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Given the number of times Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel mentioned “Black Panther” last Sunday, you’d think the wildly successful Marvel movie was among the best picture nominees.

Nope. But it will be next year.

The Oscars need “Black Panther” way more than “Black Panther" needs validation from the motion...

Backstage at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, everyone has to wait in line for the bathroom. And there aren't too many of them: Just two, unisex, and they're shared by both stars and production staffers.

With 20 minutes to go before showtime, a line had already formed, including Christopher Walken...

“You know what she wants to do?” spits Aunt Mattie bitterly at the aspiring Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) in William A. Wellman’s 1937 picture “A Star Is Born.” “She wants to go to Hollywood.”

Standing before the Dolby Theatre at Sunday’s Academy Awards, it’s easy to think of Hollywood as a physical...

My wife and I have a tradition: Every year, after the Oscars are over, we dance around the living room in grateful, weary celebration that yet another long awards season has finally come to an end.

Some seasons, of course, feel longer than others, and for reasons I’m still trying to make sense...

The Academy Awards are over and, for the first time in its 90-year history, a science-fiction movie has won the best picture Oscar.

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. I’m Glenn Whipp, The Times’...

A timeline of the 90th Oscars from Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue to "Shape of Water's" big win.

This was Hollywood at its sanitized best. After months of horrifying revelations about widespread sexual harassment and assault in the industry, the 90th Academy Awards presented a toothless, feel-good nod to the scandal.

So many of this year’s films feature transgressive female characters —Frances...

How did “The Shape of Water,” a movie about a mute cleaning woman falling truly, madly, deeply in love with a fish-man, wind up winning the Oscar for best picture?

It starts with the power of love, the film’s Oscar-winning director, Guillermo del Toro, says.

“Love is much stronger than hatred and...

Bringing an end to one of the most wide open best picture races in years, “The Shape of Water” — a fantastical fable about a mute woman who falls in love with an aquatic creature — claimed the top prize Sunday night at the 90th Academy Awards, beating out a strong field of eight rivals that included...

This year’s awards season started out with the Golden Globes’ all-black dress code in support of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. On Sunday, it culminated in a sea of white, with swaths of bright colors as well as plunging necklines at the 90th Academy Awards.

A dip in L.A. temperatures didn’t...

Over the past two years, most everyone has applauded the motion picture academy’s decision to add nearly 1,500 new industry professionals as a long-needed step toward diversifying the group’s ranks.

But the ever-increasing enrollment has created one small problem:

It’s almost impossible to get...

Satirical horror-thriller “Get Out” won the best feature award at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, where it also captured the director prize for Jordan Peele and left industry-watchers wondering if the annual independent film honors will predict Sunday’s winners at the 90th Academy Awards.


Academy Awards telecast director Glenn Weiss looks back on last year's epic best picture meltdown and ahead to Sunday's show.

The Oscars are here! Finally!

Next Winter Olympics, can the academy move the ceremony a week earlier rather than a week later? (Asking for a friend.)

With this year’s best picture race being such a wide-open free-for-all, I’ve gone back and forth on my own prediction a couple of times.

Will it...

Talking to academy members the past couple of weeks, I heard an earful about all the problems they had with various best picture contenders — “Why’d she have to … that fish?” lamented one voter of “The Shape of Water’s” interspecies sex scene — but not so much about the ways they loved the nominated...

As the Academy Awards celebrate a milestone 90th anniversary, the legacy of the best picture award is set to enter a new era. But how many of the previous 89 best picture winners are we still watching today? And what are the movies that Oscar voters missed? (Surely “Singin’ in the Rain” won an...

A Sunday Conversation chat with Randy Thomas, the first woman ever to announce the Academy Awards, who is set to return for her ninth Oscars.
Motion capture artist and movement coach Terry Notary, who plays Oleg in the Oscar-nominated foreign film "The Square," explains the film's most talked-about scene in his own words.

We can debate the reasons why “Moonlight” prevailed over “La La Land” in last year’s best picture race — maybe it was the movie that better reflected the moment, perhaps new voters gravitated toward a new sensibility, possibly an aversion to Ryan Gosling mansplaining jazz.

But there’s no argument...

At the 2017 Academy Awards, “Moonlight” — against all odds and the unfortunate envelope snafu — triumphed. It was a win many regard as a symbol of progress as Hollywood continues efforts to increase diversity and inclusion both behind and in front of the cameras. But what will Sunday’s Oscars ceremony...