Portrayals of gay men in top Oscar contenders might have provoked controversy in years gone by. That it has gone unremarked is itself remarkable

Portrayals of gay men in top Oscar contenders might have provoked controversy in years gone by. That it has gone unremarked is itself remarkable
Rami Malik’s Oscar-winning performance was so realistic he seemed to be physically channelling Freddie Mercury

And so the Oscars have come and gone. The long winter of thespian self-congratulation is over. Each year it begins with the amuse bouche of the Baftas, followed by a too-big starter of the Golden Globes before the main course of Oscar night. Sunday in Los Angeles becomes RTÉ 2’s Monday night three-hour special. The stars of the screen shine without a plot or storyline, one big glittering extravaganza.

This year, there was no host....

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