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Glenn Close, 'Beale Street' win indie film honors ahead of Oscars

Glenn Close, 'Beale Street' win indie film honors ahead of Oscars

ABC's red carpet coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT with Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live, which will stream exclusively on Twitter via the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' page (@TheAcademy).

Oscars 2019 performances: Jennifer Hudson will sing I'll Fight from Oscar-nominated documentary RBG, Nominees Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will also perform and Bette Midler will represent Mary Poppins Returns for a rendition of The Place Where Lost Things Go.

Disney's "Black Panther", the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture, will compete against popular musicals "A Star is Born" from Warner Bros and 21st Century Fox film "Bohemian Rhapsody", along with racially themed "Green Book" and "BlacKkKlansman" from Universal Pictures.

Bo Burnham, who was also snubbed at the Oscars but had joy at both the writers and directors guild of America awards, picked up the prize for best first screenplay for coming-of-age drama Eighth Grade.

Mexican family drama "Roma", which is seen as a strong contender for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday, won the Spirit award for best worldwide film.

After two months of intense and costly campaigning, award watchers say the victor is anyone's guess.

Yorgos Lanthimos' hilarious and oddly touching movie starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weizs is leading the nominations for 2019 with an impressive 10 nods.

The Spirits" best-picture victor has often predicted Oscar, including Moonlight, "Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave.

Two biopics - "Vice" about former USA vice president Dick Cheney and "Bohemian Rhapsody" about the band Queen - round out the list of contenders for best picture.

LIVE Online Streaming of Oscars 2019 will be available on Hotstar. The event was filled with fun moments, but the undisputed star of the night was Glenn Close's Havanese pup Pip.

Held each year to celebrate the best in independent film, the ceremony took place in a tent on Santa Monica beach a day before the Academy Awards.

Gaga is also competing for best actress for her role as a struggling singer in "A Star is Born".

It could be a momentous night for diversity.

But Rami Malek won respect from his peers - and a Golden Globe, Bafta and a Screen Actors Guild award - for his spellbinding turn as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

The Academy Awards will be televised live on ABC television starting at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST (0100 GMT on Monday).

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