Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscars 2011: Winners List

Best Picture

The Social Network
The King’s Speech - WINNER
Black Swan
The Fighter
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Toy Story 3
127 Hours
Winter’s Bone

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oscars 2011 Preview

The 2011 Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 27 and there might be a few surprises in store for all of us. Then again, there might not be any at all and it could turn out to be an entirely predictable feast, where Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo win in their respective categories or The King's Speech sweeps the night (in which case the supporting roles could go to Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, see below).

Usually, it's the conservative movie that wins. (In all fairness, the Oscars have offered a few surprises in the recent years.) In this case it's a King's Speech affair. However, The Social Network can still pull off an upset out of its rear end (despite all odds and statistics) and triumph in both Picture and Directing categories. Or, we may see a split: King's Speech gets Picture, while Fincher gets Directing. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed that I have been KIND OF-SORT OF obsessing about the Oscars for a while now....well, a couple of months is not THAT much, is it? It's a once a year showdown and it's fun, so there ya go. Truth be told, this is one tough year. Hard to predict. It can go either way.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Grammys 2011: Winners List

Album of the Year:
Eminem - Recovery
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs - WINNER (huge a way)
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Record of the Year:

B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars - Nothin' on You
Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
Cee Lo - F**k You
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - WINNER

Song of the Year:

Cee Lo - F**k You
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - WINNER
Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
Miranda Lambert - The House That Built Me
Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs - Beg, Steal or Borrow

Best New Artist:

Justin Bieber
Florence and the Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding - WINNER (another huge surprise)

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:

Sara Bareilles -  King of Anything
Beyonce - Halo (Live)
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance - WINNER
Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:

Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet
Michael Jackson - This Is It
Adam Lambert - Whataya Want From Me
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are - WINNER
John Mayer -  Half of My Heart

Best Pop Album:

Justin Bieber - My World 2.0
Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster - WINNER
John Mayer - Battle Studies
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Best Rock Album:

Jeff Beck - Emotion & Commotion
Muse - The Resistance - WINNER
Pearl Jam - Backspacer
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mojo
Neil Young - Le Noise

Best Rap Album:

B.o.B. - The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Drake - Thank Me Later
Eminem - Recovery - WINNER
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
The Roots - How I Got Over

Best Rap Song: 

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind - WINNER (also won for Best Rap Collaboration)
Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
Eminem - Not Afraid
B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars - Nothin' on You
Jay-Z - On to the Next One

Best Music Video:

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance - WINNER
Eminem feat. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave/The Johnny Cash Project
Gorillaz - Stylo
Cee Lo - F**k You

Best Dance Recording: 

Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World) - WINNER
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Goldfrapp - Rocket
La Roux - In It For The Kill 
Lady Gaga - Dance In The Dark

Best Score:

Toy Story 3 - WINNER
Alice in Wonderland
Sherlock Holmes

For a complete list of the 2011 Grammy winners in a gazillion categories, go to

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Grammy Awards Preview

Music industry's biggest night is tonight. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles and the competition is tough this year. Let's take a quick look at the major categories, the nominees and who's got the best shot.

Album of the Year nominees:

Eminem - Recovery
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

One of the most frequently asked questions in the last couple of months (since the nominees were announced) has been: will Eminem FINALLY get the much-coveted Album of the Year award? He has won 11 Grammys so far, but he's never gotten his hands on the the biggest award of the night. It could be his year. Recovery is the great comeback album for Eminem and the Academy loves comeback stories. It's also the biggest-selling not only of the 5 nominees in the Album of the Year category but also of 2010. On the other hand, some might argue that Arcade Fire's Suburbs is more to the Academy's taste (which is true) and it proved that the album format still matters. Plus, it's a very good album. The problem is, indie albums rarely win this category. But Arcade Fire do have a shot in the rock/alternative categories.

Friday, February 11, 2011

"We're gonna party like it's your birthday"

It actually was. And I can tell you that it was a lovely day, both inside and out. Outside the weather was kind of perfect (notice what I did there? :P), considering the standards of this season: not too gloomy, not too sunny ( I like sunny, but not TOO sunny...yeah I know, I'm weird, but I really want a dimmer switch for the sun so I can adjust it whenever I please), not too hot, not unbearably cold. No rain, no snow, none of that yuckiness that makes me think I'd rather eat paper than go outside. Don't get me wrong, I do like snow. One night a year only: Christmas night. Other than that, I like snow in pictures, not outside my window. So thank you weather.