The 2018 Oscar Nominations are In

This year’s Academy Awards nominations are now out and there are several big surprises. Topping that list is the level of acclaim and attention lavished on the low-budget horror film GET OUT, which earned Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture nominations.This is highly unusual for any genre film, let alone one from the Blumhouse horror factory.

Another genre picture that did even better, Guillermo Del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER garned a stunning 13 nominations, the most of any other film this year.

Here is the full list of nominations:

BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

DARKEST HOUR

DUNKIRK

GET OUT

LADY BIRD

PHANTOM THREAD

POST, THE

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Christopher Nolan – DUNKIRK

Jordan Peele – GET OUT

Greta Gerwig – LADY BIRD

Paul Thomas Anderson – PHANTOM THREAD

Guillermo Del Toro – SHAPE OF WATER, THE

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins – SHAPE OF WATER, THE

Frances McDormand – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Margot Robbie – I, TONYA

Saoirse Ronan – LADY BIRD

Meryl Streep – POST, THE

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothee Chalamet – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Daniel Day-Lewis – PHANTOM THREAD

Daniel Kaluuya – GET OUT

Gary Oldman – DARKEST HOUR

Denzel Washington – ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THE BIG SICK

GET OUT

LADY BIRD

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

 

WRITING ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

THE DISASTER ARTIST

LOGAN

MOLLY’S GAME

MUDBOUND

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

THE BOSS BABY

THE BREADWINNER

COCO

FERDINAND

LOVING VINCENT

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Mighty River” – MUDBOUND

“Mystery of Love” – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

“Remember Me” – COCO

“Stand Up for Something” – MARSHALL

“This is Me” – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

FACES PLACES

ICARUS

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

STRONG ISLAND

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

EDITH + EDDIE

HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405

HEROINE

KNIFE SKILLS

TRAFFIC STOP

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A FANTASTIC WOMAN

THE INSULT

LOVELESS

ON BODY AND SOUL

THE SQUARE

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe – THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Woody Harrelson – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Richard Jenkins – SHAPE OF WATER, THE

Christopher Plummer – ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Sam Rockwell – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige – MUDBOUND

Allison Janney – I, TONYA

Lesley Manville – PHANTOM THREAD

Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD

Octavia Spencer – SHAPE OF WATER, THE

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

DARKEST HOUR

VICTORIA AND ABDUL

WONDER

 

BEST FILM EDITING

BABY DRIVER

DUNKIRK

I, TONYA

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

BLADE RUNNER 2049

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

 

BEST MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE

DUNKIRK

PHANTOM THREAD

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

 

BEST SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION

DEKALB ELEMENTARY

THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK

MY NEPHEW EMMETT

THE SILENT CHILD

WATU WOTE/ALL OF US

 

BEST SHORT FILM ANIMATED

DEAR BASKETBALL

GARDEN PARTY

LOU

NEGATIVE SPACE

REVOLTING RHYMES

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

BABY DRIVER

BLADE RUNNER 2049

DUNKIRK

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

BABY DRIVER

BLADE RUNNER 2049

DUNKIRK

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

DARKEST HOUR

PHANTOM THREAD

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

VICTORIA AND ABDUL

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BLADE RUNNER 2049

DARKEST HOUR

DUNKIRK

MUDBOUND

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

BLADE RUNNER 2049

DARKEST HOUR

DUNKIRK

SHAPE OF WATER, THE

How to Stay Positive

Does life seem increasingly like it is dragging you down? People today face an odd paradox: it is easier now than ever before to know what is going on, but is that such a good thing? It often seems like the world is drowning in negativity. News networks just make things worse by adhering to the “If it bleeds, it leads” thinking. What is the best way to keep people tuned into your 24-hour news cycle? Keep them on the edge of their seat and thinking that they absolutely need to know what you have coming up.

Social media can also contribute to this issue as people tend to share the negative things. That can lead to fighting (especially where politics is concerned), stress, anxiety, and anger. It’s no wonder that people get fed up and delete their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Here are three ways to avoid such feelings:

Get Some Me Time

Find some time in your day to get away from it all and relax in a quiet room. Listen to soothing music, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Try to do this for at least 20-30 minutes per day.

Practice Meditation

If you like the above form of relaxation, meditation is a good next step. You can join a meditation group or simply practice it on your own. One advantage of attending a group is that it means you are committed to practicing meditation at a set time each week. For some, that helps them to keep on track. Once they have several classes under their belt and understand the effectiveness of meditation, they will begin to practice it regularly at home.

Even if you just prefer to do it alone, there is essentially no wrong way to meditate. Find a quiet room, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. You can also follow along to guided meditation videos available online. Meditation takes some practice, so don’t be discouraged if you find this challenging. Just keep practicing and you will get the hang of it!

Take a Social Media Break

Social media can be quite fulfilling and addictive, which can make it hard to put down your phone. However, it is wise to stop monitoring your feeds and the news every once in a while. Go for a walk, read a book, have a coffee with friends. Leave your phone at home.

The Considerable Benefits of Working from Home

We’ll bet that any day where there is a long commute, bad weather, or annoying colleagues dominating, you spend time fantasizing about working from home. If so, you will be living the dream that quite a few other people are enjoying these days. Some are self-employed, while others are allowed to work off-site by their companies. The common denominator is that there can be some solid benefits to this working arrangement.

Reduced Distractions

While some might worry that their home environment provides too many distractions to be effective, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, you have to freedom to close your office door at home and totally shut out the world, eliminating the sort of distractions that routinely bother people having to perform their role on-site.

A Very Short Commute

The morning/evening commute can be a very depressing experience that also wastes a lot of time and money. Working at home means the commute is no longer than the width of your dwelling. This not only saves time, it eliminates the boredom and frustration that regularly accompany commuting.

Better Ability to Maintain Work/Life Balance

Work/life balance is a hot topic these days because an increasing number of people are finding it especially challenging to keep up. Working at home means the chance to spend more time with your family, have additional opportunities to do things you like, and further time available to rest and enjoy the other good things that life offers.

Greater Productivity

There are all manner of distractions in the typical workplace that can mar your productivity. Sometimes, even if your co-workers and boss are considerate, other activity in the building can be a nuisance. Working from home gives you a better chance to control your environment and create the conditions that allow you to perform at your best.

Is Pot in Your Future?

July 1st, 2018 will be a special day in Canadian history. On that date, recreational marijuana will be legal for this first time in the country. There are restrictions in place, and these will likely vary from province to province. However, those who enjoy smoking marijuana will be able to do so (edibles will likely be another year down the road). Do you already smoke pot? Are you planning to try it next year for the first time?

Whatever your level of experience with cannabis, you certainly won’t be alone if you plan on smoking on our next Canada Day. Approximately 4-6 million Canadians will use marijuana when it becomes available in stores.

However, they may find themselves disappointed on the big day. But not in the quality, but the quantity available. If the experience down south is anything to go by, demand will greatly outstrip supply for some time to come. While production has ramped up considerably in the past few months across the country, suppliers here have regularly had trouble supplying enough product for the 170,000 medical marijuana users. Now that that demand will be increasing by a factor of about 30, you had best be prepared for sell outs and other delays.

Alas, this issue will likely not just be for the first few months. American states were not able to fully meet demand until 2-3 years after legalization. As of this writing, not every province has even announced whether they will have stores open by July 1st (don’t worry—you can also order online).

According to the government, the main reason for legalization is to take criminals out of the equation. However, that won’t be happening until any supply problems have subsided. There is also a question of potency; will government-grown pot have the THC levels that hardcore users typically get from their dealers? If not, there will continue to be an underground market.

Communicating With Clients: Can It Be Better?

Communication is one of the cornerstones of business. You can’t have a successful relationship with a client without clear and effective sharing of information. Just like your brain being unable to tell your arm what to do, there may be signs of life, but nothing gets done and frustration results.

Are you having communication problems with any of your clients? Here are some basics that you can review:

Timing

Early on in a business relationship, you typically communicate with clients on a regular basis. Things might slow down a bit as that partnership continues because, by then, you know each other and have a good idea of what to expect from your relationship. However, you should never just stop communicating. Doing so invites trouble and misunderstandings.

Keep It Friendly and Professional

It is important to be professional in a business relationship. However, things can go more smoothly if you are also friendly. Do not cross any boundaries that might make things inappropriate, but take the time to know everyone’s names, and remember things about them so you can easily have a conversation that is more than just talking shop. If you do that for them, they are more likely to do the same for you.

That sort of human connection can make all of the difference if you are competing with another firm for business. People appreciate being treated well and they remember it.

Use the Right Tools

There are many ways to communicate with clients, but they should not be used interchangeably. News of great importance should always be communicated in person, if at all possible. If not, then by telephone. Do not email or text major developments to your client as that shows a lack of respect and care.

Make Sure to Follow-Up

Another way to lose a client’s faith is to not follow-up or be very slow at it. No matter how busy you are, always answer their questions and be available for any more they might have.

 

Is It Difficult to Learn English?

If you are reading this article, we are going to assume that you speak English already and are just curious about why it may be difficult language to learn. If you learn a language right from childhood, you might have some initial struggles, but it eventually comes to you fairly quickly, if not perfectly. However, as we get older, it could become more difficult to learn a new language.

People immigrating to countries where English is the predominant language run into this dilemma themselves. Some might argue that moving to other lands requires people to learn new languages on a regular basis. However, have you ever wondered why it seems like some people struggle to pick up English as a second or third language? Is there something about it that makes English a greater challenge or is it due to the person themselves?

Well, let’s tackle the second part first. As we are all not of the same intelligence level or degree of ambition, some will undoubtedly learn more easily than others. Also, those coming from a language that already has some similarities to English will also have an easier time vs someone whose mother tongue is, say, Japanese.

As for English itself, it is a hybrid consisting of elements taken from several other languages. This is the reason you run into rules and then exceptions to those rules. English does not have a logical progression from beginning to end. That sort of thing can be frustrating and difficult to remember when you are learning (example: words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, like they’re vs their vs there).

Further complicating things are vowels and diphthongs. Their respective pronunciations can vary greatly depending on the particular word.

There are other examples, but these alone should have you developing a level of sympathy for those learning English. It’s not clear whether we have the toughest language in the world to pick up, but it’s most definitely not the easiest.

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Caregiver 101

Whether it is your job or something you do out of love, being a caregiver can be highly rewarding. However, if you are not careful, it can also take a real toll on you. Caregivers tend to be people who excel at self-sacrifice in order to help others, but they sometimes do it at the expense of their own physical and mental health. That is a real problem because how can you look after someone else if you are not properly looking after yourself?

Here are some key things to remember if you are a caregiver:

learn new skills

Being a caregiver is in some ways a job like any other: you learn as you go and get better at it as time passes. Reach out to doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who can provide you with tips on how to learn the new skills that will make life easier for both you and the person you are looking after.

make sure you have some time off

This may sound like the most obvious, but it also is the most important. Be sure to make arrangements so that you get enough respite time per month in order to be able to keep on top of your duties and maintain emotional balance. It is also a good idea to use this time to do something that will take your mind completely away from your caregiving duties.

Get support if you need it

Some people regard seeking support as a sign of weakness, but it is really a sign of strength. It means that you are cognizant of your needs as a caregiver and are taking steps to ensure that you can continue at the same level. Support can be in the form of therapy, caregiver support groups, or even just friends who will have your back when you need them. Never be afraid to reach out.

The Value of Quiet Time

Are you are leading a life where silence is almost an unknown quantity? So many of us nowadays spend an increasingly large percentage of our day in virtual panic mode. There are multiple things that need to be done and just as many deadlines on the horizon. This means we do not have a chance to sit down and, to use an old phrase, smell the roses.

This is unfortunate because it is not healthy to always be on the go. Both our bodies and minds need quiet time: occasions when we are not thinking about work or friends or family or problems or money… or anything else that causes us physical and mental stress.

Some people might say, well, if I am not doing anything, then I feel bored. Some people who worry about their personal productivity will feel guilty. However, quiet time allows for important processes such as, creativity, reflection, and recollection.

Sometimes things do not work out because we simply have not had enough time to properly plan them. Quiet time allows you to think things through to the extent that you end up with the result that is satisfying and accurate.

These moments are also a wonderful time to exercise your creativity. Do whatever it takes to block out the rest of the world and luxuriate in the quiet. This allows your brain to concentrate fully on the task at hand and for you to live in the moment. Both are prerequisites for great art and satisfying creative expression. There is a reason that artists live in spaces that are often distant from the hustle and bustle and noise of their general surroundings.

Quiet time is also good for reducing your level of stress. That brings down your blood pressure and helps to decrease the likelihood of serious issues like heart attack and stroke.

Good Equipment is a Must for Good Treatment

Whenever you employ a technician to provide a service for you, you expect them to know their job backwards and forwards. You also expect that the tools they use while performing that work will also be up to snuff. Otherwise, the work they do will suffer and not offer the high quality you expect, leading to extra costs and some unhappy repeat visits.

This also applies to dentists, though this is an area where the general public probably does not have as much knowledge. Most people know a little about cars, while those who are real gearheads will know right away when a mechanic is using sub-standard equipment to work on their vehicle.

We’re guessing that, when you go to the dentist, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the handpiece or other equipment on the tray beside you. As your dentist and his assistant are professionals, you just trust in their judgment and pride to ensure that their equipment is as good as it needs to be to properly treat your teeth.

A name in high quality dental tools, Sable prides itself on selling high quality components and equipment. Cutting corners does no one any good in the long term, so Sable – Dental Equipment goes the whole nine yards and offers products that have been tested for both accuracy and longevity.

They may cost more upfront than a low-quality knockoff from China, but these dental pieces will last longer and deliver the best results. That means a more consistent flow of satisfied customers, more positive word of mouth from those people, and more repeat visits. It also helps a dental practice maintain a favorable social media presence. Many people rely on online reviews before trying a business; those with many negative reviews can find themselves at a great disadvantage.

Getting the Most from Your Retirement Years

Many people dream of their retirement years, but aside from the financial planning aspect, they don’t really think too much about the particulars. You have probably heard of some people who died not long into their retirement, seemingly due to a lack of purpose. Thus, if you are nearing that time in your life, it can be worthwhile to spend some time considering what you will be doing once the 9-5 grind is in your past.

Exercise

Exercise is important no matter what stage of life you are at. Remaining on the move in your golden years is important for retaining mobility and healthy bodily function. Try joining a local gym and investigating classes designed for people in your age bracket.

Staying Busy

Retirement should not be about lying around the house. It is important to stay moderately busy so that you can retain your sense of identity and accomplishment. Think about a part-time job that interests you and offers hours that are reasonable for your new schedule. There is also volunteer work, which provides a great way to meet new people with similar interests.

Try New Things

With our busy lives, there are inevitably things we would like to have done, but just couldn’t spare the time. Now is the time to experiment: what is out there that you haven’t tried? Sign up and give it a shot!

Watch Your Diet

It can be tempting to view this portion of your life as the time when you can go nuts and enjoy all aspects of life. However, a proper, balanced diet is just as important at 65 as it was at 16. In fact, the health consequences of not eating right can be even more dangerous as a senior. There is nothing wrong with indulging in moderation; just don’t get too carried away.