Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia at the 74th annual Academy Awards in  2002. Photograph: Reuters.

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician and Nobel laureate who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died aged 86. Mr Nash and his wife(...)

The Ballyturk Group at The Irish Times Theatre Awards: Clive Welsh, Teho Teardo, John Crumlish, Eamonn Fox, Sophie Flynn, Anne Clarke, Paul Fahy, Stephen Rea, Tom Rohan, Helen Atkinson, Jamie Vartan and Val Sherlock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times. 3:30

“I’ve known him longer than I’ve known my husband,” said Irish stage, television and film actor Sinéad Cusack of her friend Stephen Rea backstage a(...)

And the Oscar goes to: winners envelopes ready for awards night. Photograph: Jerod Harris/Getty

It wasn’t always this way. But predicting the Oscars is now a little like anticipating the results of a presidential election. We already know the (...)

Actor Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs last week announce the film Leviathan from Russia as a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.   Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

It’s a long time since a Russian film won an Oscar but Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan could be about to change that. Yet even as this dark, hard-hitti(...)

 German actress of Jewish descent Luise Rainer  after receiving a Golden Star on the Boulevard of the Stars in Berlin, Germany in 2011. Photograph: EPA

Luise Rainer, a German-born actor who made cinema history by winning back-to-back Oscars as best actress for the 1936 musical The Great Ziegfeld and t(...)

Brendan Gleeson: beat Oscar contenders Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall to the prize of best actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott, Irish performers of different generations, have taken the two male acting prizes at the Moët British Independent Fil(...)

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(...)

The new Irish animated short Coda, which follows a drunken journey through Dublin City, is receiving international recognition.

An Irish animation short has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination which will be announced in January. Coda, directed by Alan Holly, has already pi(...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

Robin Williams: a comic actor who evolved into a nuanced performer able to take on a wide variety of roles. (Jay Paul/The New York Times)

Robin Williams, who has died aged 63, was a comic actor who evolved into a surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning performer, imbuing his performa(...)