Fittingly, the Academy awards (the Oscars) and the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius have illuminated our most mortal vices: vanity and violence.
"Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" dominated the Academy awards, Ellen DeGeneres's selfie broke Twitter history, and Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win. Again.
A Twitter campaign calling on movie stars to support anti-government protests has led to Venezuela's opposition being lauded at the Academy awards.
With so many good films in competition, it's difficult to predict winners at this year's Academy Awards.
"American Hustle" and "Gravity" have each won 10 Academy Award nominations, while "12 Years a Slave" has garnered nine.
Steve McQueen's Oscar frontrunner is only the latest mainstream film to challenge social issues a little too late, writes David Cox.
Pakistan has put forward a film for the Oscars for the first time in nearly 50 years as its struggling film industry shows signs of revival.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan say the "boobs song" presenter, who was criticised for his edgy jokes, did an "extraordinary job".
Sunday night marked the 85th Academy Awards. We look at the winners, the losers and the performers of Hollywood's biggest night out.
The story of Rodriguez, the greatest protest singer and songwriter that most people never heard of, is a real-life fairytale with a Hollywood finale.
The film's critical acclaim has prompted Israel to claim a Palestinian story as its own, writes Asa Winstanley.
"The Dark Knight Rises" may be the year's most talked about movie, but it is unlikely to be in the running for major awards come Oscars season.
Angelina Jolie may not have walked away with any actual awards at this year's Oscars, but her red carpet reveal certainly won her internet notoriety.
Silent film The Artist, filmed in black and white by French director Michel Hazanavicius, was the big winner at this year's Academy Awards.
Hollywood is looking to past glories and perhaps even the outlandish character from Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film to revive a jaded awards ceremony.
As the film awards approach, our fatal attraction to Brad Pitt et al grows as interest in their films lessens.
After Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to be given the best director award at last year's Oscars, there was hope that a traditionally male-dominated barrier had been broken at last.
Woody Allen doesn't get a vote, but Dakota Fanning does. Tom Shone investigates.
The King's Speech was crowned the big winner with four Oscars on Sunday, including best film and best actor for its star, Colin Firth