Hello from New York City! Well, actually hello from New Jersey. I took myself across the Hudson River to Hoboken to check out a few Sinatra-inspired sights, on account of what would have been Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100 birthday.
This week has been the kick-start of awards season nominations, with the SAGs and Golden Globes nods being announced. There were quite a few suprises and snubs, but Carol scooped 5 Globe nods – with its stars Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett both scoring Best Actress noms. But at the SAGs, they’ve been separated into Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Rooney. Also, it’s been a great year for Sweden’s Alicia Vikander – she is up for best actress and best supporting actress at the Globes, for The Danish Girl (opposite fellow nominee Eddie Redmayne) and Ex Machina, respectively.
It’s also been a good year for Kendrick Lamar – he scored 11 Grammy noms, followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd with 7 each. Kendrick is up for Album of the Year for To Pimp a Butterfly. The track Alright, which he penned in a time where racial profiling and cops killing civilians has been a urgent need to address, is also up for best song, and best music video, which pleases me a lot because it’s my favourite music video of the year. Even Pres Obama said How Much a Dollar Cost was his fave track of the year. Kendrick is also now just behind Michael Jackson, who once had 12 nominations in a single year. History-in-the-making.
For Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration, the Grammys and CBS staged a special concert. Lady Gaga (who also scored a Globe nod for American Horror Story) put her spin on New York, New York.