Hunky Dory (15) / This Means War (12A) (3/5, 1/5)

Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Darren Evans, Robert Pugh / Starring: Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine

DVD: Anonymous (12)

The Independence Day director's totally unnecessary "conspiracy theory" drama wheels out the tiresome thesis that William Shakespeare was not the author of his plays.

DVD: The Ides of March (15)

This perfectly competent, if rather slight, political drama is enlivened by Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the competing spin doctors plotting to get their Democrat candidate elected during the Primary campaign.

Rutter says: 'I probably don't listen to as much opera as people expect me to in my free time. Sometimes, I need to switch off from work.'

Cultural Life: Claire Rutter, soprano

Theatre: I went to see the ENO's 'Tales of Hoffmann'. There's some great singing from everyone. The production was very entertaining and a bit wacky in places, which appeals to me. It's quite a long opera, but Richard Jones's production didn't feel like it. I sat in the dress circle for the very first time – I usually sit in the stalls – and enjoyed champagne in the intervals. I think this production would also appeal to newcomers to opera. It was a worthwhile night out, and nice to be on the other side of the curtain.

'Sloths are full of surprises... some studies show they sleep for as few as 10 hours a day'

Slow but perfectly formed

Sloths are all the rage but, asks Simon Usborne, what is it about the curious creatures that appeals to us?

'Sloths are full of surprises... some studies show they sleep for as few as 10 hours a day'

The slow shall inherit the earth

Why are sloths the darling of the internet? Simon Usborne studies the science of our obsession with furry animals

James Bond studios makes £3.9m loss

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Besides the hangovers, winners must shake off fear of next big step

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French director Michel Hazanavicius won best director winner for his film

What next for the team behind The Artist?

If they are anything like most Oscar winners, the team behind The Artist will have spent the first day of the rest of their lives conforming to the grandest, and most lucrative, of Hollywood traditions.

Reverb/Aurora/Collon, Roundhouse, London

When the youthful Aurora Orchestra set themselves up in 2005, they had no aspirations beyond being musically first-rate.

Oscar statues backstage during the 84th Academy Awards

Full list of winners for the 84th Academy Awards

Here is the full list of winners for the 84th Academy Awards:

Jean Dujardin won the best actor Oscar for The Artist

Silence reigns again in Hollywood as The Artist sweeps the Oscars

Nostalgia reigned supreme in Hollywood, as the film industry saluted the golden era of its craft by handing a slew of Oscars to The Artist, the black-and-white, largely-silent, independent movie which has completed a trailblazing journey through this awards season.

Driver says: 'I was devastated when 'The Riches' was cancelled after two seasons. I'm still sad about it but I did a good job'

Minnie Driver: 'When I'm riding an 8ft wave, it feels like I'm flying'

I've always loved the idea of playing an inspiring, rabble-rousing teacher I had an amazing teacher at my school called Alastair Langlands, who introduced me to my first love: storytelling. He made language, words and poetry magical, which has stayed with me. It's what attracted me to the role of a drama teacher in [my new film] Hunky Dory.

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