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(...)

Gorillaz: one for the road?

Jamie Hewlett’s recent visual confirmation of a Gorillaz reunion tickled fans enormously, and the announcement echoed an age-old pattern of humming an(...)

Queue outside Erath County courthouse for the first day of the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing American Sniper author and former navy SEAL Chris Kyle.  Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

A former US Marine acted with forethought and malice when he fatally shot Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose bestselling autobiography was turned (...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)

In any other year, Birdman would – with its unavoidable percussive score – win the Oscar for most drumming in a dramatic feature. This season we ar(...)

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(...)

Tommy Lee Jones: ‘For as long as people are making movies, they’re going to sometimes make movies about the history of their country.’ Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Watch any documentary about John Ford and odds are the film will feature archive footage of an eager young Peter Bogdanovich attempting to get some(...)

Paul Haggis is a tricksy sort of writer-director. Watching In the Valley of Elah, in which Tommy Lee Jones investigates the death of his Iraq veter(...)

Maureen O’Hara speaks after accepting an her Oscar statuette from actors Clint Eastwood  and Liam Neeson at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/ Reuters

Irish actress Maureen O’Hara lastnight received an honorary Academy Award for her contribution to Hollywood. The 94-year-old, who is a prolific(...)

Julia Pierson prepares to testify before a White House committee last month. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff? Writing in the New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson’s sex – she was the first woman to r(...)