Monday, March 10, 2008



The whole nominations were a bit of a shambles, and I kind of had a horrible feeling Knightley was going to win, but still. Gah.

All I can say is, thank God James McAvoy won Actor. Had he lost out to Daniel Radcliffe...


Kayleigh said...

My sentiments exactly. I'm so glad James won though, it's about time his work was given proper recognition. I'm happier that Keira won rather than Emma, but not by much. Did you see how smug she looked? God, I wanted to slap her silly!

Banana Raccoon said...

Keira winning over Emma is definitely the lesser of two evils. But evil nonetheless.

(Though how much would you have SCREAMED if Emma did win it? GUH)

woodstock said...

it took a silly award to recognize knightley's geniusness on atonement?

gee maybe i'm being preposterous in calling it silly; what are the empire awards about? real cinema or blockbusters and starlets?

woodstock said...

i love how bitchy mcavoy's speech sounds. lol

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog :)

I wish I knew more about films! I did read thelondonpaper on the train last night and they had a feature on the Empire awards.

Keira Knightly to me doesn't act. She is just Keira Knightly in different eras and situations.

Anonymous said...

Please admit you're Mr J Ross is disguise ?


Anonymous said...

and further research informs me.....goodness.....a chelsea supporter


anahita said...

naww, I'm happy for Keira. (a comment not suited to this blog :P)

my marks are on my blog. let me just say that I'm tres tres tres happy :D xxxx

Anonymous said...

the really sad thing is, she was probably the best nominee (except for maybe heigl). i mean, who else are you gonna vote for? cate blanchett imitating a drag queen? emma watson and her eyebrows?

Banana Raccoon said...

Anonymous, you're right. I mean, Heigl, wtf?? Why was everyone bumming Knocked Up in 2007?

Emma Watson needs to die. srsly.

Anonymous said...

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Emma said...

Er, Martin. I know that was you.

Besty said...

No it wasn't.

Emma said...

Um, if it wasn't you, why did you come and comment on a post that's days old?