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January 23, 2007

My Oscar Predictions

I’m sure you’re all dying to know who’s going to win at this year’s Oscars. So I’m going to tell you. Nice and early. I’ll either look very clever or I’ll delete this entry very quickly on 25th February.

Best Picture:
Winner: Little Miss Sunshine

Best Director:
Winner: Paul Greengrass, United 93

Best Actor:
Winner: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress:
Winner: Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actor:
Winner: Honestly don’t know.

Best Supporting Actress:
Winner: Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Animated Feature:
Winner: Happy Feet

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Winner: Borat

Best Original Screenplay:
Winner: Babel

Best Cinematography:
Winner: Children of Men

P.S. Radio 4 just told us how “Burret” had been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Jagshemash!

Seven reasons why…

Mika...Mika is the most exciting thing in music:

  • He’s written a song that’s gone to Number 1 in the charts, on downloads alone
  • It’s a Number 1 that’s actually good
  • He wrote it himself
  • A poll of music executives says so
  • The video to his single is pure mad
  • He’s a bit like Freddie Mercury

And my favourite:

  • NME have refused to feature him because he appeals to too many people, which is surely reason enough on its own

Supermarkets are getting an easy ride from the Competition Commission

Supermarket share prices, 23rd Jan 2007 It’s several years since supermarkets were last checked to see if they were anti-competitive. Since then, the answer’s become even clearer. Corner shops and convenience stores are lucky if they’re reporting declining sales. At least they haven’t shut up shop already.

But despite this, the Competition Commission has given the supermarkets plenty of breathing space while outlining their ‘emerging thinking’ today. And where’s the evidence? Well, it’s on the right. If the stockbrokers think that an across-the-board rise in supermarket share prices is appropriate, it probably means they’re going to get an easy ride.

The inquiry says it’s now going to “go local”. But you have to wonder if they’ll bother to speak to any of the thousands of people put out of business by the 800lb gorillas in the market.

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