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VIDEO: Short Film: The Moped Diaries

As part of our series “Short Films We Love”, here is a delightful short film that did the festival circuit last year by Lucky Treehouse Productions – “The Moped Diaries”.

It is a beautifully shot, funny, sad and heartwarming tale of a young boy’s journey through life and all it entails in a small fishing community in North Carolina, USA.

Enjoy.

SPECIAL EVENT: Oscar Awards 2015

Eddie Redmayne with his brand new Oscar on Sunday
Eddie Redmayne with his brand new Oscar on Sunday

The envelopes have been opened, the dresses and tuxedos returned (or stored for another year) and another gang of gold statuettes, fondly referred to as “Oscar” have all found new homes.

Yes, The 87th Annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as The Oscars, have come to a close.  It was a night of cheers, tears and praise from peers and we loved it as always.

Some of our favourite moments?

That Opening number!

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Patricia Arquette’s speech with support from Meryl Streep:

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The performance of the Oscar-winning song “Glory” from Selma and David Oyelowo’s reaction:

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Lady Gaga … what more can we say?:

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The beautiful speech from Graham Moore, screenwriter of The Imitation Game:

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Birdman, Birdman, Birdman!
(and we thought we’d share this hilarious, totally-off-the-cuff, Oscars backstage interview with director, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, because … why not?):

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Eddie Redmayne’s reaction, speech, reaction during his speech … we just love everything about this guy:

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In fact, while we’re on the subject of Eddie Redmayne, watch and listen to his backstage interviews just after winning the Oscar for some great tips on movement techniques used to recreate Stephen Hawking’s ALS symptoms/physicality where he speaks about the importance of research.  Keep watching to hear Eddie also acknowledge Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne (who currently play “Karl Kennedy” and “Susan Kennedy” on Neighbours here in Australia) as influences on his work.

Why was he asked a question about Fletch and Jackie?  Because of his recent Elle magazine interview in the UK when he reportedly said about them: “Watch, and you’ll find that everything they do is on another level of genius. I really do think so. They are the greatest unsung acting duo in history … (If I met them) that would be complete stage fright. I’ve met quite a few extraordinary actors, but either Susan or Karl? Well, I don’t think I’d be able to talk.” Oscar-winning fanboys – gotta love it. And why not?  We’re all actors, in part, because we were fans of someone doing the same job at some stage, and this is a good reminder to continue to be a fan – no matter how far we get in the biz. Always remember and celebrate your influences and be grateful they showed you it was possible. Love.

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Here is a full list of nominees and winners from the ceremony:

BEST PICTURE

Birdman – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Cate Blanchett congratulates Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne at the Oscar Ceremony backstage area on Sunday
Cate Blanchett congratulates Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne at the Oscar Ceremony backstage area on Sunday

BEST ACTOR

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman

BEST ACTRESS

Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida – WINNER
Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Imitation Game – WINNER
American Sniper
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman – WINNER
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

‘Glory,’ Selma – WINNER
‘Lost Stars,’ Begin Again
‘Everything is Awesome,’ The LEGO Movie
‘Grateful,’ Beyond the Lights
‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Big Hero 6 – WINNER
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

BEST DOCUMENTARY—SHORT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

BEST FILM EDITING

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Feast – WINNER
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

The Phone Call – WINNER
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh

BEST SOUND EDITING

American Sniper – WINNER
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

BEST SOUND MIXING

Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar – WINNER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST DOCUMENTARY — FEATURE

Citizenfour – WINNER
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

And here’s a quick recap of the night, courtesy of the Associated Press:

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