I’m glad to say that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and I both had the same feeling about Tár and The Banshees of Inisherin. Both had music at their centre and were the darlings of the critics, but both were vastly overrated and neither won a single award.

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Tár first. I’m sorry, what a turgid piece of nonsense. The director Todd Field seems to be a nice chap, but he definitely knows how to alienate an audience with a movie that begins with a brief shot of the screen of a mobile phone, then four excruciatingly boring minutes of end credits. It feels like something has gone horribly wrong in the projection booth.

Cate Blanchett is a magnificent actor, but she looks uncomfortable in this film, desperately trying to give life to Field’s deathly words. In fact, I would nominate Tar (I’m sorry, I can’t bring myself to use the accent on the ‘a’ ) for The Most Banal Piece of...