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Fashion: Hats off to the Stetson

From cowboy to supermodel, the 10-gallon hat has made the leap from High Noon to high fashion, says Melissa Mostyn

Speed is in the eye of the cop

Montana is a state that feels like a country. It takes 10 hours to drive across it east to west, and six heading from the south towards Canada. Its licence plates say Big Sky Country, but they wouldn't be lying if they said Biggest Ever Sky Country.

Strange fruit

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Taylor turns in a top performance

Northants 172 and 211-4 Middlesex 157 and 302

Crimes and misdemeanours

THE CONDEMNED man is led, his hands manacled together, his feet in white hospital slippers, to the death chamber. His only comfort is a nun's hand on his shoulder, and the words of the scriptures she reads to him: "Be not afraid, for I have redeemed thee." Two men hold on to him, lest he attempt to flee his secularly ordained fate. Another couple of guards walk behind him. In front, a priest also quotes the words of the Bible, but in the spirit of retribution rather than solace. After his final words, and tears, he is laid down, his arm gently wiped with alcohol, and finally set before a battery of syringes. We watch with him as the poison runs down the long tubes of this Heath Robinson contraption of horror, until it enters his bloodstream - tube and arm become one vein.

Going Out: Critics' choice

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There's a scene in Thelma and Louise where the Susan Sarandon character confronts her boyfriend. "Remember when we first met?" she asks. "What happened?"

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the headlines; the key players; what the pundits say; what you should say

FILM: OSCAR RESULTS IN FULL

BEST PICTURE: Braveheart

Film: Mercy he sought and mercy he found

Adam Mars-Jones reviews Dead Man Walking, a winner for Susan Sarandon

Film: Fading starshine

THE OSCARS: Ryan Gilbey takes a cool look at this year's victors

Bravehearts and statuettes

Oscars special: Susan Sarandon, the bookies' hot favourite to take the Best Actress prize at tomorrow night's Academy Awards, talks to Daniel Jeffreys As the nominees await their fate, David Thomson offers his Oscar predictions

A VERY GROWN-UP KIND OF GLAMOUR

"I'M A little like fine vintage wine, getting better with age." Susan Sarandon laughs as she says this and pours more tea. We are in her Manhattan hotel room and America's favourite fortysomething is talking about growing old gracefully. "It was a big deal when I began to play mothers - then I started taking my make-up off with Marmie in Little Women, and now I've played a nun. I've gone about as far as I can go in defining the essence of womanhood."

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