‘La La Land’: This is a film that just has fun with itself, and generally, it’s “white” films that get to do that without anyone wondering where the bigger message is. It will win bigly. Photograph: Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP

The Oscars have always been political in terms of the reasons some films get loads of heat and certain stars are manoeuvred into award-winning situati(...)

Above, director Dearbhla Walsh, with Mads Damsbo (right) and artist Lasse Andersen, at Dublin’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You are at a family dinner. Mum and dad have made roast beef. Older brother has brought his new girlfriend home for the first time. And little brot(...)