Arts and Entertainment Emma Thompson arriving for the National Board of Review Awards in New York

The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Spotlight on: Harvey Weinstein, Co-chairman, the Weinstein Company

And the winner is... Yes, after the Oscars, who can doubt that the brothers Weinstein, Harvey and his younger sibling Bob, are back on top in Hollywood? The Weinstein Company distributed The Artist in the US, and orchestrated its campaign to win Best Picture, and that wasn't the only one of the firm's movies taking plaudits.

Winner for Best Director for 'The Artist' Michel Hazanavicius on stage

Geoffrey Macnab: Hardly a surprise that there was no surprise at the Oscars

What was clear last night is that the Oscars are now a surprise-free zone. By the time the statuettes are dished out on a Sunday night in late February, there have been so many other awards ceremonies already that it is already ordained what will win.

The Artist: The combination of a cute dog, Harvey Weinstein and absolutely no contemporary resonances whatsoever conspire to make this the most inevitable winner for Best Picture

And the Academy Award goes to: We predict who will win an Oscar tonight

Who really deserves to win and who was disgracefully left off the shortlist?

A 1980 photograph of Azaria Chamberlain

Australia's fourth inquest opens in Azaria Chamberlain dingo case

A coroner today opened Australia's fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation's history: the 1980 death of a nine-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback.

Michel Hazanavicius' silent film The Artist received the most nominations. It has been honoured in 12 categories, including best film, director, leading actor for Jean Dujardin, leading actress for Berenice Bejo, original screenplay, original music, cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, make up and hair, and sound.

The Artist sweeps the board at London Film Critics' Circle awards

Silent film The Artist swept the board tonight when it won three awards at the London Film Critics' Circle awards.

David Owen: Thatcher's disciples do her no favours by covering up her illness

For the first time, the British public can see in graphic detail on cinema screens throughout the country why the woman they elected three times as Prime Minister was unceremoniously bundled out of office by her fellow Conservative MPs.

Superficially similar, but the Iron Lady had a quality that Streep lacks

Iron Lady film made too soon, says David Cameron

David Cameron today stepped in to the row over the Iron Lady, claiming the film should have been made "another day".

John Rentoul: A missed chance to tell the truth about Mrs T

Meryl Streep's new film could have nailed some of the more persistent myths about how Thatcherism changed Britain
Made up: Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) and Jim Broadbent (Sir Denis) in 'The Iron Lady'

Meryl Streep: Becoming 'The Iron Lady'

The actress' preparation for the role of Margaret Thatcher was cut short, but she was still able to identify with the divisive leader, says Clemency Burton-Hill

Matthew Norman: Margaret Thatcher is still big, it's the politicians that got small

The timing of the release of 'The Iron Lady' has a resonance that transcends normal critical criteria

Andy McSmith: The good sense spoken out of power

The idea that a former prime minister should simply shut up would once have been considered absurd

The Neurotourist: Postcards from the Edge of Brain Science, By Lone Frank

Philosophy? Politics? It’s all in the mind

Unveiled: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep has been transformed for her role as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - complete with the Iron Lady's trademark hairdo.

Meryl Streep attends parliament for Thatcher research

Meryl Streep turned up to watch Prime Minister's Questions at Britain's Houses of Parliament yesterday to research for a film role.

The Sketch: The day Meryl Streep saw a performance in the House of Commons

Meryl Streep's down there." "Meryl Streep? What, literally? Where?"

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Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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