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