Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

Here’s the list of the winners & the nominees of the 87th Academy Awards.

Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

  • Best Picture
    American Sniper
    Birdman – Winner
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Selma
    The Theory of Everything
    Whiplash
  • Best Director
    Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
    Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
    Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Best Actress
    Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
    Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
    Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – Winner
    Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
    Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  • Best Actor
    Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
    Bradley Cooper( American Sniper)
    Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
    Michael Keaton (Birdman)
    Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) – Winner
  • Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) – Winner 
    Laura Dern (Wild)
    Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
    Emma Stone (Birdman)
    Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Best Supporting Actor
    Robert Duvall (The Judge)
    Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
    Edward Norton (Birdman)
    Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
    J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
    Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
    Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
    Jason Hall (American Sniper)
    Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
    Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) – Winner
  • Best Original Screenplay
    Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher)
    Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Best Foreign Language Film
    Leviathan
    Ida – Winner
    Tangerines
    Timbuktu
    Wild Tales
  • Best Documentary Feature
    CitizenFour – Winner
    Finding Vivian Maier
    Last Days in Vietnam
    The Salt in the Earth
    Virunga
  • Best Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6 – Winner
    The Boxtrolls
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Song of the Sea
    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Film Editing
    Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
    Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
    Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
    Tom Cross (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Song
    Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie)
    Glory (Selma) – Winner
    Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)
    Lost Stars (Begin Again)
  • Best Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
    Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
    Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)
    Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Best Cinematography
    Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
    Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) – Winner
    Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
    Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Best Costume Design
    Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
    Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
    Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
    Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    Bill Corso & Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher)
    Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Best Production Design
    Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Maria Djurkovic & Tatiana Macdonald (The Imitation Game)
    Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis (Interstellar)
    Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock (Into the Woods)
    Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Sound Editing
    Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman (American Sniper) – Winner
    Martin Hernández & Aaron Glascock (Birdman)
    Brent Burge & Jason Canovas (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
    Richard King (Interstellar)
    Becky Sullivan & Andrew DeCristofaro (Unbroken)
  • Best Sound Mixing
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff & Walt Martin (American Sniper)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & Thomas Varga (Birdman)
    Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker & Mark Weingarten (Interstellar)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & David Lee (Unbroken)
    Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Visual Effects
    Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill & Dan Sudick (Captain America)
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett & Erik Winquist (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner & Paul Corbould (Guardians of the Galaxy)
    Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter & Scott Fisher (Interstellar) – Winner
    Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie & Cameron Waldbauer (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • Best Short Film, Live Action
    Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis (Aya)
    Michael Lennox & Ronan Blaney (Boogaloo and Graham)
    Hu Wei & Julien Féret (Butter Lamp)
    Talkhon Hamzavi & Stefan Eichenberger (Parvaneh)
    Mat Kirkby & James Lucas (The Phone Call) – Winner
  • Best Short Film, Animated
    Daisy Jacobs & Christopher Hees (The Bigger Picture)
    Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (The Dam Keeper)
    Patrick Osborne & Kristina Reed (Feast) – Winner
    Torill Kove (Me and My Moulton)
    Joris Oprins (A Single Life)
  • Best Documentary, Short Subject
    Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1) – Winner
    Aneta Kopacz (Joanna)
    Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki (Our Curse)
    Gabriel Serra Arguello (The Reaper)
    J. Christian Jensen (White Earth)

Badlapur Movie Review: A well made slow paced dark thriller

Badlapur” is an Indian crime slow paced dark thriller directed by Sriram Raghavan. Yes, Sriram Raghavan who directed movies like Ek Hasina ThiJohnny Gaddaar & Agent Vinod. The plot of the movie is based on the revenge saga of Raghu (Varun Dhawan), who’s wife (Yami Gautam) and son has been killed by Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) during the bank robbery in Pune, in presence of his partner Harman (Vinay Pathak).

Badlapur Movie Review

No wonder Sriram Raghavan has directed this flick brilliantly. The cinematography feels natural and nothing jazzy which in a way gives a natural touch to the movie. Surprisingly Varun Dhawan who has acted in the movies like Student of the Year, Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which were of romantic genre, has proved his acting skills in this movie which is complete opposite of the genres he has performed before and the character progresses as the story moves ahead. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, no doubt is a brilliant actor who has delivered fine performances in many movies like Kick, The Lunchbox, Talaash and many more & has given complete justice to his role in this movie too. Other characters like Jhimli (Huma Qureshi), Koko (Radhika Apte) & Shoba (Divya Dutta) also stands out with their performances in the movie even though their role was short.

The first half looks crisp edited but later in the second half it feels a bit dragged. The music & the background score goes with the story and tracks like Jee Karda, Jeena Jeena are good on ears. What to look out for is the climax (Obviously I wont reveal it). Out & out, Badlapur is a good one time watch. Varun Dhawan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performances, you cannot miss.

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Divya Dutta

Rating: 4/5


Have a secret? Share it anonymously with this new Twitter tool

While surfing the web other day, I came across this Twitter tool “Tweet Your Secrets” which allows one to post their secrets anonymously on Twitter without revealing the source handle of the tweet. Interesting? Earlier we had seen the app “Secret” which was also related to the Secrets genre. The app managed to generate so called hype but the concept didn’t actually sustained on Twitter.

Have a secret? Share it anonymously with this new Twitter tool

When I checked “Tweet Your Secrets” Twitter profile, I found out that only 60 tweets were posted and had around 15.7K followers (as on Feb 22, 2015). It seems its a pretty new tool and trying to mark their presence. As per their website, it says “We review all of your secrets and approve them to be posted manually. We will not post any secrets which contain harmful or explicit content & are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our visitors..”

To test the tool, I did managed to post 2 secrets but I did not see them on their Twitter profile & found out that they post only 2-3 secrets a day based on their tweet posting behavior. Strange. Hope they pick up the pace. Lets see how this tool tries to build the mark on the social media.


Have you added Call-to-Action Button on your Facebook page?

When was the last time you had a neat glance of your Facebook page? Noticed a “Create Call-to-Action” button on the cover page?

Have you added Call-to-Action Button on Your Facebook Page?

The call-to-action feature was announced by Facebook few weeks back in order to help pages drive more business objectives. Facebook started to roll out this feature slowly. Page admins can select from a group of call-to-action buttons — like:

  • Book Now
  • Contact Us
  • Use App
  • Play Game
  • Shop Now
  • Sign Up &
  • Watch Video

You can add a call-to-action to your page at no cost. Keep in mind that not everyone has this feature yet.

To add a call-to-action button to your Page:

  • Go to your Page’s cover photo and click Create Call-to-Action
  • Choose your call to action options (and the destination URL that you want to link to)
  • Click Create

Many brands have started to implement this feature, have you implemented it?


Cricket World Cup 2015 schedule: February 14 to March 29, 2015

The Cricket World Cup fever has begun. Here is the schedule for the whole Cricket World Cup 2015:

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo

Saturday, February 14, 2015
1. Pool A – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Christchurch 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool A – Australia v England, Melbourne 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Sunday, February 15, 2015
1. Pool B – South Africa v Zimbabwe, Hamilton 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool B – India v Pakistan, Adelaide 14:00 local/09:00 IST

Monday, February 16, 2015
1. Pool B – Ireland v West Indies, Nelson 11:00 local/03:30 IST

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1. Pool A – New Zealand v Scotland, Dunedin 11:00 local/03:30 IST

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1. Pool A – Afghanistan v Bangladesh, Canberra 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Thursday, February 19, 2015
1. Pool B – UAE v Zimbabwe, Nelson 11:00 local/03:30 IST

Friday, February 20, 2015
1. Pool A – New Zealand v England, Wellington 14:00 local/06:30 IST

Saturday, February 21, 2015
1. Pool B – Pakistan v West Indies, Christchurch 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool A – Australia v Bangladesh, Brisbane 13:30 local/09:00 IST

Sunday, February 22
1. Pool A – Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Dunedin 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool B – India v South Africa, Melbourne 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Monday, February 23
1. Pool A – England v Scotland, Christchurch 11:00 local/03:30 IST

Tuesday, February 24
1. Pool B – West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Wednesday, February 25
1. Pool B – Ireland v UAE, Brisbane 13:30 local/09:00 IST

Thursday, February 26
1. Pool A – Afghanistan v Scotland, Dunedin 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool A – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Melbourne 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Friday, February 27
1. Pool B – South Africa v West Indies, Sydney 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Saturday, February 28
1. Pool A – New Zealand v Australia, Auckland 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool B – India v UAE, Perth 14:30 local/12:00 IST

Sunday, March 1
1. Pool A – England v Sri Lanka, Wellington 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool B – Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Brisbane 13:30 local/09:00 IST

Tuesday, March 3
1. Pool B – Ireland v South Africa, Canberra 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Wednesday, March 4
1. Pool B – Pakistan v UAE, Napier 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool A – Australia v Afghanistan, Perth 14:30 local/12:00 IST

Thursday, March 5
1. Pool A – Bangladesh v Scotland, Nelson 11:00 local/03:30 IST

Friday, March 6
1. Pool B – India v West Indies, Perth 14:30 local/12:00 IST

Saturday, March 7
1. Pool B – Pakistan v South Africa, Auckland 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool B – Ireland v Zimbabwe, Hobart 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Sunday, March 8
1. Pool A – New Zealand v Afghanistan, Napier 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool A – Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Monday, March 9
1. Pool A – Bangladesh v England, Adelaide 14:00 local/09:00 IST

Tuesday, March 10
1. Pool B – India v Ireland, Hamilton 14:00 local/06:30 IST

Wednesday, March 11
1. Pool A – Scotland v Sri Lanka, Hobart 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Thursday, March 12
1. Pool B – South Africa v UAE, Wellington 14:00 local/06:30 IST

Friday, March 13
1. Pool A – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Hamilton 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool A – Afghanistan v England, Sydney 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Saturday, March 14

1. Pool B – India v Zimbabwe, Auckland 14:00 local/06:30 IST
2. Pool A – Australia v Scotland, Hobart 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Sunday, March 15
1. Pool B – UAE v West Indies, Napier 11:00 local/03:30 IST
2. Pool B – Ireland v Pakistan, Adelaide 14:00local/09:00 IST

Wednesday, March 18
QF 1 – TBC v TBC (A1 v B4), Sydney 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Thursday, March 19
QF 2 – TBC v TBC (A2 v B3), Melbourne 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Friday, March 20
QF 3 – TBC v TBC (A3 v B2), Adelaide 14:00 local/09:00 IST

Saturday, March 21
QF 4 – TBC v TBC (A4 v B1), Wellington 14:00 local/06:30 IST

Tuesday, March 24
Semi 1 – TBC v TBC, Auckland 14:00 local/06:30 IST

Thursday, March 26
Semi 2 – TBC v TBC, Sydney 14:30 local/09:00 IST

Sunday, Mar 29
Final – TBC v TBC, Melbourne 14:30 local/09:00 IST


Looking for a logo designer?

A logo is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol commonly used by commercial enterprises, organizations and even individuals to aid and promote instant public recognition. Logos are either purely graphic (symbols/icons) or are composed of the name of the organization.

Logo Designer in Mumbai

In simple words, it means an identity of an organization, company. It is very important that the logo should be unique, attractive, creative, eye catchy and most probably it should portray the identity of the business. The logo is the first thing potential customers will see.

An ugly or inaccurate logo will stick in the consumer’s mind as a brand or company to steer clear of. A forgettable, unremarkable logo will slip through the consumer’s mind never to be thought of again.

A good logo will stand out & will communicate in an instant a clear message telling what the brand is all about.

Your company is unique, your brand needs to be unique, and a logo developed too quickly, without the personalization you deserve, can have severely negative effects on your company’s image. Hence hiring a professional logo designer is the best option. Having a well designed logo will give you an advantage over your competition and allow you to compete as a business.

If you are looking for a logo designer for your venture, startup, business…feel free to drop me a message.


The mystery box is revealed!

In my earlier blog post I had mentioned about a surprise mystery box which was received which said Bon 6.

Bon6

The Bon 6 box looked so elegant & felt like it had been handcrafted for perfection. The smooth & irresistible look & feel tempted me to get my hands on it to unbox it. So here it is…finally I have unboxed it.

Britannia Bourbon Biscuit

Its the new re-invented Britannia “Bourbon” which now comes with more of chocolate & the crunch. Hence they say “Thoda aur chocolaty”. Its more chocolaty than before. Also the crunchiness is felt in every bite and is packed with auto-recharge power which due to its amazing taste, keeps one going throughout the day. Here’s the video.

I was always a fan of Bourbon biscuits and with this new chocolaty & crunchy avatar, the love for it got more stronger. Whether on the move, or at work…its always fun and filling to relish on Bourbon!

Have you picked your pack yet?


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