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The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is approaching its 91st ceremony. The Oscars are no stranger to controversy, and this year has not differed so far.

The Academy’s choice of a host this year was Kevin Hart. Then Hart had to step down from hosting because of old homophobic tweets of his that resurfaced. While celebrities voiced their mixed opinions on whether to give him a second chance or not, Kevin Hart voiced his concern that now he didn’t have enough time to prepare anyway.

It can now be assumed that the 91st Academy Awards will not have one official host, but possibly many individuals helping present and entertain throughout the night.

All of this clamor surrounding the hosting issue makes it hard to focus on what movies are in the front running to win an Oscar.

“A Quiet Place,” directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, is about a family living in a post-apocalypse world where they have to stay away from monsters with very sensitive hearing. This movie grossed $188 million, and it was one of the best thriller films of 2018.

“A Star is Born,” directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper, is about a musician helping a young singer find fame even as alcoholism and age are ending his career. Lady Gaga does an extraordinary job of using vocal techniques to show the young singer’s maturing throughout the film. This movie grossed $203 million and was one of the breakout movies of 2018. It is predicted to win best song for “Shallow,” sung by Lady Gaga.

Both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” are contestants in the running for best visual affects. The first one grossed $678 million with the second grossing $216 million. A lot happened in the Marvel Universe in 2018, including the passing of the iconic comic book writer, Stan Lee. This saddened the hearts of many, and he will be missed very dearly by his beloved fans.

Another Marvel movie that is in the running is “Black Panther.” This movie is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. It grossed $700 million, and is about the hidden city of Wakanda and how it is lead by a fearless leader against an outside challenger.

“BlacKkKlansman” is based on true events. An African-American police officer from Colorado Springs, Colorado, infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a Jewish surrogate and later becomes the leader. This film, directed by Spike Lee and starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, has grossed $48 million and is expected to win multiple awards.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” directed by Bryan Singer and starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee and Ben Hardy, is about the life of Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, leading up to the 1985 performance at Live Aid. This movie grossed $198 million and is expected to do well in its categories.

With all of these options being very different, there is a lot of variety in competition. There is everything from a fictional universe to real life being represented, and that is sure to provide an outstanding 91st Academy Awards.