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Oscars 2014: highlights and lowlights

3 March 2014, 9:50am

Nathan Ditum posted by Nathan Ditum

Brad Pitt is an Academy Award winner, Jared Leto really loves his mum, and Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep co-star in what is officially the most popular selfie in the world. These are the takeaway headlines from this year's Oscars, a night of few surprises and several crowd-pleasing victories presided over by a smiling, composed Ellen DeGeneres.

2014 Oscar predictions

2 October 2013, 11:37am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

The 86th Academy Awards are still months away, but that won't stop us engaging in some vaguely informed conjecture about the nominees and winners of the 2014 Oscars. Wthout further ado, here are our tips for the top come March 2nd…

Eleven years ago Halle Berry told Hollywood's Kodak Theatre and the billions of people watching that her Oscar win was "for every nameless, faceless woman of colour who now has a chance because this door has been opened". Have things changed for black actresses? Not really, but how could you expect them to when the only woman of African-American descent to have won the Best Actress statue can't even sort out her own career?

Now the dust has settled on the 2013 Academy Awards, wide discontent has been expressed over host Seth MacFarlane's misogynistic brand of humour. You could say his routine – including a musical number addressing prominent Hollywood actresses called 'I Saw Your Boobs' – did not go down well with the majority. Some have labelled him "sexist", others charge him with being "frattish"; Chicago Sun-Times columnist Tom Shales said MacFarlane's comedy was met with the sounds of "a billion people throwing up". My only question is this: what else did you expect from Seth MacFarlane?

Though it wasn't a night for surprises, the 85th Academy Awards was packed full of crowd-pleasing victories, with Oscars for Ben Affleck's CIA thriller Argo, a record-breaking Daniel Day-Lewis, the clumsy Jennifer Lawrence and Bond singer Adele.

The 85th Academy Awards in numbers

20 February 2013, 11:21am

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

With the Oscars almost upon us, we crunched the stats that matter and present to you: the 85th Academy Awards in numbers.

Ben sweeps Baftas: will Argo on to win the Oscar?

11 February 2013, 8:27am

Ali Gray posted by Ali Gray

Hostage thriller Argo picked up three Baftas at last night's awards ceremony, including Best Film and Best Director for Ben Affleck, begging the question: can the male half of Bennifer actually take his little movie all the way to Oscar success?

Oscar nomination liveblog!

10 January 2013, 1:12pm

Ali Gray posted by Ali Gray

It's that time of year again: The 85th Annual Hollywood Back-Slap Mututal Appreciation Ceremony (also known in some circles as 'The Oscars'). Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone are announcing the nominations for this year's Academy Awards as I type, so let's dive right in and see who's up for what.

Bad posters will be prosecuted

23 January 2012, 11:47am

Ben Hawkes posted by Ben Hawkes
The Descendants

There is nothing more frustrating than a poster that fails to deliver it's promise. Just look at George's sad face. Even he feels our pain.