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An Oscar statue is pictured at the press preview for the 91st Academy Awards Governors Ball, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24. at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night. We check in with two Chicago film critics ahead of the big night. 

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J.K. Simmons and Lupita Nyong’o pose for a photo at the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015. (Disney | ABC Television Group / Flickr)

The Motion Picture Academy announces a new award category for the Oscars. Why some critics say that’s cause for concern.

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“Get Out” actor Daniel Kaluuya speaks at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

This year’s Oscar picks for best picture are an unusually mixed bag of genres, including the comedy-horror film “Get Out.” Two film critics weigh in on this year’s nominees.

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A still image from “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”

Oscar nominations came out earlier this week, and the “Frontline” documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” garnered a nod in the best documentary feature category. It was made by the Chicago team at Kartemquin Films. 

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“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins at the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Hollywood produced its biggest plot twist ever at the Academy Awards featuring a best picture winner with Chicago ties.

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The 87th Academy Awards are on Sunday and there is substantial buzz over who will win Best Picture. From the innovative film Birdman starring Michael Keaton to Richard Linklater's work Boyhood that spanned 12 years, the competition is stiff. Who made the cut and who got snubbed? Chicago film critics Jeanne Kaplan and Ray Pride join us to discuss the year's best films.

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The 2013 Oscar nominations are officially public. We talk with two film critics about the crowded field of contenders for Hollywood’s top prize.