Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar Awards 2011 Winners

The Oscars had been given out to the winners last Sunday in 83rd Academy Awards. These are the list of the names/movies that emerged victorious.

**Winner** The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Darla K. Anderson, Producer
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions), Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

**Winner** Tom Hooper - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
David O. Russell - The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)
David Fincher - The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

**Winner** Colin Firth - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)
Javier Bardem - Biutiful (Roadside Attractions)
Jeff Bridges - True Grit (Paramount Pictures)
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)
James Franco - 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

**Winner** Natalie Portman - Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole (Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine (The Weinstein Company)

**Winner** Christian Bale - The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)
Jeremy Renner - The Town (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)

**Winner** Melissa Leo - The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)
Amy Adams - The Fighter (Paramount Pictures)
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Paramount Pictures)
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom (Sony Pictures Classics)

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

**Winner** The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler
Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

**Winner** In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics), Denmark
Biutiful (Roadside Attractions), Mexico
Dogtooth (Kino International), Greece
Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics), Canada
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Cohen Media Group), Algeria

**Winner** Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Lee Unkrich
How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet

**Winner** Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Wally Pfister
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Matthew Libatique
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Roger Deakins

**Winner** Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Touchstone Pictures), Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Mary Zophres

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), Pamela Martin
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Jon Harris

**Winner** Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics), Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Exit Through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency, Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
Gasland (Rooftop Films), Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment), Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land (Arthouse Films), Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

**Winner** The Wolfman (Universal Pictures), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
The Way Back (Newmarket Films), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

**Winner** The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation), John Powell
Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), A.R. Rahman

**Winner** "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Coming Home" from Country Strong (Screen Gems), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from Tangled (Walt Disney Pictures), Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt (Columbia Pictures), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network (Columbia Pictures), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Richard King
Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
TRON: Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit (Paramount Pictures), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger

**Winner** Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Pictures), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (Warner Bros. Pictures), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros. Pictures), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Iron Man 2 (Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

**Winner** Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Killing in the Name, Jed Rothstein
Poster Girl, Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

**Winner** The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let's Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

**Winner** God of Love, Luke Matheny
The Confession, Tanel Toom
The Crush, Michael Creagh
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

53rd Annual Grammy Awards Winners

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The gatherings of BIG names and recognition of their music in the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, celebrated in Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Here are the winners:

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Record of the Year
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"

Best New Artist
Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Train - "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)"

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare - "Imagine"

Best Dance Recording
Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
The Black Keys - "Tighten Up"

Best Hard Rock Performance
Them Crooked Vultures - "New Fang"

Best Rock Song
Neil Young - "Angry World"

Best Alternative Music Album
The Black Keys - Brothers

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Sade - "Soldier of Love"

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Usher - Raymond v. Raymond

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"

Best Rap Song
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"

Best Rap Album
Eminem - Recovery

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson - "As She's Walking Away"

Best Country Song
Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"

Best Country Album
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Best Americana Album
Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone

Best Traditional Blues Album
Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Joined at the Hip

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Go Out. Get Fit. Be Active. Live LOUD!

What makes me LOUD?


No! Seriously, I find traveling as an exciting way of learning. Every travel I made is a learning experience for me to know information not written in the books or shown in television. Its my best way to gain information which I can share to others because I personally experienced it. In every travel I make sure that I will discover new things, things beyond the knowledge I have in my mind. But perhaps the most rewarding part of traveling is when you understand and experience for yourself other Philippine culture and traditions. Because I believed that keen understanding of other people's tradition is the highest form of respect you can give them and your country.

Meeting new people is another reason why I would like to travel. Knowing their beliefs and thoughts is one of the most interesting way to learn.

I also consider traveling as my outlet to let go of my burdens and stresses in life. A way to look for solace after difficulties and trials. A perfect way to meditate or think of things that I should prioritize. For me, moving away from the usual place you are in helps us to balance our decisions or outlook in life.

Another reason why I love to travel is that I will be able to fill my gastronomic pleasure. It is the chance for me to taste the food I haven't seen or eaten normally.

And of course, I travel because I love to seek some adventure. Philippines is composed of 7107 islands. It only means that there are a lot to discover. Everywhere you go, there is something awaits you, all you need to do is to look for it.

So "Why travel?" learn new things expose oneself with new culture and traditions medidate meet people of different personalities explore the beauty of our environment fulfill gastronomic pleasure and lastly capture precious moments:)

"It doesn't matter how near or far we go, as long as we are enjoying every journey and we are learning from it, that is the best reward we can get in every travel that we make."

Go Out. Get Fit. Be Active. Live LOUD!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

There's No Place Like Home: A Pause from City Life

I am now enjoying a weekend rest day (something I didn't experienced for more than three years in my previous job). This time I now have enough time to go wherever I want or do whatever I want to do. Unlike before, where I used to work six days a week and day off always falls on weekdays.

What makes me super excited this weekend is goin to my town, Talisay, Batangas. The place where I was born, the place I call "home". It's really relaxing whenever I see how simple life goes in Talisay. For I know that my online life will stop temporarily . No updating of Facebook status and "liking" of photos and comments and no emails to answer. No site visits and meeting to conduct. No stressful traffics to avoid. Everything is just plain simple and unhurried.

Im looking forward as well for a great weather. I want to smell the fresh air which I will never experience in Manila. In the morning I'd like to sit in our window while sipping hot "kapeng barako", coffee where Batangas is known for. From our window you can easily view the beautiful lake and volcano of Taal.

I also miss home-cooked foods. I remember the last time I went to Talisay where my "Nanay" cooked my favorite food, sauteed squash and string beans in shrimp paste and grilled "tilapia" with soy sauce, chili and calamansi. She also prepared "pancit" for merienda. Green mango was also served. These were the food I miss whenever I am in Manila. I used to spent a lot buying in fast food chains. I must admit, these foods are appetizing but time will come and you will still miss the food cooked with love by your mother. That is one of the reason why I always want to go home. Another thing that reminds me that I'm no longer in the city is that you need to get a pail of water in the "poso". You'll get sweaty because you need to pump (bomba) just to fill the pail. That feeling makes you to hurry more and wet your body with fresh water you worked hard for. There's no MAYNILAD or NAWASA, no faucet! You will really work hard for every water you are going to use.

I want also to dip my feet in Taal Lake. I havent done it for a long time. I cant recall when was the last time I swim there. That's the place where I spent most of my childhood swimming with playmates. I can recall those days when I was fishing with my Dad and my uncles using our homemade fly rod (bingwit).

I want also to see those seabirds that my sister is telling. She said that there are now different of species of birds in flocks, in different sizes, flying altogether while building incredible aerial formations. I want to take a photo of it.
But the best part I want to see this weekend is to chase the sunset. The shore near our place is perfect for sunset viewing. You will see how the lake water will sparkle in gold as the sun is hiding slowly in the western hill. Its a really a sight to behold.

Im now looking forward to spend more days with my family. Now I truly understand why some people choses to stay in the province. I know deeply understand what laid back really means. No pressure, unhurried, and plain easy.

Oh wait, another reason why I am excited to go to Batangas is because we are about to celebrate the town fiesta next week. Its the Feast of San Guillermo on the 10th. My sister told me that there will be some events like "Mardi Gras" which will be participated by different organizations and school. That's what I missed last year. I wasnt able to witnessed how my alma matter beaten all the contestants in the first ever streetdancing competition. This time I want to watch this not just to support my school but to see my youngest sister as well who is a member of the BBSM Dance Troupe. They will defend their title. I hoping them all the best. Hope they retain the title.

I want also to see the "perya", our merryland (mini carnival) and "tiangge" (Bazaar). My boss is asking for a pasalubong.

More importantly, I want to visit my father. Yes, In his tomb. Though he's no longer physically existing, I know he's still watching us. I miss him.

These weekend will surely be spent well and best enjoyed with my family. I just realized, even if you choses to go somewhere far, time will come and you will find reason to go back to where you really belong. Indeed, there's no place like home.

Hey,I need to pack my things now. I need to catch the last bus trip in Buendia. See you next week! Let me know what will happen.

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