seeing that she can't get to sleep properly for nights and need to take long leave to take care of Grandma, I felt sorry for her too.

Given Grandma's age, it's really lucky that she managed to pull through... I guess that it's her willpower that allow her to pull through.  How can she bear to just leave us behind?  Once again, I thank all for your prayers. It is really heart warming especially when some who offered their prayers are just acquaintances through Facebook.

May God/Buddha give their blessing to grandma and may she has a speedy recovery...
Love you, Grandma! I wanna see the healthy you again the next time I go back to Malaysia... I promise, I will make some time to go back to Malaysia to visit you real soon...

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