Oscars Predictions 2014

Oscar Day is officially here! Here are my picks for tonight’s winners (my picks are in bold).  

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Who I think should win: Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Who I think should win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Who I think should win: Judi Dench (Philomena)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Who I think should win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

Who I think should win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Director

  • American Hustle (David O. Russell)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

Who I think should win: 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

I hope I picked right, M and I have a bet going.  The person with the least amount of correct picks has to load and unload the dishwasher for a week!

Chantelle in the City turned 4 today! Happy Blog-Birthday to Me!

Happy New Year!

This year has really flown by - I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year.  As I look forward to 2014, I can’t help but reflect on how awesome 2013 was!

Here’s some highlights from this past year:

It wasn’t the C. Montgomery Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence, but I’ll take it!  In January, I was won the President’s Club award awarded to the top employees at my company. And it came with an inclusive trip to beautiful St. Lucia.

In March, I visited one of the cities that has been on my must-visit list for ages: San Francisco!

Even though I was there with work, I managed to take a few days to myself and did some sightseeing. I even managed to visit AT&T Park  the day after the World Baseball Classic Finals.  You can see all the photos from the trip here.

If that wasn’t enough,  I also visited New Orleans, Houston, and Las Vegas (more on that later, too)!

It looks like the travel will continue in 2014 - I’m already scheduled to visit London!

In September, I ran my first 5K race, Color Me Rad Toronto.  I ended up finishing the race in 30 minutes! 

This was also a great year for love: I was there to celebrate the weddings of 4 of my closest friends to their soulmates.  I was even lucky enough to be a bridesmaid! 

Now, I don’t usually broadcast my relationships online but I’m going to make an exception. I had a great time cheering on the Blue Jays, playing frisbee golf, and playing over a dozen games of Scrabble with my amazing boyfriend, M.  We also had a great vacation in Las Vegas in November.  

It was a great day for internet videos - and both just happened to feature Jimmy Fallon.  

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Show Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

The title pretty much says it all. 

Jimmy’s Epic Lip-Sync Off

10 whole minutes of Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Stephen Merchant lip-synching their guts out to such classic songs as “Take On Me,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Single Ladies” and “Super Bass”.  Epic.

I Did It - Color Me Rad 5K

It’s been over a week since I ran in my very first 5K run - Color Me Rad Toronto 5K!  If you’ve never heard of the run, it’s you basically get pelted with a coloured corn-meal like substance at checkpoints during the race. You essentially go from this:

To this:

I trained for several weeks before the run and managed to cross the finish line in 36 minutes!  Not too shabby! 

Proceeds from the race went to a charity close to my heart, Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto.  To learn more about the race (or to register for the next one!) visit www.colormerad.com

Enjoy more photos from the race below!

Two Beautiful Views of The Toronto Skyline
I was on a boat in Toronto Harbour last night and took these two photos of the Toronto skyline.
Born and raised Torontonians on the boat were laughing at me for marveling a the view, but I still think that Toronto really is a beautiful city. Two Beautiful Views of The Toronto Skyline
I was on a boat in Toronto Harbour last night and took these two photos of the Toronto skyline.
Born and raised Torontonians on the boat were laughing at me for marveling a the view, but I still think that Toronto really is a beautiful city.

Two Beautiful Views of The Toronto Skyline

I was on a boat in Toronto Harbour last night and took these two photos of the Toronto skyline.

Born and raised Torontonians on the boat were laughing at me for marveling a the view, but I still think that Toronto really is a beautiful city.

It’s that time of year again: Let’s all go to the Ex!

It’s that time of year: the Canadian National Exhibition (also known as the CNE or the Ex) officially opens today !  In honour of the special day, I thought I would post this video I made last year at the Ladies Learning Code video editing workshop. In it, we talk about our favourite CNE memories:

Don’t mind the amateur quality - it was my very first attempt at directing, recording, editing and mixing a video all on my own.  I did it all in one short half-day workshop! 

What’s your favourite part of the Ex?

Happy 2013! Back from my holidays and much-needed break. This is what it looked like this morning in Toronto on my morning walk. It looks like winter is here to stay!

Agent Hashtag with Kellan Lutz

At least I’m not this bad! “How will everyone know I’m listening to Arcade Fire?” - #AgentHashtag

I Love Chicago!

I’m finally getting around to posting the pictures from my trip to Chicago. I am 0-3 when it comes to posting my pictures on time, but at least it’s not as bad this time around.

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Beautiful skyline

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Ferris wheel at Navy Pier

Wrigley Field: Home of the Cubs

One thing I had to do was see a game at Wrigley.  I ended up watching the Cubs host the Giants (The Cubs lost.)  Despite the threat of rain in the morning, it ended up being a beautiful day for a ballgame.  And yes, I did rock a Jays hat.

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Before the trip, everyone kept telling me that I had to try deep dish pizza. A friend recommended Lou Manalti’s to me, and even though I was skeptical at first, I decided to give it a try.  When we got to the restaurant, the wait was already an hour and a half. The strange part was that the wait didn’t seem to bother anyone! I was going to leave when a server brought out some samples of the thin crust pizza.  Once I tasted the samples, I knew I was going to wait, no matter what. It was delicious!

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Soldier’s Field (home of da bears) is beautiful! 

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The Bean was even better in person.  No matter where you stand, you can see the beautiful skylight reflected back to you.  It was neat watching all the tourists (myself included!) take their pictures underneath the famous landmark. 

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Obligatory self-portrait under The Bean


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The Famous Chicago Theatre

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Beautiful buildings are everywhere in Chicago. It’s an absolute architectural wonder.  I highly recommend the Architecture Tour put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  It’s definitely the best way to view the city and the buildings. 

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And of course, no trip to the Windy City would be complete without a trip up the Sears ( aka Willis Tower). 

The trip was amazing.  I now understand why everyone usually is quick to cite Chicago as one of their favourite cities in the world.  It’s definitely one of mine. If you want to see the whole set here, you can see them here.