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An Oscar statue at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2024. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What to expect at the Oscars: The bomb, the bombshell, and the possible comeback

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Does climate change exist? And does a character know it? The Oscar-nominated films Nyad, left, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Barbie met the criteria for a new challenge inspired by the famous Bechdel Test. Liz Parkinson/Netflix; Christian Black/Paramount Pictures and Skydance; Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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There's a new 'Climate Reality Check' test — these 3 Oscar-nominated features passed

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Enzo Vogrincic as Numa in Society of the Snow, one of five films nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature. Quim Vives/Netflix hide caption

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"We have to live with the monsters we create," Justine Triet told NPR's Scott Simon, when he asked whether characters linger with her after a film. "I've been living with these people for three years, and I think I'll probably live with them for at least another year." Les Films Pelléas hide caption

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Filmmaker Sean Wan moved back in with his grandmothers Yi Yan Fuei, left, and Chang Li Hua during the pandemic. His film chronicling their day-to-day life has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Film category. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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He moved in with his grandmas during COVID. Now, they're all going to the Oscars

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