Academy Awards 2019: A preview of films to watch before the big night

From 'A Star is Born' to 'Black Panther,' these are the films that will compete at the 91st Academy Awards.

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The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2019. The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2019. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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And the winner is...

The world of cinema is quietly dusting off its tuxedos, placing the final touches on designer gowns, and looking ahead to what promises to be an exciting stretch of award galas leading up to the Oscars on Feb. 24.

This year's contenders for top honors feature an eclectic cast of rock legends, superheroes, villains and pioneering explorers. Thanks to the talents of the writers and directors who help weave the fictional worlds around them, such characters have managed to touch the heart, strike a nerve and even evoke a scream.

Who will earn the most gold on Oscar's big night? Click through our slideshow for the likeliest candidates to draw the spotlight for excellence in cinema.

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