Damien Chazelle accepts the Best Director Oscar for La La Land at the  89th Annual Academy Awards.  Best picture is voted in a proportional system. Best director is first past the post. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

A diligent Oscars observer should be happy with nothing less than 70 per cent in the prediction stakes – which means I’m not happy(...)

“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz looks at the card reading Best Film ‘Moonlight” next to US actor Warren Beatty and host Jimmy Kimmel after Beatty mistakingly read “La La Land” initially at the 89th Oscars. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Clarke on the best, worst and most awkward moments of the 89th Academy Awards

Director Barry Jenkins holds the Oscar as Moonlight wins best picture. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Shock as Moonlight takes best picture minutes after La La Land is announced

'iPhone accents: which key combination puts a macron over the first “o” in Yasujiro Ozu’s name? Nobody’s going to take me for somebody without a word of Japanese'

clever people whove published books and lectured at harvard argue on twitter like this so obviously i’m the idiot here

Martin Scorsese at Trinity College Dublin with provost Patrick Prendergast and the president of the Phil, Matthew Nuding. Photograph:  Alan Betson

‘Taxi Driver’ director also in Dublin to receive John Ford Award from President

The one the critics want to win: Mahershala Ali and Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight

Donald Clarke ranks the best picture nominees at this year’s Academy Awards

Here be lizards:  Pedro Pascal and Matt Damon in The Great Wall

The Oscar contenders are everywhere, but Batman and Matt Damon are managing to hold their own

Dane DeHaan: “I was the least famous person in the room. The Weinstein Company wouldn’t pay to fly me. My agent used his air miles to get me to Cannes at the last minute. I had to stay on my producer’s futon.”

The smooth actor’s star has risen slowly but surely, from ‘In Treatment’ to ‘Chronicle’ to playing James Dean. Now he's up to his(...)

Repressed outsider: Marion Cotillard in It’s Only the End of the World

Dolan’s entry into the Weekend in Family Hell genre is certainly adventurous, but woefully miscast, and ultimately fails in its am(...)

They’ve killed the Czar. Hooray!  Terence Stamp in Bitter Harvest

Noble intentions may be behind the production of this privately financed Ukrainian history lesson, but that’s really no excuse (...)

Expect a “La La Land” sweep on the night, including best film, best director and best actress

‘La La Land’ or ‘Moonlight’? Emma Stone or Natalie Portman? Casey Affleck or Denzel Washington? Donald Clarke makes his prediction(...)

Viola Davis on race and TV: “Things have changed in TV, certainly, because you now have 400 television shows on the air. There are stations you’ve never heard of. Because of the sheer volume you have more opportunity for actors in general.”

Golden Globe winner tipped for an Oscar for ‘Fences’ is, at 51, taking success in her stride

PewDiePie huh?: Disney is reportedly cutting ties to YouTube star Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg after he posted videos that included anti-Semitic content. Photograph: EPA/Stephen Morrison

YouTubers have followers in the millions but rarely appear on traditional media’s radar

Dangerous charisma: Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as his long-suffering wife, Rose, in Fences.

Denzel Washington directs and stars alongside Viola Davis in a drama that betrays its origins as a stage play

Would you like fries with that? Michael Keaton in The Founder

Michael Keaton brings a Faustian undercurrent to John Lee Hancock’s entertaining, ambiguous biopic

Rank outsider:  Damon joins the Chinese warriors in The Great Wall.

Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s monster flick, featuring Matt Damon battling killer lizards, is stunningly silly and surprisingly enj(...)

Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle in Terrence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, Wednesday 22nd, 6pm, Light House

The Dublin Film Festival is about to begin. Here are our picks for each night of the festival’s opening week

Hope floats: Mahershala Ali and Alex R Hibbert in in Barry Jenkins Oscar-nominated Moonlight

Barry Jenkins meticulous, emotional triptych on masculinity, identity and sexuality offers up a remarkable new American hero for o(...)

La La Land cinematography  award winner Linus Sandgren with Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photograph: Reuters

Hollywood musical scoops most gongs on occasion coloured by celebrity and politics

Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett in ‘Steptoe and Son’: sitcoms no longer capture and dictate the zeitgeist

If you want to learn about premillennial complacency in the US you need only endure a few episodes of Friends or marvel at a seaso(...)

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in an elevator scene in Fifty Shades Darker

The history of sex scenes in the movies is a tale of awkwardness and bad taste

Bottoms up: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker

Film Review: Part two of EL James’s recreational sadism story is even worse than the first

Annette Bening:  “We have to have dignity and class.” Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

The star of ‘20th Century Women’ on Trump's America and the generation gap

Professor Ivor Browne: presented as a sort of mystical guru

This documentary about Prof Ivor Browne portrays a divisive figure in a playful way, and is alive to his flaws as his far-out idea(...)

Write what you know: Alice Lowe in “Prevenge”

Sightseers co-creator Alice Lowe delivers a dark and messy essay on gestation - and it's an unsettling, satirical gem

Joe Alwyn and Vin Diesel in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Photograph: TriStar Pictures

Ang Lee’s extremely odd film is certainly audacious, but it falls flat, both as a technical experiment and as a critique of US mi(...)

Foliage flashback: Bertie Ahern gives President George W Bush shamrock in 2006. Photograph: Leslie E Kossoff

To touch forelocks to Donald Trump on the Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit to the White House would belittle us all

F Javier Gutiérrez’s murky sequel proves that some horror franchises are best left interred

Milla Jovovich (centre) deserves some sort of honorary Oscar for making an effort with dialogue less impressive than that which followed the pulling of Action Man’s string

The latest instalment of the zombie franchise is 20 per cent boring plot and 80 per cent even more boring action

Alice Lowe in Prevenge: “There will be posters of me on buses soon.  People will be saying: there’s the killer lady”

Alice Lowe’s new film Prevenge is a dark comedy about a pregnant woman intent on murder. The character is a "superhero", she says,(...)

Embracing change: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in Loving

Jeff Nichols’s crusading love story bravely focuses on the domestic over the public, the personal over the political

A photograph from 2015 showing  Sir John Hurt  with his wife Anwen after he was  awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Photograph: Getty

Honorary Irishman was among the cleverest actors of his (or any other) generation

End of an era: Johnny Rotten (centre) at his last Sex Pistols concert, in 1978. Photograph: George Rose/Getty

Pitchfork says Mike Mills’s Oscar-nominated ‘20th Century Women’ gets early punk right. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever hea(...)

Rachel Weisz: “I was just not part of the ‘dressing for red carpet’ scene.” Photograph:  Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

With a background in avant garde theatre, the actress broke big with ‘The Mummy’. Now she plays historian Deborah Lipstadt, who (...)

Guilty displeasure: Adèle Haenel´ in The Unknown Girl

Re-cut after its first showing at Cannesm the Dardenne brothers’ latest is a low-key whodunnit with a moral sting in the tail

Back in the days of pre-post-truth: Rachel Weisz in Denial.

Mick Jackson’s courtroom drama tells the story of David Irving's ultimately foolhardy decision to sue Deborah Lipstadt for libel

 Mary Tyler Moore tosses her hat skyward, recreating the end of the opening credits of the 1970s sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, in Minnesota, the US. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

The charming actor established new ground for women in the entertainment industry

Conviction under fire: Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge.

Gibson’s multi-Oscar-nominated second World War film wallows in the carnage, and is ruthless with its audience. You will not be bo(...)

An Oscar statue on the red carpet at last year’s ceremony. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The boom in independent cinema has meant a more diverse, better list of nominees in the best picture race

Ryan Gosling in La La Land, which as been nominated for an almost unprecedented 14 Oscars, including Best Actor and Picture.

Can sunny favourite ‘La La Land’, with 14 nods, hope to match the 11 gongs of ‘Titanic’?

Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga who has been nominated for best actress for her role in the film Loving. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

‘La La Land’ is the film to beat, earning 14 nominations including best picture

Another fix? Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor in  T2 Trainspotting. Photograph: TriStar Pictures

“Nostalgia, that’s why you’re here. You’re a tourist in your own youth,” proclaims Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy in Boyle's 21st ann(...)

La La Land looks likely to be the first original film musical to win best picture since Gigi in 1958

It’s the time of year when we accurately pick around 83 percent of the main nominations

Choose life: Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kidd and Ewen Bremner in Trainspotting

As the sequel arrives, how does Danny Boyle’s drug-laden film of the Irvine Welsh novel hold up two decades later?

Donald Trump. “Even in a profession famous for creative disingenuousness, the current US president has been cavalier with la vérité.” Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The US president is not slyly trying to alter our perception of reality – he’s just a fibber

Irish actress Ruth Negga: "I don't think I was prepared for how much I have to talk about myself. I find that intensely boring."

The quiet Irish actor may be on the cusp of mega-stardom but she hasn’t lost sight of her craft

James McAvoy in Split: chews the scenery with gusto

M Night Shyamalan’s bonkers return-to-form thriller starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy is enjoyably over the top

Rooney Mara and Dev Patel in Lion.

If you don’t blub at the end of Garth Davis’s feature debut, you may wish to secede from the human species

John Butler’s Handsome Devil (above) will close the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Festival guests this year include Vanessa Redgrave, Kerry Fox, Anna Friel, Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy and Aiden Gillen

Camelot no more: Natalie Portman in Jackie

Natalie Portman shines as the grieving first lady struggling to maintain control

More than one of this year’s film remakes stars the man who used to be known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson

We can’t trust ourselves to responsibly assess the popular culture we imbibed as children

Casey Affleck: “When I did ‘To Die For’ [with Nicole Kidman], I knew nobody who was famous. I was just interested in the work.”

An Oscar for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ would bring Ben’s younger brother the fame he’s been avoiding

Patt Shortt: “I think the film board are brilliant. I did two films with them last year and I hope to do three this year.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

2017 production slate includes films starring Pat Shortt, Cillian Murphy and Elle Fanning

Look of love: Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in “Live By Night”

Ben Affleck’s take on Denis Lehane’s gritty novel aims for Roman Polanski’s classic, but ends up closer to Warren Beatty’s Dick T(...)

All that jazz: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in ‘La La Land’

In Damien Chazelle’s dazzling musical, Emma Stone sings and dances like a pro, Ryan Gosling a little less so, but the lack of sure(...)

The favourite: for escapism in tough times, it’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land

Something will have gone terribly wrong if the Oscars fail to honour a film that fits comfortably into the Trump conversation

Cast and crew of ‘La La Land’, which took seven awards at this year’s Golden Globes. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Following some Irish triumph at major awards, Bafta delivers disappointing news

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz hold their awards at the annual Golden Globes awards ceremony. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Irish nominees come up short, Meryl Streep gives searing critique of Donald Trump

Liam Neeson in Silence by Martin Scorsese, based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.

For large sections of the population, Christianity is of no more interest than astrology, flat-Earthism or water dousing. It is no(...)

Brendan Gleeson: “You do feel that you’re all the time being watched. I am uncomfortable with that. But I love this business. And that’s the price.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Thousands once admired him as a stage actor, now millions revere him as the Irish bloke out of ‘Harry Potter’. Yet the affable for(...)

An achingly dull amalgam of science fiction and conspiracy hokum: Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed

Videogame adaptations have an atrocious track record - this strange, boring movie is better than most such projects, but is still (...)

Killer clowns: “The story reached the heights of absurdity when newspapers began pointing out that the lurking individuals in big shoes weren’t ‘real clowns’.”

It wasn’t all tragedy and Trump – 2016 had its fair share of silly stories. And here they are

Marion Cotillard: “Neither of my parents held me back. They knew [acting] was a hard life, but they respected my choice. It was meant to be.” Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The French Oscar winner reteams with the director and star of ‘Macbeth’ for this megabuck fantasy

File photograph from March 6th, 1959 shows Debbie Reynolds boarding a plane in New York en route to Spain. Photograph: John Rooney/AP

Singin’ in the Rain regularly voted among the greatest of all American films

Cos I gotta have faith:  Liam Neeson in Silence

Liam Neeson is a Jesuit gone native with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver on his trail

Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16th, 2015. File photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

‘Star Wars’ franchise turned actor into reluctant star who struggled with success

The Gabors, from left: Magda, Eva, mother Jolie  and Zsa Zsa smile at the Last Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, US,  December 28th, 1953.  Photograph: EPA/Las Vegas News Bureau

There is nothing new about being famous for being famous

Ben Cleary with the Oscar for best live-action short he won  for Stutterer. Photograph: Eric Luke

How does life change for a film-maker who now has that gold man on the shelf?

Will Smith and Keira Knightley in “Collateral Beauty”: A dishonest, morally corrupt exploitation of the grieving process

Just in time for Christmas, Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and others serve up one of the biggest turkey(...)

The 88th Oscars in Hollywood: Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Culture review 2016: The surge in Irish cinema continued with cracking diverse domestic films, and getting to see the Oscars in th(...)

Dude, where’s my script? Bryan Cranston and James Franco in Why Him?

James Franco and Bryan Cranston improvise gamely in this good-natured but ho-hum farce

Star bores: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt contemplate a close encounter in “Passengers”.

Jennifer Lawrence's gravity holds, but Chris Pratt is about 20 million light years out of his comfort zone in this morally indefe(...)

Jenna Coleman as the eponymous queen in ITV’s ‘Victoria’, a series from the old school

Whether it’s music, movies or television, we’re here to save the day

 #presidentgubu:  Richard Nixon eyes up  Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1970. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Or imagine a Trump-like Nixon tweeting away in the small hours – #notacrook, #expletivedeleted

Clockwise from top left: Seána Kerslake in A Date for Mad Mary; Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Neel Sethi and  King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken) in The Jungle Book;  Amy Adams in Arrival

Mad Mary drove you wild, Fantastic Beasts lived up to its name, and competition was fierce in all categories. Here are the film wi(...)

 William S Burroughs and Howard Brookner during the shoot of Burroughs: The Movie

Aaron Brookner's documentary explores the life of his uncle Howard Brookner in a wonderful ode to 1980s New York

Alastair Sim, probably the best Scrooge in a multitude of film adaptations of A Christmas Carol

Alastair Sim and a superb supporting cast make this 1951 retelling of Dickens' classic the best ever committed to film

Riz Ahmed and Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wras Story. Photograph: Lucasfilm Entertainment

As Rogue One lands in cinemas worldwide, star Felicity Jones and director Gareth Edwards talk about hype, expectation and the sac(...)

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photograph: Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm

The Star Wars spin-off is filled with enough canon lore and spectacle to thrill hardcore fans, but the film’s greatest selling poi(...)

Golden Globes 2017: The ceremony, “always a boozier, more raucous event than the Oscars”, will take place on January 8th.

Colin Farrell, Ruth Negga, Caitriona Balfe and ‘Sing Street’ all in the running

 George Takei’s tweet hit the spot: “Watching people meltdown over a Black Santa in the Mall of America. ‘Santa is white!’ Well, in our internment camp he was Asian. So there.” Photograph: Dan Steinberg/Ap Photo

The festive meatheads are circling after a mall in Minnesota employs a black Santa Claus

Man of the century: Kirk Douglas

A survivor of the Great Depression, two World Wars, McCarthyism and a stroke, it looks as if they haven’t built the condition tha(...)

The kid did it: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden

Oliver Stone nails his political colours to the mast early on, and delivers his most entertaining film in years

What would Quentin do? Ciaran Bermingham and Niall Murphy in “Dead Along the Way”.

Irish director Maurice O’Carroll's thriller wears its influences on its sleeve, and proves to be a reasonably effective exercise (...)

Christopher Lloyd: “People think the fans are kooks. They’re not” (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

From ‘Taxi’ to Irish horror ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’, Doc Brown’s maxim is: ‘I like to work’

Warmth and steely ruthlessness: Jennifer Aniston in Office Christmas Party

Aniston is sublime, but the rest of the film is as much fun as a family row at Christmas

Kate Bush: Opined that the Brexit prime minister is “the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time”.

Bush, the cool face of prog rock, has always gone her own way. But the Tories? C’mon

Welcome to our world:  Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

The Ticket Awards 2016: Our film writers select their favourite movies of 2016

Irish film puts in another quality shift of work; women are way out in front in the acting stakes; and animation is getting beyond(...)

Helmet heir apparent: Tommy Byrne in “Crash and Burn”.

Rubber meets the road in this sterling Irish documentary about one-time Irish Formula One driver Tommy Byrne

No Polynesian pushover: Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho).

The songs are great but the girl power a bit confused in this enjoyable animated adventure

She’s gotta have it – peace, that is: Teyonah Parris (2nd from left) in “Chi-Raq”.

A gorgeous, fall-blast take on ancient Greek classic ‘Lysistrata’ updates the action to violence-plagued Chicago

Hard man with bad hair: Nicolas Cage in “Dog Eat Dog”.

Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe are truly unhinged in this defiantly barmy thriller

Don’t worry, be yappy: Gwyneth Paltrow is unsurprisingly sanguine about the Event. Photograph:  Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for East Hampton Library

‘We shall henceforth refer to the shock election feat as the Orange Toxic Event’

Directors Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne: “In some films, the technical team can take over. Not on our films.” Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images

The Palme d’Or-winning directors explain why they decided to re-cut new film The Unknown Girl after its Cannes showing

Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall in Mum’s List

A mother with breast cancer draws up inspiring lists for her husband to follow after her passing

Mo’Nique and DC Young Fly in Almost Christmas.

A family finds itself rudderless after granny passes in this comic soap opera. Grandpa, unfortunately, plays it straight

Lost for words: a young eccentric walking across the United States under a self-imposed vow of silence

Patrick Shen crowd-funded film wonders what silence and asks whether we can find it in the modern world

Is this real? Brad Pitt  and Marion Cotillard   in Allied. Photograph: Paramount Pictures

More than a few old-school war-movie cliches get a pummelling, but Robert Zemeckis doesn’t quite recover his old movie-making mojo(...)

The odds of Marine Le Pen, of the French National Front, becoming the next president of France are at 2/1. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Trump, Marine Le Pen, Syria: nothing makes sense as Utopian ambition crumbles into atavistic nationalism

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