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(...)

Green and gold: an Oscar statue outside the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood, before this weekend’s Academy Awards. Digitally manipulated photograph by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Joe Kennedy is supposed to have claimed, just before the Wall Street Crash of 1929, that he knew it was time to sell when his shoeshine boy began to g(...)

Jeff Sims (left) in action against Tim Witherspoon in Atlantic City in January 1990, three years before he was shot dead outside a Miami store

One Saturday afternoon in March 1980, Muhammad Ali, the most famous alumnus of Miami’s Fifth Street Gym, was in town campaigning for president Jimmy C(...)

Spike Lee, in a post on Instagram, said he “cannot support” the “lily white” Academy Awards this year. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinke(...)

Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Twitter, that most reliably intemperate of mediums, went into a tizzy when Sylvester Stallone, having won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor,(...)

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(...)

 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(...)