(4.5 / 5)
Update after the ceremony:
This might be one of the first years where I completed the Oscar Best Picture nominees before the ceremony starts. Well, it just proves how out of touch I am when it comes to awards season. I’ve long passed the stage where I anticipating every single Oscar’s hopeful films, and those that are made specifically for Oscar aren’t my cup of tea anyways. 2019 Best Pictures crop is solid in general.
2019 Best Pictures race will be mostly remembered for Parasite winning the Best Film. This not only marks the first time a film in foreign language wins the top prize (the One-Inch Barrier as Bong himself put it – the subtitles), the Academy voters pick out one of the best choices in recent years. And the field of 2019 BP nominees was already solid to begin with, but with Parasite as the winner, it is on another level. For me the Best Picture and Best Director picks this year justify everything else they had made, and my rating up there reflects that. Except from the last spot (which I still enjoyed), the remains are worthy choice for the top race, and there isn’t a film that I am personally against (unlike Green Book last year).
I’m holding up the overall rating for now until we get the actual winner, Check out below for my thoughts on these Oscar-nominated films, from worst to best:
Obvious Snubs: none
Too edgy/ artsy for Oscar: Uncut Gems, The Farewell, Us (the lack of hype regarding Us’s chance really baffled me, as I consider Us just as good and inventive as Get Out)