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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode 11 Review – One-Queen Show

After a non-elimination lip-sync last week, the six remaining queens are back to battle it out to be America’s Next Drag Superstars. Let’s get straight into it…

For the mini-challenge this episode, they brought back the super fun puppet “reading” challenge where each queen were assigned a puppet of their competitor and perform bitchfest with it. Improv queen Jackie Cox was expected to win the challenge and she did while season’s frontrunner Gigi Goode failed miserably and it’s something that you should be skipping when you re-watch the episode.

For the maxi-challenge, the queens were tasked to write and perform a one-queen which should be within Jackie and Heidi’s ally but lo and behold, another queen actually stole the show!

EGOT winner THE ONE AND ONLY Whoopi Goldberg was also there to guide them through this challenge. Lucky bitches! The girls were given good advices and it looks like it is still anyone’s game because none of the queen stood out during their mini-rehearsal with Whoopi and Ru.

As for their performance, I thought Jackie gave the best skit. I love his timing and I love that he started slow and had a build-up. She’s hands down the best this week, IMO.

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The close second is Crystal who presented a hysterical performance! It was funny but wasn’t as good as Jackie’s. Gigi’s performance was actually pretty decent but it’s obvious that all throughout the performance, she was second-guessing herself and look nervous as hell.

Heidi’s routine started okay but it went flat midway and did not recover. The same happened with Jaida who closed the show after Sherry Pie’s inconsiderate 17 minutes performance that was supposed to be 5 minutes only for each queen. I thought Sherry should’ve been in the bottom for this reason alone.

The runway theme is “Color Purple” and the queens up their game for this special runway!

Jaida for me had the best runway look! She’s beautiful, opulent and just ethereal hunty! I daresay that this is her best outfit to date and may be one of the top three outfits of the season!

Gigi wore a Daphne from Scooby Doo costume and she looks flawless as usual! Jackie’s outfit was basically something that Crystal would wear and Crystal is Crystal. She’s a Purple Cow Stunning! Sherry as per usual looks like an old lady. Ugh, I’m getting tired of her face. Heidi, as much as I loved her looks like a pageant girl representing Ramseur.

Lip-sync for your life was between Miss Essence Hall and the blessed and highly favour, Heidi___. I thought they both killed it but Jaida was able to save her ass immediately after having a wig reveal reminiscent of Prince’s haircut while lip-synching of 1999. It was one of the best lip-syncs of the season if I’m being honest.

Heidi will be terribly missed! Her confessions are just total TV gold! A couple of days from today, we’ll know who will make it to the final 4 or perhaps final 3 due to Sherry Pie’s disqualification.

Who do you want to see in the final four?

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode 10 Review – Superfan Makeover!

There are six remaining queens in the competition hoping to be part of the upcoming finale in 3 weeks time!

There was no mini challenge this episode, they were instead introduced right away to six female Drag Race super fans who will be participating on the runway as their drag daughters.
Jaida having won the last maxi-challenge assigned the pairings!

Jaida and her daughter won this challenge – mind you, this was Jaida’s third challenge win. She and Gigi who also won three now has the best records in the competition and may very well be in the finale.

I absolutely loved this look. Jaida without question is the face of the competition. Her mug is beat to the gods and the way she resembles her Caucasian daughter is incredible! I’d say that it’s a very well-deserved win.

Crystal and daughter Opal are next giving us, weird but chic clown realness. This is signature Crystal for me. Like the judges, I will also give this a very high grade.

Janet the Planet who unfortunately was chosen to be Sherry Pie’s partner looks absolutely exquisite on stage. I really thought that she’d win this challenge because it was such a transformation and you actually couldn’t tell them apart!

Gigi and Bebe Bad are cute, giving me that spoiled brat Russian heiress realness but I have to agree with guest judge Daisy Ridley – it was just too simple! I wished they actually had a reveal!

I agree with this week’s bottom two – Jackie and Heidi. They have similar concept but the family resemblance and the whole ensemble are kind of off for me.

Fortunately for them, this was a non-elimination episode but if I were to choose the winner from the lip-sync, I’d definitely send Jackie home.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode 9 Review – Choices 2020

This was a heartbreaking episode because we saw one of the strongest contestants in the show spiraled down and be sent home simply because she gave up on herself. I knew that during the walk-through when she started doubting herself that she’d be the next one to go. It was such a shame because she’s so just so freaking talented and everyone’s actually rooting for her!

The Widow Von’ Du has unfortunately succumb to her inner saboteur and was sent home by Jackie Cox.

Truth be told, everyone did okay in this political challenge. No one tanked real bad and their runway is one of the most cohesive from this very exciting season.

Mini Challenge winner: Jackie Cox. We all know that improvisation is Jackie’s expertise so it’s inevitable that she’d snatch this mini-win. Her second so far!

The maxi-challenge is called Choices 2020 – a political challenge where the queens will debate on why they should be the next Drag Queen President! Jaida’s timing was so on point which made her the clear stand out. Heidi and Crystal’s personality are showing all throughout while Sherry, Widow and Jackie and Gigi became a bit repetitive. They’re not exactly  bad but their performance didn’t quite measure up to their previous challenge wins / highs.

The category for the runway is Stars and Stripes! I thought Heidi killed this one! Her outfit is definitely my favorite – it was cutesy and just pure Heidi. Second for me would be Crystal – I though it was hip, chic and fresh. Third would be Gigi Good because of her impeccable presentation and that clean-tailoring of that period outfit.

Jackie’s ‘controversial’ outfit on the runway wearing a hijab was a fantastic statement. I loved the concept and the representation behind. Not a fan of the lower part but she definitely sold it.

Widow’s black and white stars and stripe was a stand out and I was so surprised that it didn’t elevate her into the safe category. Color me surprised!

Jaida, the essence of beauty was a deserving winner of this week’s challenge. Along with her sexy outfit  which is always a toot, Miss Hall always know how to deliver. She’s definitely Gigi’s biggest rival at the moment.

The lip-sync was between Jackie and Widow, as mentioned above but it was Jackie whose fire shone brighter than Widow during that Katy Perry’s number. I was expecting Widow to be in the final four but such is the ways of Drag Race. Oh, well…


What can you say about Heidi’s new name on the show? Heidi Hydrates? I’d say she scrap that. It’s terrible! LOL

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode 8 Review – Droop

There are eight remaining queens after Brita’s elimination – her third time at the bottom where she was finally sent home by Heidi. I don’t know what to feel about Brita if I’m being quite honest – I thought her “villain edit” was a bit too much, but I live for the drama she’s bringing to the show, like what’s she’s doing is good TV but I feel that the show totally portrayed her negatively! I hope she’s doing alright now, especially after she revealed that she’s been receiving death threats prompting her to take a break from social media.

This week’s mini-challenge is a sponsored ‘reading challenge’ by FabFitFun with partners Jackie Cox and Gigi Goode undeniably winning it – thanks to Jackie’s gift of gab. This challenge wasn’t as exciting as the “Library is Open” reading challenge and I sure hope that this isn’t the main reading challenge though.

The maxi challenge is to create their own products with an accompanied commercial directed by themselves.

I thought this was right at Jackie Cox’ alley and sure enough her commercial is on top of this week’s challenge.

Heidi and Crystal’s personalities were the highlights of their commercial and that made them neck and neck for the win with Heidi getting her first win!

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The bride in black! – I did a little googling after this and found in some cultures wearing a black wedding dress symbolizes their devotion to marriage until death👗🖤 Learn something new every day! ⠀ Also fun fact – I actually didn’t have a veil for this runway so I made one that day from a bra that had lace on the cups! ⠀ Follow me on all social media: @HeidiNCloset (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) @TheHeidiNCloset (TikTok) ⠀ #dragqueen #instadrag #dragcon #dragqueensofinstagram #welovequeens #rupaul #rupaulsdragrace #rpdr #dragshow #rpdrseason12 #season12 #instadragqueen #lgbtq #softandsssupple #funandfestive #blessedandhighlyfavored #teamgap #vh1 #worldofwonder #dragrace @vh1 @rupaulsdragrace @worldofwonder

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Gigi, Widow, Sherry and Jan’s commercial tanked real bad that their only saving grace was the runway.

The runway challenge’s theme is black wedding and it was next level breathtaking particularly Crystal’s death becomes her wedding bride look! Her makeup skills, the concept of it and her presentation is absolutely snatched! I personally thought that she should’ve won the episode because her runway is way stronger than Heidi.

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Gigi’s Dior’s New Look inspired wedding dress is pure perfection! Gigi can do no wrong in the runway! She knows she’s beautiful, she walks like a supermodel and she just knows her body! Gigi is definitely the runway diva of the season!

I absolutely loved the Maleficent-inspired look of Jan’s wedding gown so it boggles me that it didn’t save her from the bottom. I guess, narrative-wise, just Jan does not have much to offer?

Widow’s absolutely amazing too! With her non-seeing contacts and her beautiful train! Ugh! She’s absolutely stunning!

My least favorite runway look is Jackie’s because girl was stiffer than a corpse. I liked the story behind it but it doesn’t have that wow factor. That being said, her commercial was too strong that cancels out her weak runway.

Lip-sync For Your Life:
Widow vs Jan.
Widow is a lip-sync assasin and it’s inevitable that she’d win this over Jan who is equally talented too but didn’t get her shine much in the show! I could totally see an AllStars rudemption for her though, so there’s that. This was Widow’s bringing her A-game performing in front of THE Chaka Khan!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 Episode 7 Review – Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical

Last week’s Rusical was a controversial episode for the diehard fans of the show when fan favorite and season’s frontrunner Gigi Goode was awarded her third maxi challenge win for her “unapologetic” portrayal in the regular musical challenge of the show dedicated for the queen of pop  – Madonna.

Some fans deemed Jan to have been robbed of her first win after delivering a very well-executed “Early Madonna” performance and sashaying the runway with her very accurate Michelle Visage-inspired looks!

Personally, I thought her performance was flawless. Her vocals was amazing, the dance moves was there and her Michelle Visage outfit was on point! What I think made her overall performance “just safe” is the lack of wow factor in it. Maybe because it was expected since we’re seeing the show from behind the scenes up to the actual performance while the judges just get to see the finished product.–bO0gp3EB/

Gigi on the other hand has that oomp in her performance. She was Madonna in that performance. The looks, the move and the attitude! It was very exciting! Her outfit, wearing a two-piece bikini  inspired by one of Michelle Visage’s earlier looks with  her band The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.  I actually loved it! Fans were saying that if Gigi wasn’t “beautiful, skinny and white,” she’s be read to filth for parading in that very basic outfit with no reference to what people came to expect from Michelle Visage.

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But that’s the thing! It was actually a near-perfect reference to an earlier Michelle Visage look! She researched and did her assignment and came up with a very unpredictable look! I thought it was genius to be quite honest. And Michelle was a judge herself so she knows that looks from the moment Gigi went appeared in that runway.

Okay, enough of Gigi and Jan. Can we also talk about Miss Jaida Essence Hall? I mean, that performance is just WOW. The sex appeal, her perfect mug and the lyrics! Ugh! I would’ve thought that she’s the one whose fans should cry robbed for her underrated performance! She embodied Erotica on that motherfucking stage! And that runway look is fire! A total Michelle Visage vibe!

Crystal Methyd performance was equally entertaining. Crystal is very likable but it feels that she’s still not doing the maximum effort to actually get noticed. I do hope that she’d come out 100% of her shell soon since we’re halfway through the season. Her ray of light was very charming and her outfit, the redhead Michelle Visage was really refreshing!

Low for me this week are Heidi, Widow and Brita. Whilst I love their confessionals, I seem to forget what they did during their performances and the runway. The Cone Bra Madonna was totally wasted no Brita. I though she’d do well as Evita who went to the queen who should not be named. Heidi on the other hand was still loveable but I didn’t see Madonna nor Michelle in both of her performances on the Rusical and the runway. And for Widow – I’m not sure. It’s too forgettable for me but it looks like she really enjoyed it!

Bottom Two: Brita and Heidi N Closet.

I really thought it was Brita’s time to go. Although the exposure was nice, I feel that it’s going to be too much for her reputation if she stays one more week. Her Madonna was clearly the weakest, but unpopular opinion – I though she’d won that lip-sync again Heidi. Too bad, she’s no storyline to offer anymore.

Do you think Heidi will have a big comeback the next episode or will Miss Goode continue to annihilate the competition?

Binbining Pilipinas 2019 Review: Winners, Heartbreaks and Vindication!

I was not able to closely follow this edition like the previous year because I’ve been so busy with work so I pretty much got my updates through social media and from my pageant-fanatic friends. A week and a half leading to the coronation night, I decided to watch most of their videos, check out their photos and even visited forums to come up with my top favorites and below are the My top 10 favorites based on everything I’ve seen and read about them.

1. Vickie Rushton
2. Gazini Ganados
3. Samantha Lo
4. Aya Abesamis
5. Leren Mae Bautista
6. Emma Tiglao
7. Patch Magtanong
8. Julia Saubier
9. Hannah Arnold
10. Samantha Bernardo

The Coronation Night AKA In partnership of Miss Universe Philippines and Binibining Pilipinas *rolls eyes*

The Stage, Opening Number and Segments Productions:
I absolutely loved the very Pinoy theme of the opening number with its own song, Raise Your Flag inspired by Catriona’s answer during the Miss Universe 2018. I loved the vibrant lighting of the stage and the very simple stage design, but from afar,- it looks a bit dark.

The introduciton where the girls are wearing all-white looks really good with the Philippine Flag on the LCD behind them.

Host Richard Guttierez and Anne Curtis are back as this year’s main hosts while Binibining Pilipinas – Grand International 2015 Nicole Cordoves serves as the segment host and she was just fantastic as usual!

Richard somehow redeemed himself here after receiving flock from his 2018 gig. He was more relaxed , though he forgot Leren Mae during the Q&A but it was easily edited on TV so all’s good.

Anne meanwhile was such a joy to watch! She’s very professional and very charming at the same time! I’d love to see her comeback next year!

What’s so prominent about this edition is its pacing! From the first cut up to the question and answer, everything was done quicky. I was also checking Facebook and Twitter while inside the Big Dome and learned that the live audience were just a segment ahead of the telecast!

Swimsuit and Evening Gown Competition:

For the swimsuit round, a reggae band played while the top 25 sashayed with their blue swimwears. The girls were given a choice to don either one-piece or two-piece swimsuits – Binibining Bataan, Bea Patricia Magtanong surprisingly end up topping this round of the competition. My personal pick during this round was Emma Tiglao from Pampanga.

The evening gown portion was another thing – that segment was just mesmerizing! I loved this presentation better than last year’s. There are a lot of standout gowns here that it’s anybody’s ballgame but it probably boiled down to presentation with eventual Miss Universe Philippines winner Gazini Ganados from Talisay, Cebu nailing it from head to toe to that alluring smile! Her aviary-inspired Cary Santiago gown was to die for! My favorites here are Gazini, Aya Abesamis and Samantha Lo.

Face of Binibini
This is one of the three major awards given that night and I really thought that this was locked for Vickie who earlier in the night amassed the majority of awards from the pageant’s sponsors so what a pleasant surprised it was when Gazini snatched it, looking very surprised herself.

The Farewell Walks of the 2018 Queens!
The 2018 Queens did really well internationally with the obvious ring leader, the reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray getting the spotlight in the said segment. I loved her speech after her AVP, though a bit long it was really a touching moment. She really is a one in a million queen!

What I was hoping to happen in this segment though was a little more acknowledgment to Karen Gallman who made history as well as the country’s first Miss Intercontinental winner. The five girls farewell messaged and final walks felt like mere afterthought compared with Queen Cat.

Announcement of Winners!

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowning Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados of Talisay, Cebu.
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The New Miss Universe Philippines 2019!
Gazini Christiana Jordan Ganados made her mark at the latter part of the coronation when she sashay on the stage with her Cary Santiago neon pink evening gown. She was just breathtaking during her turn stealing the thunder from the night’s favorite, Vicky Rushton who strut after her. Her pasarela wasn’t the strongest but nobody could deny that face! Her Best in Evening Gown and Face of the Binibini (Miss Photogenic) awards are truly well-deserved wins! She may not be a Catriona during the Q&A but she was charming and had grace under pressure. Even if some would argue that her answer isn’t the best, it is undeniable that she was the most mesmerizing ensuring the top plum for Talisay City, Cebu!

The Pride of Bataan is going International!
Patch is one of the most hyped contestants this edition and for a lot of good reasons – statuesque beauty, impressive credentials and good communication skills. Everyone inside the coliseum knew that after she delivered a very convincing answer during the Q&A, she would end up winning one of the crowns. Some fans were disappointed that she “only” nabbed the Binibining Pilipinas – International title but I honestly feel that she’d do well in the Japanese-based pageant and may end up winning it all. It’s also clear that Gazini outperformed her all throughout the night so she should be thanking her lucky stars that she even end up second in ranking with other girls like Lo, Tiglao and Saeed trailing behind fiercely.

Resham is now on my radar!
Resham Saeed isn’t even on my radar prior to the finals night. I’ve seen her free-speech delivery and was duly impressed by it but I was blinded by the early frontrunners to pay her a glance or two. Lo and behold though, the girl cemented her status as a crown-worthy contender with her saltry Swimsuit catwalk and gift of gab. She may need more polishing and better styling but that’s what Binibini is there for and I’m pretty sure she’d be explosive come Miss Supranational in Poland later this year.

Samantha Lo is a Miss Universe Philippines in the making but…
This was Samantha’s first national pageant and she made it all the way to the winners’ circle by clinching the Binibining Pilipinas – Grand International title. I’m still not sure how to feel about her winning the said title but given Samantha’s assertiveness, I know that she’d be fighting hard and will represent our country well in Venezuela later this year. It’s a shame that the owner of her international assignment had an on-going beef with Filipino pageant fans and is seemingly on a revenge mode. And doing his pageant in Venezuela? What the hell was he thinking?!

Enough of that for now, this is about Samantha so I’d just like to say how impressive her performance was during the finals. She was so-so during the swimsuit round but she was definitely one of the best during the evening gown portion of the competition. Her pink evening gown with a black silthouette accentuated her boxy (no pun intended) body and looks every inch like the queen she is. And of course, it is without question that she provided the best answer during the Q&A – it must have been a very difficult deliberation for the judges!

Had her fellow Cebuana Gazini not perform explosively and charmed the whole of Araneta, she’d definitely be a good alternative too!

The Vindication of Emma Tiglao!
Emma’s biggest waterloo during her Miss World Philippines and first Binibining Pilipinas stints was the question and answer rounds. These girls are smart but some aren’t just as spontaneous and this is where Emma keeps on falling short so it was with relief that she was able to sail through the Q&A like a boss and finally able to bagged a national crown! She was flawless throughout the night and I really thought that she’d be be sent to Miss International or Miss Supranational but I guess, SMA wanted a back-to-back crowning in Miss Intercontinental and Emma’s sheer beauty is an ace that could do that.

Leren Mae Bautista Barely Made it…
Leren is one of the girls pegged as the possible Miss Universe Philippines crown successors going into the compeition. Her exotic look was glaring throughout the night making her a possible contender for the top crown. For the Q&A, despite being one of the girls considered to be good communicators, she was just mediocre to say the least. Her beauty and presentation definitely leave a mark to the judges enough for her to creep into the winners’ circle.

Aya’s One Big Moment
Despite not getting one of the ‘coveted’ six titles, Maria Andrea Verdadero Abesamis will always be remembered as a fighter after vindicating herself from her last year’s unsuccessful bid for a crown. Aya came back more polished. She was vibrant on stage and even channeled her Mother Desiree when she competed for the Miss Universe 1984 during the Evening Gown competition. Her readiness was evident last Sunday and although she fell short on clinching a title, her runner-up finish is still a good note to end her pageant career! She should be proud of herself for it must be very difficult doing this all over again!

Samantha’s Sorrow…
Samantha Mae Bernardo made have finished with a runner-up title but it’s probably a bittersweet moment for her since she also garnered the same placing at last year’s Binibining Pilipinas edition. Many thought that she did well but she probably just fell short on getting a few more votes from the judges to get a title. If it’s any consolation, she still have another chance next year to clinch a title as she’s still qualified age-wise. She just have to remember that Pia had to join thrice and even went home empty handed on her second try and had to work hard on her journey to win the Miss Universe crown. I’ve a feeling that this isn’t the end for Samantha’s pageant journey – I just hope that she’d keep it

The Heartbreaking Exclusion of a Fan Favorite!
Last year’s 1st Runner-up Vickie Rushton is one of the fan favorites and frontrunners leading up to last night’s finals. She was on her way to nab one of the crowns, if not the top plum until the dreaded Q & A got to her. She was asked why mental health is as important as physical health. She already started wobbly and was about to recover until the live audience (unheard through the TV) started jeering and the girl who’s perceived to be THE ONE TO BEAT all night long lost her train of thoughts and regrettably resigned to the inevitable.

I was really hoping that she’d do a Karen Gallman and still end up winning one of the crowns, alas, the judges deemed the other girls answers too strong for them to spare her a title. It was just heartbreaking to see her defeated expression after her turn in the Q&A portion. Online sources are stating that she’s already 27 thus overage to join again next year, but for now I hope she finds time to rest and be with the people who loves and supports her. And I also hope that people will stop shaming her for her Q&A performance because I could only guess how difficult it is to be in her position last Sunday.

Overall, I can say that this is one of the best Binibining Pilipinas editions I’ve watched to date. The pacing was way better, the hosts are great in general and the quality of the contestants are some of the best we’ve had in years – I’d say that this is the most competitive edition in the last five years. Although the pre-pageant took months due to the Miss Universe Philippines franchise hoopla, we’re still treated with a surprisingly amazing show. Camera-works was still a missed at some parts but overall, it was a well-delivered show. Kudos to ABS-CBN and to Binibining Pilipinas Organization for bringing us another awesome edition of the most beautiful night in the Philippines!

Quick Post: My 2019 Oscars Predictions!

I am sharing to you what I’ve submitted to this year’s Pinoy Exchange Oscars Prediction Pool!

Best Picture – Roma

Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Best Actress – Glenn Close, The Wife

Best Actor – Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams, Vice

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Best Original Screenplay – Roma

Best Adapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman

Best Animated Feature – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign Language Film – Roma

Best Documentary – RBG

Best Film Editing – Vice

Best Original Score – Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Best Original Song – Shallow, A Star is Born

Best Cinematography – Roma

Best Visual Effects – Black Panther

Best Sound Editing – A Quiet Place

Best Sound Mixing – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Production Design – The Favourite

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Vice

Best Costume Design – The Favourite

Best Documentary Short Subject – Black Sheep

Best Live Action Short Film – Mother

Best Animated Short Film – Bao

Complete List of Nominees for Oscars 2019

Best Picture
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay, “Vice”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Best Actor
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Vice
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Joel Coen , Ethan Coen)
“BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
“A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Best Original Screenplay
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

Best Foreign Language Film
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns

Best Costume Design
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“The Favourite”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Mary Queen of Scots”

Best Make Up & Hairstyling
Mary Queen of Scots

Best Cinematography
Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
A Star is Born

Best Sound Editing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Quiet Place”

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Sound Mixing
“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Original Score
“Black Panther”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

Best Animated Short
“Animal Behavior”
“Late Afternoon”
“One Small Step”

Best Animated Feature
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Original Song
All The Stars
I’ll Fight
The Place Where Lost Things Go
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings

Best Live Action Short

Best Film Editing
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”

My 2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions!

It’s that time of the year again people, the Oscar season is officially on as the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards are set be announced tomorrow! So without further ado, let me to tell you about my predictions for this year’s Oscars nominees!

Best Picture
1. Roma
2. A Star is Born
3. If Beale Street Could Talk
4. Green Book
5. The Favourite
6. BlacKkKlansman
7. Black Panther
8. Vice
9. Bohemian Rhapsody

I would’ve picked only 7 films for this category but I added Vice and Bohemian Rhapsody. The latter is due to the fact that it went on to become the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all-time and with Rami Malek racking up six Best Actor awards as of press time. Vice on the hand is one of the critics’ favorites from last year despite tanking at the box office.

Best Director
1. Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
2. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
3. Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
4. Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
5. Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This is an easy pick for me but I put Heller’s name into the mix because I feel like she deserved some sort of recognition for her work along with Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant.

Best Actor
1. Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
2. Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Christian Bale, Vice
4. Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
5. Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

This looks like a pretty solid line-up for me but if there’s someone who could usurp Ethan Hawke spot, it would be Luca Hedges for Boy Erased.

Best Actress
1. Glenn Close, The Wife
2. Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
3. Olivia Colman, The Favourite
4. Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
5. Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

My rank 1-4 are pretty much locked for this category. At first, I picked First Man’s Claire Foy but Emily Blunt’s name last year made some serious buzz so she may just complete the 5th spot. Viola Davis could also pose some serious mixed-up for this race but for now, I thought it’s just pure hype. I also didn’t include Yalitza Aparicio because I feel that she came in late in the competition.

Best Supporting Actor
1. Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
2. Mahershala Ali, Green Book
3. Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
4. Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
5. Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

This is pretty much my top 5 for the Supporting Actor category.

Best Supporting Actress
1. Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
2. Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
3. Emma Stone, The Favourite
4. Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
5. Amy Adams – Vice

This category is a bit tricky because The Favourite’s stars Emma and Rachel are both in my list which I thought are rightfully deserved spot for them but I feel that only one of them will get the nod and I’m leaning towards Rachel Weisz.

Best Animated Feature
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
2. Incredibles 2
3. The Grinch
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet
5. Isle of Dogs

I feel that Isle of Dogs has a much stronger campaign than Mirai so there ya go.

Best Film Editing
1. Roma
2. BlacKkKlansman
3. Black Panther
4. Vice
5. Green Book

This was an easy-peasy category for me – another solid top 5.

Best Visual Effects
1. Black Panther
2. Mary Poppins Returns
3. Solo: A Star Wars Story
4. Ready Player One
5. First Man

Best Original Song
1. Shallow, A Star is Born
2. Revelation, Boy Erased
3. The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppins Returns
4. I’ll Fight, RBG
5. All The Stars, Black Panther

This is just between Shallow and I’ll Fight to be honest.

I won’t be posting the rest of the categories as this was the same predictions I’ve submitted at 8th Pinoy Exhange Guess The Oscar Nominees Game!

ICYMI: Catriona Gray on the cover of PeopleAsia Magazine – January 2019

You can now buy your own copy of Catriona Gray’s first printed magazine cover as Miss Universe through PeopleAsia’s Special Collector’s Issue this month.

The inside stories will include her preparation for the pageant, her thoughts and analysis on why she won and PeopleAsia’s front-view observation during the coronation night!

This collector’s issue will also feature Catriona’s long-time collaborator – the Kapampangan designer Mak Tumang and our three previous Misses Universe – Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Margie Moran (1973) and Gloria Diaz (1969).