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Oscars Predictions – Who will win at the 91st Academy Awards

Oscars Predictions – Who will win at the 91st Academy Awards

My Oscars Predictions for The 91st Academy Awards

I always enjoy Oscar season as there are so many great movies to enjoy, from epic blockbusters to the more casual feel-good movie. This year I have seen a good few of the Oscar-nominated movies and these are my Oscars Predictions for the Academy Awards which take place on Sunday 24th Feb 2019.

I have outlined the categories below and have outlined who I think will win and also who I would like to see win as my Predictions for the Academy Award winners. It’s a bit of a cop-out but if you don’t see an entry for ‘Who I would like to win’ then you can take it that the ‘Who I think will win’ are that and the same.

Update 25/02/2019 – The actual winners are underlined and italicised within each category. I have a count below of how many I actually got right…


So here we go…

The nominees for Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres)
Black Panther (Ruth Carter)
The Favourite (Sandy Powell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)
Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)

Winner: The Favourite

 

The nominees for Best Film Editing

BlackkKlansman (Bary Alexander Brown)
Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)
Vice (Hank Corwin)

Winner: The Favourite

I Hope will win: Bohemian Rhapsody

 

The nominees for Best Original Score

Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)
BlackkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

Winner: If Beale Street Could Talk 

 

The nominees for Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Winner: Bao

 

The nominees for Best Live Action Short Film

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

Winner: Fauve

 

The nominees for Best Sound Editing

Black Panther (Benjamin A Burtt and Steve Boeddeker)
Bohemian Rhapsody (John Warhurst and Nia Hartstone)
First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
A Quiet Place (Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahi)
Roma (Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay)

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

 

The nominees for Best Sound Mixing

Black Panther (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali)
First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis)
Roma (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio Garcia)
A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow)

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody 

 

The nominees for Best Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Winner: Mirai

 

The nominees for Best Cinematography

Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
A Star is Born (Matthew Libatique)

Winner: Roma

 

The nominees for Best Directing

Spike Lee, BlackkKlansman
Pavel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

 

The nominees for Best Documentary Feature

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

Winner: Free Solo

 

The nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Winner: End Game

The nominees for Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Winner: Roma (Mexico)

 

The nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Border (Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer)
Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)
Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

Winner: Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

 

The nominees for Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)
Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould)
First Man (Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm)
Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and DAvid Shirk)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy)

Winner: Christopher Robin

 

The nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel and Ethan Coen)
BlackkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel, DAvid Rabinowitz, Kevin Wilmott and Spike Lee)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star is Born (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Winner: BlackkKlansman

 

The nominees for Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter FArrelly)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)

Winner: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

 

The nominees for Best Original Song

All the Stars, Black Panther
I’ll Fight, RBG
The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns
Shallow, A Star is Born
When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Winner: Shallow, A Star is Born

 

The nominees for Best Production Design

Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowly and Kathy Lucas)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Winner: Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)

 

The nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice
Marina De Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favouirte
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

 

The nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlackkKlansman
Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

 

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Winner: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

 

The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Winner: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

 

The nominees for Best Picture

Black Panther
BlackkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Winner: The Favourite

I Hope will Win: Bohemian Rhapsody

So There you have it, my Oscars predictions for the Academy Awards 2019 … or the 91st Academy Awards if you want to be exact. I have updated this blog post with all the Oscar Winners in underlined and Italicised above. So, how many did I actually get right.

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Correct Predictions - I got 15 / 24 Categories Correct...

The Oscars 2019 were shown live on pay-per-view TV and they take place on Sunday 24th February at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States.

If you have any comments on this years Oscars or the Oscar Winners themselves please leave them in the comments below.

The most people applying sunscreen World Record Attempt

The most people applying sunscreen World Record Attempt

Sunscreen World Record Attempt – Waterford, 4th May 2018

With the weather getting warmer and sunnier we all need to be aware of the risks of UV rays. After a long winter, people will jump at any chance to get a bit of sun. There are a lot more cases of skin cancer these days. You may not know this but, skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland and indeed the most preventable. Every year there are over 10,000 new cases are diagnosed in Ireland. With this in mind, there is a very novel way to get the message of sun-protection out there…. while raising funds for cancer support. There is a very unusual event taking place in Waterford, Ireland on Friday 4th May 2018. The Solas Cancer Support Centre is attempting to break a Guinness World Record. The record is for ‘The most people applying sunscreen’.

This Sunscreen World Record attempt was scheduled for July last year but the weather wen’t against the event. This rescheduled event is taking place in The People’s Park, Waterford on 4th May 2018 and participants will need to arrive at 10.30am.

Now, I was not aware that there was even a category for this. Apparently, there was already a World Record for ‘The most people applying sunscreen’. This was set in the USA in May 2014 by the Ann’s Hope Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that world record 1,822 participants were involved.

Hopefully there will be a good turnout for this Sunscreen World Record attempt. It would also get the Solas Centre and their great work into the news and on the map.

More Details on the Sunscreen World Record Attempt

For more details or to register to take part in this free event please go online to www.solascentre.ie . Once registered you will receive details about the Sunscreen World Record attempt. You must bring this confirmation email with you on the day.

Only pre-registered participants will be able to take part. Also, the Sunscreen World Record terms asks that participants must apply their own sun screen for 2 minutes. Therefore, any children taking part must be over 5 years of age.

Best of luck to all involved in the world record attempt on May 4th!

Sunscreen World Record Update May 2018

As it turns out the Sunscreen World Record for the most people applying sunscreen was indeed broken by the Solas Centre. All that remains is for the world record to be verified which should take a few weeks.

Well done to all involved !

Solas Centre Film for Life 2018

On another topic Film for Life is in it’s second year. And this year, I decided to give it a go. So I will be involved in acting out a scene from a famous movie.

Over a 6-week training programme we will be tutored by a professional actor. At some point in May we will act-out a scene from a famous film. The Premieres will take place at a red carpet themed event in the Tower Hotel, Waterford on Saturday 16th June. The inaugural 2017 Film for Life event was great fun and seemed to be enjoyed by all who took part.

This exciting Film for All event will help fund the activities and services that will be provided by the Solas Cancer Support Centre in 2018.

I am looking forward to being involved and I will post more about the event in the coming weeks on shanemcdonald.ie!

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East. These services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan.

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If you wish to donate to my “Film for Life” fundraising event please click the button below. Any amount will make a difference and I appreciate all donations to this worth cause.

2018 Oscar Nominations and my Oscar Tips

2018 Oscar Nominations and my Oscar Tips

The Oscars are coming up soon and there are some hotly tipped movies and actors in the running.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” won well at the BAFTAs and has 13 nominations. “Dunkirk” might do well with 8 nominations and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has 7 Oscar nominations. Other movies in the Oscar Nomination list include Lady Bird with Saoirse Ronan, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Phantom Thread  and The Post. I have only seen one of the formerly listed movies but this is my list of what I think will Win an Oscar.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by the talented Jimmy Kimmel, a role he will take on for the second time on March 4th.

The Oscar Nominees and my Oscar Tips

Best Picture

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER

 

Best Actor in a leading role

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” – WNNER
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

 

Best Actress in a leading role

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

 

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” – WINNER
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

 

Best Director

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro – WINNER

 

Best Animated Feature

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson – WINNER
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees – WINNER

 

Let’s see what happens but some of these categories have close rivals. Get Out could get the Best Director Oscar and also Best Adapted Screenplay could go to Call me by your Name. Although there were not as many blockbusters this year as other years, there are some splendid films. All eyes will be on Hollywood on March 4th.

If you have thoughts on who will win, leave a comment below…

Disposable coffee cups, should they be banned or taxed ?

Disposable coffee cups, should they be banned or taxed ?

Over the past few weeks there has been increased conversation on disposable coffee cups. Every day around the world, millions of disposable coffee cups are thrown into landfill. This is not sustainable.

The Irish government has started a bill to address this controversial issue. The final result will either be an outright ban on disposable coffee cups or a tax or levy. So when you get your coffee, you would have an added charge if you use a disposable coffee cup. I know for a fact that I could easily use about 10 of these per week. Therefore how many are being used in Ireland Every day? Now expand that… How many disposable coffee cups are being used in the world every day.

This is a similar concept to the tax on plastic bags which was introduced a few years ago. At the time we all thought it was something which would not persist. However, today it is normal practice for people to bring their own shopping bags to the shops.

It could be the case that people will now bring their own cups to the café to avoid the cup tax. The only problem is that how will people use their own cups if they have already used them that day. Cafés may have to provide a service or area for cleaning personal coffee cups.

It is a tricky issue to solve but certainly one which has an environmental impact.
Feel free to vote in the poll below or leave a comment on this issue.

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Bloggers and Influencers must Tag sponsored posts with #AD and #SP

Bloggers and Influencers must Tag sponsored posts with #AD and #SP

In an effort to stop consumers from being misled there is a new set of Guidelines for Bloggers and influencers. Online posts must now say if they are being paid to promote a service or product. These guidelines have been set out by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI).

The ASAI has introduced the guidelines due to the increase in online advertisements on blogs and social media websites. These may come as mentions on Snapchat or Instagram or indeed in Blog Posts. People like the Kardashians make significant money from advertising products in this way. In Ireland in recent years there has been an increase in social media influencers being paid for this sort of marketing.

Influencers and Bloggers must add disclaimers to their posts. These disclaimers should be obvious and visible for consumers to see on the content. The ASAI have said that they will ensure bloggers and influencers adhere to the new guidelines. Declaring a sponsored piece of content will be easy. A simple hashtag can be used to denote a that they are being paid to advertise a product. The suggested tags are #AD and #SP.

I personally have never been paid to advertise a product or service. I have on occasion been asked to review a book or two but that is rare. I think this new set of online guidelines will be good, as it will be easy for the followers or readers of a blog post to know if this is a sponsored post or indeed if the person is really saying something because they want to and because they think a product is actually very good.

I do worry that there maybe some difficulty in tracking and checking if someone was actually paid for a post. I cannot see how someone will be able to prove this. Also on the flip side, how can someone prove if they product they mentioned was one they actually like.

Time will tell !

 

Oh No – DOFUS is President

Oh No – DOFUS is President

Oh No, Donald Trump is the new President of the United States. After months of worrying that Donald Trump would get into the White House, it happened. We now have someone with no background in politics as president. Also we have the first orange president of the USA.

Overnight, some people thought that a similar situation to Brexit might occur. During Brexit voting one side was winning but next morning the other side won. At the time of this piece being prepped, the polls showed Hillary Clinton at 46.8% and Trump at 43.6%. This was a lead of 3.2%. At the same time in the voting process 8 years ago, Barrack Obama had less of a lead and still won. This time we were not as lucky.

I was hoping Hillary would get in, instead of Donald Trump. Hillary has been in the White House during the period her husband Bill was in power. She has seen the process, been there for the hard decisions and understands the role. Donald Trump, god bless him, really is unqualified for the role of President. He has no political background, is aggressive and irrational with his planned policies and will reduce the political system in the USA to a farce. As Hillary Clinton said, any man who can be irritated by a tweet should not be near the nuclear codes…. Oh S**t,

Prior to today’s election result it was assumed by stockbrokers that a Trump win would bring a 15% crash on world wide stock exchanges while a Clinton win would see a 2-3% rally. It is early days but it should be interesting to see what happens today. Stockbrokers will right now be taking as many red bulls as they can.

So from here we can rest no easier. Trump  has some tough tasks on his list when he takes office. I wouldn’t envy the task but I cannot see Donald Trump doing a good job at this.