Academy Awards 2011

This year, I only updated my Swedish Blog during the Academy Awards. But I thought I’d make a short update on this blog as well. Better late than never…

Here are the winners of this year’s Academy Awards Show.

Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth in The King’s
Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale in The Fighter
Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Actress in a Supporting Role – Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Animated Feature Film – Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3
Art DirectionAlice in Wonderland
Cinematography – Wally Pfister for Inception
Costume Design -Cooleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland
Directing – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
Documentary (Feature) – Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs for Inside Job
Documentary (Short Subject) – Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon for Stranger No More
Film Editing – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for The Social Network
Foreign Language FilmIn A Better World, Denmark
MakeUp – Rick Bake & Dave Elsey for The Wolfman
Music (Original Score) – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for The Social Network
Music (Original Song - “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3″
Short Film (Animated) – Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann for The Lost Thing
Short Film (Live Action) – Luke Matheny for God of Love
Sound Editing – Richard King for Inception
Sound Mixing - Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick for Inception
Visual Effects – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley & Peter Bebb for Inception
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Writing (Original Screenplay) – David Seidler for The King’s Speech

And the most prestigious award of them all!!!
Best PictureThe King’s Speech

But the Academy Awards isn’t only about the actual awards, it’s as much about the dresses! And this year, there were 3 colors that dominated the Red Carpet; Beige/White/Silver, Dark tones and Red. A couple of Purple tones appeared as well.

Light colors were popular on the Red Carpet. (images borrowed from the internet)

Here you see Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Mandy Moore, Hillary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo. I didn’t like Nicole Kidmans dress at all. It’s too stiff, and has a weird front that doesn’t do anything to enhance the dress or Nicole’s body. I think Mandy Moore’s dress is very nice, but best is Hillary Swanks Gucci gala dress with beautiful colors, metallic details and a beautiful feather skirt. Hailee Steinfeld is definitely dressed for her age, something not many young oscar nominees manage to do. And Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett also have quite nice dresses.

From Top Left: Reese Witherspoon, Helen Mirren, Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Busy Philipps, Sharon Stone, Sheryl Hines, Annette Bening, Marissa Tomei.

Oscar nominated Amy Adams, looks very nice in her dark, shiny dress with a short arm. Not typical what she usually wear, but very nice indeed! Dark tone are quite popular on most galas. Is that because it makes you look more slim? Who knows…

From Top Left: Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Hudson, Oscar Nominated Jennifer Lawrence, Ashlan Gorse and Penelope Cruz.

These ladies look great in red, matching the Red Carpet. However, I think Sandra Bullock in a Vera Wang dress and Jennifer Hudson’s Tangerine Orange dress look the best! Look at them! Gorgeous! Jennifer Lawrence look alright as well, although I don’t like the top half of her dress.

Natalie Portman, Milla Kunis and Scarlett Johansson rocked some purple on the Red Carpet.

And they did it well! Look at them! I think these three women, all look stunning! Mostly Milla Kunis, in a dress from Elei Saab. She makes it look effortless. Gorgeous!

We cannot forget the men! Here are some images of the men in the suits:

From Top Left:

From Top Left: Jeremy Runner, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Darren Aronofsky, Justin Timberlake, Josh Hutcherson, Russel Brand.

From Top Left: Geoffrey Rush & Oscar Winner Colin Firth, Oscar Winner Christian Bale and Mark Whalberg, Aaron Ralston (the real 127 hour guy) and his wife, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Robert Downdey Jr. and wife Susan.

I have an absolute favorite on this year’s Academy Award. Gwyneth Paltrow. Wa-wa-woom! Stunning! Her dress looks like a waterfall, dripping off her body in silver drops.

Gwyneth Paltrow, definitely Best Dressed on the Academy Award 2011.

What is your favorite dress on this years Academy Awards?

I know the Academy Award just finished, but I just can’t wait to the Academy Awards 2012. =o)

ChCh quake: Quick update

Search and Rescue teams from many countries, are now helping in the search of survivors.

But the death toll has risen to 145. And no survivors have been rescued since Wednesday morning.

Despite that, no one is giving up hope.

Information comes from 3newsTVONE NewsStuff.co.nz and NZ Herald.

Chch quake: 25 feb

The fourth day since the huge quake, has only started. And the death toll now stands at 103.

Rescue teams from New Zealand, New South Wales, Japan, Singapore, China, Taiwan, America and Britain, searched all night through the rubble in Christchurch CBD, but no more survivors have been found. All together, 70 survivors have been pulled out, but no one in the last 36 hours…

The coroner, Sue Johnson, said yesterday in a press meeting, that it will take time to identify all of the dead. She urged people who have missing family or friends, to bring them information about the missing people, such as tattoes, piercings, scars, birthmarks, and even dental records and special jewellry that their missing person might have been wearing. Once a person has been identified, he/she will be released from the morgue.

Four diseased have been named by the police, and among them…two babies, 9 and 5 months old.

The suburbs Redcliff and Sumner, was evacuated yesterday, because the surrounding cliffs are dangerously unstable.

Search and Rescue team from New South Wales, Australia. (image borrowed from internet)

In the midst of all this tragedy, there are people, trying to scam other people. Some people are going through houses and businesses in Christchurch to find valuables they can sell. Other people are impersonating evacuation team members in order to get to the evacuated houses. And scams are also all over internet, asking people to donate money for the quake victims.

Three quarters of the city now have power, and 50% of the water has been restored, not a minute too late, as the water supplies were running out. Grocery stores can’t restock their shelves and are starting to urge people to not stock up too much, in consideration to others. And gas stations are running out of gas…

Around 450 people are now staying in welfare stations. It is hard to say how many are totally without a home. Temporary accommodation is being set up, and New Zealanders around the country are offering short term stay in their homes to the victims.

One for all, and all for one.

Information comes from 3newsTVONE NewsStuff.co.nz and NZ Herald.