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  • Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

    The idea of a polarized country watching the Oscars is not new‎. For nearly half a century, there have been regular occurrences of the show dropping into the middle of serious national strife. Every year, come hell or high water, the Oscars arrive at a late-winter-early-spring moment. And in some...

  • From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    From 'Moonlight' to 'Manchester,' a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

    Who will win? Who should win? I feign no expertise when it comes to the former, but if I had a ballot in this year’s Oscar race, here’s how I would fill out the following categories. (There are 24 categories total, but interest and laziness compel me to focus on just 11.) BEST PICTURE: “Moonlight”...

  • What time are the Oscars? And other important questions answered

    What time are the Oscars? And other important questions answered

    Pop the Champagne, shimmy into that gown and call the limo — it’s time for the Oscars, darling. While the majority of us are more likely to call an Uber and cozy up on a friend’s couch in sweats to watch the ultra-glam event, that doesn’t change the fact that the 89th Academy Awards are Sunday....

  • The art of aging — behind the scenes with the Oscar-nominated makeup-and-hair team for 'A Man Called Ove'

    The art of aging — behind the scenes with the Oscar-nominated makeup-and-hair team for 'A Man Called Ove'

    What did it take to transform a youthful actor into a cantankerous old man for the Oscar-nominated Swedish film “A Man Called Ove”? Quite a bit of effort, it turns out, and of the imaginative and technical caliber that led to an Oscar nomination for makeup and hair team Eva von Bahr and Love Larson. ...

  • Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

    After six months of campaigning and cajoling and trying to get “City of Stars” out of our heads, the Oscars are finally here. So it’s time for some final predictions for Sunday’s ceremony. Ready? Somebody will mention Donald Trump. Somebody will cry. Somebody will cry while mentioning Donald Trump....

  • Flamboyant costumes for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' mirror the real-life inspiration

    Flamboyant costumes for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' mirror the real-life inspiration

    The first time audiences see Meryl Streep portraying real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, she’s dressed in a lavish, white satin winged-angel costume, suspended in the air during a performance one could graciously call awkward, though no one dared. Costume designer Consolata Boyle...

  • Lights, camera, colors give 'La La Land' its lavish look

    Lights, camera, colors give 'La La Land' its lavish look

    The year’s most-nominated film is notable equally for its singing and dancing … and for turning a sprawling metro area into a candy-colored musical fantasy. “It was all about creating a romantic Los Angeles,” says “La La Land” cinematographer Linus Sandgren, an Oscar nominee for his work, “to pick...

  • Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some award acceptance speeches are models of grace and class. Others are … well, a little out there. Here’s a look at some of each. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (1994) Here's a measure of how popular Hanks was and is: He won his first lead actor Academy Award (of two in a row) for a groundbreaking...

  • Oscars select nine unique films as contenders — or are they?

    Oscars select nine unique films as contenders — or are they?

    With the Academy Award nominations now out, the race is finally on to guess wildly about which of the nine nominated films will win the big enchilada, best picture. Of course you could read our Buzzmeter panelists (latimes.com/buzzmeter) or The Gold Standard column (latimes.com/theenvelope) for...

  • Two Oscar-nominated foreign-language films examine cruel times in young lives

    Two Oscar-nominated foreign-language films examine cruel times in young lives

    Cruel stories of youth tie together a pair of movies nominated for the foreign language Academy Award. The Australian “Tanna,” directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, re-creates the legend of two star-crossed lovers who run afoul of tribal custom on a remote South Pacific island. Denmark’s...

  • With 14 nominations, 'La La Land' has passed the audition — now can it win the role?

    With 14 nominations, 'La La Land' has passed the audition — now can it win the role?

    “La La Land” passed its first audition Tuesday — and then some, earning a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. Now, the question is: Can it go on and land the role it has seemed destined to win since debuting at film festivals in the fall? Can it take the Oscar for best picture? For those not wanting...

  • Amazon becomes the first streaming company to score a best picture nomination

    Amazon becomes the first streaming company to score a best picture nomination

    Amazon Studios, the film and TV production arm of Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant, made history Tuesday by becoming the first video streaming company to score a best picture nomination, a sign of how rapidly digital upstarts are succeeding at Hollywood’s game. “Manchester by the Sea,” the acclaimed...

  • Viola Davis brings her A game to everything she does

    Viola Davis brings her A game to everything she does

    When Viola Davis’ name is announced in the supporting actress category at this year’s Academy Awards for her performance in “Fences,” there is little question what her Oscar clip will be. It will be that scene – the one in which Davis’ long-suffering Rose Maxson, confronted by her embittered husband,...

  • Oscar nominee and EGOT contender Lin-Manuel Miranda will take his screeners now, please

    Oscar nominee and EGOT contender Lin-Manuel Miranda will take his screeners now, please

    For a man with an opportunity to join one of entertainment’s most exclusive clubs, “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda was surprisingly disconnected from Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations. Scoring his first Academy Award nomination for his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana,” Miranda...

  • Amy Adams, 'Finding Dory' and Meryl Streep: The big Oscar nomination snubs and surprises

    Amy Adams, 'Finding Dory' and Meryl Streep: The big Oscar nomination snubs and surprises

    Just a couple of weeks after our new President labeled her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood,” Meryl Streep earned her 20th Academy Award nomination Tuesday. Not that the news seemed particularly momentous to the 67-year-old. The best actress nominee -- who earned her latest nod...

  • Oscar analysis: Can 'La La Land,' with its record-tying 14 nominations, go the distance?

    Oscar analysis: Can 'La La Land,' with its record-tying 14 nominations, go the distance?

    “La La Land” passed its first audition Tuesday — and then some, earning a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. Now, the question is: Can it go on and land the role it has seemed destined to win since debuting at film festivals this fall? Can it take the Oscar for best picture? For those not wanting...

  • Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar nominations

    Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar nominations

    The nominations for the 89th  Academy Awards were revealed this morning in Los Angeles. “La La Land” did what 800-lb gorillas are supposed to do: dominate the Oscar nominations tally, pulling down 14, including actor, actress, director and picture. Ava Duvernay’s “13th” joins “O.J.: Made in America”...

  • 'Gleason' documents more than one man's life and decline; it reminds us to enjoy life

    'Gleason' documents more than one man's life and decline; it reminds us to enjoy life

    Filmmaker Clay Tweel first encountered his latest subject, former NFL player Steve Gleason, via a tsunami of footage filmed after the New Orleans Saints player was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. At the time, Gleason and his wife, Michel, had just...

  • Oscar Watch: First round of predictions in wake of 'Billy Lynn's' NYFF premiere

    Oscar Watch: First round of predictions in wake of 'Billy Lynn's' NYFF premiere

    Following the New York Film Festival premiere of Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the main topic of discussion focused on “frame rate,” and Lee, sounding tentative and a bit nervous about the finished product, asked the audience for “feedback.”  Not exactly the way you want to launch...

  • Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Even before production began on “Fences” in  April, many awards season pundits already had the film’s stars on their lists of likely Oscar nominees. On Tuesday, we got to see why, when Paramount Pictures put out the first trailer for the movie starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who also...

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