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2013 in Music: Girls Run The World

It’s obvious , the divas dominated the charts, the airwaves and the awards shows. And they sure made some hella noise. Still, healthy competition came from their male counterparts.  Justin Timberlake brought his sexy back back for his two, yes 2, albums: The 20/20 Experience 1 & 2. I really dig his signature Pop/RNB sound and you think by now he and Timbaland would’ve run out of ideas. Plus those ballads, you can never go wrong with a JT love song. *swoon* You also can’t overlook (they’re everywhere!) the mega success of One Direction whose Midnight Memories topped the Billboard 200, gave them the record for the only group to have their first 3 albums debut at no. 1. For me they’re eye-candy so let them do what they want but seriously the tattoos have got to stop (ehem Harry). At least Liam still looks clean for the most part. Even the rap gods bowed down: Jay Z, who officially removed the “-” from his name (uhm, okay), still leads the pack with Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Late this year, Eminem released part 2 of his breakout The Marshall Mathers LP. And of course, Yeezus, which he refers to as his god name. Like really? ugh so over him. Yeah, I’m talking about you Kanye.

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2013 was literally a pop female explosion. Let’s just say it, ratchet as everything she does right now. Miley is the blockbuster hit. I love all the pop albums that came out but damn, Bangerz is my jam yo!! Didn’t know Southern Pop/Hip-hop got it goin’ on. And THAT kitty is so cute. Since we’re in the topic let’s move on to Katy Perry. Prism presented her in a different light. Light as in bright and as in feather. Like a breath of fresh air and you can tell she’s in a good place. The songs came from a good place. Newcomer Lorde making waves with Royals and recently, Team. She’s the ultimate outsider and we relate to her because of it. Don’t forget earlier this year, Disney Alums Demi Lovato and the now solo, Selena Gomez both shined with their respective releases.  Demi was an emotional piece, showcasing her vulnerability and vocal strength. I’d like to think she’s the Christina from Selena’s Britney. Stars Dance was a dance fest. Fun and sexy. Yeah, you should try watching the Come and Get It video, whut. My personal fave, Sara Bareilles, also came out with the power anthem, Brave off The Blessed Unrest. Happy for her Album of the Year Grammy nomination!  Speaking of award shows, Taylor Swift is still reaping the rewards from last year’s Red. That record is awesome. For months Lady Gaga teased us with her ARTPOP. It even came with an app. So when she said she lives for the Applause then I’m more than willing to give it. Paws up, monsters! The record’s unconventional. I mean it’s still mostly electro dance music but I don’t know, maybe that’s what happens when you infuse Pop with Art. LOL, I’m talking shit am I? Can I just say something about that Gaga-Xtina performance of Do What U Want on The Voice Finale? I GAGGED. I LIVE for this kind of thing.

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Capping off the year, It’s-Britney-Bitch Spears gives us her most personal record. They say that all the time, how personal can you get? Kidding. The first single Work Bitch brought us back the Dance-ney we always loved. So we held hands in tears, in awe as she gyrated to her British accent. But just like that we were caught unguarded. We were not prepared.

Beyonce-AlbumQUEEN Bey rendered all them artists irrelevant by dropping a bomb an album out of nowhere. Sure we heard she’s recording but with no single close to year end we all thought we were safe from the onslaught. But we’re not, no one is and we all just died from Beyonce realnezz. This bitch had enough time from her Mrs. Carter World Tour to even conceptualize, shoot music videos for all the tracks. Well she did it on B’Day so she can do it again. So there it goes, who run the world? Anyone dare say the contrary?

2012 in review

I’m disappointed with the 11 new posts in 2012, I’ve really got to commit more if I want to keep this blog up. But it’s funny how my most viewed posts are about my “choice hotties” maybe I should really get back into posting more of these stuff. 😛 Anyways, I’m still grateful I started this blogging site and hopefully, I get more active this 2013. Happy New Year To All! Below is WordPress’s 2012 annual report for What’s In Between My Ears 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Rise Up Lotus, Rise. This Is The Beginning.

Hello blogosphere! 😛 I’m back and I come bearing gifts: a track by track review of Lotus, Xtina’s latest album. Always have been a big fan so there’s no better way to mark my blog’s “re-birth”. 😀

If you’re following The Voice then you may have seen at least one of her many performances in the show to promote the album (3 to be exact). Now that’s what I call milking the opportunity hehe but weird enough none of them included Your Bodythe 1st single. The impromptu performance on Jimmy Fallon doesn’t count but that was a treat to watch. So I’m anxiously wondering if she’s ever going to perform the song live. I’d really love it if she does, thank you. To celebrate Lotus’s release, she performed her collaboration with fellow coach Cee Lo Green entitled Make The World Move. On another night, she performs with Blake Shelton for their duet Just A Fool. On the next, she brings down the house with her Max Martin track Let There Be Love alongside her team: Dez Duron and Sylvia Yacoub. She also graced the stage of the recently concluded American Music Awards, where she belted out a medley of Lotus Intro/Army Of Me/Let There Be Love.

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So getting on the point, this is her most pop album to date. Admittedly she describes it as “embracing my true pop star-ness” and she named it Lotus saying it represents an unbreakable flower. So let’s not prolong the introduction anymore, check out my take on each track below:

Lotus Intro which surprisingly extends into a full song is just that, an intro. But it really gets you into the vibe with its melody and a chant that basically repeats throughout the song. Then she ends it with a spoken lyric which is a bit cheesy even for me. Fave lyrics: Rise up Lotus, rise/This is the beginning.

Army Of Me which she described herself as “Fighter 2.0” is a power anthem for the new generation who weren’t around during the Stripped era. In the track, she sings: “One of me is wiser, One of me is stronger, One of me’s a fighter, There’s a thousand faces of me” which explains the title. Fave lyrics: Well I know what you were thinking/You thought you’d watch me fade away/When you broke me into pieces/But I gave each piece a name.

Red Hot Kinda Love is a fun, playful number. Focusing more on the tune than her vocal talent which is refreshing. Fave lyrics: La la la la la la la la la/Oh baby I’m burning up/I wasn’t tryin to fall for ya.

Make The World Move with its big beat and features Cee Lo Green, I had high hopes for but kinda falls flat as it’s too short and repetitive. Still Cee Lo is the song’s redeeming factor with his unique sound and I liked the song better when I heard it sang live. Fave lyrics: If one smile can erase a frown/Imagine what two can do.

Your Body marks as hit-maker Max Martin’s & Xtina’s first collaboration ever. Since this is a venture to her pop persona once again, of course she had to work with the Britney/Katy/Pink (among others) producer. The accompanying music video for this, IMHO, is one of her career-best. Fave lyrics: It’s true what you heard/I am a freak/I’m disturbed.

Let There Be Love which I can only describe as “aaaaaaaaaah!! i love this song!” is the proof she can go with the trend and still do better than the rest of those ‘basic’ b*tches, I mean singers. A dance song at it’s finest, this should be a future single. Fave lyrics: I wanna tell you my secret/With just the sound of my breathing.

Sing For Me is currently my fave ballad in the record. It’s very heartfelt and talks about singing when you’re down and pouring your heart out every single time. Fave lyrics: Cause when I open my mouth/There’s no place to hide/Everything that I’m feeling runs wild and free/I’m singing cause I’m winning/Imma sing for me.

Blank Page is an emotional ballad that expresses asking for forgiveness and starting over. She works again with one of her Bionic writers, Sia Furler (You Lost Me) for this one. Fave lyrics: Draw me a smile/And save me tonight/I am a blank page/Waiting for you to bring me to life.

Cease Fire is one of those I can consider an ‘album filler’ but it’s notable characteristic is that it sounds very unlike Xtina. As it sounds robotic and again she didn’t put her vocals front and center. Fave lyrics: Baby cease fire, fire/Throw down your weapon, weapon/I’m on your side, on your side/So please cease fire, fire/Cease fire make it stop.

Around The World is another attempt for an uptempo track though it’s not as successful as the previous dance numbers it still achieved it’s purpose. Fave lyrics: Hollywood to Japan/Tokyo to Milan/Baby just for tonight/We’re making love worldwide.

Circles, one of the reasons the album got an explicit rating, brings back the feisty, i-don’t-give-a-whut side of Aguilera. This one you’d just get into and sing along with. Fave lyrics: Spin around in circles/On my middle, middle finger/Motha******.

Best Of Me is a great bring-me-upper in ballad form. As you know, she always has these you-can’t-bring-me-down type of songs. Fave lyrics: But you’ll never get the best of me no more/Aren’t you tired of throwing stones/Tryin to kick me when I’m down.

Just A Fool is the slash-wrist, heartbreak, 2nd single. It’s her first try for a country song and who better to help than current CMA Artist of the Year, Blake Shelton. Pleasantly surprised cause their voices blended so perfectly. Fave lyrics: Another shot of whiskey please bartender/Just keep it going til I don’t remember/How bad it hurts when you’re gone.

So that’s it. Anyone else has the album? Do you agree with my choices or not? 😉 The deluxe version features additional tracks such as: Light Up The Sky, Empty Words, Shut Up and Your Body [Martin Garrix Remix]. Honestly I can’t decide if she shined more on her ballads or the upbeat ones but one thing’s for sure: LegendTina is back and she’s here to stay. Hail QueenTina! (LOL)

Happy Hunger Games!

I am stoked! As you can see, I reserved tickets already for Friday night to watch THE movie event of the year, The Hunger Games. Indeed, the world will be watching. I erased certain parts coz you know, someone might claim it before I do (LOL). I can’t contain the excitement I’m feeling now and I am ecstatic about the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (15 reviews) which really says a lot. But to anyone who will be able to watch earlier, since the movie will start screening Wednesday night (21st), I can’t tell you how jealous I am. Still, it’s great I was able to get reservations coz they are selling like hotcakes!

If you search my blog, you will know I am a huge fan of the novels having read the first book around August of 2010 and then gobbled the series soon after. When the trailer first came out, I can’t explain it. You know that feeling when a novel you loved is turned into a visual piece and they exceeded what you’ve imagined it would be? That’s exactly how I felt. I wanna see Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim, all the tributes, Cinna, Effie in big screen action! I wanna see the Capitol, Districts, the food, muttations, jabberjays, tracker jackers and most of all, the blood! (hehe)

With that I leave you with this countdown – goosebumps!

Summer Is On! F&H Style

Who’s Who of Music Battle It Out

The best of the chart toppers will be revealed on May 22 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas when Billboard hands out its Artist and Album awards for the year. You name it: Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Drake, Usher, Nicki Minaj will be there either as nominee or performer or both. Rihanna sweeps the nominations getting a record 18 nods out of 46 categories all in all. Eminem with 16 and Lady Gaga with 12. If you want the full list CLICK HERE

The first group of BBMA performers were also announced: Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez (yay!), Lady Antebellum, Taio Cruz and Keith Urban. I hope Britney and Lady Gaga gets added to this list. I have to admit when these big stars gather for an event like this you just gotta tune in whether to check out the winners, performances or even what they’re wearing on the red carpet. I don’t know if the show will air here though… tsk, I guess I have to check with my local cable listing. Who’s excited?

Whether Its Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, The Grammys Got You Covered

Let’s start with the most important: the awardees. Lady Antebellum took home 2 of the most coveted awards of the night: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Need You Now’. I’m personally excited for them! Album of the Year and Best New Artist went to Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding, respectively. Don’t ask, I don’t know anything about them. But I don’t think Bieber should win the latter neither, if anything, it should’ve gone to Drake. Good thing Eminem, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Cee-lo Green, Usher, Train, Rihanna & Lady Gaga didn’t leave the show empty handed. Head to grammy.com for the full list.

Speaking of the crazy, I think you already heard or seen the gigantic egg that arrived at the show carrying the pop phenom. Not even Nicki Minaj’s outrageous hair nor RiRi’s revealing dress nor Ricky Martin’s distracting tight silver jeans nor Katy’s angel wings could upstage Gaga’s antics. Sorry, wrong night girls.

The night’s performers were enough to keep you glued to the screen. Lady Gaga’s anticipated ‘Born This Way’ first live debut proved to be too hyped out (like the song still). Bruno Mars sang a 50s throwback version of Grenade. Gwyneth Paltrow joined Cee-lo and his over-the-top, almost Gaga-like costume in performing ‘Forget You’. Rihanna was also amazing in both her performances, ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’ with Eminem and ‘What’s My Name’ with Drake. A skinny Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera (did you see her fall?) lead the Aretha Franklin tribute opening number. “That was a real sexy ending”, she jokingly said after.

Another great night in music. What do y’all think?

“I’m John Duran and I wish I was an actor”

The 2011 SAG Awards has just concluded and like they always do, the ceremony starts with random actors from the audience stating those lines – minus the ‘wish’ part of course. That one’s mine. Unlike other award shows, since it’s the Screen Actors Guild, the honours are awarded to the actors and the cast only for movies and television. So don’t expect any writing and directing nods. The list of winners is below, and they are as expected. I guess now it’s safe to predict that Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will win the acting trophies on the Oscars as well as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale. On TV, Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family won top honours and Betty White got a surprise win too. I guess the SAG is not much Gleeks since the cast went home empty-handed.

MOVIES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

And the nominees are not…

Aside from the news that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be hosting the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, the live nominations announcement has just taken place and I was not disappointed. I did notice though the number of Best Picture nominees were up this year and the snubs: Christopher Nolan for Best Director, Andrew Garfield for Best Supporting Actor, Mark Wahlberg and Ryan Gosling for Best Actor. In turn we get to see Mark Ruffalo and Javier Bardem get noms, so congrats to them.

The complete list of candidates vying for a chance to take Oscar home are as follows:

Best picture
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Actor
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Actress
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Supporting actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Director
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
David O. Russell, “The Fighter”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, “True Grit”

Animated feature
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3″

Adapted screenplay
“127 Hours”
“Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Original screenplay
“Another Year”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”

Best foreign-language film
“Biutiful”
“Dogtooth”
“A Better world”
“Incendies”
“Outside the Law”

I Play Fashion Police For A Day

The news about the Golden Globe winners were abuzz the whole week but it wasn’t the only award the stars were after or rather avoiding. I’m talking about the best and worst dressed, entertainment shows all have their own but I’m exercising my fashion eye and here are my picks for best:

5. Halle Berry


My initial reaction is she looks amazing, that neckline is beautiful. People were commenting about the shortness of the skirt and the slit but I think its just the right amount of sexy.

4. Emma Stone


The color suits her so much and the simplicity makes her stand out from a crowd of overworked dresses.

3. Olivia Wilde


Oh my gosh I gasped when I saw this dress from Marchesa. Its big, bold, perfect for the red carpet and I love the statement shoes!

2. Anne Hathaway


In this dress by Armani Prive, she just shines. Its sleek and elegant, I love the puffy shoulders and its backless actually – love it.

1. Angelina Jolie


I know she’s beautiful as is but look at her, she’s so effortless and regal. This Versace dress sparkles during the live carpet show and its just amazing. Even the ‘boxy’ style works for her.

Moving on to the worst, in which I crossed off Helena Bonham Carter and Tilda Swinton technically because I think they always make this list anyway.

5. Julianne Hough


The dress is not so bad but that neckpiece is just too much especially for a petite girl like her. I feel like its swallowing her, the dress is wearing her not the other way around.

4. January Jones


Okay I love the color on her and her hair is beautiful but that top is just wrong. Its not too much skin but its a little off for my liking.

3. Scarlett Johansson


She looks like she aged 10 years! And she lost her figure, I don’t like the hair either. This dress is just way too old.

2. Michelle Williams


Okay this floral dress from Versace I totally don’t get. I know she’s sweet and all but this is a fashion miss.

1. Heidi Klum


What the hell happened to her? She’s a supermodel so there’s no excuse. Its a mess and a bit inappropriate for a formal event. Its actually painful to look at.

So that’s that. What do you think of my list?

Manila Welcomes International Acts

Huge international acts are set to conquer Manila which is rare so I envy those who’ll be able to catch it so hopefully I’ll be one of them.

It was really great news when it was announced that Ms. Janet Jackson will take her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal World Tour here in the Philippines on Feb. 4. Although, I’m not sure how great the venue is. It will be held on the PICC Plenary Hall which I can understand why, maybe its the ‘formal’ setting of the place. How many is the capacity of PICC anyways? But it will be a blast still, she’s going to perform her greatest hits! My favorites from way back like Miss You Much, If, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Control, Together Again and her later releases such as Feedback, All For You, Call On Me.

Taylor Swift’s concert here in Manila, on the other hand, has been announced since last year and has been sold out since as well. She’ll be performing at the Araneta Center on Feb. 19. I can’t believe how fast those tickets were selling. Those who were able to get tickets are lucky! It sucks that we don’t have a bigger stadium than Araneta, they would’ve accommodated more fans. And I don’t think it’s a good idea to transfer it to the MOA open grounds. She’ll probably be performing more of her Speak Now songs but it will be amazing if she sings her earlier hits.

Meanwhile, even LMFAO will be performing at Club Republiq on Jan. 20. Yes, the crazy duo who came up with the party hits namely Shots and I’m In Miami, Bitch! But I think Pinoy fans will be even more excited of the news that Kris Aquino herself confirmed on Twitter. As one of the producers, they will bring Bruno Mars here in Manila on April at Araneta! Now that’s amazing news, we’ll be waiting.

The People Have Spoken

The 37th PCAs last January 5th hosted by Queen Latifah was studded with A-listers from TV, music and movies, name it! And the winners were quite obvious after all its the ‘people’s choice’ so it is a popularity contest. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dominated the movie categories, heck if it qualified for Favorite Comedy Movie I don’t think Grown Ups stands a chance but still Easy A should’ve gotten it or Date Night. This is the only awards show where Kristen Stewart can beat Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie & Jennifer Aniston. Zac Efron was named Favorite Movie Star Under 25 awkwardly beating ex Vanessa, that’s easy he’s my favorite anything!

On TV, Conan O’Brien’s karma is really turning up beating Oprah, Ellen on Favorite Talk Show Host. Sucks that Pretty Little Liars lost to Dexter for Favorite TV Obsession. I’m curious about the Favorite New TV Comedy $#*! My Dad Says since the book was funny. The Kardashian sisters accepted the Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure award, thankfully it didn’t go to Jersey Shore. And Rachael Ray won the Favorite TV Chef trophy, love her.

Love The Way You Lie proves to be 2010’s biggest single since it won Favorite Song & Music Video. Surprisingly, the night’s performer Selena Gomez & her band The Scene snatched Favorite Breakout Artist from yacht date Justin Bieber as well as Ke$ha, Bruno Mars and B.o.B.

Oh well, let’s just wait for the critics’ choice via the Oscars/Golden Globes/Grammys.

Welcoming 1.1.11

I wanted to say “happy new year!” before the year ends and before the fireworks and noise fill the air. I’m just happy we’re about to start a new year and a new decade. I don’t know what 2011 may bring but I’m very eager to find out.

Hope everyone have a blast on NYE. Cheers!!! 🙂

2011 Globe Noms Announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just released the list of nominees for the January 2011 Golden Globe Awards ceremony to be hosted by funny brit Ricky Gervais (again). Glee & The King’s Speech both lead with the most noms: 5 & 7, respectively. HBO garnered 12 noms all in all. Here’s the rundown:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• BLACK SWAN
• THE FIGHTER
• INCEPTION
• THE KING’S SPEECH
• THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Yes! 2 of my fave movies this year & personally, the best as well, were nominated. Of course I’m talking about Inception & The Social Network. Critics are buzzing though with the movie that’s been predicted to be a staple on the Oscars, Colin Firth’s The King’s Speech. We’ll see.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• HALLE BERRY: FRANKIE AND ALICE
• NICOLE KIDMAN: RABBIT HOLE
• JENNIFER LAWRENCE: WINTER’S BONE
• NATALIE PORTMAN: BLACK SWAN
• MICHELLE WILLIAMS: BLUE VALENTINE
Much controversy has surrounded the films Blue Valentine & Black Swan, the former for getting an R rating for a supposed oral sex scene between Ryan Gosling’s & Michelle Williams’ characters which later was changed to an NC-17 rating. Black Swan, for Natalie Portman’s & Mila Kunis’ onscreen kiss & the dark theme of the movie. But I didn’t realize these were critically acclaimed, I guess it helps since I don’t know anything about Nicole’s nor Halle’s movies.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
• JESSE EISENBERG: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
• COLIN FIRTH: THE KING’S SPEECH
• JAMES FRANCO: 127 HOURS
• RYAN GOSLING: BLUE VALENTINE
• MARK WAHLBERG: THE FIGHTER
I’d say Jesse Eisenberg! But we have James Franco, who’s realistic take on the true story of a man who had to amputate his arm to escape death garnered a nod. Mark Wahlberg is also in for the said to be strong Oscar contender, The Fighter. Close call.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ALICE IN WONDERLAND
• BURLESQUE
• THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• RED
• THE TOURIST
Its kinda funny that Burlesque was even nominated, oh well I can take that but The Tourist for Comedy? I’m guessing The Kids Are All Right will get this one.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ANNETTE BENING: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• ANNE HATHAWAY: LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
• ANGELINA JOLIE: THE TOURIST
• JULIANNE MOORE: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
• EMMA STONE: EASY A
Its great that Anne was nominated since she probably shot the entire film naked but its even greater that Emma Stone gets a nod for Easy A!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• JOHNNY DEPP: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
• JOHNNY DEPP: THE TOURIST
• PAUL GIAMATTI: BARNEY’S VERSION
• JAKE GYLLENHAAL: LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
• KEVIN SPACEY: CASINO JACK
Of course Johnny Depp scores 2 noms in the same category but more so I think Jake Gyllenhaal’s butt getting nominated is an even bigger deal.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
• DESPICABLE ME
• HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
• THE ILLUSIONIST
• TANGLED
• TOY STORY 3
Tough one, but I have to choose Toy Story though I have yet to watch Tangled.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• AMY ADAMS: THE FIGHTER
• HELENA BONHAM CARTER: THE KING’S SPEECH
• MILA KUNIS: BLACK SWAN
• MELISSA LEO: THE FIGHTER
• JACKI WEAVER: ANIMAL KINGDOM

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
• CHRISTIAN BALE: THE FIGHTER
• MICHAEL DOUGLAS: WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
• ANDREW GARFIELD: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
• JEREMY RENNER: THE TOWN
• GEOFFREY RUSH: THE. KING’S SPEECH
Hooray for Andrew Garfield! He should bag this one.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
• DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
• THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
• MAD MEN (AMC)
• THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
I guess the biggest snub this year was Lost, who had their series finale this year. I think a lot of people will react to this one. But anyways I see no reason why Mad Men wouldn’t win as they always had.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• JULIANNA MARGULIES: THE GOOD WIFE
• ELISABETH MOSS: MAD MEN
• PIPER PERABO: COVERT AFFAIRS
• KATEY SAGAL: SONS OF ANARCHY
• KYRA SEDGWICK: THE CLOSER

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
• STEVE BUSCEMI: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
• BRYAN CRANSTON: BREAKING BAD
• MICHAEL C. HALL: DEXTER
• JON HAMM: MAD MEN
• HUGH LAURIE: HOUSE

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• 30 ROCK (NBC)
• THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
• THE BIG C (SHOWTIME)
• GLEE (FOX)
• MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
• NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
I really don’t get Nurse Jackie but please, please give others a shot aside from 30 Rock like Glee or Modern Family. Whatever happened to Desperate Housewives or Grey’s Anatomy?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES -COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• TONI COLLETTE: UNITED STATES OF TARA
• EDIE FALCO: NURSE JACKIE
• TINA FEY: 30 ROCK
• LAURA LINNEY: THE BIG C
• LEA MICHELE: GLEE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
• ALEC BALDWIN: 30 ROCK
• STEVE CARELL: THE OFFICE
• THOMAS JANE: HUNG
• MATTHEW MORRISON: GLEE
• JIM PARSONS: THE BIG BANG THEORY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• HOPE DAVIS: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
• JANE LYNCH: GLEE
• KELLY MACDONALD: BOARDWALK EMPIRE
• JULIA STILES: DEXTER
• SOFIA VERGARA: MODERN FAMILY

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
• SCOTT CAAN: HAWAII FIVE-O
• CHRIS COLFER: GLEE
• CHRIS NOTH: THE GOOD WIFE
• ERIC STONESTREET: MODERN FAMILY
• DAVID STRATHAIRN: TEMPLE GRANDIN
I’m biased on the acting nods I think the Glee actors deserve those awards.

Hopefully some of my faves do win. Who’s yours?

Bieber Music Awards

While his mentor Usher managed to sneak up on the Soul/R&B Male & Album awards, JB didn’t hold back one bit. Thanks to online voting, Bieber swept the awards for Pop/Rock Male, Album, Breakthrough Artist and even Artist of the Year which is a huge deal. Personally, I think it should’ve went to Eminem, who did win Rap/Hip-Hop Male & Album. Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift & Rihanna each won Female artist for their respective category & also Lady Antebellum for Country Duo/Group/Band! Love them! Glee was also awarded for the Soundtrack category.

The American Music Awards’ list of performers has something for everyone: Rihanna, Taylor, Xtina, Pink, Santana, BEP, Ke$ha, Katy but probably the best of the night was NKOTBSB, closing the show spectacularly. Enjoyed their performance so much! Everyone was up to their feet and singing along, really brings me memories of my teenhood. Oh if I’m talking chinese, I meant New Kids on the Block & the Backstreet Boys. 🙂

Below are some of the fantastical red carpet action:

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