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Gold Standard: 'The Big Short,' 'Spotlight' and 'The Revenant' make their final cases for voters

Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season, leading to the Oscars. I’m Glenn Whipp, The Times’ awards columnist and your newsletter host. Final voting for the 88th Academy Awards begins today. Let's see what's making news as academy members start to fill out their ballots.

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Ennio Morricone says a hands-off Quentin Tarantino let his 'Hateful Eight' music flow

There are just a select few who inarguably belong in the pantheon of great film composers; Ennio Morricone is one.

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Oscars 2016: The makeup designers of '100-Year-Old Man' take us through a century of work

This year's Oscar nominees for makeup and hairstyling are the quite expected "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Revenant," along with a relatively obscure Swedish comedy. "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" is about a man who celebrates his 100th birthday by, well, climbing out the window of a nursing home, going on the lam and tangling with a brutal biker gang.

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How Adam McKay brought unity to Congress for one night with 'Big Short' screening

Filmmaker Adam McKay had just finished introducing his Oscar-nominated movie "The Big Short" at a special screening in the Congressional Auditorium on Wednesday night and he figured he'd stick around, stand in the shadows and see how the film would play for the bipartisan audience of assembled politicians.

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'Spotlight's' makers went for 'simple, unvarnished truth,' not sensationalism

No car chases. No fistfights. Not even an illicit affair. The makers of "Spotlight" stuck to the facts, believing the unvarnished story of Boston Globe reporters uncovering the sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church would be compelling enough.

"In many ways, the film is a study of craft, and that craft is professional journalism," says Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Tom McCarthy.

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Oscars 2016: Who will win the acting categories? Count on Leo. In the other three ...

The last three years, all four Screen Actors Guild Awards winners have gone on to win the Oscar. That won't happen this year as SAG Awards voters gave "Beasts of No Nation" standout Idris Elba their supporting actor award, while the film academy (you may have heard) didn't even nominate him. I still like the chances of the other three SAG winners prevailing with the academy though.

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