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Oscars contenders: Hustlers, Joker, Parasite and Marriage Story

Lay out the sandbags. Check the gas masks. Plant potatoes in the allotment. The annual phoney war that kicks off awards season has properly begun. A (...)

Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

The Toronto International Film Festival (sometimes Tiff) is not like its rivals in Cannes or Venice. Taking place within the fourth-largest city in No(...)

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) has dinner with his imaginary friend Adolf (writer-director Taika Waititi), and his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) in Jojo Rabbit. Photograph: Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox

And just like that it was deep winter. The football season ceases for around 10 minutes. So we shouldn’t reel too much at the news that awards season (...)

Fiona Shaw, who has been nominated for her first two Emmys. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Two Irish actors are among the nominees for this year’s Emmy awards. Fiona Shaw received her first two Emmy nominations – in the categories of Suppor(...)

Urban decay in Detroit. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP

The hulking Michigan Central Train station rising high into the Detroit sky has seen better days. The building and the district of Corktown it’s situ(...)

Nothing matches  Le Mans. For roughly €80 a ticket and a few euros for a tent, you get to see some of the best drivers in the world test their mental and physical mettle

It’s 7pm on a sunny Saturday and people are lazing on the grass, sipping beer as, on stage, an ageing French rock band knocks out another Tom Petty co(...)

The Irishman: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s new film

Wait! Come back! You are obliged to read one more bit of Oscar punditry before we retire the entrails for six months or so. Predicting the best-pictur(...)

Frances McDormand finished her speech at the 2018 Academy Awards with just two words, ‘inclusion rider’. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

It’s been a year since Oscar viewers feverishly began Googling “inclusion rider” on their smartphones while watching the awards show. Frances McDorma(...)

A rocket carrying the Chang’e-4 lunar probe including a lander and a rover blasts off from  Xichang launch centre in the Sichuan province of China in December. Photograph: VCG via Getty

China’s space ambitions are shifting into a higher orbit. Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is prepa(...)

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