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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Actors Mahershala Ali and Tony Vallelonga in 'Green Book.' Actors Mahershala Ali and Tony Vallelonga in 'Green Book.' (Photo: Green Book)

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'Green Book'

Based on true events, "Green Book" tells the story of an African-American classical pianist named Don Shirley who tours the Deep South in the 1960s with the help of a white Italian-American bouncer.

Starring American actors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen (both of whom were nominated for Oscars), the film received wide praise for both its story, cast and strong direction from Peter Farrelly.

"It's a fun story. You walk out feeling different. That's the magic of movies. That's why I got into it, as a kid," said Mortensen, a likely lock for a best actor nomination. "I loved it when you walked out of a movie and you're like, 'Oh yeah. This is where I am.' You almost forget where you were because you're taken along. You're swept along on a journey."

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