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If Oscar voters want joy, 'Hidden Figures' could give 'La La Land' a run for its money

Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced early Tuesday morning, and while there’s no such thing as a sure thing, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” is probably going to have a very good day.

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Will 'La La Land' tie an Oscar record for most nominations?

Oscar nominations are just a few days away. Will Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” tie the record for most nominations in Oscar history?

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.

I'm Glenn Whipp, The Times’ awards columnist and your newsletter host.

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No Sundance premiere has won the top Oscar — will that change this year?

I thought it would happen with “Boyhood.” And, who knows, maybe it still will this year with “Manchester by the Sea.”

But no movie that has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has ever gone on to win the Oscar for best picture.

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Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

Mel Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the fact-based story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor after saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without using a gun.

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Films that look back at post-war America like 'Fences' and 'Hidden Figures' are digging deeper this year

Stop by the movie theater this awards season and you might wonder exactly what decade we’re living in. From “Fences” to “Hidden Figures,” “The Founder” to “Loving” — and even on some level “20th Century Women” — the mid- to late-20th century remains compelling turf to filmmakers.

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With Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as your stars, why not make their costumes seductive?

Elegant and impeccably groomed, Marianne Beauséjour glides into the ballroom, her soft green satin gown instantly identifying her as a woman abundantly aware of her power and charisma.

The floor-length gown commands a critical scene in “Allied,” a World War II drama by director Robert Zemeckis and starring Marion Cotillard as French agent Beauséjour and Brad Pitt as a Canadian spy.

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