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I know it’s over a month late, but now that I’ve finally finished reviewing last year’s Best Picture nominations, I figured that a good old-fashioned ranking was in order. While much of 2019 cinema didn’t stand out very much, it offered a surprisingly strong group of nominees, the best since 2016 I’d say. Even if some of them were not for me, several I loved, so I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store (whenever this whole virus situation allows the movie industry to return).

 

  1. The Irishman

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Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic was more of a lackluster bore than a magnum opus.

 

  1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to classic Hollywood was too rambling for its own good, with an over-the-top bloody conclusion that left a bad taste in my mouth.

 

  1. Joker

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Timely and well-acted, this comic book villain movie was also nihilistic to an unsettling degree.

 

  1. Ford v Ferrari

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This real-life tale of two men and the expectation-challenging car they created hits most of the right feel-good notes; considering I’m not into racing films, it did its genre proud.

 

  1. Parasite

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The surprise Best Picture winner was a surprise to me as well, a twisty and perceptive thriller that I keep liking more and more.

 

  1. Marriage Story

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Brilliant performances highlight this devastatingly real depiction of divorce and how it brings out the worst sides in people.

 

  1. Jojo Rabbit

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Taika Waititi’s merger of hilarious quirk and scathing satire may be divisive but handles its balancing act to great entertaining effect.

 

  1. Little Women

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Wholesome in the best way, this oft-remade adaptation is a joy of a film, managing to combine both old-fashioned and modern sentiments.

 

  1. 1917

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I love tracking shots, so I was destined to love this film. Boasting both a compelling story and bravura direction, it’s a genuinely awesome feat of film-making.

 

What did you think of the Oscar nominees? Anyone else wish Avengers: Endgame had snagged a nomination? Feel free to comment with your thoughts!