It’s been two weeks since Parasite made history as the first foreign film to win Best Picture and for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought it would be fun to ask you what Best Picture nominee would you have picked for Best Picture?
There’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood which, if reviews are anything to go by, was yet another Tarantino masterpiece. 1917 was receiving much praise after its Golden Globe win for both Best Picture and Best Director. Ford v. Ferrari didn’t get nominated at the Golden Globes but would snag a nomination for Best Picture, proving that the film starring Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale was really good after all. Joker‘s ride was electric after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival that resulted in an eight-minute-long standing ovation. Critics and casual viewers alike praised the film for bringing a darker side to comic book movies. Plus, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the character was entrancing, helping the film escalate to Oscar status in style.
Marriage Story was praised for being another well-written portrayal of all of the hardships that come with divorce by Noah Baumbach who, with Oscar-nominated actors Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson leading the way, was destined for Oscar buzz. Parasite, which I just watched, was totally original, distancing itself from the pack with a self-exploratory storyline that was well-directed and well-developed from beginning to end. The Irishman gained a whole lot of praise and with Hollywood legends like Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, and Joe Pesci starring in the film, that’s no surprise. And finally, there was yet the umpteenth adaptation of Little Women, written by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan for another Oscar-nominated collaboration that would grab the hearts of viewers of everywhere.
Between these eight films, all of which were unique in their own little ways, which would you have nominated for Best Picture?
As I said yesterday, Parasite was a really good film that is distinctly original and beautifully written. However, the film that I believe is the Best Picture of the Year is Joker.
As someone who loves comic book movies and has waited to see these films recognized for the great storytelling they manage to highlight, Joker was everything I could’ve wanted from a film highlighting the sadistic villain. Joaquin Phoenix was riveting to watch as he slowly but surely delved deeper and deeper into madness, eventually personifying himself as the Joker and becoming a symbol to the lowlifes of Gotham.
Suddenly, his rivalry with Batman made even more sense and it made The Dark Knight, which I already loved, an even greater movie.
Now, to be fair, I haven’t seen Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Little Women, Marriage Story, Ford v. Ferrari, or 1917 but this was the best movie of the year in my opinion, but I’m glad Parasite was able to make history at the start of this new decade.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.