Oscars

Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of dementia will undo you: The Father reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The Father is an immensely powerful film about dementia starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in his bed in…

This film deserves all the awards and praise: Nomadland reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Nomadland won multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, and if there’d been an award for Best…

No wonder viewers are boycotting the Oscars

27 April 2021 9:54 pm

The Oscars are in trouble. People are switching off in their millions. A paltry 9.85m Americans tuned in to the…

It’s time to scrap the Best Actress Oscar award

25 April 2021 6:00 pm

If you tune in to the Oscars during the early hours of Monday morning, you’ll note – along with sickly…

'Collective' shines a light on Romania's deadly corruption problem

25 April 2021 3:00 pm

A gripping Romanian documentary has made history as the country’s first film ever to be nominated for an Oscar in…

Riveting and heartbreaking: Sound of Metal reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The multi-Oscar-nominated Sound of Metalstars Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer whose life is in freefall after losing his hearing.…

Why are the Oscars such a lousy guide to great cinema?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland,predicted to win big at this year’s Oscars, is not a terrible film. It’s a slight, sentimental Grapes…

The TV we feared they’d never dare make any more: The Singapore Grip reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Art is dead,’ declared Mark Steyn recently. He was referring to the new rules — copied from the Baftas —…

The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The selection of a film for family viewing is a precise and delicate art, particularly with us all now confined…

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Recovering from a bad cold and bored to tears by the fare on television, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (it’s shocking…

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Reading about the Oscars this week, I couldn’t help thinking back to a time when they actually meant something. When…

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech was beyond a joke

10 February 2020 11:48 pm

The 2020 Oscars will go down in history for two things: Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant film Parasite becoming the first foreign-language…

Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’ reviewed

10 February 2020 8:04 pm

Bong Joon-ho's award-winning film is satire, thriller, comedy, allegory and horror all rolled into one

Fabulous and enthralling: Parasite reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the Bafta for best foreign film and is up for six Oscars and it is an…

‘If I get an adrenaline rush, something’s gone wrong’: An interview with Free Solo’s Alex Honnold

9 February 2019 9:00 am

My husband, usually a cool customer, watched Free Solo from behind his fingers, sometimes jumping up from the sofa and…

Emotionally devastating: Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rivetingly moving: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a true story based on the 2008 memoir of Lee Israel, the writer who…

The only ones to come out of Dogman well are the dogs

Bleak, unflinching, oppressive, violent – and magical: Dogman reviewed

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, which is Italy’s entry for the foreign language Oscar next year, is bleak, unflinching, oppressive, masculine (very),…

Discomfort and joy: the director Ruben Ostlund, whose films are funny but subtly savage

The subtly savage world of filmmaker Ruben Ostlund

17 March 2018 9:00 am

There is a culty YouTube video shot three years ago on the laptop camera of Ruben Ostlund. It shows the…

Girls having mums. That’s where it’s at: Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as Marion

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

Oscars goodie bags should take a tip from the Roman emperors

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There was something admirable about the spirit of careful mockery behind the doggy bags on offer to the finalists in…

The original Dolly Sisters (Photo: Getty)

Trump’s appeal can be summed up in five words

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The Dolly Sisters were off to Davos last week for the World Economic Forum: Nat Rothschild and Sebastian Taylor in…

The Oscars surrender to the golden age of protest

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Are we living in a golden age of protest? A bunch of aggrieved citizens only has to raise a murmur…

I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent…

Electrifying: Marlon Brando as a young man

Self-pitying, despairing, often delusional: the real Marlon Brando

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary portrait of Marlon Brando that has him burbling into your ear for 102…