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From left: Host of the Oscars Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron’s wonderful eye-rolling at the evening and Michelle Obama announcing that Argo had won Best Picture

Oscars: And the award for Most Acerbic Tweet goes to...

Trending likes to bookend a big  awards ceremony with a few nominations of its own for the evening’s most  memorable moments:

The mother of all award ceremonies: Bradley Cooper and the other stars who brought their mums to the Oscars

It was to be expected that nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhane Wallis would be accompanied on the red carpet with her mother, but it was more surprising that heart-throb Bradley Cooper brought his Mum along as his Oscars date.

Thomas Pynchon joins Bowie as the second returning recluse of the week

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

DVD: Prometheus (15)

After a rather protracted set-up, in which Michael Fassbender scene steals as the prim android David 8, it's business as usual in this fifth, grandiose slice of Alien.

DVD and BluRay: Snow White and the Huntsman (12)

This big-budget fantasy avoids Disney sentimentality and merry ditties in favour of Lord of the Rings and Narnia-style action adventure.

Flying High: Mr T with his trainer Anthony
Bloom

Where ravens dare...

Meet Mr T, the Hollywood veteran making his London debut in 'Dr Dee'

Hugh Laurie

Screentalk: Hugh Laurie's rumble with Robocop

There was a time when no Hollywood movie was complete without a British baddie.

DVD & Blu-ray: Young Adult (15)

Diablo Cody's scabrous, jet-black comedy is very nearly a sensational American satire.

Russell Brand hosting MTV Movie awards

Trending: The MTV Movie Awards is a most colourful cavalcade

If British TV has been dominated by flag-waving this week, across the pond, America's been busy crowning its own royalty at the MTV Movie Awards 2012. Fewer corgis, more Kardashians. But Sunday night's awards (screened last night on MTV UK) managed to have a few moments where the action was suitably red, white and blue hued.

Michael Fassbender is fantastic but his shipmates are a strange bunch in Prometheus

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 125 mins (15)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach, 101 mins
Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders, 120 mins (12A)

'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 125 mins (15); The Angels' Share, Ken Loach, 101 mins; Snow White and the Huntsman, 120 mins (12A)

'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

Russell Brand to host 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards for the first time when it airs in June, bringing his style of comedy dubbed “high to low brow” to the show, the network said today.

Young Adult (15)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt

Jason Reitman directed Young Adult, Up in the Air and Juno

Jason Reitman: Squirming in the dark with Dr Feel-bad

There's a price to pay for his happy childhood, and his characters foot the bill. Jonathan Romney meets Hollywood's master of discomfort

Terence Blacker: The new fad for fairy tales shows our retreat from complex reality

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

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Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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