Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure (right) and director Thierry Frémaux at a news conference to announce  competing films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, April 14th, 2016. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

“We hope to show the state of cinema in Spring 2016,” Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, told an expectant audience in Paris this(...)

Simon Fitzmaurice directed ‘My Name is Emily’ – a crowd-funded production – from a wheelchair, while struggling with the symptoms of motor neurone disease. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An extraordinary awards season for the domestic film industry comes to a close on Saturday night with the Irish Film and Television Academy (Ifta) Awa(...)

Health experts from the UK and US wrote to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer and the Children’s Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rejoice, pale, milky-eyed children. Salvation may be at hand. Last week, more than 70 health experts from the UK and US wrote to the Minister for Spor(...)

Boyzone: where the musical journey began. Photograph: Mike Prior/Redferns/Getty

Two natural disasters are coming together to form one unholy calamity. What would we call a collision of epidemic and typhoon? An epiphoon? A tydemic(...)

Brie Larson reacts as she takes the stage to accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Room from presenter Eddie Redmayne at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Two parallel Oscar ceremonies took place on Sunday night in Hollywood. The world saw Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight win best picture and Mad Max Fury Road(...)

Preparations continue in the red carpet arrivals area for the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

When and where are they on? The 88th Academy Awards take place on Sunday night, February 28th, in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood. It used to be known(...)

Race for the prize: Mad Max is  usual in that it’s a mainstream film in the best picture fight

This year, the Academy has gone for eight best picture nominees. They have finally achieved their aim of allowing a few mainstream, marquee pictures i(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room is one of Ireland’s big success stories

With seven Irish nominees hopeful of Oscar glory this Sunday, it’s a time of unprecedented success for Irish filmmakers. Where did it all go right, an(...)

Down but not out: Antonio Banderas in The 33

Patricia Riggen’s film about the 2010 Chilean mining accident isn’t really worth travelling far to see. But it’s worth being nice to. Made with the c(...)

The Irish have been outperforming throughout this year’s awards season, with Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn catching the eye. Photograph: Reuters

Paddy Breathnach’s Viva has made it on to the penultimate Oscar shortlist for the best foreign language feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture (...)