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The Groffscars ("Oscars") of 2019

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It's time for my annual picks for Best Picture. This year (unlike in previous years), two of my picks are nominated, but my top one is not:


The Farewell was in my view the best film of the year. The story was riveting, touching on human relations with a complexity that goes beyond words. It was provocative, sad, even funny at times, but what I think some may miss is that the camerawork was gorgeous too. (The beautifully-composed closing shot, above, is far from the most remarkable. Staircases, even medical machines receive a visually poetic treatment throughout.)

My next-two favorites are, luckily, apparently top Best Picture contenders. First is 1917. Some people thought the (illusory) one-shot visuals were a gimmick, but for my money they fit the story very well and captured the unrelenting intensity of trench warfare.  The actors and script did a solid job sustaining attention over that length of time. That's basically tied in my mind with Parasite, which had an out-of-this …