Hugh Callaghan is one of the Birmingham Six wrongly jailed in connection with the murder of 21 people in two pub bombings in 1974: “I was a nervous wreck. I thought I was going to die.” Photograph: Olivia Harris.

Every Belfast exile who has left the city and watched Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning movie Belfast has done so seeking a reflection of their own expe(...)

Lesley-Ann Brown, who got ‘goosebumps’ when she learned that a ‘Harriet’s’ shop featured in the film

A derelict patch of wasteland in one of Northern Ireland’s most socially deprived areas is now at the centre of an Oscar-winning film, and residents c(...)

Will Smith (right) slaps Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Photograph: Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images

Sian Heder’s CODA, story of a deaf fishing family from Massachusetts, has come from behind to win best picture at an uncomfortable Academy Awards cere(...)

Kenneth Branagh, Oscar nominated as director and writer of Belfast, tested positive for coronavirus after the recent Bafta awards. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

A marked escalation in Covid infections is hampering efforts to restore normality before tonight’s Academy Awards. As the red carpet is rolled out at (...)

Kirsten Dunst plays Rose Gordon in The Power of the Dog which is tipped for best picture. Photograph: 2021 Cross City Films Limited/Courtesy of Netflix

Several pretaped awards and public Twitter polls erode tradition but best picture race still intrigues “We want to get as many people under the (...)

Brenda Fricker and Daniel Day-Lewis both won Oscars for My Left Foot in 1990. Photograph: John Barr/Liaison

There has been plenty of under-celebrated domestic Irish talent at the Oscars. Tomm Moore, co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, has been nominated three time(...)

Jessie Buckley is nominated for her role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter

Look closely at the CVs of those competing for best supporting actress at the upcoming Oscars and you’ll uncover convincing evidence that we really ar(...)

Emilia Jones in CODA

It is now official (well, semi-official, anyway). Best picture at the Oscars is a two-horse race and neither of those nags is Kenneth Branagh’s Belfas(...)

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast  just can’t seem to win. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Had the team behind Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast been told, just eight months ago, that they would be going into the Oscars with seven nominations, the c(...)

Catherine Clinch in An Cailín Ciúin, a moving adaptation of a story by Claire Keegan, which swept the Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta), winning eight categories including best film.

Something remarkable is happening in the world of Irish-language film-making. Last weekend, Colm Bairéad’s An Cailín Ciúin, a moving adaptation of a s(...)

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