What The Ribbons And Pins Meant At The Oscars

As last night was the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, I stayed up until nearly 6am to watch them play out live. And yes, I'm definitely paying for it today, with the extremely bloodshot eyes and intense tiredness. One of the biggest questions I had last night (apart from what the hell went to wrong during the Best Picture award?!?!) was what do all of these ribbons and pins that the attendees were wearing mean? 

Emma Stone Oscars 2017 Planned Parenthood

001: Emma Stone (La La Land) and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades) show their support for Planned Parenthood by wearing a gold pin, as the organisation defend its federal funding.



002: Screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) wore a red ribbon in support of the fight against AIDS. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) also showed his support by wearing a smaller, bejeweled version.



003: Jackie Chan brought two toy pandas as his dates because he is "the panda ambassador" and one of his pandas wore a UNICEF pin.



004: Costume designer Colleen Attwood (Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them) wore GLAAD's (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) blue ampersand. The symbol is meant to "stand with all communities subject to discrimination – including women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ people."



005: The blue ACLU ribbon, which was dubbed as being the hottest accessory at this years Academy Awards, was worn by various attendees last night: Lin Manuel Miranda, Ruth Negga and Emma Stone, just to name a few. It was a way that everyone could show their support in the wake of Trump's controversial travel ban. "For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States."


Oscar 2017 Predictions

Once upon a time, I used to be one of those people, that just rarely watched films. I struggle with concentration due to my illness, so I found them just impossible to watch; but since my boyfriend is a film student, I've slowly become addicted and now, I watch more films than he does! As the 89th Academy Awards ceremony is tomorrow night, I thought Conor and I would make our predictions for the event!


001. Best Picture:
S: Who should win? Moonlight
Who will win? La La Land

C: Who should win? La La Land
Who will win? Manchester by the Sea

002. Best Actor:
S: Who should win? Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Who will win? Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

C: Who should win? Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Who will win? Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) OR Denzel Washington (Fences)



003. Best Actress:
S: Who should win? Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Who will win? Emma Stone (La La Land)

C: Who should win? Emma Stone (La La Land)
Who will win? Emma Stone (La La Land) 


004. Best Supporting Actor:
S: Who should win? Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Who will win? Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) OR Dev Patel (Lion)

C: Who should win? Dev Patel (Lion)
Who will win? Dev Patel (Lion)



005. Best Supporting Actress:
S: Who should win? Viola Davis (Fences)
Who will win? Viola Davis (Fences)

C: Who should win? Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Who will win? Nicole Kidman (Lion) OR Viola Davis (Fences)



006. Animated Feature:
S: Who should win? Kubo and the Two Strings
Who will win? Kubo and the Two Strings


C: Who should win? Kubo and the Two Strings
Who will win? Kubo and the Two Strings



007. Cinematography:

S: Who should win? La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Who will win? La La Land (Linus Sandgren)


C: Who should win? La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Who will win? 
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)

008. Costume Design:
S: Who should win? Jackie (Madeline Fontaine)
Who will win? Jackie (Madeline Fontaine)

C: Who should win? La La Land (Mary Zophres)
Who will win? La La Land (
Mary Zophres)



009. Director:
S: Who should win? La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
 
Who will win? La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

C: Who should win? La La Land (
Damien Chazelle)
Who will win? La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

010: 
Documentary (Feature):

S: Who should win? Life, Animated
Who will win? O.J.: Made in America OR 13th

C: Who should win? Life, Animated
Who will win? 13th 


011. Documentary (Short Subject):
S: Who should win? Extremis
Who will win? Joe's Violin

C: Who should win? Extremis
Who will win? Extremis OR Joe's Violin


012. Film Editing:

S: Who should win? La La Land (Tom Cross)
Will will win? La La Land (Tom Cross)

C: Who should win? La La Land (Tom Cross)
Who will win? La La Land (Tom Cross) 

013. Best Foreign Language Film:
S: Who should win? The Salesman
Who will win? The Salesman

C: Who should win? Land of Mine
Who will win? Toni Erdman

014. Makeup and Hairstyling:
S: Who should win? Star Trek Beyond
Who will win? Star Trek Beyond

C: Who should win? Suicide Squad (ew)
Who will win? Suicide Squad (definite ew)



015. Music (Original Score):
S: Who should win? Jackie (Mica Levi)Who will win? La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)

C: Who should win? Jackie (Mica Levi)
Who will win? Jackie (Mica Levi) OR La La Land (Justin Hurwitz) 

016. Music (Original Song):
S: Who should win? How Far I'll Go (Moana)
Who will win? City of Stars (La La Land)

C: Who should win? How Far I'll Go (Moana)
Who will win? City of Stars (La La Land)

017. Production Design:
S: Who should win? La La Land (David Wasco)
Who will win? La La Land (
David Wasco)

C: Who should win? La La Land (
David Wasco)
Who will win? La La Land (
David Wasco)


018. Animated Short:
S: Who should win? Piper
Who will win? Piper

C: Who should win? Piper
Who will win? Piper

019. Live Action Short:
S: Who should win? Ennemis Intérieurs
Who will win? 
Ennemis Intérieurs

C: Who should win? Silent Nights
Who will win? Silent Nights


020. Sound Editing:
S: Who should win? Hacksaw Ridge
Who will win? La La Land

C: Who should win? La La Land
Who will win? La La Land 

021. Sound Mixing:
S: Who should win? Arrival
Who will win? La La Land

C: Who should win? Arrival
Who will win? Arrival 

022. Visual Effects:
S: Who should win? The Jungle Book
Who will win? The Jungle Book

C: Who should win? Kubo and the Two Strings
Who will win? The Jungle Book


023. Adapted Screenplay:
S: Who should win? Moonlight
Who will win? Moonlight OR Fences OR Lion

C: Who should win? Lion
Who will win? Lion OR Moonlight

024. Original Screenplay: 
S: Who should win? Manchester by the Sea
Who will win? Manchester by the Sea

C: Who should win? Manchester by the Sea
Who will win? Manchester by the Sea

Thank you for reading! What would you like to win? x

Let's Talk About: YouTube (&Blogging)

I think I'm starting to really missing blogging. I feel like 2014 was the year that blogging was such a huge passion of mine and as a result, I managed to post 139 times. Last year, I managed to post 4 times... I've been thinking lately of why this may be and I soon realised, that the reason why I started this blog was to write about my passions and hobbies, which at the time were hair and makeup; mainly because I was also working in a salon at the time. Years passed and I changed a lot as a person, I didn't feel passionate about makeup so much anymore and in terms of blogging, I felt very lost and like there wasn't a place for me anymore. Due to the lack of blogging, I also decided to stop having a domain, because the money would be better spent elsewhere. There are so many blog posts that state all the important ~blogger rules~ and they all say you n e e d a domain, or no one would even bother reading, which made me feel like I shouldn't even bother. But, there have been so many times when my mind has been full to the brim of thoughts, and I always think "I wish I could blog about this" So, here's me ignoring all those "blogger rules" and just starting again, like I did originally, just because I want to write about all the things in my life.

I mentioned in one of the only posts I wrote last year, that I had kind of fallen out of love with YouTube, due to the fact that the bigger YouTubers seemed to be creating very fake, online personas and kind of exploiting their young following, but today, I watched a video that really did make me think of the bigger picture.



I feel like there are many reasons people tend to dislike the bigger names, such as Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg. For some, it could be they just don't understand how they have such a huge online following, others don't agree with how much money they make and others just don't like them as people or the content they make. I think it's perfectly fine to not like someone, however, I hate how many unnecessary comments I see about them online, on a daily basis - usually coming from other YouTubers themselves. And one of the biggest topics being, the books that they have brought out. I for one, have never been that much of big fan of YouTube books, but I realised I never really looked at the bigger picture. I always thought because I don't like this, none of the people I know like this, why is this a thing?

I remember when I was little and growing up in an abusive environment, my idols were McFly. And even though, I was incredibly unhappy everyday, they made it all bearable. If Alfie and Zoe are exploiting children by selling merchandise and by bringing out harmless books, you could also say, McFly were exploiting 11 year old me, by selling all those things they did, that I then bought. It's an incredibly sad thing, but I always say it, I feel like McFly were one of the best, if not the best, thing about my childhood. And yes, to a lot of us, The Pointless Book may seem...pointless. But if it brings joy to a child or teenager for just 5/10 minutes, especially if they're having a hard time, why is that such a terrible thing?

YouTube books aside, another common thing is that, because these YouTubers share little snippets of their lives, everyone thinks that they are the expert on who these people are and assume they know everything that there is to know about them. We make up these little characters in our minds of who they are and we don't need any more information. For example: When we see a YouTuber making a lot of money, we sometimes believe them to be greedy and unappreciative, but again, we're only seeing a tiny snippet of their lives. If they donate to charity, they can't add it in to a vlog, or that would be seen as just donating to charity to get praise. Ultimately, I think it's a situation they can't win.

Another important point that was made in the video by Emma Blackery, is that with this online community, we can always go back and watch their old videos, of when they were a completely different person and because of this, we don't always have a clear picture of who they are in the present time and comments such as "You've changed" are very common. People change a lot over the years, but when your life is constantly documented online, people expect you to stay the same for some reason, which is a really odd concept.

Overall, I don't think I'm ever going to be someone that's a huge fan of Alfie's, but that's okay. I don't need to be, but I think it's important to be nice and not to keep spreading so much unnecessary hate all of the time.  (Obviously, this could apply to everyone, but I just used Alfie as an example due to the video)

"What Susie says of Sally, says more about Susie than Sally." 


I never thought I'd write a post defending Alfie, but here we are! Sorry for the long, rambly post on my YouTube thoughts, thank you if you read it all! If you watched the video, what were your thoughts? x
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