• Oscar 2014 nominations revealed

    Great Brits Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dame Judi Dench could be on the path to Oscar glory after receiving nominations for best actor and best actress respectively.    Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel, 36, will go up against Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christian Bale (American Hustle) and Bruce Dern (Nebraska). Matthew is the man to beat, having lost three stone to play an HIV positive cowboy, in a performance being dubbed a 'McConnaissance'.   Cate Blanchett A raft of regulars will vy for best actress alongside Dame Judi, including Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Meryl Streep (August: Osage

  • Oscars: predicting this year's nominations

    On Thursday, Chris Hemsworth announces this year's list of Oscars nominations at 13.30 GMT in Beverly Hills' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Favourites to be in the running for best picture are 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle. And 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor will find out if he's made the cut for best actor in the powerful drama.   For the past few months fans have been in thrall to Chiwetel and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor Idris Elba, lining red carpets to see the dapper duo promoting their respective films. Now the pair are on the cusp of a historic breakthrough for

  • EastEnders: Viewers complain over 'racist' Shabnam Masood

    The BBC has defended EastEnders after a comment made by returning character Shabnam Masood was branded 'racist' by viewers. On Tuesday night's episode, Shabnam was seen telling her father Masood Ahmed that he should never have dated Carol Jackson because she is white. Shabnam – played by Rakhee Thakrar – fiercely opposed Masood's romance with Carol ever since returning to Walford, and was pleased when Carol decided to end the relationship.   "Carol can see the obvious even if you can't," she told her dad. "It's not right you being with a white woman." The BBC confirmed that it had received complaints over the

  • Watch live: Oscar nominations to be read by Chris Hemsworth

    Excitement is at fever pitch in Hollywood ahead of the announcement of the 2014 Academy Award nominations. The list of contenders will be announced later today on Thursday 16 January in Beverley Hills, by Australian star Chris Hemsworth and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The official nominees will be announced at 13:30 GTM / 5:30 PT / 8:30 ET. Watch the live streaming below.     This year's Oscars ceremony will take place on Sunday 2 March at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. Comedian and presenter Ellen DeGeneres will host the star-studded night for the second time in

  • The Jump: Channel 4 reveals full line up

    Channel 4 has revealed the full line-up for The Jump, a new reality show that will see celebrities compete in different Winter Olympics events. The diverse group of contestants, who will be coached in disciplines including Bobsleigh, cross-country skiing and speed skating, include Sir Steve Redgrave, Anthea Turner, Sinitta, HELLO! Online blogger Laura Hamilton and former TOWIE star Amy Childs.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE FULL LINE-UP The celebs have already flown into Inssbruck, Austria to start their training ahead of the start of the show, on 26 January. It will be broadcast live over nine nights, with each programme showing the highlights of

  • Oscar nominations 2014: The many faces of record-breaking Meryl Streep

    This week Meryl Streep set a new Academy record as she received her 18th Oscar nomination as best actress for August: Osage County. In the film Meryl plays Violet Weston, the 65-year-old Weston family matriarch who is suffering from mouth cancer. Violet is addicted to several prescription drugs which cause her to rant and reveal the family's deepest secrets. As a result, her relatives begin to pull together to help her get clean.   CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY The nomination is an honour befitting a woman of Meryl’s stature. No one inhabits a character as completely as the triple Oscar winner,