Oscars 2016: Nominees urged to skip $55,000 Israel swag bag trip

Oscar-nominated celebrities were urged to skip a $55,000 (£39,500) trip to Israel offered as part of an awards gift bag. Two US- based groups campaigning for an end to Israels occupation of the Palestinian Territories made the plea in a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times that appeared five days before the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday. Feb 25, 2016

Oscars 2016: The Revenant and DiCaprio hot favourites for top awards

Leonardo DiCaprio will finally take home the best actor Oscar on 28 February, according to Las Vegas bookmaker Ben Eckstein. Eckstein, who has a nationally syndicated odds column and publishes betting odds on his website AmericasLine.com, has DiCaprio at 1/50 for his role as a fur trapper bent on revenge in The Revenant. The best picture race, though, is tighter, with Alejandro Inarritus dark drama competing against Tom McCarthys journalism tale Spotlight, with financial farce The Big Short in third place. Feb 24, 2016