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Michael Keaton is up for an Academy Award for his performance in Birdman. The movie's original score, despite receiving critical acclaim, was declared ineligible for Oscar consideration. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with academy rules.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take positions on the outskirts of Mosul on Jan. 26. The U.S. military says an offensive to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul is expected around April or May. Azad Lashkari/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Iraqi Kurds: We're Ready To Fight For Mosul

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A worker at Soulis Furs in Kastoria sorts through treated mink pelts. "We buy the pelts — minks or foxes or other animals — from North America and Scandinavia and send them for treatment in factories or abroad," says Makis Gioras of Soulis Furs in Kastoria. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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A Greek City Nervously Watches Its Fur Trade Falter

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Venus of Avenue D Mink DeVille
Each Word's a Beat of My Heart Mink DeVille

"Howard Project" participants (left to right) Kevin Peterman, Taylor Davis, Ariel Alford and Leighton Watson in the Howard University library. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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Imagining The Future: 'Howard Project' Students Look Forward

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India Joshua Redman

Wendell Scott, pictured here in 1969, is the first — and only — black man to win a race in NASCAR's top series. AP hide caption

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NASCAR Hall-Of-Famer Helped Open The Track For Black Drivers

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Jump for Joy The Campbell Brothers
Incinerate Sonic Youth

Timothy Spall as the British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, whose score is nominated for an Oscar. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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To Set The Mood In Period Drama, A Composer Paints Around The Emotions

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Walks Gary Yershon
Opening Credits
Spitting out the Demons Gorillaz
Re-Hash Gorillaz
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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

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A Sister Act Taps A Ghostly, Afro-Cuban Groove

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Behind the Curtain Ibeyi
Black Chicken 37 Buena Vista Social Club
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