What You Missed : 2016 Oscars

Thoughts

Last night, ABC aired the 88th Academy Award ceremony live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Due to the controversy of not having any nominees of color for two consecutive years, host Chris Rock did not hold back from making some humorous remarks about the”White People’s Choice Awards”. We have to give him a round of applause for his approach to this heated matter but some may not have appreciated his sense of humor so much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOMhz2d0qJM

 

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar! He tried his luck five times before, but the sixth time is always a charm, right? At least he didn’t have to wait 19 consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations like Susan Lucci.

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Leo tried to keep his cool in his acceptance speech but we all know he was bursting with exuberance and relief on the inside. He added a tinge of environmentalism after thanking the director and other cast/crew members. The Revenant was critically acclaimed for the performance and direction, receiving a total of 12 nominations in the 88th Academy Awards. I am yet to watch the film but I am sure I won’t be let down.

Now for the other winners:

BEST PICTURE– Spotlight 

BEST ACTOR – Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

BEST ACTRESS– Brie Larson, Room

BEST DIRECTOR– Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant

BEST ORIGINAL SONG– “Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE– Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM– Son of Saul

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM– Stutterer

BEST DOCUMENTARY– Amy

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT– A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR– Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM– Bear Story

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – Inside Out 
BEST FILM EDITING– Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS– Ex Machina  

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY– Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant 

BEST SOUND EDITING– Mad Max: Fury Road 

BEST SOUND MIXING– Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING– Mad Max: Fury Road 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN– Mad Max: Fury Road 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN– Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS– Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY– The Big Short

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY– Spotlight

http://www.vogue.com/13387489/oscar-nominations-2016-full-list/

 

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO FOR THE WEEK : February 29

Lifestyle, Thoughts

Black History Month is an annual celebration since 1976 of the achievements by black Americans. They have such a significant role in the development of our country and I would like to take a moment to commemorate all the black Americans who have brought this country to what greatness is has come to. One month is surely not enough to devote to them.

Watch this video of poets describing what Black History Month means to them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXNDSZplvc 

 

 

Leap “Year” Way Through 2016

Self, Thoughts

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO FOR THE WEEK : February 22

Lifestyle

Express yourself, your faith

and everything you believe in.

People may criticize, but then again,

haters gonna hate.

Check out this stirring video on Marwa Balkar. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/why-i-stopped-wearing-the-hijab/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZCl5eEk7XQ

 

 

What Would Jenn Wear?

Fashion, Thoughts

Recently discovered this YouTuber and I have got to say, I love what she does and her outfits are spectacularly chic. I would definitely wear the clothes she picked out, especially because our styles are so similar. It is my dream to start a YouTube channel like this some day. Make sure to subscribe to her channel clothesencounters !

On a side note, I applied to become a writer for Her Campus at Texas A&M University two weeks ago and I got in! This will be a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as a versatile  writer and to improve my content for you guys. Wish me luck 😀

Take a peek at what Jenn has to show off!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwcwlEL4I18

 

Warrior

Self

All eyes on me,

the criticizing gems glaring at me as

this bodacious scarlet gown sweeps across the stage,

caressing every inch of my bare body.

 

Nervous and irregular breaths escape my chest.

Photography flashes flicker throughout the auditorium,

like the flames of a lit candle.

What do they think of me?

 

Then my mind wonders,

who are you to judge me

when I don’t even know myself.

My soul possesses confidence and beauty.

I am a warrior by heart.

Living the Dream

Lifestyle, Self

If money was not an object, what would I do? Who would I be? What would I aspire for?

If money was not an object, I would aspire to start my own successful hotel franchise, Farihah Hotels. I would also want to be journalist, actress, and UN ambassador. I would want to the world would be my palace so I could go on mission trips to benefit those around me. I would donate a large fraction of my earnings to the poor and to the research of developing cures for diseases. My home would be a simple one, as long as I have a loving family to cherish it with. I would live in a scenic and serene area not too close to the city, but not too secluded from society.

Unfortunately, money plays a considerable role in our daily lives so I do have to think practically when if comes to pursuing my dreams. That doesn’t mean I won’t shoot for the stars, because I know I was meant to fly. Believe in yourself.

Need a little motivation? Check out the motivational video for the week here

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing. “If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.” If you could choose a dream job or lifestyle , what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Hello, Hola, Salut, Kon’nichiwa

Self

If I were to choose a superpower among these three choices:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

It would have to be the ability to speak and understand any language. Why?

We live in a diverse and globalized world. Every profession deals with communicating with people from varied backgrounds, be it serving customers or settling business deals abroad. The ability to understand another human from a different country than you is great. I sometimes struggle to comprehend what my foreign professors are saying but I wish that the language barrier was not so wide. Hence, my adoration for polyglots.

Now why did I not choose to travel through time or make any two people agree with each other?

If I attain the ability to perform time travel and alter history, when something bad happens, I would feel like the duty is solely mine to make things right. Every event creates a domino effect, changing the future drastically. Who knows, changing something in the past may lead to you or me not even existing right now. Preventing something as terrible as the Holocaust could have had lead to something worse down the line. It’s like the movie Project Almanac. Saving one friend’s life could potentially threaten another’s. In my opinion, things happen for a reason so there is no need to play God.

Here is an amazing Twilight Zone episode related to time travel.

As far as making people agree, we have our own minds and are capable of deciding for ourselves what we wish to believe. The reason why we meet different people is to understand their points of view. If everyone had the same thoughts on everything, then why bother socializing? There would be no difference between us and robots. Then we would have no presidential election because the vote would be unanimous anyway. Difference is good and sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. That is the beauty of individuality.

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You! “You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice: the ability to speak and understand any language, the ability to travel through time, or the ability to make any two people agree with each other.” If you could choose any of the superpowers, which would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!