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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby CalWilliam » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:42 pm

1. Little Women
2. Marriage Story
3. The Irishman
4. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
5. Parasite
6. 1917
7. Jojo Rabbit
8. Ford v Ferrari
9. Joker
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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Franz Ferdinand » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:50 pm

1. Parasite
2. The Irishman
3. Little Women
4. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
5. Marriage Story
6. Ford v. Ferrari
7. Joker
8. Jojo Rabbit

Haven't seen 1917 yet.

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby nightwingnova » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:01 am

1. Marriage Story
2. Parasite
3. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
4. The Irishman
5. Little Women
6. 1917, Ford v. Ferrari, Joker, Jojo Rabbit

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:02 pm

1. The Irishman
2. Little Women
3. Parasite
4. Marriage Story
5. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
6. 1917
7. Joker
8. Jojo Rabbit
9. Ford v. Ferrari

I'd say The Irishman is far closer to an epic than 1917, unless your definition of epic is big and loud.

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Sabin » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:47 pm

My ballot:
1. Parasite
2. The Irishman, Little Women
4. Marriage Story, Joker
6. Jojo Rabbit
7. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
8. Ford v Ferrari

Haven't seen 1917. The Irishman and Little Women could flip on second viewing.
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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:22 pm

Okri wrote:What are 1917, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time.. in Hollywood and Parasite about?

On the surface, the world at war; gangsters; aging actors and mayhem.

Of course, they all have more depth than their surface theme would suggest - 1917 focuses on the misery of soldiers in a futile war; The Irishman's last hour focuses on aging and death; Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood rewrites a terrible incident to which it gives a happier ending and Parasite beneath its entertaining surface is about a struggling family's fight for survival in a cruel world.

They are each, in their own way great films, but epics tend to win out in Oscar races. Those wins are often not justified but sometimes are. Wings, Cimarron, The Greatest Show on Earth, Ben-Hur, Patton and Titanic are example of epics that won out over better films. All Quiet on the Western Front, Gone with the Wind, From Here to Eternity, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Schindler's List are examples of epics that justifiably won and they were all war related. I think 1917 could and should be added to that list.

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Okri » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:10 am

What are 1917, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time.. in Hollywood and Parasite about?

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:33 am

1. 1917
2. The Irishman
3. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
4. Parasite
5. Joker
6. Marriage Story
7. Little Women
9. Jojo Rabbit
9. Ford v Ferrari

I like all these films, and I'll be happy if any of my top four wins, but 1917 is the kind of "big theme" epic film that has routinely won in the past. All the other films, good as they are, are about "little" things in comparison.

Like Titanic, it's a film that few had any expectation of greatness before it was seen. Although some would argue that it lacks character development, I would say that it's actually better that way. The central characters are blank faces that you can paint any picture you want on.

What is remarkable about the film's success is that films about World War I have been generally unpopular since 1932 when Lubitsch's Broken Lullaby flopped so badly that he vowed never to make another serious film, and didn't. Grand Illusion, Sergeant York and Lawrence of Arabia were rare exceptions to the rule, but nothing about the war since Gallipoli in in 1981 has stirred much interest at the box office.

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Re: Your best picture ballot

Postby Reza » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:22 am

1. Parasite
2. Joker
3. The Irishman
4. Marriage Story
5. Little Women
6. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
7. Ford vs. Ferrari



8. Jojo Rabbit

Unseen: 1917

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Your best picture ballot

Postby Precious Doll » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:29 am

For those interested how would you complete the best picture ballot:

Mine

1. Parasite
2. The Irishman
3. Marriage Story
4. Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
5. Joker
6. Little Women
7. 1917
8. Ford vs. Ferrari
9. Jojo Rabbit
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