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(...)

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(...)

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)

 Emma Donohoe, who is nominated for a  Golden Globe  for best screenplay for Room, photographed at The Lighthouse cinema in Dublin on Thursday night.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The initial skirmishes have taken place. In September, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room won the Oscar-friendly People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festiv(...)

 Two men stand next to  graffiti by elusive British artist Banksy representing Steve Jobs, founder and late chief executive  of Apple, at the migrant camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais, northern France,  December 12th, 2015.  Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

British graffiti artist Banksy’s mural of late Apple founder Steve Jobs as a refugee on a wall in the Calais migrant camp and two other Banksy works i(...)

Pixar success story: Toy Story 3

Thanks to much-loved Pixar films like Toy Story, Up, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Inside/Out, audiences all over the world happily embrace th(...)

Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan The couple have said they plan to give away 99 pe rcent of their fortune in Facebook stock to a new charity the couple were creating, while announcing the birth of their first child Max

Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to devote 99 per cent of his Facebook shares to philanthropic causes was immediately notable for its size - $45billion at the(...)

Prep work: Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

Who were those clapping seals who fell for the messianic zeal of Steve Jobs? I admit to liking the things he made. This sentence was finished on a (...)