Spike Lee's latest film, "BlacKkKlansman," makes a direct connection between the racism of the Ku Klux Klan and Donald Trump's pledge to "make America great again." "It wasn't that hard to do," Lee says. "So much of this hate stuff is recycled."
Los Angeles Times awards columnist Glenn Whipp looks at the arrival of a number of crowd-pleasing contenders in this awards season. Plus a preview of the AFI Fest and love for Steven Yeun and "Burning."