The Best Films of 2019

Best Picture

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist tale of Tinseltown’s “Summer of ’69” is the Best Film of 2019

Rounding out 2019’s

10 Best Films are:

  • Parasite, Dir. Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
  • Midsommar, Dir. Ari Aster
  • Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
  • Us, Dir. Jorden Peele
  • Marriage Story, Dir. Noah Baumbach
  • Toy Story 4, Dir.Josh Cooley
  • In Fabric, Dir. Peter Strickland
  • Climax, Dir. Gasper Noe
  • The Lighthouse, Dir. Richard Eggers

Honorable Mention:

  • Joker, Dir. Todd Phillips
  • Uncut Gems, Dir. The Safdie Brothers
  • High Life, Dir. Claire Denis
  • Little Women, Dir. Greta Gerwig
  • Diane, Dir. Ken Jones
  • Dolemite Is My Name, Dir.Craig Brewer
  • Hustlers, Dir. Lorene Scafaria
  • Honey Boy, Dir. Alma Har’el
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Dir. Joe Talbot
  • A Hidden Life, Dir. Terrence Malick
  • Dogman, Dir. Matteo Garrone
  • 1917, Dir. Sam Mendes
  • Clemency, Dir. Chinonye Chukwu
  • The Mustang, Dir.  Laure de Clemont-Tonnerre
  • Her Smell, Dir. Alex Ross Perry

The Luis Buñuel Award

(Best Art-House Film)

The Image Book, Dir. Jean Luc Godard

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory


  • Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
  • Joachin Phoenix, Joker
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
  • Shia LeBeouf, Honey Boy
  • Leonardo Di Caprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Actress

Mary Kay Place, Diane


  • Lupita Nyong’o, Us
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Alfre Woodard, Clemency
  • Florence Pugh, Midsommer
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


  • Kang-Ho Song, Parasite
  • Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
  • Tom Burke, The Souvenir
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers


  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Shuzhen Zhao, The Farewell
  • Margot Robbie, One Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite is My Name
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
  • Ari Aster, Midsommer
  • Gasper Noe, Climax
  • Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse
  • Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
  • Greta Gerwig, Little Women
  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Best Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


  • Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite

Best Cinematography

A Hidden Life


  • 1917
  • The Lighthouse

Art Direction

Ad Astra


  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Dumbo

Costume Design

Dolemite is My Name


  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Rocketman

Most Overrated Films

Jojo Rabbit

Also overrated:

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Irishman
  • Booksmart

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