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Watch these Oscar-nominated movies this weekend

Kristin Weaver, staff writer

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The 88th Academy Awards Ceremony, also known as the Oscars, is taking place Feb. 28, so there’s just enough time to catch up on some of the bigger films nominated this year. Here are some to watch in the days leading up to the oscars.

La La Land

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Directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, “La La Land” has been at the center of many conversations this year. A crowd favorite, “La La Land” is the story of Mia, a struggling actress played by Stone, and Sebastian, a jazz pianist played by Gosling, following their dreams while trying to balance their budding romance, according to IMDB. This film is heart-wrenching in the best ways and will have you singing and tapping your toes along the entire ride.

Hidden Figures

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Talk about girl power. Directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, this biopic tells the story of the group of African American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind the launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn, according to IMDB. Based on the true story of three of these “human computer” women, the film shows them quickly rising in the ranks of NASA, alongside many of history’s greatest minds, as they navigate the early years of the Space program, according to 20th Century Fox.

Lion

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Directed by Garth Davis, “Lion” is an adaptation of the memoir “A Long Way Home,” written by Saroo Brierley, according to IMDB. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, the film begins when five-year-old Saroo becomes lost and ends up in Calcutta. He is later found and taken to an orphanage, then adopted by an Australian couple. As he grows older, he begins to struggle with the memories he has of his birth family and embarks on a search for them, all the while attempting to hide this from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. This film is about the search for love and the meaning of family.

Manchester by the Sea

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Directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” is the story of a man named Lee Chandler, played by Affleck, who is forced to return to his hometown to care for his nephew after his brother unexpectedly dies, according to IMDB. He struggles with the death of his brother, the sudden responsibility over a teenage boy and the tragic memories associated with his hometown. This is a story of loss and family, along with the struggle of trying to leave the past behind.

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Watch these Oscar-nominated movies this weekend