Moonlight fans' Golden Globe disappointment, social media names its #saltbae, and Trump tweets' "voice-over"

Actors Mahershala Ali (left) and Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film Moonlight Image copyright AP

In social media today: Some Twitter users want more than one Golden Globe for Moonlight, a Turkish chef is crowned a new meat lovers' sensation, actors give Trump's tweets a new flavour and Egypt Twitter users react to phone calls leaks.

"Moonlight was robbed"

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Many people on Twitter are celebrating the fact that the Golden Globe award for best drama film went to Moonlight, a film about the coming of age of a gay, black man. But many also feel it should have done even better.

The disappointment by its fans was evident as the awards show progressed, with La La Land picking up many of the major awards the film was also nominated for.

"Waiting on Moonlight to win anything... at this point," said one tweet. "Oh my heart. [Director] Barry Jenkins was robbed. I don't get it. Moonlight was exceptional," said another.

"So many La La Land speeches had the premise it was a hard sell. Moonlight was an even harder sell, and a more extraordinary achievement," added critic Alan Zilberman.

And, even after the best film award was finally announced, unhappy fans wanted to know: "Okay but how does Moonlight lose best screenplay and director riddle me that."

In a long thread on the issue, another commented: "The Golden Globes awarded white people for backing a film about black people, but didn't award the black people in it."

Some took consolation though in the fact that "history WAS also made tonight because Moonlight has become the first film by a black writer/director to win Best Picture".


A butcher with attitude?

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Allow us to introduce you to the new meat lovers' online sensation…. a chef who cooks his meat with style.

Attractive, passionate and immaculate were just some of the adjectives social media users lavished on Nusret Gokce, or #Saltbae as he is also known.

The reason for the sensation? Videos Gokce posts online of himself caressing and seasoning steaks that he serves in his restaurants which, in the words of one Twitter user, took meat cooking to "a whole other level".

The neat way he cuts his meat has also left many impressed.

"Nah mane how he just twist that damn bone out? I wonder does he teach knife skills," said one popular tweet.

And if that was not enough, the way he sprinkles salt, in a voila kind of movement, has been so captivating for so many that a special emoji was created for it.

Those excited by his moves included singer Bruno Mars, who tweeted the signature move with the words "Annndddd I'm out".

The episode offered something amusing even for vegetarians. Doing the rounds on Twitter is also this clip of a guy mimicking Saltbae's somewhat sexy, salt-sprinkling move - but over banana chips.


Caricaturing Trump with voiceovers

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Actor Mark Hamill is best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise but, over the weekend, many learned he is also the voice of The Joker in Batman cartoons.

Why? Well a jokey tweet suggesting someone create an app to read President-elect Donald Trump's tweets in The Joker's voice reached Mr Hamill and he responded enthusiastically: "I'd LOVE to. Nobody writes better super-villain dialogue."

And so he read out Mr Trump's new year's day tweet - the one where he said: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!"

We'll leave you to judge the result, which can be heard here. It was liked tens of thousands of times and has attracted howls of laughter and approval but also opprobrium.

"That is in incredibly bad taste. Please think about what you just did," said one tweet. Others however thought it hilarious and urged Mr Hamill to do more.

Turns out he's not the only one to be doing so. Voiceover actor Billy West, who plays several characters in the cartoon Futurama, has been doing the same for months.

Using the voice of the respected but vain Captain Zapp Brannigan, Mr West has read out the same new year tweet as well as a more recent one, where Mr Trump denigrates Arnold Schwarzeneggar over the ratings of the show Celebrity Apprentice, which he is hosting.

Mr Trump has yet to respond. This Monday he was busy tweeting in reaction to Meryl Streep's chastisement of him at the Golden Globe awards, calling her "over-rated" and "a Hillary flunkey".

If the actors' fans have their way there may well be more to come.


Egypt leaks

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Leaked phone call recordings allegedly featuring former Egyptian vice-president and Nobel Prize winner Mohamed El Baradei have triggered social media uproar in Egypt.

The recordings, which were aired on 7 January by a pro-Egyptian government TV station, allegedly included conversations El Baradei had with his brother as well as with former army Chief of Staff Sami Anan during the 2011 uprising.

In them, the high-profile figure, who has recently signalled plans to make a comeback to public life following three years of public appearance hiatus, apparently used foul language to describe an array of youth and opposition figures, some of whom he was allied with at one point.

Many on social media condemned El Baradei, with a widely shared tweet saying it was a "national duty" to "revoke the citizenship of the traitor El Baradei".

But others rose to his defence and directed their concern at the fact that it was possible to wiretap the phone calls of the country's officials.

Business tycoon Najb Sawiris said: "What caught my attention and surprise in the El Baradei leaks, which is a rejected approach, is how easy and dangerous it is to wiretap the army chief of staff."

El Baradei himself responded to the leaks with anger. "My private convos w/ family wiretapped, doctored and aired on TV as political retaliation. Legality aside is there any trace of decency left?" he posted on his Twitter account.

But others did not seem to have an issue with the public broadcast of private conversations on air, something outlawed by the Egyptian constitution.

"All states record phone calls, but no one puts them on air. Well, we do broadcast them because we are in a dirty war and everything is fair in war," said one popular post.


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