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Despite being just the fourth female president of the jury in 62 years, actress Isabelle Huppert said this meant little to her, or to womankind. "I don't believe there are male and female forms of writing," said the recipient of two previous Cannes Best Actress awards, "Cinema is universal." But fellow juror and British writer Hanif Kureishi questioned the lack of diversity: "I'm not sure we have had a black or Asian [president] and I'm not sure when that will occur."

Full roll call of Oscar winners

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A peculiarly British cartoon by two East End animators is in the hunt for an Oscar, reports Jonathan Brown

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Tilda Swinton has never tried to fit in. She wins Oscars but describes her work as 'clowning'. She flits from obscure indie films to Hollywood blockbusters. And then there's her 'scandalous' love life...Jonathan Romney meets a British actress with attitude

You Write The Reviews: WALL-E (U)

Generally, I approach family films with a certain degree of caution. In my experience, while the species of the characters change, the stories of all these cleverly animated productions are pretty similar – and not very good. However, I'd heard good things about Wall-E. I'd heard that this time that it would be different. And it was.

WALL.E (U)

Earth is an abandoned rubbish tip void of life ... enter WALL.E, a futuristic Robot-son Crusoe with a hint of Woody Allen

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Out of this world

Our friends electric: Wall.E & family

Humans can't get enough of mechanised creatures, whether they're evil terminators or lovable eco-warriors. By Cole Moreton

Kung Fu Panda (PG)

You get the feeling watching Kung Fu Panda that they came up with the title and the range of toys first, and didn't start thinking about the story until much, much later.

The ones to watch: Our pick of the summer blockbusters

Tomorrow, 'Iron Man' kicks off a blockbuster summer at the cinema. With such a vast array to choose from, Tim Walker picks the films to watch out for.

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Off-screen stars of celluloid: the men who drew Disney

Ollie Johnston, who died yesterday, was the last of nine animators who sprinkled stardust over some of the world's best-loved cartoon characters. Andrew Gumbel reports

Christina Patterson: The price of freedom is the right to sneer

A few months ago, at a dinner, I sat opposite a snail. Well, actually, it was a male human being, but I'll always think of him as a snail. And so, I imagine, will everyone else. For this was Lord Baker of Dorking, former chairman of the Conservative party, historian, editor of poetry anthologies and member of the House of Lords. Most famous, however, thanks to a latex puppet which disappeared from our television screens 15 years ago, for being a snail.

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