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To all the women…

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Being a woman is a wonderful thing. And there are many examples of incredible, inspiring, talented, kind, genuine, strong women throughout history and in the present. And to celebrate International Women’s Day, I have compiled a little photo-and-quotes gallery of some of the strongest, most iconic women I can think of. These are people who have impacted society in many ways, and who have celebrated their womanhood and inner strength. And we remember them because of that. I know I have missed out so many other strong women out there in the world, but this is dedicated to ALL of the ladies that has made this world a better place in every single little way.

So to all the women out there: live, love and celebrate yourself. Be happy, and be proud to call yourself a woman.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
― Mother Teresa

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
— Princess Diana

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
― Audrey Hepburn

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
― Maya Angelou

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank

“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
— Florence Nightingale

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
— Amelia Earhart

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
— Marie Curie

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
— Louisa May Alcott

“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
— Margaret Thatcher

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
— Oprah Winfrey

“We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.”
— Aung San Suu Kyi

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
— J.K. Rowling

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

And the Oscar goes to…(Best Actor)

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After seeing female movie icons and Oscar winners,  it’s time to give the males a chance to shine. Presenting some of the most talented actors in the American film industry, all with at least one Academy Award under their belt. Once again, scroll down and enjoy.

 

P.S. I’m all for Jean Dujardin to win the Best Actor award tomorrow. He rightfully deserves it. I would say the closest competitor he has would be George Clooney(based purely on his Golden Globe win), but I’m crossing my fingers and toes for Dujardin to lift that trophy high.

 

Spencer Tracy accepting his award for his role in Captain Courageous. Just the next year, he would be taking home another Oscar for Boys Town. Altogether, he has 9 Oscar nominations to his name.

 

A very dapper looking Gary Cooper holding high his golden statuette for his role in Sergeant York. Later on in his career, he goes on to accept the Oscar once again for the film High Noon.

 

Laurence Olivier examines his statuette after his Best Actor win for the movie Hamlet.

 

The iconic Marlon Brando looks absolutely charming whilst accepting the Oscar for his role as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront. But most people will remember him from his later Best Actor winning role: The Godfather.

 

A dashing Humphrey Bogart celebrating his win for his performance in the movie The African Queen.

 

Alas I was unable to find a photo of John  Wayne with his Oscar statuette. But he won the Best Actor award for his turn in the iconic western True Grit.

 

Jack Nicholson is a man with serious acting chops. He has 2 Best Actor trophies  to boast of (for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good As It Gets), and an impressive 8 Academy Award nominations to his name.

 

Al Pacino holds that gold statuette high for his win in the movie Scent of a Woman. Like Marlon Brando, Al will be known for his other roles in The Godfather, and Scarface.

 

Dustin Hoffman exuding much charm and dignity while posing with the Oscar in his hands. This amazing actor won his Oscar for his impressive performance in Kramer vs. Kramer, and collected yet another trophy later in his career for the film Rain Man.

 

It will always be remembered that Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his role as the horrific Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs. Still one of the most stunning performances in a movie till date.

 

Sean Penn smiles with his statuette,  presented to him for his performance in Milk. This was his second award, with his first a few years before, for his role in Mystic River.

 

Tom Hanks modestly holds up his award for his winning role in one of my all-time favourite movies, Forrest Gump. Just the previous year, he won the Best Actor for Philadelphia.

 

Jeff Bridges has dominated Best Actor nominations in recent years, winning one for his role as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, and procuring an Oscar nom for reprising John Wayne’s classic character in the remake of True Grit. It is probably a good idea to look out for him in future award spots…

And the Oscar goes to…(Best Actress)

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So the Academy Awards are just around the corner…in fact it’s just tomorrow! I’m getting pretty jittery and excited, trying to predict who’s going to take home that golden statuette, and have the chance to give their Oscar speech. To keep up with all the excitement that building up, I have compiled a little picture gallery of some of the most iconic movies and movie stars to win the Academy Award. So scroll down and enjoy. This first list goes to all the female icons and best actresses we have seen thus far.

P.S. By the way, if you’re wondering, I do want Michelle Williams to take home the Best Actress award tomorrow. Although I think the statuette will very likely go to the fantastic Viola Davis for her turn in The Help.

Ingrid Bergman celebrating her win for her role in Gaslight, and later on in the movie Anastasia.

The iconic Audrey Hepburn and her Best Actress win as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday. That gown has also become one of the most iconic dresses to ever grace the Oscars.

The absolutely lovely Grace Kelly wins an Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl.

Vivien Leigh posing with her statuette for her win as Scarlett O’Hara in the very popular Gone with the Wind. She goes on to win another Best Actress trophy for her turn in A Streetcar named Desire.

Bette Davis takes home the Oscar for her role in Jezebel. She has an amazing 10 Oscar Best Actress nominations received in her career.

Katharine Hepburn is no stranger at the Oscars, with a record-holding 4 Best Actress Academy Awards to boast of for her respective roles in Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor gracefully accepts the award for her role as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The fabulous Julie Andrews hugs her Oscar for her stint as a singing Mary Poppins in the movie Mary Poppins.

Barbra Streisand strikes a pretty pose with the statuette for her Oscar win for Funny Girl.

Jane Fonda radiates happiness as she clutches her award for her role as Bree Daniels in Klute.

The one and only Meryl Streep with her Academy Award for Sophie’s Choice. Don’t forget her previous Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for her fantastic turn in Kramer vs Kramer, and her astounding 17 nominations in total for the Oscars!

Jodie Foster is all smiles after her win for her  role in The Accused. Later on she goes on to win another Oscar in Silence of the Lambs.

Hilary Swank looks beautiful with that Best Actress statuette for the film Boys Don’t Cry. Don’t stop smiling, for you’re gonna be winning another “gold man” for the film Million Dollar Baby.

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The lovely  Kate Winslet accepts her award for her win in the film, The Reader. With a total of 6 Academy Awards nominations under her belt, we can be sure to expect a lot more Oscars coming her way.

Love Buttons

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Love-Button

Ok, so I know that this isn’t really a love button. Meaning that no, it doesn’t summon your true love when pressed. Also meaning that it is just the “Favourite” button on my home remote control.

But sometimes, looking at things plainly is just so unimaginative and boring. Why not interpret it in you own fun, fanciful way?  I take this “love-button” as a sign that love can be found anywhere and everywhere in the world. More importantly, I take this as a reminder that we should BE love-buttons in this world and give away love to the people we meet each and every day.

So start looking for little signs around your house, school, community or world that reminds you of love and to love. Also, stop waiting. Be a Love-Button today.

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey” – Victor Hugo