Oscars

It’s never good news when I trend on Twitter. The Oscars was no exception

4 March 2017 13:00

When Kingsley Amis won the Booker prize for The Old Devils in 1986, he said that he had previously thought…

Donald Trump and the end of the age of celebrity

4 March 2017 10:00

The ongoing war between Donald Trump and the Hollywood A-list has entered a new and unpredictable phase. Celebrity criticism of…

The most politically correct Oscars ever?

26 February 2017 17:54

Last year, the Oscars came in for quite a bit of criticism within the American film community. The problem wasn’t…

Why we need to cancel the Oscars to save the Oscars

22 February 2017 16:38

Oscar has a problem, and I say that as a fan. If I could, I’d take one of those famous…

I want Elle to win an Oscar – but I also wish it hadn’t been made

22 February 2017 16:02

Is it possible simultaneously to want a film to win an Oscar and to wish it hadn’t been made? That’s…

Affleck carries the film – with the help of that jaw: Manchester By The Sea reviewed

11 January 2017 11:49

Everyone in Hollywood knows that if you want some good jaw-clenching you go to an Affleck brother. To older brother…

This year’s Oscars was the biggest gathering of smug, self-important asses in living memory

29 February 2016 15:26

The American comic Toby Muresianu put it best: last night’s Oscars felt like ‘three hours of being told to eat…

The View from 22 Podcast: Donald Trump, Cameron’s centre-right secret and the racist Oscars

21 January 2016 9:04

Donald Trump seems to offer only gloom, insults and arrogance – but America seems to love him for it, says Freddy Gray…

Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris took it too far

23 February 2015 10:23

Birdman soared past longtime favourite Boyhood at the 87th Academy Awards, as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s hilarious Hollywood satire unexpectedly took…

The Kremlin is dictating Russian culture once more – and it’s neo-Soviet and anti-Western

18 February 2015 14:42

It’s suddenly gone icy-cold in Russia’s arts relations with us and the US. Last year’s Russia-UK Year of Culture just…

Blunt is right. Being posh in the arts is career suicide

20 January 2015 14:55

Yesterday saw Labour’s shadow minister for the arts, Chris Bryant MP, amusingly and justly savaged by the pop star James Blunt…

Leviathan: the anti-Putin film the Russians tried to ban that’s tipped for an Oscar

6 November 2014 17:32

The funny thing about a film like Leviathan, which many expected to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this…

Theresa May: it’s time to stamp out slavery. Again.

3 March 2014 16:43

In his Oscars acceptance speech Steve McQueen declared he was dedicating the award for his film 12 Years A Slave…

Politics trumps artistry at the Oscars — full list of winners

3 March 2014 7:37

There were two possibilities for the 86th Academy Awards, joked host Ellen DeGeneres, either ‘12 Years a Slave wins the…

Who will win best film at the Oscars? Here are the runners and riders.

2 March 2014 13:30

The Oscars dispenses its wisdom tonight. By tradition the award for the past year’s best film won’t go to the…

RIP Alice Herz-Sommer

23 February 2014 21:10

The 110-year-old pianist and oldest known Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, who was imprisoned in Theresienstadt concentration camp, has died. Her…

Give Steve McQueen a Nobel prize not an Oscar

20 February 2014 7:30

Film critic Armond White has been booted out of the New York Film Critics Circle. Officially it was for heckling…

Brave, the Oscars and the Scottish Cringe.

25 February 2013 13:47

Hurrah for Brave, the little movie that could! And did! All Scotland salutes her Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Another triumph…