It’s less than a week to the Oscars and like every year I’m quite excited for it. I’ve been doing my best to watch most of the nominated movies; I’ve managed to come quite far, missing only a couple of the movies with multiple nominations.

I love some of the designs Olly Moss has created in the past, and this year he’s worked with The Academy and Gallery 1988 to create the official “85 Years of Oscars” poster for the 85th Academy Awards. It features the golden statue as the Best Picture winner of each year.

It’s awesome. I recommend having a look at the large version to see all the details.


How many Best Picture winners can you recognize?

A Night at the BAFTAs

February 13th, 2013

Once in a blue moon an opportunity comes along that sounds so amazing and wonderful, you can’t quite believe it. I’ve been blogging now for 6 years and I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to various cool events. The BAFTAs though? Wow, that was something I never dreamed I’d be invited to. It’s a night I’ll never forget and I don’t think anything can top that any time soon.

About a week before the big night I got an email from Evian’s PR team asking whether I’d want an unforgettable red carpet experience at this year’s BAFTAs. I initially interpreted that as standing in the press pit at the BAFTAs which I had never done before and thought would be pretty awesome to do. After responding though I soon realized that this was a bit more than that: I’d get to walk the red carpet and attend the ceremony, dinner and after party. Wait, what? Seriously? Me? YES!

I can’t properly describe all the emotions I felt leading up to the BAFTAs. Shock. Disbelief. Happiness. Nervousness. Excitement. Panic. Part of me was freaking out about what to wear. None of the dresses I owned were any good, and I had no idea what to do with hair and makeup. And what was I supposed to with coat, bag and shoes? I wasn’t prepared for a black tie event; I’ve never been to one before, what’s the protocol? Another part of me was wondering whether this was all real. Or was this a joke, a prank, a very weird PR stunt? I kept imagining all the worst-case scenarios. It’s in my nature to stress, so stress I did.

Of course in the end it all turned out okay. I managed to find an awesome dress (see my post here). I talked to a wonderful makeup artist at the Lancome stand at Debenhams who gave some awesome tips. And I managed to find a nice clutch that fit most of the stuff I took with me. I’ll do another blog post with the makeup I wore, but the one thing I need to point out here is the nail polish: it’s Skyfall from O.P.I. Awesome colour and super appropriate for that night.

Me at the BAFTAs

I was all set for the BAFTAs. And I looked awesome.

On Sunday afternoon I made my way to Covent Garden, all nervous and excited. The main thing that had me worried was that I hadn’t actually gotten the ticket. The idea was to meetup with the PR in a pub an hour before the ceremony started. I didn’t quite want to believe I was actually going until I had the actual physical ticket in my hands.

It didn’t help that my careful and anxious planning meant I arrived a full half an hour too early. Cue me with my floor length evening dress sitting in a pub filled with tourists and Irish rugby fans. That half an hour was the third longest wait of my life (first: waiting for the result of my thesis presentation and defence, second: waiting at the ER to hear about my Dad).

I shouldn’t have worried. Eventually I was joined by Deola, the PR from We Are Social/Evian, and two other lovely bloggers, Alex from Alex Loves and Emily from Fashion Foie Gras. And I got my ticket!

BAFTA ticket

The Red Carpet

Once the group was complete, it was time to head over to the Royal Opera House. It was pouring with rain outside and I was struggling terribly trying to balance all the stuff I was holding. Umbrella in one hand, clutch under my armpit, while desperately trying to hold my dress up from all the puddles and rain. Soon we were at the ticket gate, adding yet another object to the equation: umbrella, clutch, dress, ticket. I’m not the most coordinated or graceful person, and juggling those four things was a dance of deftness I hadn’t yet mastered.

Before I knew it I was on the red carpet, still striving to not make a fool of myself by stumbling and falling. It was surreal. On the left were crowds of fans screaming for their favourite stars, on my right the press pit and the celebrities being interviewed. It was a whirlwind of umbrella dodging, object juggling and celebrity spotting (I was in arms reach of George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper), all while being pressured to make our way down the red carpet. I wish I had time to relax, take some photos and properly appreciate where I was, but all too soon it was over. My glamorous red carpet experience was completed.

There was no time to mourn the end of my red carpet affair; it was time to adore the awesomeness that is the Royal Opera House. I’ve only been to their meeting rooms before, so this was the first time I was actually in the auditorium. It’s gorgeous. My seat was in the highest part, the amphitheatre gallery, but I didn’t care. I was at the BAFTAs. Down below, all scurrying in the stalls, were the stars I had been admiring the past weeks, each anxiously waiting to hear if they had won. And I was there with them.

BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House

The Ceremony

The lights dimmed, the curtains were drawn and the stage lit up. The ceremony was about to start. I won’t go into any lengthy details about the ceremony here; by now I’m assuming you all have seen it and know who has won what, who said what and who wore who. I loved every bit of it. Stephen Fry was great as a host and he never failed to get the audience laughing (my favourite: “Life of Pee by Ang Lie”, it doesn’t work as well though written down).

I tried live tweeting the entire thing, but it’s tricky! It also still sucks that it isn’t broadcast live; in this day and age they should be able to. Maybe not on BBC One, but why not stream it completely online at least or on BBC Three? Part of me was hesitant about tweeting everything and I didn’t want to spoil it for people and yet… I was there, how could I not tweet about it?

I still need to rewatch the actual broadcast ceremony. I’m quite curious to see how it’s different from what I saw and which bits they edited and cut. There were only a couple of things that really stood out to me as things you don’t experience when watching from home. The obvious one is the camera people on stage; with almost each award presenter and acceptance speech there’d be a camera person following and twirling around them. Besides that if you paid attention to the stalls, you could see seat fillers running around and kneeling in between shots. It’s something you know that happens when you watch at home, but never get to see.

BAFTAs - Samuel L Jackson

It was so much fun to experience the ceremony live and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. My favourite acceptance speech of the night was Christoph Waltz’s; he was sweet and his shout out to Quentin Tarantino was awesome (“You silver penned devil, you”). I’m still not a fan of Argo; I get what people like about it, but from all the movies nominated this year, it’s the one I enjoyed the least.

I’ve previously written about the poster designs by Jonathan Burton (see my post here). Each of the five Best Film nominations got a gorgeous design to be used on the BAFTA programmes and ever since hearing I was going I’ve been curious to see which one I’d get. I was surprised to find that they weren’t being handed out deliberately; instead, at each entrance of the seating galleries were stacks of the programmes just lying on the floor. The one near our door was the programme for Zero Dark Thirty, but on our way out I managed to grab an Argo one as well!

BAFTA programmes

Grosvenor House

And then the ceremony was finished. We were all reminded that transport to Grosvenor House would be taken care of and if we could all make our way to the coaches outside. Looking at the timestamps of my tweets, I realized it took us about 30 minutes to only get out of the auditorium, out of the Royal Opera House and into a bus.

It took us at least another 30 minutes to get through central London to Grosvenor House. Add to that the bustle of getting inside, showing my ticket, queuing for the cloak room, manoeuvring between the maze of tables and people and figuring out where my table was, and it was about eleven o’clock by the time I finally was seated.


It’s no wonder though. On the night I did a quick calculation: I saw a table “163” with each table seating 8, so there were at least 1300 people. Then someone pointed out some tables fitted 20… Once home I finally found some stats: the Royal Opera house seats 2256 people and there were 1920 guests dining at Grosvenor House. That’s an amazing amount of people to move around and manage.


The Dinner

The dinner took place in the Great Room and it looked amazing. Every table was dressed with one of five centerpieces, each representing the five Best Film Nominees. And they each had placemats with scenes from the corresponding movies. It all was stunning and really gave the feeling I was dining in Movie Wonderland.

BAFTA-Dinner-Les-Mis BAFTA-Dinner-Life-of-Pi

I was a bit hesitant of wandering around the tables in the hopes of bumping into celebrities. I had been struggling with my dress the entire night (it really was too long and people kept stepping on it; it’s a wonder I didn’t trip up) and I’ve never really like the idea of going up to stars when it’s their special night. I still managed to see some of them from a distance, but maybe I should have gone up to them and told them how much I love their movies.

BAFTA-Dinner-Lincoln BAFTA-Dinner-Zero-Dark-Thirty

My table was one of the Zero Dark Thirty themed ones. I loved the details in the centerpiece. I’m guessing they basically grabbed a ton of toy tanks, jeeps, planes, helicopters and action figures, spray-painted them and glued them randomly to a lamp. It looked great though! I was also happy with the placemat I got: Jessica Chastain looking cool.

BAFTA Dinner - Zero Dark Thirty Detail

When dinner was finally served, I was starving. The food was delicious. For starters, we got Bradan Orach Smoked Salmon, pickled fennel, granny smith apple, baby watercress and crème fraiche (I forgot to take a photo of this). The main course was… interesting: roasted loin of Bolton Abbey lamb with shepherd’s pie, pea puree and glazed carrots. Yep, shepherd’s pie, although a shepherd’s pie unlike any I’ve ever seen. Finally for dessert: salted caramel cremeux with Hotel Chocolat 70% chocolate mousse.

Again I realize just how much coordination is needed to arrange such a dinner. 1920 guests. Woah. It’s astonishing just how much work and money went into creating this entire experience.

BAFTA Dinner

After the dinner, we all made our way to the Disaronno After party, where delicious cocktails were served alongside chocolate-dipped fruit. By then I had stopped taking photos and tweeting, and just attempted to relax and enjoy the party atmosphere. The Noisettes gave a great performance; this was the second time I saw them live and lead singer Shingai Shoniwa has such a bouncy and fun stage presence.

It was almost nearing three when I was all partied out. I took a cab home, unpacked all my goodies (the programmes, the Zero Dark Thirty placemat and perfume and mascara from Lancome) and crashed on the couch with my laptop. Of course I was too hyper to sleep; I had just been to the BAFTAs!

The next day I was delighted to find a thank you gift from Evian: a limited edition Diane von Furstenberg Evian bottle.

BAFTA Evian Thank You

Thanks so much to Evian for giving me this opportunity. Attending the BAFTAs was truly an amazing experience and as I said at the start of this blog post it’s an evening I’ll never forget.

Next year again?

Tags: Movies

So yesterday I attended the BAFTAs… and it was amazing, surreal and pretty much an evening I won’t forget. I’m still getting all my thoughts together for the actual blog post and will need to take some proper photos of the goodies I collected.

One of the other bloggers that was also invited (Alex from Alex Loves – check out her blog!) shared this funny video this morning that I know you all will love:

Yeah, Anne is pretty much a shoe-in for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. But then I think she wholly deserves it. Her performance of I Dreamed A Dream is breathtaking; I get chills each time I see it.

Skyfall was one of my favourite movies of last year. It had fun action sequences, an awesome villain and a great story. Plus I just love Daniel Craig as Bond. I wouldn’t be surprised if Skyfall wins Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs. I’m also rooting for it to win Best Cinematography at the Oscars, cause I loved how it was shot.


Thanks to Appliances Online I’m giving away two Blu-ray copies of Skyfall! To enter the competition leave a comment behind answering:

if you could create your own movie, what would it be about?

Be creative, be original, be fun! The winner with the “best” answer will win one of the two copies. The other one will be drawn at random. You’ll also get a second entry if you’re following me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway with the hashtag #missgeeky. The competition is only open for UK residents and will end on Friday 15th 15:00.

If you’re following me on Twitter, you might be swamped by my tweets about this by now, but: I’m going to the BAFTAs! I’m getting tickets to the red carpet, the awards ceremony and the dinner afterwards. I’m super excited and still a little bit in a state of disbelief. I’m hoping I can tweet on the night itself (fingers crossed that the Royal Opera House will have good reception), but I’ll definitely be writing up a blog post about the night!

Each year BAFTA selects an illustrator to create imagery based on the five Best Film nominations for the tickets, programs and menus on the night. This year they’ve been designed by Jonathan Burton from Handsome Frank and the posters look awesome. Each of the film posters has a limited run of 100 editions for £60 (plus P&P) in the Handsome Frank shop. They don’t seem to be sold out yet, so if you really love one of these posters now’s the time to get it!






I can’t wait to see which of these will be on my program! My favourite is the Argo one, even though that wasn’t my favourite film. Which one is your favourite?

Via FirstShowing

Wow, January went fast! I managed to watch 3 of my 5 Coming Soon movies from last month (Les Mis, Django Unchained and Lincoln), I still want to watch Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Squad. Which movies did you watch in January? Here are the 5 movies I’m looking forward to this month:

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Zom-rom-com: a zombie romantic comedy. Warm Bodies looks like a lot of fun and a different take than most zombie movies. What happens when a zombie falls in love with a girl?

Release Date: Friday 8th February

Wreck It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

I’m still a bit annoyed that Wreck-it Ralph is only now being released in the UK, while the US and a ton of other countries got it 4 months ago. Luckily I managed to see it while in the Netherlands during Christmas and it’s definitely a movie worth seeing in the cinema. If you like games, you’ll love the amount of easter eggs in the background; I caught a couple of them, but I’m pretty sure I missed tons!

Release Date: Friday 8th February

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures

This looks like it’s jumping on the Twilight wagon, but I can’t help but like the style and feel of this movie. The trailer looks slightly cheesy, but there’s a vibe there that reminds me of The Craft (which I loved) mixed with Southern Gothic magic.

Release Date: Wednesday 13th February

A Good Day To Die Hard

A Good Day To Die Hard

Yippie ki-yay! Need I say more?

Release Date: Thursday 14th February

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is another movie I already got to see while in the Netherlands. I didn’t love love love it as I was expecting, but I still really enjoyed it. It’s an epic movie with 6 entwined story lines in different eras and I loved how the stories unfolded.

Release Date: Friday 22nd February


Just like the past few years, I’m trying again to watch all the Oscar nominated movies. I’m pretty sure I’ll get all the Best Picture nominations done, but it’s always quite the challenge to watch as many movies I can from all the other categories. I always end up failing on the Best Foreign and Best Documentary categories, but even if I don’t succeed I like the push it gives me during January and February to watch as many movies as I can.

So far I’ve watched 6 of the 9 Best Picture nominations and today I’ll do short reviews for the first three of those.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

I’ve been excited for Les Miserables ever since I heard Tom Hooper would be directing and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were cast. I loved Jackman’s and Hathaway’s duet during the 2008 Oscars and I’ve been hoping they’d do a musical together ever since. I never got around to watching the actual stage musical of Les Miserables (I still need to go), but I know and love a lot of the songs.

I ended up loving the movie. I liked how the actors were recorded closeup actually singing on set rather than in a studio, allowing for a much more powerful performance. Hugh Jackman is great as Jean Valjean; it’s awesome to finally see him in a musical role, his voice was perfect for Who Am I? and some of the other songs. Anne Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed A Dream is amazing. It’s so full of emotion, you can see her going from hope to despair all in one single take.

The rest of the cast is equally awesome. Despite what others have said, I quite liked Russell Crowe as Javert. I wasn’t that familiar with his songs though, but I’m guessing if you do know those songs, his versions won’t match up with them. Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried are sweet as the young lovers Marius and Cosette, while Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are great as the comic relief.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

I wasn’t expecting to like Life of Pi as much as I did. I had seen the trailers and was expecting it to be a pretty movie, but not much more. I loved it though. The gorgeous visuals and cinematography complements the beautiful story and I think it might be my favourite movie of last year.

If you don’t know what it’s about, Life of Pi tells the story of Pi and how after a shipwreck he gets stranded on a life boat with a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. It’s a story of survival, hope and strength.

I loved seeing the relationship between Pi and Richard Parker unfold, and I wonder how much being a cat owner helped with that (I constantly noticed bits in Richard Parker that my own cats will do… although my cats won’t be able to take me out with one swipe). Real tigers and visual effects were combined to create Richard Parker, but you never quite know which of the two you’re looking at; it blends beautifully.



Argo is based on the real life story of the 1980 secret operation to extract six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis. The film stars Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, a CIA specialist, who comes up with a fake scifi movie to use a cover story for the extraction.

I wasn’t that impressed by Argo. It’s an interesting story, but I was expecting more suspense and more cleverness somehow. I know it’s based on a real story and they couldn’t embellish it too much, but I never got invested in any of the characters allowing me to root fully for them.

Olympus Has Fallen

Die Hard in the White House. This looks awesome. I think it will be a bit over the top and ridiculous, but it looks like so much fun. It stars Gerard Butler as the ex secret service member who’s the only one not captured when the White House comes under attack. Aaron Echkart plays the President, while Morgan Freeman plays the Speaker of the House.

Release Date: 22 March (US), 19 April (UK)

Red 2

I loved Red. It was a great combination of action, humour and great casting, and this sequel looks like more of the same! This time around Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker are joined by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee and Anthony Hopkins.

Release Date: 2 August (UK, US)


As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) finds himself the de facto ruler of Japan. He turns to General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), an expert in Japanese culture, to investigate whether the Japanese emperor Hirohito should be hanged for war crimes.

Release Date: 8 March (US)

At Any Price

A farming family’s business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father (Dennis Quaid) and his rebellious son (Zac Efron).

Release Date: 2013

A new year, a new recurring blog series! In Coming Soon I’ll write about upcoming movies that I’m really interested in seeing. I kept loosing track of which movies were coming out when, which ones I wanted to see and then completely missing when they were in the cinema. What better way to keep track of those then here on my blog? So what movies are on your list for January?

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

I loved Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love and it’s great to see them working together again. In Gangster Squad they’re joined by John Brolin, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in a story set in 1940s Los Angeles. The style looks great and I think this could be a lot of fun.

Release Date: Thursday 10th January (UK)

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I can’t wait to see this! I love some of the songs from Les Mis and I’m super curious to see how they’ll work in a movie. I still haven’t actually seen the musical yet, but I’ll be getting tickets to it this month as one of my Christmas presents. The question remains what to watch first though: the musical or the movie?

Release Date: Friday 11th January (UK)

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

It’s been almost 3 years since Inglourious Basterds, so high time for another Quentin Tarantino movie! Django Unchained looks awesome. It’s about Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who travels across America with bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Release Date: Friday 18th January (UK)



The West Wing + American History 101 = Lincoln. That’s how I’ve heard some people describe it, and if it has half the awesome monologues and dialogues from The West Wing I’m definitely in!

Release Date: Friday 25th January (UK)

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

This is the only movie on this list that I’m not super interested in, but it’s one that’s rumoured to be nominated for quite some Oscars so I want to see it in the cinema. It’s directed by Kathryn Bigelow and is about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Release Date: Friday 25th January (UK)

Other Movies

And here’s a quick list of some other movies that are coming out in January:

Tags: Movies

Only 8 more days till Christmas! I can’t wait to see my family open up their presents, hopefully they’ll enjoy the things I’ve got for them. And of course I’m looking forward to see what I’m getting too. I didn’t want to leave you guys out though, so I’ll be hosting a couple of giveaways on MissGeeky!


This first giveaway is awesome. Thanks to Universal Pictures one lucky Miss Geeky reader will win a Les Misérables gift pack! It includes:

  • $25 Visa Gift Card for a night out at the movies
  • The Les Misérables Movie Soundtrack
  • A Les Misérables T-Shirt
  • A Les Misérables Journal

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment behind with your favourite movie musical scene. You’ll also get a second entry if you’re following me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway with the hashtag #missgeeky. The competition ends on December 28th after which I’ll randomly draw a winner and is open to everyone.

I am so looking forward to Les Misérables, so I’m super happy that I get to giveaway this cool gift pack! The movie looks great: awesome songs, great actors (Hugh Jackman *swoon*) and gorgeous visuals. I get goosebumps every time I hear Anne Hathaway singing in the teaser trailer:

I can’t wait to see this! It’s being released in theatres in the US on December 25th and in the UK on January 11th (if you’re based in another country check out the IMDb release dates page).