The best thing about the Oscars is, in my opinion, the aftermath of the Oscars. I say this, because I don't have a lot of time for the actual ceremony unless it's in small chunks online. That's where it makes sense.
This year's Oscars ceremony was unique in many respects. Ang Lee's Namaste only highlighted this uniqueness. Although the function itself was very much American in its outer trappings, the spirit reflected the effect of globalising on one of the most prestigious film awards.
Great acting by women has little bearing on the overall assessment of a film, while great acting by men is much more closely linked to appreciation of a great movie.
So it's Oscar time again. I used to love the Oscars. I used to look forward to seeing the stars' red carpet appearances, examining the details of the...
February is the most notable month for award ceremonies in film and music on both sides of the Atlantic. The Grammys, BAFTAs and Brit Awards have alre...
My eldest son reminds me - rather haughtily - that it's actually irrelevant what other students get, it's just my grade that matters. This is apparently what I've been telling the boys for years. I attempt an explanation then give up. I know he's right.
While fashion faux pas and speech gaffes are to be expected, every year the short-list of nominees demonstrates the glaring inconsistencies within the Academy voting system. How can a director, who has a film nominated for Best Picture, not be short-listed for Best Director?
Just in time for the Oscars' Awards Ceremony, we've compiled a list of our eight favourite hotels featured in films.
For someone so ubiquitous Adele's surprisingly unavailable. Why doesn't she make music videos anymore? Does she promote anywhere but here and the US? Why does she so rarely tweet, and why is one of 170 said tweets in defence of Chris bloody Brown? Why the lack of new music?
As the Los Angeles Times admitted "the Baftas have mushroomed in significance and star power in recent years as a semi accurate predictor of Oscar success and a red carpet draw for A -list American [and British] talent". With the likes of George Clooney, Ben Affleck (both mega multi talents as well as stars), Daniel Day-Lewis and many others, it was quite an evening.
Hugh Grant has made a very decent living, chiefly under the patronage of Richard Curtis, portraying the most simperingly deferential man in the history of the species.
Jack Kirby brought comics to life through his highly expressive motion lines and unique rendering techniques - particularly those used to represent crackles of energy, which comic artists now refer to as 'Kirby Dots' or 'Kirby Krackles'.
Wreck-It Ralph peddles the perfect brand of retro nostalgia. Bursting at the seams with references to the golden age of gaming, it cleverly navigates the balance between childish, yelping nostalgia and an appealing sense of technological progression
What's the message (presuming films have 'messages')? Is it that torture works? Seemingly, yes. That allowing detainees lawyers only gets in the way? Seemingly, yes. That you need to be able to round-up and question detainees in secret to get results? Again, seemingly yes.
I am all in favour of movies that try to help us understand the world we inhabit. And there is nothing more serious than democratic states abandoning the rule of law and torturing people. And that is why I have spent the last three years of my life also making a movie about torture.
London is usually known in the film industry as the Hollywood capital of Europe as all the big studios have their European headquarters here. Our multiplexes are full of American movies and we generally hold the European premieres of big blockbusters in London (and there's normally a lot of media coverage about them!). But for two weeks, we're kicking back at our commercial reputation by hosting a celebration of non-formulaic movies and that, in my eyes, is worth celebrating. Most importantly, it's a film festival aimed at the public so even you can get tickets.