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A tribute to the Coen brothers

The Coens' latest, 'Burn After Reading', premieres at the Venice Film Festival next week. Geoffrey Macnab pays tribute to a pair of genre-defying, subversive mavericks

Why we all love Paul Newman...

The media went into overdrive last week amid speculation that the Oscar-winning actor had lung cancer. Newman, as cool as ever, said merely that he was 'doing nicely'. It's this quality that got three of our writers thinking about his very finest screen moments

Baddie hair days: the haircut that grew and grew

Javier Bardem's villainous bob has made even more headlines than the Oscar-sweeping film in which he and it starred. Tim Walker considers the strange cinematic potency of the really unpleasant hairdo

A triumphant evening for the Coen brothers – but American actors go home empty-handed

Tilda Swinton said her Oscar's buttocks reminded her of her American talent agent. The best original screenplay award went to a tattoo-covered former stripper. It was a fine night for the Brits, not to mention the French and the Spanish.

Oscar winners: The full list

These are the winners of the 80th Academy Awards

Oscar glory for British film stars

Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton swept Britain to Oscar glory today while No Country For Old Men was the biggest film of the ceremony.

The unsung heroes of Bafta

The Baftas saw honours go to home-grown talent from behind the scenes. Now, Hollywood gets its chance to recognise the skills of our unsung heroes as well as the stars. We meet four winners with high hopes for the Oscars

Day-Lewis and Christie triumph at Actors Guild awards

British stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Julie Christie triumphed with lead actor accolades at the Screen Actors Guild Awards today, giving them a boost for the upcoming Oscars.

No Country For Old Men (15)

After the disappointments of their last two outings, the duff screwball romcom Intolerable Cruelty and the lacklustre Ealing remake The Ladykillers, the Coen brothers are back with a triumphant return to form. No Country for Old Men, adapted from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, sees Joel and Ethan revisit the dusty Texan dawn of their debut, Blood Simple, for a brutal contemporary Western of true grit and impending doom.

No Country for Old Men, 15

It's been a while since Joel and Ethan Coen seemed really to keep faith with their material. We've long become used to them as cynical comedians, to drastically diminished effect in their last offerings, Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers. So if the grim thriller mode of Fargo and their debut Blood Simple are your idea of a proper Coens film, No Country for Old Men may strike you as a signal return to form.

Food heroes: the River Café's Rose Gray

Skye Gyngell signs up for a thrilling masterclass with her culinary mentor, the River Café's Rose Gray

FILM: The Dude is back...

Jeff Bridges has never worked hard at being a star, but he's no slouch when it comes to delivering the goods. By BOB FLYNN

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