Feb
3

Argo for Best Picture?

One more week from today are the Oscars.

ARGO is my pick for Best Picture, and here’s why.

It’s up against LINCOLN which was definitely a fabulous picture. No question LINCOLN will win some awards Sunday – Best Director and Best Actor most likely.

I remember when AVATAR came out a few years ago. It was a force of nature and changed the face of film making as we know it. It was an astounding picture, no question. But….it didn’t win Best Picture that year: HURT LOCKER did.

My point is that I think the Academy members are pretty smart. ARGO has been racking up a trail of awards on it’s way to the Oscars: Best Picture and Director by BAFTA , Golden Globes, Producer’s Guild  and Critics Choice. Ben Affleck was also acknowledged with awards by Directors Guild and SAG gave the entire Ensemble an award.

With 7 Oscar nominations for ARGO, they will pick up a few but I am predicting that Spielberg will win for Best Director but the Best Picture Oscar will go to ARGO.

Feb
0

All You Need is Love

Talk about love, whether we discuss being in relationship with each other or just loving ourselves, is a subject covered from the beginning of time. I have no desire to compete with the great art, poetry, music and literature out there on this subject.      My little contribution won’t even scratch the surface of all that has been said about love, but here goes: We’ve all heard the lyrics to the song, All You Need is Love. Pretty much it’s just the following on endless repeat: 

All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

And it goes on and on and on. That may be the “hook” that we all remember, but the verses are actually quite interesting in their simplicity:

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game.
It’s easy.

Nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time.
It’s easy.

Nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.

The verses are my favorite and I think the most profound of the song. Maybe Lennon and McCartney were on to something. Love doesn’t have to be hard. Life doesn’t have to be hard. You do have control. There’s nothing you can’t do. You can learn how to be you in time. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

A wise man once said: Wherever you go, there you are.

Be love. Be kindness. Be yourself no matter what and love and kindness will find you. Of that I have no doubt.

Feb
0

This Week’s Quote

Don’t cry because it’s over.

Smile because it happened.

Feb
4

Grammys Winners: My Thoughts

My diva thoughts about the show tonight (in order of appearance) (have any thoughts, please comment!):

Too many commercials. Ugh.

The Taylor Swift opening was cute, but too long. I bet she gets slammed in the press tomorrow. Remember the Beach Blanket Babylon/Rob Lowe/Snow White fiasco? It was a bit of a flash back to that opening in 1989. Not.good.folks. Google it if you’re too young to remember that opening. Oy.

Love Host LL Cool J! He had to handle Whitney Houston’s untimely passing last year under a lot of pressure. Props again to him tonight. It’s a thankless job.

Elton John still has it in spades. Hunter Hayes is a cutie.

Adele! Of course she won for Pop Solo Artist (sorry Kelly Clarkson). DUH!

Fun. are…well, FUN!

What the hell was John Mayer wearing? Blue velvet? Was he on his way to someone’s high school (1955) prom?

Miranda Lambert.  I like her voice but she was looking a but chunky. The crosses on her dress were not in the best places to help her figure look slimming.Who is dressing this gal. Dierks Bentley is usually interesting, but I found his duet with Miranda just plain boring. Zzzzz.

Best Country Solo Artist, no surprise: Carrie Underwood. Amazingly she is only 29. I loved that black lace dress she was wearing, also, with a tinge of pink crinoline. Very classy.

Faith Hill: Honey, eat something. Wow she was thin. Tim McGraw, on the other hand,  was looking mighty fine.

Song of the Year: We Are Young (by f.u.n.) won! Wow! I was sure Stronger by Kelly Clarkson was going to win this one.

Johnny Depp. Swoon. Mumford and Sons. Love these guys.

Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce were cute together introducing Justin Timberlake. Jay Z on stage now? Ok then! Well that was too short. More Jay Z please! I’ve always liked Justin well enough but this medley is making me miss Bruno Mars. He would do it sooooo much better.

Urban Contemporary Album (new category) : Channel Orange by Frank Ocean! Whoo hoo! I was hoping he would win a few Grammys!

Rock Performance: Black Keys for Lonely Boy! Hmmm could this start a sweep? We shall see.

Maroon 5! I’ve loved these guys forever! Songs for Jane is their best album hands down (from forever ago).  Alicia Keys. Girl on Fire is a fabulous song and what a surprise to see her play the drums as she is usually behind a piano. Alicia darling. It’s obvious you have lost a lot of weight. Looking great, BUT I hated the cutouts on your dress. JMHO Not.flatt.er.ing.

Pop Vocal Album: YES! I predicted Kelly Clarkson would win for Best Song, but Pop album (Stronger) is terrific!

Rhianna just turned 30 last month. I thought she looked grown up maybe for the very first time. Simple long black dress. Serious song. Still, she needs auto tuning. Sorry Rhi.

If you think I’m being hard on the singers, remember I sang live for a living and worked in the music biz for a long time. Some people can sing live and some can’t. It’s that simple. Rhianna is no Christina Aguilera.

Rap Duo Song: No Church in the Wild: Jay Z & Frank Ocean. Way to go again Frank!

Lifetime Achievement Awards went to: Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lighting Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page, Ravi Shankar, and the Temptations (not shown on TV — they used to be show back in the day.)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Black Keys/Dr John. Cool collaboration. Best #1 of two best performance of the night!

Kelly Clarkson sang a lovely tribute to Patti Page and Carole King.

Country Album: Of course, Zac Brown Band. Lots of folks were rooting for Hunter. He’s young, got lots of time.

Commercial break…..so, want to attend the Grammys? Fork out $5,000 and you MIGHT get a decent seat…maybe.

Bob Marley tribute: Bruno Mars and Sting! Best #2 of the best tonight.  The audience was loving this and singing along. Gosh I miss Sting’s voice! Rhi and Ziggy.  (I LOL-ed when the camera panned to Adele and she’s dancing with everyone else but didn’t miss a minute chewing her gum in rhythm).

I don’t get the Lumineers. I know they are the big thing right now.  They made Jack White sound amazing. Just saying. And not everyone likes Jack White. Different strokes for different folks.  That’s the music business.

Best New Artist is always an interesting category: Fun. (I was rooting for Frank Ocean).

Carrie Underwood doing what she does. No doubt she is talented. Didn’t get the dress being drawn on and all the lights and all of that. Just let the girl sing.

Prince! Wish he had sung. Anyway he gave away Record of the Year: Somebody that I Used to Know by Goyte. Upset of the night.

So they could’ve ended right then, don’t you think?

Ryan Seacrest? Why? More Chick Corea instead! I like the Music Educator Award idea. Niiiiiiice.

The In Memoriam is always so sad. Wow, the actual inventor of the vinyl record died this year. End of an era.

Tribute to Levon and Sandy Hook Elementary School by Elton John and others. (Mavis, T Bone, Brittany Howard, Mumford).

Oh, and I meant to mention Katy Perry. She cracked me up when she said I never was nominated for Best New Artist and I have my own eyelash line. You rock girl.

Oh dear. I know this is supposed to be a tribute to Elton but so strange to hear someone cover it on the Grammys. Just feels odd.

FRANK OCEAN!!! Can you tell I like this guy?

ADELE! Album of the Year:  Babel by Mumford and Sons.

 

Okay, so thoughts??? It went on too long. Was a bit jumbled. Didn’t seem to have a theme. I have watched EVERY GRAMMY show but ONE. This wasn’t one for the record books with regards to flow and theme and quality.

That said: So happy for Frank Ocean, nice that the top awards were split (Record/Album/Song often all go to the same person)  and off camera were these winners: Skrillex, Jay Z (too many to count anymore), Pat Metheny, BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM: Once (I called this one!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb
0

Grammys this Sunday!

grammylogoI am leaving for a week long meditation retreat but will be returning literally as the Grammys are airing! Whew. That will be a close one.

Here are some of my predictions.

Record and Album of the Year - this can go either way. Will it be Taylor Swift again or Black Keys? Dark horse is Frank Ocean.

Song of the Year – I will be truly shocked if Kelly Clarkson doesn’t walk away with this for Stronger, although Carly Rae Jepsen has her fans too.

Pop Group: Maroon 5 or LMFAO.

Pop Album: would love to see Pink win this one.

Will Best Rock Song go to Mumford and Sons or Bruce Springsteen? Hmmm. Mumford SHOULD win it but Grammys usually skew traditional.

Broadway battles it out for show album. It’s between Follies and Once. Porgy & Bess could be the upset but I doubt it.

Possible scenario: Mumford and Sons OR Frank Ocean could sweep and take a bunch of awards rendering all my predictions usless!

See you Sunday night for the winners. Oh and Adele should win again. Just because.

 

 

Feb
0

This Week’s Diva Quote

“I believe if you wear enough pretty lipstick,

sparkly jewelry, and great shoes,

no one will even notice the size of your ass.”

- Anonymous

Jan
0

This Week’s Quote

Four things you can’t recover:

1. The Stone after the throw.

2. The Word after it’s said.

3. The Occasion after it’s missed.

4. The Time after it’s gone.

Jan
2

SAG Awards – the Winners

Any thoughts on the SAG show tonight?

Not surprised by most of the winners. My personal favorites did well: Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore,Tommy Lee Jones

Usual suspects won (some have more Emmys than SAGs, but were honored as I suspected): Bryan Cranston, Modern Family, Claire Danes, Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin (it’s the last season for 30 Rock so no surprise there and you have to admit they ARE very talented), Daniel Day Lewis

Surprises: The cast of Downton Abby over Mad Men. Jennifer Lawrence over Jessica Chastain for Best Female in a Drama.  ARGO Cast! Love it! Thought Les Miserables might beat them.

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And of course Dick Van Dyke is one of a kind. Nice that he got the Lifetime Achievement Award. For you youngsters that don’t know who he is, google him!

 

Jan
1

PGA Awards

Producer’s Guild Awards will be this Saturday night. Predictions of winners at below link: 11413682-3d-illustration-of-cinema-clap-and-film-reel-over-white-background

Nominees

Jan
0

This Week’s Quote

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.