At the Oscars 2013

25 02 2013

It’s not the Declaration of Independence but the Winners’ Poster, backstage at the 85th Academy Awards. My favorite Daniel Day-Lewis makes a record-setting three-time Best Actor win! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

08:47 AM BEN AFFLECK’s beard has a twitter account!

Worked on options to be able to watch it live – streaming, Skype, etc.  Finally, I decided to subscribe to Fox Movies Premium.  I hit the blue button on my service provider’s controls and I’m on the show.  I couldn’t stand the thought of missing this historical broadcast – I lapped up the hype of tributes to the movie musical and to James Bond’s 50th year!  And of course, my eldest brother’s text message saying that I was already one for one with Christoph Waltz’s Best Supporting Actor win for “Django Unchained”.


Watched the live telecast with friends and family at different time zones



Jessica Chastain arrives!



The luminous Nicole Kidman is on the red carpet!



One of the most beautiful couples ever, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. I really like these two!



That’s the look of love.



Ladies and gentlemen, Coldplay… “Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you, And everything you do, Yeah they were all… Yellow…”



Channing Tatum, who danced with Charlize Theron on stage to Seth McFarlane’s singing, here with his pregnant wife.



Mama texted me back when her favorite actress Sandra Bullock finally makes her appearance on the red carpet!



Sandra Bullock has one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood.



The Official Program (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)



Seth McFarlane, Master of Ceremonies, The 85th Academy Awards. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

10:40 AM Seth McFarlane makes an Abe Lincoln joke and snaps back at an uncomfortably passive audience, “150 years and still too soon?”  That cracked me up!

10:41 AM From the cataclysmic disaster that was Gigli – I waited for the camera to pan to Jennifer Garner – to one of Hollywood’s most brilliant and most respected directors, Ben Affleck!

10:45 AM  Really liking how Seth McFarlane is hosting this show!  Even with just announcing what’s coming up puts me on the edge of the sofa.  Hahaha!  Back with Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway.  I wonder if Anne will thank Lea Salonga when she wins.  Hahaha!

10:48 AM  “It’s Sunday, everybody’s dressed up.  It’s like church, but only with more people praying.”  Hahaha!


Jessica Chastain gets ready for her close-up. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

10:49 AM  Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain – Sydney Bristow and Maya – presenting.  Wow!  Gorgeousness overload!  Amour wins Best Foreign Language Film!

10:51 AM  The camera zooms on to Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva!  A lot are looking forward to a Riva upset tonight!

10:52 AM  Danny Zuko – make that, John Travolta – is in the house!  This means only one thing.  It’s time for the movie musical tribute – the best in the last decade.  Amazing.

10:53 AM  Oh my God!  He just rattled off the cast of Les Miserables, Dreamgirls,  and Chicago!!!  OH–EM–GEE!  Catherine Zeta–Jones emerges from beneath the stage with “All That Jazz”.  The singing sounds live!

10:56 AM  No no no no way!!!  It’s Jennifer Hudson now with “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)”.  The arrangement is subdued.  Nothing subdued with the voice though!  And she is gorgeous.

10:59 AM  The lights on stage thumped with the sound as the song builds to a raging crescendo.  Wow!

10:59 AM  Wow!  Standing ovation already!  With Jane Fonda shaking her head in amazing disbelief of that talent she just witnessed.

11:00 AM  “I Dreamed The Dream” is playing!  Goosebumps all over!

11:00 AM  Hugh Jackman emerges from the darkness.  Lovin’ his voice live!  I think he is singing “Who Am I?”  Oh no, I think it’s the original “Something Suddenly.”

11:01 AM  OH–EM–GEE!  Anne Hathaway starts “One Day More”!  She’s just so beautiful.

11:02 AM  Russell Crowe redeems himself!  He does sound good live than on record.

11:03 AM  Go Eddie Redmayne!!!  And that’s the BC’s – Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen!

11:04 AM  I give the Les Mis cast a standing ovation – right here in my living room!  Amazing!  And that’s a camera pan to The Daniel Day–Lewis!

11:06 AM  The producers of the show should seriously consider releasing this on DVD.  It’s turning out to be a very historical telecast.  I’ll be first in line to buy!


Nicole Kidman is just so beautiful. Ten years ago, she was up on this stage (at the Kodak) to accept her Oscar for “The Hours”.



Nicole “Let them clap” Kidman

11:06 AM  Thought to self:  Nicole Kidman is here and was gorgeous on the red carpet.  How come no “Moulin Rouge!” on the production number???

11:09 AM  “I made Ted!”  One of Seth’s best lines so far.

11:10 AM  It’s Mark Wahlberg and Ted presenting!

11:11 AM  Les Mis wins Best Sound Mixing!

11:12 AM  Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman beaming!  Anne breathes really heavily.

11:13 AM  Ted is so cute!  Hahaha!

11:14 AM  Mark Wahlberg says, “We have a tie.  No BS.  We have a tie.  The first Oscar goes to Zero Dark Thirty.”  I predicted ZDT will get it.  Haha!


It’s a tie!!! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:15 AM  The second Oscar goes to …  “Skyfall”.  I totally agree!  Good judgment call on Mark’s part to not call the two winners at the same time.  It allowed for each to have their own moment.

11:17 AM  Note to self:  When was the last time the Oscars had a tie?  Was it still the one between Katharine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl).

11:18 AM  Oh my God!  I’m lovin’ their parody of “The Sound of Music” at the part when the Family Von Trapp went MIA.  “Ladies and gentlemen, the Von Trapp Family Singers!”  Hahaha!  Perfect introduction for Christopher Plummer!  It’s Best Supporting Actress time!

11:19 AM  The nominees are all so beautiful!  Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver.

11:22 AM  And the Oscar goes to…  Ms…  Anne Hathaway!  Oh my God!  It came true!  She gives Hugh a buss.  And acknowledges Amy Adams on the way to the mic.  (Nipple much?!)


Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway takes the Winners’ Walk. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:23 AM  The girl who played the Assistant with the talent and a heart of gold in “The Devil Wears Prada”…  is wearing Prada!


Ladies and gentlemen… Anne Hathaway’s back. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:24 AM  Coming up…  A special Oscar performance of Skyfall by Adele.  (Ok, time for a bathroom break.  Not an Adele fan here.  Hahaha!)

11:33 AM  Bummer!  I missed my Mama’s favorite, Sandra Bullock, presenting.

11:34 AM  Jennifer Lawrence introduces the unstoppable Adele.  Her words, not mine.

11:35 AM  Not to self:  I loved loved L–O–V–E–D “Skyfall” and even wrote about it.  But I never cared for the song.  But know what, it is actually quite nice.

11:38 AM  Sally Field looks very pleased with the performance.

11:42 AM  My all–time favorite, the eternally gorgeous Nicole Kidman introduces Best Picture nominees “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Djanggo Unchained” and “Amour”.

11:46 AM  Harry Potter and Bella Swan present!  Together, they are all that is wrong with Hollywood, according to the Christian right.  Hahaha!  Seth, you’re cracking me up.  Daniel Radcliffe is very professional and polished.  Kristen Stewart?  It looks like she’d rather be somewhere else.  I think she hasn’t outgrown being Bella.  (Note to self:  She came in crutches at the limo drop.  So I’ll cut her some slack.)

11:50 AM  Salma Hayek sashays on stage.  Hmmm…  She has all the options in the world of haute couture and she comes out in that?  But at least the velvet accentuates her hour glass figure.


I started watching the show snacking on this! Haha!

11:51 AM  I suddenly feel hunger pangs.  What to have?  ORIGINAL two–bite brownies and Ben&Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream!


It’s time for brownies and ice cream!



I had a few helpings of this – a two-bite brownie and two spoonfuls of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream!



The best brownie and the best ice cream.



Like butter sliding down hot toast. Haha!

11:52 AM  Seth McFarlane is winning brownie points from me for his hosting skills.  Up next, George Clooney, and the IN MEMORIAM tribute.

11:54 AM  George Clooney introduces the IN MEMORIAM.

12:00 NN  Barbra Streisand hums the introduction to “The Way We Were”.  Wow, she looks…  young.  It’s a really touching tribute – her voice, her presence, Marvin Hamlisch’s images on the giant screen wall above.  Goosebumps.


Massive applause for Barbra Streisand’s performance (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:03 PM  Fox cuts the telecast just when you can hear the crowd going really wild for arguably a really legendary, historic performance.

12:07 PM  This year, Chicago marks its 10th year.  Oh my, the whole cast!  Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta–Jones, Queen Latifah, and Richard Gere.  Wait, what’s with Renee’s incessant squinting?  And oh, I’m reminded.  I want a sunny side up for breakfast.  I know where to fry!  Haha!

12:14 PM  Norah Jones performs the song from “Ted”!  I hope Seth McFarlane wins!  I sincerely do.  As the song says, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend”.

12:15 PM  Adele officially becomes a multi–hyphenate!  When Barbra Streisand sang “Evergreen” on Oscar night, she won for it too.  And now it’s Adele’s turn!  And hers is the first James Bond Original Song win ever!  Wow all over!

12:17 PM  It’s the big ones when they come back!  Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, and Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture when Oscar returns!


Channing Tatum raises an eyebrow. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:21 PM  Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron!  Beautiful.  Dustin complements a visibly “embarrassed” Charlize for her dancing.  Wait, did Fox cut yet another amazing portion of the show?!  It’s Best Adapted Screenplay.  I hope “Argo” wins!

12:23 PM  And “Argo” wins!!!

12:24 PM  Weird but none of the speeches has moved me so far.

12:26 PM  Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained”!  Wow, 20 years after “Pulp Fiction”!

12:27 PM  The cameramen love Kerry Washington.  They keep showing her reaction.

12:27  PM  “And since we’ve been here this long, we’re going to start the 2014 Oscars after this.”  Bwahahaha!

12:31 PM  Seth introduces children of Hollywood screen legends – from when it was all cocaine trees to as far as the eye can see (Haha! – who have become screen legends themselves, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas.  That’s “Nobody Does It Better” playing!

12:33 PM  It’s Best Director.  Ang Lee wins.  It should’ve been Ben Affleck.  You Academy!

12:36 PM  Ang Lee says Xie Xie and Namaste.

12:36 PM  Coming up next, three–time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress.  Will it be Quvenzhané Wallis, who is nine?  Or Emmanuelle Riva, who was nine when this show started.  Hahaha!


Last year’s Best Actor, Jean Dujardin! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:39 PM  It’s Jean Dujardin (with a shot of a bored Kristen Stewart thrown in for good measure)!  Lovin’ the accent.  Best Actress is up.  Oh, Jessica Chastain’s forced smile looks like conceding that she has lost.  Oh my.  Jennifer Lawrence claps for herself.  Emmanuelle Riva’s clip is heartbreaking.  Wow, lots of love for little Quvenzhané Wallis!  And now, my personal bet – Naomi Watts.

12:42 PM  Wow, “My Cherie Amour”!  Jennifer Lawrence wins?!  Really?!  Wow.  Up to the last minute, I was thinking of an Emmanuelle Riva upset (the song suits her too!).  Jennifer falls.  Must’ve been so surprised.  Wait, is that Jean Valjean to the rescue???  I find it so sweet that she greeted Emmanuelle Riva a Happy Birthday.  Ms. Riva turns 86 today, on Oscar night!


The actress who doesn’t need any caption – Meryl Streep!

12:44 PM  The presenter who needs no introduction – The Meryl Streep.

12:47 PM  And now, the first actor to win three Oscars for a leading role – Daniel Day–Lewis.  It is the speech worth waiting for.  I’ve always admired Mr. Day–Lewis for the calm, composure and crispness with which he delivers his speeches.  His hint of surprise is always sincere.  He never assumed he would be the one up there at the microphone.  He speaks with the grace and the intellect that sometimes I think could only come from the Irish.  And his tributes to the two women in his life – his wife and then, his mom – were so touching.


Daniel Day-Lewis is so humble!



Yay, he wins! Three times the charm. And I won’t be surprised if he gets more.







The Daniel day-Lewis makes a reference to The Meryl Streep. A funny one.



That’s the profile of the best actor to play an American President.



The Nose. And I mean that as a compliment.



See how humble Daniel Day-Lewis is! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:51 PM  Jack Nicholson, one of my father’s favorites (loved him in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”).    I adored him in “As Good As It Gets”.  US First Lady Michelle Obama introduces the category before turning it back to Jack!  What a casting coup!  My fingers are crossed for “Argo”!!!


US First Lady Michelle Obama

12:54 PM  And the Oscar goes to…  “Argo”!!!  I’m so jumping up and down – in my head.  “I know what you’re thinking.  Three Sexiest Producers Alive.”  Hahaha!  Oh my,  Ben Affleck’s closing speech tear me up.  Congratulations, Ben Affleck!  You’re one of my iDOLs ever!


Accepting the award for Argo are The Three Sexiest Producers Alive!



Behind every man is a woman. Jennifer Garner beams!



Mrs. Ben Affleck fights back tears of joy.



At this point of Ben Affleck’s speech, I was near tears too. So so so happy for him.



You are, Ben. You are. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

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Leaving on a jet plane

25 02 2013
Departure - 13 From the cab

The Control Tower at Singapore Changi Airport. Beautiful and all-lit up at night.

I HAVE as much love for being seen off or welcomed at the airport as I do for being on the other end.  As a guest of this amazing country for a while now, I feel I’m doing good with all the great things being here has afforded me when I return the favor – even in the little things.  Seeing great friends off at the airport is one of those.  I make them feel that I am their non-local “local” over here.

Besides, with all honesty, I make up every possible excuse to go to Singapore Changi Airport.  It’s one of my – drum roll please for the irony up ahead – happy places in the Lion City.  I say irony because in the distant past, I associated the airport to sadness.  I guess not so much anymore.

Especially in Changi where the multifarious pleasant noise of the many shopping and dining options at each of the three terminals could make the runway, airfield, control towers and hangars seem like an afterthought.  “Oh, since we’re made everybody congregate in this concrete tundra that we’ve created in the tropics, why not allow planes to take off and land on that strip over there?”  Hahaha!

Last Friday, the 22nd of February, the two MichelesKuya and the third Michele I’ve come to know – had to bid Singapore “arrivederci!


Time to say arrivederci… eNTeNG and the Micheles

Kuya left by way of Terminal 2, on the midnight Lufthansa flight that would take him to a layover in Frankfurt for his connecting flight to Italia.  Michele’s was in the four–year–old Terminal 3, the Singapore Airlines redeye to Milan.

And just like that, Kuya is once again gone.

Departure - 00 Alberto Kuya Michele

Alberto, Kuya’s childhood friend from Milazzo and now based in Singapore, saw the two Micheles off at the hotel. (All photos taken with my Blackberry Bold 9780)


Departure - 01 Terminal 2

We made it to Terminal 2! Kuya checked in first. His was the earlier flight.


Departure - 02 Skytrain to T3

Kuya’s check-in all took a jiff! Before we knew it, we’re on our way to the Skytrain to Terminal 3, where it’s Michele’s turn to check-in.


Departure - 03 Skytrain to T3

The skytrains continuously ply the routes between the three terminals that there really isn’t a lot of wait time.


Departure - 04 Skytrain to T3

Even in the airport, there’s only one thing to remember: “Berhati hati di ruang platform!”


Departure - 05 Skytrain to T3

“Aha, you’re taking a photo again!”


Departure - 06 Kuya

It is just here somewhere…


Departure - 07 Skytrain to T2

Back to Terminal 2 where Kuya boarded his flight.


Departure - 08 Skytrain to T3

… And back to Terminal 3 one more time.


Departure - 09 Time Check

Time check!


Departure - 11 Flight Information

I love going through the Flight Information boards.


Departure - 12 Flight Information

Oh, there’s the flight leaving for Frankfurt!


Departure - 10 Magazines

Whenever I travel, or find myself in the airport, I hoard magazines. On display last Friday were British Esquire with Leo Messi on the cover. He is not Italian but his name does sound Italian. Haha! Style:Men on the other hand has a cover story on the fashions from Milan.

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