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Other than their excellence, the eight movies in the running for the coveted Best Picture Oscar for the 91st annual Academy Awards are very dissimilar. There is a black-and-white foreign-language film. There is a story of a politician and a story of a musician. One of the movies is the third remake of a classic. Another of the movies is a period piece. Two of them provide different reflections on the racial issues within our country. And, finally, there is a movie based on comic book characters.

Here’s a brief run-down of the nominees ahead of the award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24:

  • Roma won the 2019 Directors Guild of America Award and is a strong contender to win the Best Picture Oscar this year. It was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira) and Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Rami Malek).
  • Green Book won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the Producers Guild of America Best Picture award. It was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).
  • A Star is Born was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliot) and Best Original Song (“Shallow”).
  • BlacKkKlansman was nominated for a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Spike Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Black Panther was nominated for a total of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Production Design and Best Original Song (“All the Stars”). Of the movies nominated for Best Picture, this movie won at the box office.
  • The Favourite was nominated for a total of 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos) and Best Actress (Olivia Colman). It also received Best Supporting Actress nominations for both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
  • Vice was nominated for a total of eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Adam McKay), Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams).

If you would like to prepare for the Academy Awards ceremony by watching the movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, the Harkins Best Picture Film Fest is here for you. From Feb. 15-24, seven of these movies will return to the theater. For more information, go to www.harkins.com/best-picture-film-fest. The eighth movie, Roma, can be streamed on Netflix.

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