22 February 2010

BAFTA Winners Announced

The winners are in bold

BEST FILM
AVATAR
AN EDUCATION
THE HURT LOCKER
PRECIOUS
UP IN THE AIR

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AN EDUCATION
FISK TANK
IN THE LOOP
MOON
NOWHERE BOY

ANIMATED FILM
CORALINE - Henry Selick
FANTASTIC MR FOX - Wes Anderson
UP - Pete Docter

LEADING ACTOR
JEFF BRIDGES - Crazy Heart
GEORGE CLOONEY - Up in the Air
COLIN FIRTH - A Single Man
JEREMY RENNER - The Hurt Locker
ANDY SERKIS - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

LEADING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN - An Education
SAOIRSE RONAN - The Lovely Bones
GABOUREY SIDIBE - Precious
MERYL STREEP - Julie & Julia
AUDREY TAUTOU - Coco Before Chanel

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ALEC BALDWIN - It’s Complicated
CHRISTIAN McKAY - Me and Orson Welles
ALFRED MOLINA - An Education
STANLEY TUCCI - The Lovely Bones
CHRISTOPH WALTZ - Inglourious Basterds

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ANNE-MARIE DUFF - Nowhere Boy
VERA FARMIGA - Up in the Air
ANNA KENDRICK - Up in the Air
MO'NIQUE - Precious
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS - Nowhere Boy

DIRECTOR
AVATAR - James Cameron
DISTRICT 9 - Neill Blomkamp
AN EDUCATION - Lone Scherfig
THE HURT LOCKER - Kathryn Bigelow
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Quentin Tarantino

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE HANGOVER - Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
THE HURT LOCKER - Mark Boal
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Quentin Tarantino
A SERIOUS MAN - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
UP - Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
DISTRICT 9 - Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
AN EDUCATION - Nick Hornby
IN THE LOOP - Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
PRECIOUS - Geoffrey Fletcher
UP IN THE AIR - Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BROKEN EMBRACES - Agustin Almodovar, Pedro Almodovar
COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Anne Fontaine
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Tomas Alfredson
A PROPHET - Pascale Caucheteux, Marco Chergui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard THE WHITE RIBBON - Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Michael Haneke

MUSIC
AVATAR - James Horner
CRAZY HEART - T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
FANTASTIC MR FOX - Alexandre Desplat
SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL - Chaz Jankel
UP - Michael Giacchino

CINEMATOGRAPHY
AVATAR - Mauro Fiore
DISTRICT 9 - Trent Opaloch
THE HURT LOCKER - Barry Ackroyd
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Robert Richardson
THE ROAD - Javier Aguirresarobe

EDITING
AVATAR - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
DISTRICT 9 - Julian Clarke
THE HURT LOCKER - Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Sally Menke
UP IN THE AIR - Dana E. Glauberman

PRODUCTION DESIGN
AVATAR - Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
DISTRICT 9 - Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - Nominees TBC
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

COSTUME DESIGN
BRIGHT STAR - Janet Patterson
COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Catherine Leterrier
AN EDUCATION - Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A SINGLE MAN - Arianne Phillips
THE YOUNG VICTORIA - Sandy Powell

SOUND
AVATAR - Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
DISTRICT 9 - Brent Burge, Chris Ward, Dave Whitehead, Michael Hedges, Ken Saville
THE HURT LOCKER - Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
STAR TREK - Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
UP - Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR - Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
DISTRICT 9 - Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
THE HURT LOCKER - Richard Stutsman
STAR TREK - Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

MAKE UP and HAIR
COCO BEFORE CHANEL - Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
AN EDUCATION - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS - Sarah Monzani
NINE - Peter ‘Swords’ King
THE YOUNG VICTORIA - Jenny Shircore

ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
JESSE EISENBERG
NICHOLAS HOULT
CAREY MULLIGAN
TAHAR RAHIM
KRISTEN STEWART

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
LUCY BAILEY, ANDREW THOMPSON, ELIZABETH MORGAN HEMLOCK, DAVID PEARSON, directors and producers of Mugabe and the White African
ERAN CREEVY, writer/director of Shifty
STUART HAZELDINE, writer/director of Exam
DUNCAN JONES, director of Moon
SAM TAYLOR-WOOD, director of Nowhere Boy

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP: Vanessa Redgrave

Awards Cocktail Function 2010

Friday night was my work's annual Awards night. Previous years it has been a formal sitdown dinner (post here). This year, in light of cutting costs, it was an Awards Cocktail Function (still black tie, no cocktails, no dinner, but free bubbly/wine/beer and nibbles).

Leigh and I decided to get ready together like last year. She had her make-up done by MAC, then we went to my place. I got mine done at D'aguiar across the road while Leigh did her own hair (bless ex-hairdressers). When I got home, she wacked the hot rollers in my hair, while we both sipped bubbly. She did a lovely job on my hair once again *smiles*.

Then it was into our dresses (Leigh had bought a beautiful olive green long dress, while I wore my bridesmaid dress from D's wedding). Once Rob arrived we all departed for Hopetoun Alpha.

The place was packed - everyone looked so glammed up! We mingled, had some bubbly, checked out the nibbles. Around 8:30pm the official awards part started. They kept it moving pretty fast - no long speeches. I was so proud of all the winners (especially for Admin and EA/Support - they're my peeps).

The last award of the night is the Director's Award, which can go to anyone in the office. Like some of the other awards, nominations are put forward and then the Director's discuss. The difference with this award, is the winner gets to go on the 'Club Trip' with all the brokers (If a broker earns $300,000 in the year, they get to take their partner with them on the 'Club Trip' - a most-expenses paid trip to a predecided destination).

So, one of the Directors gets up and starts talking... without further ado he says that this person organised the Xmas party (hmmm.... I get a puzzled look on my face... cos, I organised the Xmas party), she saved us $60,000 on postage last year with the NZ post statement of accuracy (ohhhh shiiiiiit... I'm having a mini panic attack, cos that was ME too), and I don't even remember the last thing... something about the database being awesome or whatever.

So, everyone cheered and clapped... and I tried not to cry, while I walked up to the stage and got my award. Most the night is a blur.... and I'm still stunned, because the destination this year is Buenos Aires!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to fricken South America in May for a week give or take, with Rob, pretty much on the company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did escape soon after winning - went outside and called my Mum. As soon as it started ringing I burst out crying... which didn't help as my Dad answered and thought I was in trouble or something!! I blubbered and drunkenly babbled for a bit, before hanging up to fix my makeup (it would be the night I have the blackest eye makeup! Not good for crying).

Anyways, a couple of snaps below, and I'll keep you posted on the Buenos Aires adventure planning.

17 February 2010

V Day

(Ed: forgot I had this in draft, but might as well finish it off even though I started it a week ago!)
I am sitting in the Queenstown office - and have been for half an hour or so... My training was booked for 10am, but most the staff are in a meeting (and not with me!). And I've been going since 5:30am this morning *yawns*.

Anyway, thought I'd use this time to write a wee post, since the oh-so-auspicious Valentine's Day has just past. It was Sunday for those of you who missed it. For me, it's been creeping up for a few weeks now... ever since a certain special somebody sat down to dinner with me and said: "So, this Valentine's Day thing is coming up, right? What date is it?". I tested this by promptly saying: "It's the 12th Feb...." All I got was a nod! So, I added: "Dude, are you serious?! It's 14th. Everyone knows that!"

We then had a discussion about if I wanted to do something on that day etc... I stopped it, and said, "Surprise me."

Later the next week I got a cryptic voicemail from said special somebody telling me that we were booked in somewhere lovely for dinner at 6:30pm 14th Feb, and that we were also booked in for a night somewhere - I was instructed to pack a bag, but not to worry, as I could walk to work the next day...

The mystery unfolded once he got excited by the set-menu at our restaurant and emailed it to me! So, I knew it was 'Orbit' for dinner (awesome, never been)... my next deduction was a night at SkyCity Hotel (I was right).

For the next week or more I started to get organised (I know, crazy woman! But I like being organised, and since *he* had gone to so much trouble and expense I kinda wanted to too). I think, like my Dad, that every day should be Valentine's Day with those you care for - but it can be fun to take the time to celebrate on a certain day (I'm not religious, but I celebrate Xmas as time with friends and family). I'm even fairly sure you'll find my poo-poohing V Day in previous year's posts...

Anyways, Sunday came - dinner at Orbit was wonderful (a rose, the slowly revolving view and the food), and our room was lovely! I even gambled for the first time (I put down $20, won $100, then lost it all - bugger! If I hadn't been quite so tipsy I might've come to my senses!). And I dressed up too, which was fun (and it gave my last year's work awards dinner dress it's third ever outing).

It's just a shame we couldn't hang for longer in the room (Monday morning coming around fast, and both of us heading to work bright and early). We had a great time, and it was a special night - we both got spoilt by each other *smiles* (I did kick up a tiny stink at no V Day card - a man of action is awesome, but I like the words too hehe).

Unfortunately, I was like a zombie on Monday.... and didn't sleep well. In fact I got 5 or so hours of sleep, and here I am in the Queenstown office for a full-on day. I'll probably get home at 7:30pm or so *yawns*.

I hope everyone else's Valentine's Day was special in some way. Let me know *smiles*

10 February 2010

Music. Exciting. Oh my!

I've been in a wee music ball-of-heaven lately, thanks to all the fab concerts news.

Unfortunately I missed a few (Laneway with Florence and the Machine, and The XX; Big Day Out; Lo Ye Tengo; The Dodos...).

BUT there are a couple I vow not to miss. Yes, a vow.

1. Holy Shit, Massive Attack are coming. I know they aren't quite what they were at Mezzaine, but I still love'em [link]

2. Vampire Weekend wadddddup! Hells YEAH! [link]

3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Awesome [link]

Please just let me roll around in bliss a bit longer; cocooned from the harsh reality of the world today...

07 February 2010

Sunday Funday

Hello - just me checking in again. Another week gone - a 'short week' for us Aucklanders, after Auckland Anniversary day on Monday. I have to admit I haven't achieved much this weekend... That said, I did write more than 5,000 words. But that doesn't really count.

I did go see 'It's Complicated' with Mum. If you've seen the trailer, then the movie and its plot won't surprise you. It was enjoyable though, and I did laugh a lot. Plus, hey, hanging with Mum rocks (no, I'm not being sarcastic).

Friday night I dinnered with my Honey (yummy Thai takeout at mine), then headed to his for a DVD ('Adventureland' - fun. Jesse Eisenberg is a dude). That night, and the movie with Mum, were pretty much the highlights. For a large chunk of the weekend I mooched around: writing, and watching a couple of episodes (new Bones, Vampire Diaries, and Big Love)... Considering that's all I did, I can't work out how I didn't fit more sleep time in! I'm really not sleeping well just in case you wanted to know.

My picture is now on the screen of my Honey's phone... *coughs* Is that, like, another marker in a 21st century relationship? Step one, facebook status is changed to 'in a relationship with...'. Step two, your photo is made the home page of his cellphone? Am I supposed to put his on mine?! I know a certain person, who will remain nameless, who has RPattz on her phone... My Mum has her cats on hers... And I have a blurry photo from the Muse concert I went to.

Anyways, enough! It's sweet! I do wish I hadn't been eating breakfast at the time... But it does prove that I do eat breakfast sometimes, and don't just consume a 'V'...

This week: Yo La Tengo gig is tomorrow night (I'm not going :( ), I think I'm in Hamilton Tuesday for work... But, Sunday is Valentine's Day. Yes, that stupid smile you're imagining on my face is in fact on my face right now as I type this.

Night all!

01 February 2010

One month down...

You know how you sometimes have those days when you are just sad? There isn't a real reason for it - if you really wanted to, you could think of many things you should be grateful for, and therefore cheer up. But it's not like that. That would be too logical.

Instead, you get the Blues - perhaps they start off as the Pale Blues, but before you know if you've sunk to the depths of the Navy Blues.

I woke up this morning already in a bad mood - there wasn't even a chance to step out on the wrong side. It just went downhill from there. I did my best not to take it out on others... But it seems *something* was against me today, because these little things kept happening - the kind that drive you crazy. Inconsiderate behaviour, bitchiness... it didn't take much to make me sink lower. It's a holiday today - I should be dancing on the ceiling!

It just went from bad to worse... It's your reactions that matter too. It's hard not to act like a baby or even just hurt, when you are in fact hurt. I can take critism, I really can. But when you are Blue and the wrong person says something, well, dot dot dot.

I'm trying to pull back now - swim to the surface. I've realised a few truths and am dealing with them. Some people can just be so... mean. Yesterday I would've handled things differently; better maybe. Who knows about tomorrow...

Half the day has been swallowed by the Blues. The rain may still be hitting the windows (really?! In February, on our holiday, you decide to rain?!), but I've got to let some sun in (yeah, cheese analogy - it really is raining though).

Sorry for the cryptic. It's not even a big thing - but when you have the Blues even the smallest thing can feel like the apocalypse.