Category: Awards

Greatest All-time Movies

From epic car chases to hand-to-hand combats, and back to gore scenes, action movies are home to the adrenaline rush. Despite all of these films being action-packed, some stand tall over the others. Be it being cast in memorable locations like Lexington or displaying ludicrous themes, these shows have something distinct.

A great movie is one that exceeds sophomore slumps and stakes its place in fanatic folklore. We travel down movie history and unearth some gems that are worth watching.

First Blood (1982)

Forget about Rambo’s other sequels; First Blood was the real deal. The ingenious storyline has an allure to it. The shaggy-haired Sylvester Stallone, a.k.a John Rambo, is arrested while visiting an old platoon colleague in the wild and lush Washington state.

He unleashes hell and escapes while in the hands of cops. The rest of the story is a gruesome survival adventure. Rambo uses all skills that he learned in the Vietnam war to outmaneuver sheriffs. If you haven’t watched First Blood, grab some popcorn, it’s worth your time.

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

With Quentin Tarantino at the wheels, Kill Bill barely goes astray. It stars Uma Thurman, a remorseful ex-bride who is after a lover who tried to kill her during a wedding. Bloody is an understatement when it comes to Kill Bill. Martial art is on full display as Uma seeks revenge. Armed with a samurai sword, she takes no prisoners when hunting Bill.

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) performance in this action-packed film is unmatched. With the IMF, an intelligence branch, Ethan works for disbanded; the CIA is hot on the heels of the organization’s members. They view Ethan as a rogue agent on the loose. Ethan and his crew are on a survival mission to justify themselves against a criminal entity named ‘The Syndicate’. You’ll undoubtedly enjoy this film from start to finish.

Grammy Awards

Organized by The Recording Academy, the Grammy Awards are America’s top music awards and considered to be one of the top prizes in the industry. the ceremony was first held in 1959 and has been a staple of the industry ever since. The first event was held in both New York and California at the same time and it was not broadcast on television until the 1970s. It has been broadcast on CBS in the United States since 1973 and is one of the network’s premier annual events.

The ratings for the Grammys have fluctuated over the years. The peal viewership for the awards was in the 1980s when they would regularly get over 30 million viewers. In recent years, the figure has fallen as low as 18 million. In 1984 the awards got their biggest ever audience of over 50 million viewers.

Winners of the Grammy Awards receive one of its iconic trophies which are in the shape of a gramophone. During the 1990s the award was revamped to make it stronger. Over 7000 of the awards have been given out since the event was founded in the late 1950s.

Most of the awards are organized by genre, there are only 4 so-called general awards which are record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artists. There are only 2 people who have been awarded all 4 of these general accolades. The Texan singer Christopher Cross won all 4 in 1980 while the British singer Adele won them across three years: 2009, 2012 and 2107.

There are a total of 84 different categories which are awarded across the different genres. These include, but are not limited to, pop, dance, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and American roots. There are also awards for spoken word, musical theatre and historical.

The person with the most Grammy’s is not a pop star but classical director Georg Solti with an impressive 31 to his name. Though he died in 1994, he still tops the table of the most Grammy awards to date. Second on the list is Quincy Jones with 27 awards and in at number 3 is the singer Alison Krauss with 27 – the most decorated female artist in the award’s history.

Tony Awards

Officially named The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence, the Tony Awards are held annually in New York and celebrate the achievements of the Broadway community – there is also one award which is dedicated to regional theater. The American Theater Wing first held the awards in 1947, with the now famed statue first introduced 2 years later in 1949. The award, which is commonly referred to as the Tony medallion was designed by the artist Herman Ross. The award updated in 2010 to be made a little larger and also to look a little more polished and represent modern times.

Awards are given to individuals who star in the show, the production and creative teams behind them and also to the shows as a whole. Some of the categories at the Tony Awards include the best performance for leading actor and actress in a play, the best performance for leading actor and actress in a musical, best new play, the best new musical, best revival and best director of both a play and a musical. Awards are also given in a number of additional categories which include geography, score, lighting, costume, and set design.

There has been some criticism of the awards with people suggesting that, much like the Oscars, the awards are a vehicle for those shows with large marketing budgets. The awards also have the potential to give a show a credible boost at the box office if it is successful on the night. Actors who win an award can also expect their earning potential to rocket as their names enter the popular American lexicon.

Hamilton takes the lead when it comes to nominations, receiving 16 across 13 different categories back in 2016. However, it is The Producers which has won most awards, sweeping the board with 12 wins.

Facts about the Tony Awards

  • Only shows which have been staged in official Broadway theatres can be nominated for awards, except for the regional theater award
  • The legendary director and producer Hal Prince has won the most awards in history, racking up a whopping 21 gongs
  • The performer with the most awards is the Broadway legend Audra McDonald with 6 Tonys to her name
  • The revival of Tony Kushner’s Angel’s in America is the play which has been nominated for the most awards, sweeping the boards with 11 nominations across 10 categories in 2018
  • The awards are named after the actress Antoinette Perry

The Oscars

The official name of the Oscars is the Academy Awards which were first established in 1929. The awards recognize the best actors actresses, directors and creative teams behind the previous year’s films. Winners are awarded a statue called ‘an Oscar’ which was designed by George Stanley and is said to be named as such because it looked like Stanley’s Uncle Oscar.

When the awards began in 1929 it was a small lunch held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with just a few hundred people in attendance. Since 2002 the awards have been held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with several thousand people attending each year.

The awards have 24 categories, which include, but are not limited to: best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, directing, original screenplay, adapted screenplay, cinematography, production design, editing, original score, and original song. Traditionally the best picture award is the last award of the evening and is generally considered the most prestigious award of the evening.

In addition to being a way to cement the film’s place in history, the awards also have the potential to significantly increase the earning potential of the actors and actresses who receive an Oscar. Many actors have had their careers launched by winning the award early in their careers. The winners are a closely guarded secret. In the early days, the names of the winners were released to the press but after these were leaked the practice was stopped.

There was another major blunder in 2017 when the wrong envelope containing the name of the winner of best films was given to the presenters. After initial applause for La La Land and the actors making their way to the stage, the actual winner was revealed to be Moonlight.

There are only 5 actors who have won 3 best Oscars in the award’s extensive history. These actors are Meryl Streep, Ingrid Bergman, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Katherine Hepburn is the only person to win 4 Oscars. She won for the films Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968) and finally for On Golden Pond (1981).

Fun Facts about the Oscars

  • Christopher Plummer is the oldest actor to win an Oscar at 82 for the film Beginners (2010)
  • When Liza Minnelli won her Oscar for Cabaret, she became the only winner whose parents have both won an Oscar
  • Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win an Oscar for directing when she picked up the gong for The Hurt Locker in 2009
  • Meryl Street has been nominated for an Oscar an impressive 18 times across her career – more than any other actor in the award’s history

The Best Films to Watch Now on Netflix

As a Netflix fan, you know that the California-headquartered media services provider has plenty of movies and other TV programmes for all ages and tastes. But given that you can’t watch all the movies at one go, there are a few films which stand out from the rest and will indeed keep you glued to your TV. Here are some of the most outstanding movies on Netflix right now.

Inception

Are you a fan of sci-fi and action thrillers? Inception, released in 2010, is an intense, coherent, complex, and original story which rewards the attention it demands. Who better else can play the leading role in this movie than the lovely Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Cobb? Cobb is a rare thief with the ability to enter your mind and steal secrets from your subconscious version. While this skill has made him the hottest asset in the corporate world, he has ended up losing everything he adores. The movie may be impeccably imaginative, but it’s so entertaining that you may think that you’re the next victim, and you may end up losing your life-changing ideas to Cobb. And did you know it’s the innovative Chris Nolan who directed this movie?

Lion

By the time the movie Lion is finished, you’ll want more of it. In fact, you won’t mind watching it several times. This is a true story of a five-year-old boy called Saroo who gets lost on a train. He is taken miles away from his home and must fast learn the ways of survival in Kolkata town. Eventually, he’s adopted by an Australian couple, and they go with him to Melbourne. But 20 years later, Saroo depends on the little memories he has of his mother and sister and, of course, Google Maps to trace his family.

Get Out

A horror movie that will surely scare the life out of you, Get Out unexpectedly became popular in 2017. Chris Washington, a young and promising African-American photographer, has been dating Rose, his white girlfriend, for almost five months. And the latter thinks that it’s time for her beau to meet her parents over the weekend. This is where the movie shows the racial alienation that’s rocking the world in bloody, profane ways. The movie is illuminating, scary and shocking but in a funny, compassionate manner which will remind you of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Perhaps you may consider getting help from the livi medical app if you constantly experience jumpy and heart racing moments from the scary events, and you think that it may result in anxiety disorders. This movie deservedly netted four Oscar nominations and found its way into the box office.

Current Movies to Watch on Netflix at a Glance

Inception, Lion, and Get Out are just but a few movies on Netflix. Other movies that are worth watching on Netflix (currently) include Birdman, Roma, Idris Elba’s Beasts of No Nation, and the intense sci-fi thriller Gravity, which has won a whopping seven Oscars. You may also spare some time to watch Fargo, Wind River, and Capote.

Olivier Awards

The Oliver Awards are named after the esteemed British actor Laurence Olivier and celebrate UK-based plays, musicals, and other theatrical events. The awards were previously referred to as the Society of West End Theatre Awards but renamed in honor of the actor in 1984 – four years before he died in 1989.

Each year, the Society of London Theater puts together a panel of judges from across the arts industries to decide on the winners. There is often one award, normally best musical, which is voted for by the general public.

The Olivier Awards mainly focus on drama and musicals with categories such as Best New Play

Best Revival, Best New Comedy, Best New Musical, Best Musical Revival, Best Actor in a Musical

and Best Actress in a Musical. There are also awards dedicated to the creative teams and also to other forms of theatre such as dance and opera.

Matilda and Hamilton are the two musical with the most awards, both earning themselves seven Oliviers. The play with the most awards is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which in 2017 was the winner of nine Oliviers including best play. There are three individuals who have won seven Olivier awards, these are William Dudley, Matthew Bourne, and the actress Dame Judi Dench – who also won a special award back in 2004 for her contribution to the theater.

The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has won a total of six awards plus the special recognition putting him in second place behind the aforementioned artists.

BAFTAS

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts an annual ceremony in London called the BAFTA film awards – often seen as the English Oscars and an indication of who might win at the American event which is held a few weeks later.

Most of the awards are open to people of any nationality, except for the British film and Britsh rising star awards. While BAFTA is a charitable organization which aims to celebrate and champion film, many of the winners are American due to the influence of Hollywood.

The original location of the awards was the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square before moving to the Opera House in Covent Garden and finally the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony has had a number of hosts over the years including the actress Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Terry Wogan, Jonathan Ross, and Stephen Fry.

The categories of the awards largely reflect the Oscars with popular awards including best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, as well as best film and best director. Those behind the camera, including the creative teams who work on films, are also honored with awards at the event.

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