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Damien Chazelle accepts the Best Director Oscar for La La Land at the  89th Annual Academy Awards.  Best picture is voted in a proportional system. Best director is first past the post. Photograph:  Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Something truly remarkable just happened at the Oscars. No, not that. For the first time, a film by an African-American director won best picture. Her(...)

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus:  contact with top FBI officials has been criticised. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump(...)

Casey Affleck: Manchester by the Sea performance deserves the best actor Oscar. Photograph: Emily Andrews/The New York Times

Oscar weekend and here we go again: who will win versus who should win. Last year’s Academy Awards were dominated by the lack of recognition for (...)

US President Donald Trump will not attend the annual White House correspondents’ dinner traditionally addressed by US presidents. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Donald Trump will not attend the annual White House correspondents’ dinner traditionally addressed by US presidents. It comes after the president bar(...)

Scarlett Johansson: she, rather than a Japanese actor, is the star of the manga film Ghost in the Shell

At least year’s Academy Awards Leonardo DiCaprio was king of the world. The Revenant star laid waste to one of the internet’s longest-running movie me(...)

The Oscars are coming, but will Donald Trump be watching . . . and tweeting?  Photograph: Monica Almeida/New York Times

It’s Oscars time this weekend, and there are two questions on everyone’s lips. One is if La La Land will sweep the board after securing 14 nominations(...)

Viola Davis on race and TV: “Things have changed in TV, certainly, because you now have 400 television shows on the air. There are stations you’ve never heard of. Because of the sheer volume you have more opportunity for actors in general.”

We have rarely had an Oscar favourite as unassailable as Viola Davis. At time of writing, one particularly mean bookmaker has her at 1/66 to win best (...)

La La Land cinematography  award winner Linus Sandgren with Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photograph: Reuters

As expected, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a sunny Hollywood musical, won best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) movie a(...)

French film My Life as a Zucchini, which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film

The Oscars will be handed out at a February 26th ceremony in Hollywood hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Here are the nominations: Best Picture Arrival, Fen(...)

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

– Phil Lynott, lead singer with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (below), died on January 4th. He was 35 years old.–Jennifer Guinness, wife of Guinness Maho(...)

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