26 Feb 2017

Oscars 2017 predictions

Dry clean your tuxedo or dust-off your designer dress – it's Oscar season! 
 
The biggest day in Hollywood's calendar looms once again, with the 89th Academy Awards taking place this Sunday. There may be shocks, there may be surprises, there will certainly be speeches, and plenty of tears – crocodile or otherwise.
 
In preparation for Sunday's ceremony, we're going to take you through the nominees of the most eagerly-anticipated awards, and predict who we think will take home the statuettes.
 
So, fetch yourself a bucket of popcorn, turn your mobile phone onto silent, and put on your 3D glasses now...
 
 
 

BEST PICTURE

 
This is the big one! Always the most hotly-contested category and the most prestigious prize to take home. Is there a clear winner this year or are the nominees as balanced as an acrobat on a tightrope?
 

Nominees:

Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight
 

Our prediction:

 
La La Land – This all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good film has taken the Oscars by storm, earning a record-equalling 14 nominations and winning cinema-goers' hearts worldwide.
 
 

BEST DIRECTOR


Just as no circus can work without its Ringmaster, no film can run without its Director.

Nominees:

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Our prediction:


Damien Chazelle (La La Land) – Having already taken home the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Award for directing La La Land, we think he may have this one in the bag.


 

BEST ACTOR


Daniel Day-Lewis isn't in the running this year, so it's fair game for one of the most sought-after prizes in Hollywood!

Nominees:

Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Our prediction:


Denzel Washington (Fences) – Having won the Oscar once before for an intense performance in Training Day, and been nominated several times more, Denzel is surely the bookies' choice for this one.



BEST ACTRESS


Meryl Streep is a familiar name in the lineup, having more nominations under her belt than you can fit clowns in a clown car! But will this year herald her third win in this category?

Nominees:

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Our prediction:


Natalie Portman (Jackie) – The contest seems to be primarily between Natalie Portman and Emma Stone, but we think the former will edge it for her portrayal of JFK's grieving wife in the aftermath of his assassination.



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Nominees:

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell Or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Our prediction:


Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Nominees:

Viola Davis (Fences)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester By The Sea)

Our prediction:


Viola Davis (Fences)



That's a wrap on our predictions for the main categories, but there are many, many more awards to be distributed on the night.

What are your predictions? Will you be watching live this Sunday?


23 Feb 2017

Brit Awards 2017


This year's Brit Awards ceremony graced our television screens last night, with the biggest names in the UK pop industry all gathered for an evening of winners and woes. The coveted statuettes took on a different shape this year, thanks to a quirky design by Zaha Hadid – although they look like they'd been left out in the sun and melted to us!



The late, undeniably great David Bowie took home two of the main prizes, which serves as a fitting tribute to a man who had such a tremendous effect on British pop music throughout his outstanding career.



The show was as glitzy and glamorous as ever. But if you were hoping for some of the traditional mishaps that have made headlines in past events, then you won't have been disappointed. One particularly memorable incident occurred when a backing dancer, dressed as a house, fell off the stage during Katy Perry's performance!



Without further ado, the winners of the Brits 2017 were:

British male solo artist

Craig David 
David Bowie – WINNER
Kano 
Michael Kiwanuka 
Skepta

British female solo artist

Anohni 
Ellie Goulding 
Emeli Sandé – WINNER 
Lianne La Havas 
Nao

British group

The 1975 – WINNER 
Bastille 
Biffy Clyro 
Little Mix 
Radiohead

British breakthrough act

Anne-Marie 
Blossoms 
Rag’n’Bone Man – WINNER 
Skepta 
Stormzy

Brits global success award

Adele – WINNER

Best single

Alan Walker – Faded 
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own 
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For 
Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye 
Coldplay – Hymn For the Weekend 
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go 
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car 
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex – WINNER 
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like 
Zayn – Pillowtalk



Mastercard British Album

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep for You Are Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It 
David Bowie – Blackstar – WINNER 
Kano – Made in the Manor 
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate 
Skepta – Konnichiwa

International male solo artist

Bon Iver 
Bruno Mars 
Drake – WINNER 
Leonard Cohen 
The Weeknd

International female solo artist

Beyoncé – WINNER 
Christine and the Queens 
Rihanna 
Sia 
Solange

International group

A Tribe Called Quest – WINNER 
Drake & Future 
Kings of Leon 
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 
Twenty One Pilots

Best British video

Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover) 
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For 
Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye 
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend 
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go 
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car 
Little Mix ft Sean Paul – Hair 
One Direction – History – WINNER 
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like 
Zayn – Pillowtalk



What were your favourite moments, and did the right people win?



17 Feb 2017

8 of Our Favourite Tweets From UK Pun Day


Whilst love and Valentine's Day may have been on many people's lips this week, the wordsmiths amongst us were seduced by a different mistress... UK Pun Day!

The unofficial national holiday is the brainchild of Leicester Comedy Festival – a day on which lovers of wordplay are encouraged to craft and share puns on social media and appreciate the efforts of others, all culminating in the UK Pun Championships at De Montfort Hall on Monday night.

The puns were out in full force, particularly on Twitter. They varied from sigh-inducingly cheesy to painfully clever. Some fell flat (you could say they were punsuccessful), whereas others were pundamentally brilliant. But all – or at least most – drew a smile. 

Here's a selection of our favourites from #UKPunDay:







(Don't worry, this next one is our punultimate entry!)


Of course, this is just a small offering of the tweets that were on display. To see more, take a look at the #UKPunDay hashtag on Twitter.

If these wordy witticisms have put you in the mood for clowning around - well... you've come to the right place!


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10 Feb 2017

Valentines Day...

On February 14th every year, gifts and gestures of love are exchanged across the globe in celebration of St.Valentine. 

St. Valentine comes from the legend that he served as a priest in Rome in the 3rd century. When Emperor Claudius 2nd outlawed marriage for young men as when single they made better soldiers, St Valentine saw this as a great injustice and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When his actions were uncovered, the Emperor ordered him to death... not the cheeriest of legends we must admit!

So if your celebrating Valentines this year with your partners, why not ditch the chocs and flowers and go alternative - we've put together the perfect list of unusual gifts for you to give this year!

1. Name a Star
Findmeagift.co.uk have made it possible for you to name a star after your loved one!
When you buy this gift you will receive a certificate of authentication, a framed poster and a star map of where to locate your star all for only £9.99!



2. Personalised Book of Love
ijustloveit.co.uk have a personalised book of love that you can send to your partner! The book is filled with illustrations and one liners about your partner, the little things that make your relationship special! This gift will last a lifetime, especially for those sentimental types. From as little as £12.99!


This one we would love! gettingpersonal.co.uk do a whole range of personalised alcoholic products, including spirits, wines and gift sets! 

The perfect gift for someone who likes a glass of bubbly (or two)!


Gifts starting at £14.

4. Sweet Gift
Your partner got a sweet tooth? Well, funkyhampers.com have the most perfect gift for you! They do loads of personalised sweet hampers for any taste!

We love this gift, a fantastic twist on the old box of chocs!


Lots of places at the moment have Valentines offers for two! 
virginexperiencedays.co.uk are doing romantic getaways starting at £60 for you and your partner which look amazing!

Or if your not the romantic type, redletterdays.co.uk are doing a stand up comedy night out for two starting at £15! 

Or you could really go all out and spoil your partner with tickets to a show! The Lady Boys of Bangkok at the moment have a special Valentines deal, where if you buy any full price ticket for any show - you get a free glass of bubbly (and who wouldn't want that!).




So what are you getting for your loved one this Valentines?



3 Feb 2017

The announcement of the cast for Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 9...

RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition which documents RuPaul and his search for America's biggest Drag superstar. The competition employs a panel of judges of famous guest faces to critic the contestants on different tasks throughout the show.

RuPaul's Drag race has spanned 8 seasons, with a 9th just announced. The show's popularity soared and now holds the title of most viewed programme on Logo-TV  and is now aired worldwide.

The show embraces diversity and openly welcomes and celebrates the LGBT community with a great platform for some of the most fabulous Drag Queens that give the Lady Boys of Bangkok a run for their money!



Previous winners are as follows:


Tyra Sanchez - Season 2

Raja - Season 3

Sharon Needles - Season 4

Jinkx Monsoon - Season 5

Bianca Del Rio - Season 6

Violet Chachki - Season 7

Bob the Drag Queen - Season 8

You can really see why these individuals have won the crown for America's Drag Superstars. All of which have gone on to be internationally acclaimed cover models for some of the largest fashion magazines with numerous make-up brand endorsements. 

Season 9 will not disappoint with the new cast being announced last night, RuPaul's Drag Race promises to be one of the most fabulous seasons yet!


At Gandeys World Class Productions we too embrace diversity and celebrate it with our productions that include individuals from all walks of life - something which we hope will continue and flourish in the world we live in today! 

What do you think about the new cast? Who will be watching?!