The End Is Coming: 5 Popular Game of Thrones Theories Explained

**SPOILER ALERT**

Odds are you’re a GoT fan, or you know someone that is. Am I right?

It goes without saying that Game of Thrones is the best, if not the best, television show of all time. Each Sunday HBO brings us another insane episode that tends to blow our mind all the way to Essos. This Sunday brings a finale titled “The Dragon And The Wolf” and boasts the longest Thrones episode to date with a 79 minute runtime.

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a show in which I was so invested in the characters, the story, the themes, and most of all, the theories. Yes, I’m confessing myself a nerd, but you already knew that. Let me tell you this, when a theory comes true the amount of satisfaction you feel is priceless. (Yes, all of this is about a fricken TV show and I have absolutely no shame.) If you’re a fan at all and do indeed read theories like myself, maybe give this a read for shits and giggles, because I could always use some feedback.

I’m not going to talk about when or how Jon and Daenerys will get together or when Jon will discover his parentage because we all know that is coming soon. (If they don’t at least kiss in the finale, I’m going to be pissed.) I’m not going to talk about the theory of Bran being The Night King or that Arya has been dead since she left Braavos, because frankly I think those theories are weird and hopefully untrue.

Here I put in simple terms five popular Game of Thrones theories and of course reference where I got the facts*. (Although a simple Google search will bring you thousands of results. Let’s be real this shit is ALL over Facebook.)

Three Headed Dragon Theory

Courtesy of HBO

Aka Tyrion is actually a Targaryen. This theory is probably my favorite because it involves my three favorite characters in the show, Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion. The theory goes like this.

Back in season 2, Daenerys visits the House of the Undying. In the books it is here that Dany has a vision of her brother Rhaegar (and Jon’s future Pops) saying that “the dragon has three heads.” The sigil of the Targaryen house is the three-headed dragon. In GOT history, Aegon Targaryen aka Aegon the Conquerer was the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and King on Iron Throne. He was said to have conquered Westeros atop a dragon alongside his two sisters on their dragons. The prophecy has been interpreted to meaning that Daenerys must have three dragon riders before she can take the throne.

Since we know that Jon is part Targaryen it’s obvious that he would be the second rider. The theory suggests that that Tyrion is the third rider due to his many similarities to Jon and Daenerys. If you also recall, Tyrion had a moment with the dragons in season six when he let them out of the dungeons of Mereen. In the book series, he’s always been fascinated by dragons. This season Jon was able to touch Drogon. As we all know these beautiful beasts don’t take to everyone, so this can’t just be a coincidence.

Lastly it is known that Tywin Lannister often refers to Tyrion as “not his son.” In Westerosi history, Aerys Targaryen was said to be particularly fond of Joanna Lannister, Tyrion’s mother, And he is also to be rumored to have slept with her. This could mean that Tyrion is the son of Aerys Targaryen. Trippy right?

 

Source: (via Quora, Popsugar, Collider)

Possibility: I used to think this was 100 percent going to happen. However, now that Viserion has been killed by the White Walkers and turned into an ice dragon, the literal three dragon riders doesn’t seem plausible, but that doesn’t mean that Tyrion isn’t a Targaryen. Nevertheless, I definitely don’t think Tywin is his father.


Jamie Will Kill Cersei

Courtesy of HBO

There are two reasons why many people believe that Jamie Lannister will kill Cersei Lannister. For whatever reason, Jamie seems to still be madlessly in love with his ruthless sister. As many know Jamie is known as “The Kingslayer” as being the one who betrayed Aerys Targaryen aka “The Mad King” aka Daenerys’ father. In the world before the story, the Mad King threatened to burn everyone using Wildfire. Jamie killed the Mad King to protect the people of King’s Landing and the realm from the wrath of Aerys. However, how we can forget back in the season six finale Cersei when blew up he entire Sept in King’s Landing using the same wildfire Aerys had stored for years. Basically, Cersei carried out the violent act that Jamie tried to prevent years ago. And let’s be real, she’s probably lying about that fourth pregnancy to keep Jamie on her side.

The second reason involves the prophecy Cersei received as a child from Maggy The Frog. Maggy predicted that Cersei would marry the king, have three children, a queen would come that was younger and more beautiful than her, and that her three children would all die. Everything thus far in this prophecy has come true. The last part in the prophecy states that ‚Äúthe valonqar¬†shall¬†wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.‚ÄĚ Valonquar is Valyrian for “little brother,” which would either mean Jamie, who was born after Cersei, or Tyrion who is obviously the youngest. Most eyes lead to Jamie for the first reason above.

Source: (via Collider)

Possibility: I think it’s inevitable that Cersei will die before the series ends.¬†Due to the prophecy and what Cersei has done, I think Jamie to be the one who kills her is probable.


Wall Will Be Destroyed

Courtesy of HBO

This is more fact than theory to be honest friends. The Wall was created to protect Westeros from what we know lies beyond it, the undead army. With Bran’s connection to the Night King it is theorized that through this link somehow, someway the Wall will come down.

As Collider explains, “the legend states that Brandon the Builder erected the Wall after the Long Night to¬†protect Westeros from the Others, and he had help from the giants and the Children of the Forest, who imbued it with magical spells prevent White Walkers from crossing the threshold.” This magic is the same magic used to protect the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave where Bran was doing his training. When he connected with the Night King a link was formed between them that allowed the White Walkers to come through the Wall to where Bran, Meera, and Hodor were stationed at the cave (R.I.P Hodor). Therefore, the theory suggests that Bran and his connection to the Night King will somehow be involved in the destruction of the Wall.

Source: (via Collider)

Possibility: As Young Joc once said, “meet me at the [wall] it’s going down.”

Cleganebowl

Courtesy of HBO

It’s been brewing for seasons and everyone has a favorite, the Cleganebowl! The fight between the brothers, Sandor Clegane aka The Hound and Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain are predicted to face off as soon as tomorrow’s finale. It’s obvious this needs to happen, the siblings have had a known, brutal rivalry for a long time. They are on opposite sides, in opposite armies, and have opposite enemies, a brawl is surely imminent. My pick is The Hound, he’s funny, he’s strong, and he has a heart. The Mountain is sort of a zombie now, but he still has many fans.

Source: (via Indiewire)

Possibility: This BETTER happen and the Hound BETTER win. That’s all.


Jon and Dany is/are Azor Ahai

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

‚ÄúWhen the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.‚ÄĚ

This theory is probably the most popular Thrones theory of all time and often the most highly debated.  Pretty much everything is described in this video below. Thank you Tech Insider.

In simple terms, Azor Ahai was the legendary hero that was said to have fought the White Walkers and the frozen zombie army during the Long Night years ago. He had many descriptions, which have been explained throughout the show and books. There are many opinions as to who this reincarnation of this hero is: Beric Dondarrion, Jamie Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaren. If you recall, Melisandre the Red Priestess, used to believe that Stanis Baratheon was Azor Ahai. Now, she believes Jon is Azor Ahai and that Daenerys also is involved. I believe this as well, because the series after all is titled “A Song of Fire and Ice

Source: (via Collider)

Possibility: If you watched last weeks episode, you can see that Jon and Dany seem to be prospects and team that will destroy the Night King and his army, However, only time will tell for sure.

 

We will find out if some of these come true this Sunday on HBO. If not the last and final (*tear*) season of Game of Thrones will be back sometime next year.

P.S. Rumors are Rhaegar Targaryen (aka Jon’s dad) will be making an appearance in the finale.

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*Much information of course comes from the books. For the record, I haven’t read the Game of Thrones books, except about half of the first one, I own them and plan to read them of course.

New Blog Who Dis?

Hey friends! Welcome to my new website and blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve written, I know, but I’ve been super busy! I’ve been working hard at my new job, celebrated a birthday, had my first cosplay experience at Comic-Con, and went on a little vacation.

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But have no fear! Because I’m back, like I never left. I’m absolutely obsessed with my new WordPress theme and have been playing around with coding. I’m currently learning Italian, teaching myself Adobe Creative Suite, and recently bought a DSLR so I’m working on a YouTube channel. Big things are coming for Pcatt, so keep your eyes peeled!

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New posts are coming!

Humpday Amazon Haul: 23 Wonderful Things I Love, I Want, or I Need In My Life RN

As Wonder Woman is the Princess of the Amazon, I like to think I am the Princess of Amazon.com. I inherited the royalty from my mom, the Queen. She works in IT and when Amazon first gained popularity years ago, she passed on it’s greatness (aka Amazon Prime) to me and my life has been changed ever since. I can spend hours on Amazon, or in the most dangerous case, minutes — in which I click, click, click, and purchase in a single breath. Here are some of the things I’m loving right now. Check it out!

1. #Girlboss

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. It’s motivating, informative, and hilarious. You can find it on Amazon here.

2.¬†This concealer that I can’t live without.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cannelle. I have terrible dark circles (I sleep plenty, I just have awful allergies!) and this is my favorite concealer. Buy it here.

 

3.¬†This chic AF phone case that won’t break the bank.

Isn’t this marble phone case cute? Buy the case here.

4. These bath salts to bring some “ahhh” to my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herbivore Botanicals Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts buy them here.

 

5. This bomb AF pimple cream.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel. Buy it here!

6. This adorable marble MacBook case.

For you to type chic. Buy the adorable case on Amazon here.

7. The greatest hand cream in all the land.

I always have this L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream on me at all times. It’s the best. Buy it here!

8. This cute little Baby Groot.

This little buddy will bring a smile to your face everyday. Get the Baby Groot Funko Pop Vinyl Action Figure here.

9.¬†A new book to movie that’s bound to be a tearjerker.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Buy the book — based on a true story — here.

10.¬†This tea to help you out when you’re sick.

Where was this Hey Girl Feel Better Tea when I had terrible 3-week-long bronchitis? Buy this yummy honey lemon tea here.

11. This bestseller that I can’t wait to finally read.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Buy it on Amazon here.

12. This amazing smelling product that also protects your hair.

Ooh Hot Toddy! Buy this cocktail-titled hair product from your favorite blowdry bar here.

13. This book of Ayurvedic Medicine to learn about some natural remedies.

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad. There’s even a quiz to find your dosha. Highly recommend! One of these days ¬†I’ll be able to spell Ayurvedic right without having to look it up. Buy this informative book here.

14. This coffee cup that makes me pretend I live in NY.

Los Angeles, I love you and will forever live here. But New York you are a close second, I just can’t handle real winters. Thanks to this “We Are Happy To Serve You” Mug I can pretend I’m getting coffee at a cart on the corner in Manhattan. Buy it here.

15. This mug that understands the importance of coffee.

This Coffee RX Mug that understands the importance of coffee. Buy this cute mug here!

16. This cute little spoon.

Coffee now, wine later. Buy this cute little mixing spoon here.

17. This Fujifilm camera to create memories and wall decor.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera in Pink. Get this little gem here.

18. And a cool case for it!

This Fujifilm Groovy Case is functional and only $9? Need it now! Buy this cute case here.

19. This BB-8 mug that I need in my life ASAP.

Add some cuteness to your cup of joe in the morning with this BB-8 Mug. Purchase it here!

20. These book ends to save my books from the apocalypse.

Ahh! The books are falling! Grab these Falling Bookends here.

21. This mug from my favorite TV show of all time.

“It’s a Moo Point. It’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.” -Joey Tribbani. Buy this hilarious Friends mug here.

22. This amazing lotion that also helps those in need.

Charity Pot Lotion by Lush Cosmetics. Buy this lotion here!

23.¬†And because I’m watching it right now, the out of this world movie Passengers.

Yeah, it might have been a little cheesy, but I’ll watch anything with JLaw and Chris Pratt. Buy the romantic thriller here!

 

 

What’s in your cart? Let me know in the comments below!

 

18 Most Badass Female Characters Of All Time

“All men must die, but we are not men.”

If there a consistent component I love in movies, television, and books is when the story is lead by a strong female. Not only as a woman can I obviously relate to the character more, but I love seeing a badass woman taking charge and often throwing a big F-U to the patriarchy. So in honor of International Women’s Day¬†last week and that this month is Women’s History Month, I have compiled a list of my favorite badass female characters from television, film, and books. So check out the list and get ready to say “YASS GIRL!”, because girls truly run the world.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

1. Katniss Everdeen

Courtesy of Lionsgate

Played By: Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.
Why She’s A Badass: Katniss is a boss with a bow and arrow. She is the face of the rebellion against the totalitarian dystopian Capitol and literally saves the world.

2. Hermione Granger

Courtesy of Warner Brothers

Played By: Emma Watson in all eight Harry Potter films.
Why She’s A Badass: Hermione really is the greatest witch of her age. She’s smart, sassy, and also can be a badass in a wand battle.

3. Furiosa 

Courtesy of Warner Brothers

Played By: Charlize Theron in Max Max: Fury Road
Why She’s A Badass: Furiosa risks her life to save the Wives who have been imprisoned and strives to bring them to safety. Plus, she pulls off a buzzcut.

4. Elle Woods

Courtesy of MGM

Played By: Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde
Why She’s A Badass: Elle might not be your typical female badass, but she proves to the world that you can be blonde and also win a case in court. She smashes those stereotypes, just like she owns¬†the bend and snap.

5. Princess Leia

Courtesy of Disney

Played By: Carrie Fisher  (R.I.P) in Star Wars episodes four to present.
Why She’s A Badass: Princess Leia is one of the OG movie badasses. She is the ultimate princess who is ready to save the galaxy. She’s smart, she’s fierce, and she’s great battle.

6. Olivia Benson

Courtesy of NBC

Played By: Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Why She’s A Badass:¬†Detective Benson is out to save the victims and catch the suspects that have convicted heinous crimes. She is willing to do whatever it takes for justice.

7. Eleven 

Courtesy of Netflix

Played By: Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things
Why She’s A Badass:¬†Homegirl has telekinetic powers, does everything to protect her friends, and loves Eggos. Enough said.

8. Buffy 

Courtesy of Fox

Played By: Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series
Why She’s A Badass: Buffy kills vampires, duh. No damsel in distress here folks.

9. Rey

Courtesy of Disney

Played By: Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 
Why She’s A Badass: She’s a independent woman who doesn’t need a man. Rey has fended for herself her¬†whole life, and plays a key part in saving the galaxy. Most importantly, she’s the first female jedi. #casual.

10. Tris Prior

Courtesy of Lionsgate

Played By:¬†Shailene Woodley in Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. Btw pissed that they are making Ascendant a TV movie and that the full¬†cast (including Shailene) aren’t returning.
Why She’s A Badass: Tris is the first of her kind, she’s Divergent and 100% genetically pure. She doesn’t fit in a category, but doesn’t think they should exist either. Tris is willing to do whatever it takes to do what is right.

11. Meredith Grey

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Played By:¬†Ellen Pompeo in Grey’s Anatomy
Why She’s A Badass: The ultimate badass, Dr. Meredith Grey saves lives on the reg.

12. Olivia Pope

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Played By: Kerry Washington in Scandal
Why She’s A Badass: Olivia Pope is the definition of “kicking ass and taking names.” She’s the ultimate fix it girl, but you don’t want to get on her bad side. Plus, she has the best swagger and style.

13. Jessica Jones

Courtesy of Netflix

Played By: Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones
Why She’s A Badass: She’s a former female superhero, who now is a private investigator. She uses her powers to solve crimes and battle demons for those in need.

14. Black Mamba aka The Bride

Courtesy of Miramax

Played By: Uma Thurman in Kill Bill: Vol 1 and Vol 2. 
Why She’s A Badass: She’s a female assassin who is out for revenge. You don’t want to mess with the Black Mamba.

15. Katherine Johnson

Courtesy of Fox 2000

Played By: Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures 
Why She’s A Badass: Although she’s a character based off a real life woman, Katherine Johnson is the first female African-American mathematician at NASA and¬†helped the US go to space. Without her, the space program wouldn’t be what it is today.

16. Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow

Courtesy of Marvel

Played By: Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Captain America and much more!
Why She’s A Badass: Natasha is a former Russian spy that uses her superwoman assassin skills to help superheroes.

17. Annalise Keating

Courtesy of Abc

Played By: Viola Davis in How To Get Away With Murder
Why She’s A Badass: Annalise Keating isn’t your average professor and criminal law attorney. She’s ruthless, she’s vicious, and she’s a badass.

18. Daenerys Targaryen

Courtesy of HBO

Played By: Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones.
Why She’s A Badass: The true heir (I believe) to the throne of Westeros. Daenerys is willing to do whatever it takes to reach her goals. Dany gives Cersei a run for her money when it comes to being the baddest bitch of Game of Thrones. Plus, she has three dragons.

Paige’s Oscars 2017 Guide: Predictions, Precautions, & Politics

This year, I watched more award movies than ever. There are many reasons why this year I saw more Oscar nominated films than in previous years. For one, I always plan on seeing as many as possible, but often I don’t have the time. However, this award season was my first season not in school so I had much more free time. Also, my boyfriend, my close friends, and my family all love movies (thank God…right?), so I had many opportunities to see the most critically acclaimed films of the year — in addition to trashy, yet satisfying and entertaining movies. (Fifty Shades Darker was so good, idc what critics say.) For the record I’ll watch anything except for horror films.¬†

“Lion” stars Sunny Pawar & Dev Patel at the Golden Globes.

To be honest, sometimes movies that are the ripest on Rotten Tomatoes can be depressing, disturbing, or let’s be real — flat out boring. But these films contain amazing acting and artful sequences, putting them on that Oscar ballot. For example, Manchester By The Sea was probably one of the most depressing movies I’ve ever seen, for not being a true story or based on true events (Hotel Rwanda, 12 Years A Slave, etc). My mom and I were sobbing literally the entire film and it was pretty dull of a movie IMO. However, Casey Affleck did a phenomenal job. Absolutely incredible.

Manchester wasn’t the only film to tear at the heartstrings. The feels were real in Lion, Jackie, Moonlight, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and Hidden Figures. Okay, tbh I didn’t see Hell or High Water, but it seemed good. Hacksaw Ridge, on the other hand, was incredible. Andrew Garfield did AMAZING. Wow, I loved that movie.¬†La La Land, which I’ve seen about three times now, obviously was a fave of mine, but it didn’t have the same emotions as the other films. Besides the ending, it made me happy and I was entertained. It’s pure originality is what I believe is making it win all the awards this season and I couldn’t be happier. However, I also really enjoyed Hidden Figures. I thought it was an amazing film and I wish that Taraji P. Henson was nominated for an Oscar. She deserved it!

If previous award shows this season are any indication, it’s assumed like the Oscars will be political — meaning that acceptance speeches will sure have many F*** Trump messages in them. I just read an article that Trump is apparently not watching the Oscars. I’d be very surprised if he would due to the fact that much of the world, women, me, etc Hollywood is liberal and anti-Trump. Remember Meryl Streep‘s speech at the Golden Globes? And James Corden‘s opening monologue at the Grammys? I feel like Jimmy Kimmel is definitely going to bring up Trump in his opening speech, because he knows his audience. What will happen we shall see on Sunday.

Below I have my “last word” on the films as well as my predictions about who I think will win and who I want to win.

IMO: 

If you care…and a word to sum up my opinion.

Arrival 8/10 “creative”
Fences¬†8/10 “complex”
Hacksaw Ridge 9/10 “powerful”
Hell or High Water 7/10 “entertaining’
Hidden Figures 10/10 “inspiring”
La La Land 10/10 “spectacular”
Lion 8.5/10 “captivating”
Manchester by the Sea 7/10 “depressing”
Moonlight¬†8/10 “honest”

 

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

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Red-Who I Want To Win
Blue-Who I Think Will Win
Black-Who I Want and Believe Will Win Are The Same

BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

If La La Land doesn’t win…I’ll be shocked. Hidden Figures did win Best Ensemble at SAG though.

BEST DIRECTOR
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea 
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

This category is one of the highest honors and especially difficult this year. I would like Ryan or Andrew to win, but I think it’s going to go to Casey who won the Golden Globe or Denzel, who won the SAG award.

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

EMMA! EMMA!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

I really want Hidden Figures to win something.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
‚ÄúAudition (The Fools Who Dream),‚ÄĚ La La Land
‚ÄúCan‚Äôt Stop the Feeling,‚ÄĚ Trolls
‚ÄúCity of Stars,‚ÄĚ La La Land
‚ÄúThe Empty Chair,‚ÄĚ Jim: The James Foley Story
‚ÄúHow Far I‚Äôll Go,‚ÄĚ Moana

I liked Emma Stone’s solo better than the duet…sorry.

Other categories that I’m not knowledgeable enough about to give me opinion (hey, I’m being honest), but I’m going to give it a go anyways. When in doubt, La La Land, right?

BEST FILM EDITING
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land

Moonlight

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

PLEASE LET THIS MEAN JENNIFER LAWRENCE WILL BE THERE.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie

La La Land

BEST SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Hacksaw Ridge was incredible, I want them to at least win one too.

BEST SOUND EDITING
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Watch the Oscars with me when they air this Sunday, February 27th at 5:30pm on Abc. I’ll be watching the E! Red Carpet before as well.

Must Read: Mind-Blowing Facts For The Upcoming Oscars

Wallet Hub sent me this amazing infographic with awesome facts for the Oscars this Sunday. Here are some highlights.

  • 1st: Year in which black actors were nominated in every acting category.
  • 21st: Nomination by sound mixer Kevin O‚ÄôConnell (Hacksaw Ridge), who holds the record for the most Oscar nominations without a single win.
  • $2.1M: Cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast (58% less than the Super Bowl).
  • $696: Current value of the 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuette.
  • $30K: Cost of the 16,500-square-foot Oscars red carpet.
  • $42.8M: Total cost of Oscars ceremony.

The infographic, below, shows some mind-blowing facts of the past and present Academy Awards. So cool!

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Source: WalletHub
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Paige in La La Land Vol. 1: Blonde Beginnings & Real World Lessons

When I was a little girl, my dad would drive me every morning to elementary school. I had to go to a morning daycare, because both of my parents had to be at work early. Every morning during that 6:30 am sleepy car ride, my dad¬†would put on 102.7 KIIS FM On Air With Ryan Seacrest (We even listened in the Rick Dee’s days prior, my school was kindergarten for eighth grade.)¬†My dad and I — clad in my natural blonde hair (hey it was back then) and green, plaid uniform dress — would listen to Ryan tells us the important stories of the day, what was happening in music, and even throw in a joke or two. We¬†would hear the¬†pop hits, some couples would fight during Ryan’s Roses, and viewers would win contests. It was our morning ritual. One day however, I can’t remember which, I told my Dad: “Dad, I want to be Ryan Seacrest when I grow up. Well, a female version.” My dad replied with, “I could see you doing that, but you’d have to talk a little slower.”¬†DidimentionItalkreallyreallyfast? Don’t worry, I talk slower now, well at least on camera.

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Even from a young age, I couldn’t shut up.

I was probably in the fifth or sixth grade when I knew I wanted to work in entertainment. As I grew up, I thought that my aspirations would change to something more logical or¬†realistic, and for my mom’s sake — something that wouldn’t chew me up and spit me back out. But I was persistent. I loved pop-culture. I lived and breathed movies, television, books, and music. The¬†walls of my bedroom were covered floor to ceiling with magazine cutouts, pictures, posters, and other paraphernalia. What started just as my ode to the wizarding adventures of Harry Potter, a nerdy pleasure I still bear¬†at 23, evolved into a masterpiece of my pop culture obsessions.

As I reached high school, my aspirations to work in entertainment and journalism become even more confirmed. I would drag my friends to Twilight midnight showings and new movie releases. I even had my friends wait in line with me for 12 hours for the first Hunger Games installment, because of course I needed a good seat to see the launch of Jennifer Lawrence’s career — she’s still one of my favorite actresses btw. My locker and binders were covered with collages of my favorite celebrities and motivational quotes — my own personal travel dream board I could have as my reminder wherever I went. I loved to perform and make people laugh. My unusually deep voice with my bright, blonde hair made me unique. I was a dancer and a cheerleader, yet I was such a nerd when it came to my beloved pop-culture. Although¬†I was pretty smart in school, being an excessive talker was my identifier. I may be short, but wow did my voice carry in a classroom, even when I didn’t want it to. Energetic and bubbly, I was naturally very ADD, but sitting still and test taking were not my attributes. Nevertheless, I made it into a good college.

Basic LA photo in front of Alfred Coffee in WeHo.
Basic LA photo in front of Alfred Coffee in WeHo.

While at Loyola Marymount University — where I majored in Communication Studies and minored in Journalism (they don’t have a journalism major…ugh), I fell in love with the city of Los Angeles. Coming from Orange County, I wasn’t far from my family but the environment around me was definitely new, and I loved it. This was my beginning, my blonde beginning (I’ve been about four hair colors and cuts the past five years…) and I was ready to really get my life started, because I was in the entertainment capital of the world and this was my time to shine.

As I should have known, getting into entertainment journalism, or any aspect of entertainment, wasn’t easy. Real World¬†Lesson #1. I applied for more internships than I can count, getting only two small unpaid internships in total. However, I was grateful as¬†I still got to build my portfolio and earn some experience. Unlike many of my private school friends, I had to work through all four years of college — having stints at a multiple part-time jobs such as a work study job on campus, a position at Nordstrom, being a receptionist for my dad’s company, and as a team member at Whole Foods.¬†Real World Lesson #2. When it came to applying for jobs in the real world, I started early. Half way through my senior year of college, I began¬†the job hunt, hoping for a position right after graduation in May. Unfortunately, after dozens and dozens of applications, it took me until the following January — aka last month — to finally get a job. I was ecstatic. My hard work had finally paid off! I loved my job, my first real “big girl job.” I was so excited to have a desk, to be a real working girl, and to most of all — really begin my career. However, within three weeks of my new position I was laid off due to budget cuts. Real World Lesson #3.¬†

I was devastated, as anyone would be. Going back to the job hunt seemed like the worst thing in the world, but in reality it’s not. At only 23, I’ve learned some serious real world lessons from events that could easily have happened to me later in life and probably will again. This little setback might seem like a big deal, but it just means that my “big break” isn’t here yet. It’s just waiting for me to find it. From fan, to hopeful writer, to aspiring host, I’m not letting anything stop me now. For the many rejections I’ve received and the hills I’ve fallen down, to the many hardships that will for sure appear¬†in the future, I’ll be ready. This has been my dream since I was a child and I’m going to put 110% into it. If I fail, that’s alright, because I’ll get back up again. As one of my favorite movies of the year sings to me: “Here’s to the one’s who dream, foolish as they may seem.” Hi world, Pop Culture Paige is coming for you!

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