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Did the Golden Globes and SAG Awards noms help clarify the best picture Oscar race?

“The Shape of Water” cleaned up with Golden Globes nominations. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led the field among the Screen Actors Guild Awards nods.

What does this mean for this year’s wide-open Oscars race?

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 up to the Oscars.

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Are you ready for the sequel to 'Call Me by Your Name'? Director Luca Guadagnino is

As part of Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s pre-production plan to forge deep bonds between the stars of his new film “Call Me by Your Name,” he staged getting-to-know-you dinner parties at his villa. But Timothée Chalamet, whose teenage Elio falls in love with Armie Hammer’s older grad student, Oliver, says the strategy might have been superfluous. “Luca’s a genius.

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Risky 'Mudbound' was a responsibility writer Virgil Williams couldn't turn down

It’s been almost eight years since Hilary Jordan’s “Mudbound” first found me. That’s what it felt like — it found me.

It read like an instant classic for this generation. Written in a revolving point of view, it focuses on six characters — three black and three white — and each chapter belongs to one of them.

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'Wonderstruck' strikes a powerful chord for production designer Mark Friedberg

For production designer Mark Friedberg, the most fun part of working on the film “Wonderstruck” was going behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in his hometown of New York City.

“That place always fascinated me,” he said. “I loved the art museum, but the Natural History museum — there was something about that place that was always special to me at every stage of my development.”

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With a recent spate of King George VI portrayals, Ben Mendelsohn makes the role his own

Perhaps more popular in death than in life, King George VI has been portrayed a myriad of times on film, television, the stage and even radio, most recently by Oscar winner Colin Firth in 2010’s “The King’s Speech,” James Purefoy in this year’s fine feature, “Churchill,” and Jared Harris on the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown.”

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As Billie Jean King's lover, Andrea Riseborough wanted to embody the free spiritedness of the era

It isn’t necessarily reflective of the roles she’s played to date, but Andrea Riseborough says she’s always been “quite politicized.” In fact, CNN was running in the background blasting whatever breaking news was occurring on the hour during our mid-morning conversation a few weeks ago.

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