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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Singer Lady Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper in 'A Star is Born.' Singer Lady Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper in 'A Star is Born.' (Photo: A Star is Born)

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'A Star is Born'

"A Star is Born," American actor Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, has some serious Oscar buzz for its compelling story, original music and intense chemistry between Cooper and American singer Lady Gaga.

Following in the footsteps of other recent stars who have flexed their vocal talents on screen, Cooper says his ability to pull off a struggling rock star was buoyed by Gaga's presence. "I grew up loving music. I also always felt like I had, like, six characters in me and one of them is a musician," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I loved to sing privately. I thought, 'One day I could maybe pull that off.' It really was the confidence she had in me that I would just find it."

While "Star" is a remake of the 1937 and 1976 versions, critics have been moved to nonetheless declare it a "modern classic" that offers a "reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling."

The movie has been nominated for multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

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