Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won the Best Picture award for ‘Birdman’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

We are reluctant to parp our own trumpet by pointing out that, in the online incarnation of The Irish Times, this writer predicted 21 of the 24 Oscars(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22nd, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The red carpet has been laid out. The bleachers are erected. The Los Angeles police have already deployed a bomb-defusing robot on a suspicious (but u(...)

And the Oscar goes to: winners envelopes ready for awards night. Photograph: Jerod Harris/Getty

It wasn’t always this way. But predicting the Oscars is now a little like anticipating the results of a presidential election. We already know the (...)

Brett Anderson of Suede collects the Godlike Genius Award during the NME  awards ceremony in London. Last week, as the paper prepared for the awards, the ‘Guardian’ announced that discussions were being held about turning it into a freesheet. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Whatever happened to giving people what they didn’t know they wanted? The question is prompted by more grim news surrounding the fate of the New Music(...)

Loopy: Sam Lerner, Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista and Ginny Gardner in Project Almanac

If I had a time machine, I’d travel back to 1998 and persuade the makers of The Blair Witch Project to become bankers, bakers, actuaries or anythin(...)

Bill Nighy: ‘Old friends? I have been married to Penelope Wilton at least twice before. I have had letter sex with her on the radio. I’ve been Judi’s love interest four or five times. So, yes’

It’s mid-afternoon in the Soho Hotel, but, for reasons that I never fully establish, the curtains have been drawn against the daylight. Bill Nighy,(...)

Chiara D’Anna and Fatma Mohamed in The Duke of Burgundy. Photograph: IFC Films 7:00

Don’t spank me. Since the distributors of Peter Strickland’s wholly magnificent soft- pornographic whirligig have cheekily decided to release their(...)

Tolerable: Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer

If you were seeking distraction while enduring the latest, largely awful movie to feature the word “wedding” in its title, you could ponder what it(...)

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in the eponymous movie.  Photograph: Kobal

Dame Julie Andrews, one of cinema’s most durable stars, is to attend two special events at next month’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JD(...)