The Revenant: A grimy and compelling series of events that were necessary for Leonardo DiCaprio to finally win an Oscar

Early on in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s snowbound, spittle-flecked survival slog The Revenant, fur-trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets a gr(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during his side’s match against Manchester United at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It had been a busy week for the players of Manchester United as they dutifully fulfilled their obligations to club sponsor Twentieth Century Fox by pl(...)

The film business has its own eccentricities. Domhnall Gleeson and I are at the Soho Hotel in central London to discuss (among many other things) his (...)

Saoirse Ronan at last Sunday night’s  Golden Globe Awards. The Irish star has recieved a best actress nomination for her performance in   Brooklyn, which also got  a Best Picture  nod alongside Lenny Abrahamson’s Room. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

In an extraordinary day for the Irish film industry, both Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn have been nominated for best picture at(...)

The Oscar nominations are out soon, and while awards season can be unpredictable, there are certain things you can also be damn sure will go down on (...)

Donald Clarke predicts that Saoirse Ronan will receive an Oscars nomination for her role in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty

For the last three months we have been predicting an unprecedentedly strong Irish performance at awards season. Last Sunday, at the Golden Globes, (...)

Harrison Ford presents Alejandro González Iñárritu with the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant” during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Golden Globe Winners for 2016: Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Revenant Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Martian Best Director – Motio(...)

Julianne Moore (right) presents Leonardo DiCaprio with the award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, Drama for “The Revenant”at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

As expected, Brie Larson, star of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, took the Golden Globe for best drama actress in Los Angeles on Sunday night. An Irish-Canad(...)

A female member of the Fuerza Civil (civil force) police unit holds her weapon during a patrol at an impoverished neighbourhood in Monterrey. Photograph: Reuters

This week Pope Francis described Mexico as terrifying and expressed fear of the “Mexicanisation” of his native Argentina. Amnesty International denoun(...)

Tomm Moore’s ‘Song of the Sea’ has secured a nomination for best animated feature

No Oscar pundit would, a few days ago, have flinched if he or she had been told that Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel would tie for the most nomin(...)