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. After months of premieres and parties and politicking, the Oscar nominations have been announced. Let's dive in ...
Nominations favored chest-pumping films, but there's more to it ...
My colleague Kenneth Turan weighed in on the Oscar nominations, calling the inclusion of the intimate drama "Room" the day's biggest surprise. Well, that and the exclusion of director Ridley Scott, whose film, the space survival story "The Martian," won seven other nominations. Read his take here.
#OscarsSoWhite ... again
Sly's back ... and he's pretty stoked
Maybe the year's unlikeliest comeback story. Thirty-nine years after being nominated for "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone earned a supporting actor nomination for reprising the lovable lug in "Creed." Here's what he had to say.
Complete list of nominees and all The Times' Oscar coverage
And starting this weekend, you can catch The Times' award coverage on television over five consecutive Sundays when The Envelope premieres on OvationTV with conversations with many of this season's awards contenders and nominees.