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Frances McDormand, the uneasy star who can't avoid her charisma
Her latest role as a modern-day drifter is tipped to bring a third Oscar to an actor who has made a career out of going her own way

Vanessa Thorpe

14, Feb, 2021 @10:45 AM

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Oscars release first shortlists for 2021 Academy Awards
Boys State, MLK/FBI and Crip Camp among contenders as categories announced include best documentary and best international film

Andrew Pulver

10, Feb, 2021 @1:38 PM

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Christopher Plummer obituary
Star of stage and screen from the success of The Sound of Music to the powerful performances and Oscar recognition of his later years

Michael Coveney

06, Feb, 2021 @3:11 PM

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Christopher Plummer, Sound of Music star and oldest actor to win an Oscar, dies aged 91
Veteran and respected Canadian actor had a career stretching back to the 1950s, but won his Oscar for best supporting actor for Beginners in 2011

Andrew Pulver

05, Feb, 2021 @6:01 PM

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Cicely Tyson obituary
Pioneering actor who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 1972 film Sounder

Ryan Gilbey

31, Jan, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Peter Lamont obituary
Production designer who worked on James Bond films from Goldfinger to Casino Royale, and won an Oscar for Titanic

Ryan Gilbey

25, Dec, 2020 @3:45 PM

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Calling all the shots: three decades on the frontline of photography
The Observer picture editor reflects on the evolution of photojournalism as he bows out after nearly 30 years

Greg Whitmore

20, Dec, 2020 @10:15 AM

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And the Oscar goes to ... a movie by a streaming platform?
With online releases eligible in this Covid-affected year, this might finally be the moment for Netflix or Amazon to win best picture

Steve Rose

30, Nov, 2020 @9:00 AM

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From Beyoncé to the Oscars: Mary Twala, Africa's queen of cinema
The late South African actor was introduced to a whole new audience in Beyoncé’s Black Is King. But it’s her final film – This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – that could be her best work

Nadia Neophytou

25, Nov, 2020 @7:00 AM

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How we made The Lives of Others
The film about the Stasi spying on East German lovers was seen as too dark, with one funder even wanting it remade as a comedy. But it went on to win an Oscar

Interviews by Malcolm Jack

23, Nov, 2020 @3:44 PM

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Can the 'awards-bait' movie survive the impact of coronavirus?
The Emmys were held over Zoom and the Oscars have been pushed back – but the enforced shakeup from the pandemic could be just what the awards season needs

Andrew Pulver

25, Sep, 2020 @4:09 PM

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Bafta tries to increase diversity with 120 changes to its awards
Academy says it will add 1,000 members from backgrounds that are underrepresented

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

24, Sep, 2020 @4:13 PM

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