Holla for Hublot

Okay, so ’12 Years a Slave’ is pretty good, right? But there was another picture winner last night at the 86th Annual Academy Awards that took home a gold statuette.

Following in the delightful footsteps of last year’s Disney short ‘The Paperman’, Laurent Witz’s ‘Mr Hublot’ was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film last night and brings the requisite charm, whimsy and, erm, robot dogs to be a deserving successor.

Check it out here before it disappears from YouTube:

Opera to Travel Up Brokeback Mountain

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We’ll see if she’s still this happy when she walks into the tent…

Opera just got gayer! Yup, Rufus Wainwright’s favourite pastime is going gay with a new operatic version of a Hollywood hit – but no silly sniggering about bum notes, because the adaptation is of sobering Oscar-winning drama ‘Brokeback Mountain’.

Annie Proulx’s novella is perfect tragic material in keeping with the operatic tradition, and the Pulitzer winner has written the libretto for the new theatrical endeavour set to premiere in Madrid later this month.

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The ‘cowboys in love’ saga famously starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and won an Academy Award for director Ang Lee.

The new two-act opera features music by US composer Charles Wuorinen and will run from 28 January until 11 February at the Teatro Real. The project is a revival of an original commission made by the New York Opera in 2008 and is directed by Ivo van Hove.