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During a post-“Mudbound” screening Q&A, director Dee Rees was asked a question that her star, Mary J. Blige, didn’t know the answer to: What inspired Rees to cast Blige — the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” and the seller of over 50 million confession-heavy albums — in her Netflix period drama? “She said...

Acting isn't just about reading lines and hitting your marks: Performers have to become instant experts in whatever their characters do best, and those specialized talents shift with every film. So, in order for the actors to become proficient in a new skill, studios call in outside help. Here...

Last year, after the not-so-secret midnight Sundance screening of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the film’s team took an Uber back to Peele’s Park City, Utah, hotel room, where they ordered room service and stayed up until dawn reading the over-the-top reactions to the movie on social media.

“The energy...

Most movies about politicians depict either slippery narcissists — "Nixon," "The Deal" (about Tony Blair), "Game Change" (Sarah Palin), this spring’s "Chappaquiddick" (Ted Kennedy) — or complicated personalities driven to achieve the greater good, as in "Lincoln" and the Franklin Roosevelt love...

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Academy Awards, but for how long? Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the actors primed to break her run:

4: Number of acting Academy Awards won by Katharine Hepburn (for “Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter,” “On Golden...

It’s often said that history repeats itself. But when it comes to the Oscars, history, or more specifically, the feting of real-life historical characters, has been a recurring rite since 1931, when George Arliss collected the third-ever lead actor award for his portrayal of British Prime Minister...

In the wake of a controversy sparked by reports that Mark Wahlberg earned roughly $1.5 million for reshoots on the set of “All the Money in the World” while costar Michelle Williams was paid only a fraction of that amount, Wahlberg and the agency that represents him, William Morris Endeavor, announced...

The ceremony for the 60th Grammy Awards is still two weeks away, but already music’s biggest TV night has made history.

For the first time, hip-hop artists dominate the majority of nominees chosen in the academy’s top categories, including record, album and song of the year.

But that sound you’re...

The Grammys may have finally discovered the domination of hip-hop, but the genre and its power players have infiltrated mediums beyond music, especially film and TV.

“Can I change my vote?”

That was the question several motion picture academy members were asking after five women accused actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior in a Times investigation published Thursday.

The allegations — two of which showed up on Twitter Sunday,...

The guilds have all spoken. Now all that’s left is to hear from the motion picture academy.

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...

The spat that kicks off “The Insult” (“L’insulte”) an engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie from Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri, concerns an illegal drainpipe on an apartment balcony. Some gutter language, so to speak, ensues.

Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a foreman tasked with building...

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Thursday, naming Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water"), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) as its five nominees for feature...

On a cold, rainy Tuesday morning, inside a foundry in Burbank, four craftspeople in metallic silver fireproof suits looked like something out of a vintage sci-fi film as they prepared a vat of molten bronze. With huge gray oven mitts protecting their hands, they retrieved porcelain molds from what...

With Sunday’s Golden Globes behind us and eight weeks to go in one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for its annual film awards, giving another boost to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

After leading...

In the new musical “The Greatest Showman,” the story of P.T. Barnum and the rise of mass entertainment has a modern message not just in its themes but also its clothes.

Hugh Jackman stars as the original ringmaster, Zac Efron as his business partner and a pink-haired Zendaya as a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted...

In the last five years, California’s capital city has re-branded itself as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” and built a new NBA arena that jump-started downtown development.

But nothing has polished Sacramento’s image like “Lady Bird,” filmmaker Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical, self-described...

As far as Aaron Sorkin is concerned, he’s never had what he categorizes as “that ‘Barton Fink’ nightmarish writer’s scenario,” where a screenwriter watches in horror as the film he’s lovingly penned is rendered unrecognizable. But when it came to adapting “Molly’s Game,” based on the true story...

To say that Michelle Williams did not spend the Thanksgiving holiday as she intended is something of an understatement. The 37-year-old actress was scheduled for a short break from filming the 2018 Sony/Marvel tentpole “Venom” in Atlanta. Instead, she found herself traveling to London and Rome...

Three months ago Christopher Plummer was not being discussed as a potential Oscar nominee. Even eight weeks ago that would have seemed a longshot. Today, critics are celebrating his performance in “All the Money in the World,” a role he was completely unaware of until the beginning of November,...