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Protests growing against Dorchester Collection over 'stone the gays' and anti-women laws

Twitter picture from Lynette Rice of the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars were being hosted last night

Overflowing toilet floods Oscars venue minutes before ceremony begins

Oscars 2013 hopefuls arriving at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles last night had to navigate inch-deep water after a pipe burst in the lavatories.

Directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, winners of the Best Animated Feature award for 'Brave,' attend the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood

Alex Salmond hails success of Oscar-winning Scottish animation Brave

Alex Salmond has hailed the success of Brave after the animated film set in Scotland scooped an Oscar.

Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, winners of the Best Documentary Short Subject award for 'Inocente,' backstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood

Inocente makes history as first crowd-funded Oscar-winner

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts also made internet history yesterday, by awarding the first ever Oscar to a film part-financed via the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence reacts after winning the Best Actress award for 'Silver Linings Playbook' during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

6 Great Gifs from the 2013 Oscars Ceremony

Jennifer Lawrence falling over was not the only moment worth remembering (in gif form) from the 2013 Academy Awards...

Richard Parker, CGI tiger from Life of Pi, should win Best Performance by an Animal at the Oscars. If the award existed

And the Oscar goes to...the Life of Pi visual effects company filing for bankruptcy protection

The Oscars brought to an end a bittersweet awards season for the team behind the remarkable CGI creatures in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The film won four gongs last night, including one for Best Visual Effects, but the prize came too late for the firm responsible, Rhythm & Hues, which filed for bankruptcy protection on 13 February.

Jessica Chastain: She is all Veronica Lake with curled hair and a slimline strapless dress by Armani Prive. It’s the label of choice on the west coast of America. The first designer to have set up a celebrity post in California to tap the lucrative red carpet opportunities in the Eighties, Armani still gets a good showing every award season. Chastain does his slick and minimalist metallic style justice

Oscars fashion: The red carpet verdict

It is the biggest event in the red carpet calendar. Our style editor Harriet Walker gives her verdict on the fashion winners and losers at the Oscars.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' still

Final film of the Twilight series sweeps the board at the Razzies

The film 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2', was selected as the worst movie of last year at the spoof awards ceremony

As a recovering awards show addict, I must warn you: don't watch the Oscars 2013

The Academy Awards, the Grammys, the Brits, the Baftas (film), the Baftas (TV), the Emmys, the MTV VMAs, the MTV EMAs, the Booker, the Turner...I've seen them all

Michael Moore steps in to help Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker threatened with deportation in LA

A Palestinian filmmaker on his way to the Oscars was held at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened with deportation before being allowed into the United States.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Shirley Bassey confirmed to sing at the Oscars

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Shirley Bassey and the cast of Les Miserables will sing on stage at the Oscars this Sunday.

Oscars favourites Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain guaranteed to get their hands on at least one gong- by presenting at the Awards

Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Ben Affleck have been chosen to present at this year’s Oscars.

Pragmatic and prodigious: Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of Lincoln

'Lincoln', 'Les Mis' and 'Argo' lead race for Baftas

Presidential biopic "Lincoln," epic musical "Les Miserables" and boy-meets-tiger voyage "Life of Pi" lead the race for Britain's Academy Awards — but will Ben Affleck's pacey caper "Argo" beat them to the trophies?

Stefan Kudelski, inventor of the first portable professional sound recorder, single-handed transformed the world of sound recording for radio, television and, most importantly, the film industry

Stefan Kudelski: Inventor of the revolutionary Nagra tape recorder

Truffaut, Godard and Chabrol all credited him with making possible their working style

A scene from Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Forget the A-listers – Leicester factory workers have already won their Oscar

Midlands company has had several famous visitors, including Stanley Kubrick, during more than a century of lens making

A post of the parody

Move over Psy, singing South Korean airmen score hit with 'Les Militarables' in the snow

South Korean military conscripts may have dreamed a dream of defending the homeland, but their life is one of snow shovelling and thwarted love - at least in a parody of Les Miserables starring real airmen that has become an Internet hit.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

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