USA must face slave history says movie director
The epic British film 12 Years a Slave is now an Oscar contender after winning best motion picture at the Golden Globes. Does it force us to face...
Booker win breaks youngest and longest records
The 2013 Man Booker Prize goes to a novel of a weighty 832 pages. The judges say it’s a serious work by a promising young literary star. But are big books just too long for modern readers?
‘Mad’ method wins actor a place among the stars
When Daniel Day-Lewis won his record-breaking third Oscar for Best Actor, a Hollywood legend was born. Is his famously eccentric devotion to ‘method acting’ the secret to his success?
Comics for grown-ups crash literary shortlist
Two ‘graphic novels’ have been nominated for the Costa Award – a prestigious prize for the best literary fiction. Are cartoons always frivolous or are they coming of age?
Panicked penguins photo snaps up top award
The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award travelled hundreds of miles and endured freezing conditions to get his shot. Impressive – but is it art?
Booker shortlist prizes literary establishment
The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday. But the year’s best novels share the literary world with a growing mass of self-published books.
Dead dictator prank steals the Oscars show
Hot favourite The Artist monopolised the top honours at last night’s Academy Awards, with nostalgia the theme of the night. But Sacha Baron Cohen refused to play to the script...
Big names dominate at ‘predictable’ BRIT awards
Adele and Ed Sheeran cleaned up at this week’s BRIT awards. With gongs for Rihanna and Coldplay, the night shimmered with the UK’s most successful acts. But did it lack the unexpected?
Nominations bring some surprises for Oscars 2012
The nominations are out for the 2012 Academy Awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and Michel Hazanavicius’s ‘The Artist’ among the favourites. Why so much love for films about filmmaking?
Silent film goes back to basics for surprise hit
In a world of 3D blockbusters and surround sound, a silent, black and white movie has taken cinemas by storm. How has something so simple and old-fashioned done so well?
Downton Abbey triumphs again in Hollywood
The new series of the acclaimed TV drama launched this weekend to a rapturous welcome from critics, public and Hollywood showbiz moguls. What's the magic?
Joy and controversy over book and music awards
It's awards season, and the worlds of literature and music are celebrating and bickering over the Mercury and Man Booker prize contenders. Does winning matter, beyond boosting sales and careers?
Shock winner crowned in Britain’s Got Talent
An anonymous blogger claimed the show was fixed. Then the public choose a surprise winner. Is BGT a fair contest? And why are we so addicted to it?