Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Deakins Blast Academy’s Awards Exclusion in Open Letter — Variety

More than 40 high-profile cinematographers and directors including Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Roger Deakins have blasted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s decision to not televise four of the awards — including best cinematography, best editing, best hair & makeup, and best live action short — in an open letter to AMPAS president…

via Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Deakins Blast Academy’s Awards Exclusion in Open Letter — Variety


By Jayjay Epega – http://epegamedia.pressfolios.com/

Fykaa Caan – www.fykaacaan.com/

Team Hollywood London



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London, Friday 8th February 2019:

The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences celebrated the 2018 Oscar nominees with a Champagne Tea Reception at Claridge’s, hosted by the London office of the Academy.

This year’s Oscar nominees in attendance at the uber glamorous event included Olivia Colman (THE FAVOURITE), Rami Malek (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY), Spike Lee (BLACKKKLANSMAN), Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA) and Regina King (IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK).

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Other nominees in attendance included Yalitza Aparicio (ROMA), Marina de Tavira (ROMA), Pawel Pawlikowksi (COLD WAR), Brad Bird (INCREDIBLES 2), Nadine Labaki (CAPERNAUM), Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG).

They were joined by previous Oscar nominees and winners from recent years including Lesley Manville (PHANTOM THREAD) and Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT).

Carola Ash, Director of Member Relations and Programming, Europe, said “I am delighted to welcome this year’s nominees and past nominees and winners which include a range of talent; from fresh newcomers to established industry veterans at the height of their careers, with several nominees hailing from Europe. This event is just one of the initiatives the Academy conducts year-round to support its European members and we’re delighted so many could join us from around the world.”

Guests mingled in the sophisticated ballroom at Claridge’s whilst enjoying Piper-Heidsieck champagne and canapes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

The ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony takes place this year on Sunday 24th February in Los Angeles.


Fifty, But Who’s Counting? New Book, Hailed a “Must Read”, Proves Getting Older & Wiser is….AWESOME!

Already the end of January (Shock Horror) and I still had a list of New Year resolutions to work through. I was given a book to read and review and it started to put life and goals into perspective.

Gaynor Goodchild’s ‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’ is a frank, honest and raw account of life after the big five-oh. A unique commentary on humanity, Goodchild shares her wisdom on everything from sex and the menopause to technology, money and religion; wisdom that could only come with her years. It’s bold proof that age is truly just a number; compelling one critic to recently write, “A great little read. Very funny, engaging and easy to relate to. Would certainly recommend to any of you ladies out there!”.


While young people “know everything” and think they’ve seen it all, those over fifty will admit that they still have a lot to learn, but what they do know is based on good, old, hard life experience.

It’s something Gaynor Goodchild sees as a privilege and, in her new book, she shares her insights and wisdom to show that age is a gift that should be embraced.

There’s no other book on the market quite like ‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’.


IS TURNING FIFTY REALLY SO BAD? The author of this book – a fifty-five-year-old, pet-loving, independent lady from Dorset – offers a warts-and-all personal account of how her perception of the world has radically changed since entering her fifth decade. Her insights and anecdotes are refreshingly different, shared with honesty, relish and lashings of humour, so much so that you’ll be hooked from the get-go. Having led a colourful life, she has wealth of experiences to offer and her wonderful conversational style cajoles you into thinking you’re chatting with a friend over coffee and cake. She tackles general topics, such as death, money, politics and religion, and delves deep into her own experiences of the chaos caused by the menopause, the ageing process, and the challenges and mind-boggling world of technology.

The advantages of turning fifty – and there are plenty to be had – are shared with her warm and light-hearted charisma, and will undoubtedly offer you much food for thought. If you’re over forty and female, you will find laughter, empathy, comfort and so much more in the author’s quirky observations, regardless of your background. Take a look through the contents page now, using the ‘Look Inside’ feature and be prepared for those sparks of intrigue to start flying and a smile to quickly appear.

“There’s so many advantages to turning fifty, and I sing them loud and proud in this book,” explains the author. “I also wanted to use it to tackle a number of topics usually swept under the rug, such as sex, the menopause, death and women’s roles in society. I am never one to keep my views and opinions to myself, so expect to hear it all!”

Continuing, “I want to challenge the common notion that growing old is some kind of punishment. I firmly believe it’s a big gift we must embrace and look forward to. The book will definitely resonate with other women my age, and I hope a few younger readers will also brave it too, because their clock is ticking!”.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Patsy Hallmey comments, “A lovely witty yet thought provoking book that I really enjoyed reading so much so that I’m ordering copies for my friends. It’s a very honest book that really gives the reader an insight into the authors life. I would definitely recommend reading.”

‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’ is available now: https://amzn.to/2O6ulic.

A great read and plenty of experiences to relate to- It can be quite daunting approaching 50 when you are in your 40’s but this book helped to make it something to celebrate especially the advantages of turning 50 chapter.

About the Author.

Gaynor enjoys the simplicity of life living by the sea. She is passionate about animals, especially her soulmate who is her German Shepherd dog called Quola.

Gaynor loves reading and is very much inspired by Khalil Gibran’s book called The Prophet and his philosophy of the spiritual being.

Article by Fykaa Caan

Fashion, Lifestyle and Current Affairs Editor.

The Hollywood London Magazine.