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Best Films of the Past 20 Years
If you're not a film lover then don't waste your time reading any further. If you are, this is meant to be a fun thread to help pass the time until we get to the 2020 football season, with all the promise it holds.
I thought I would list the Best Picture winners from the past 20 years, along with the top grossing films, my own favorites, honorable mentions, and comments.
The OP is really long, so I'll break it up into 5-year groupings. Then I'll try to stay out of the way and let other folks weigh in.
Feel free to criticize my picks, or list your own favorites, or post whatever comments you like.
Best Picture Winner: Parasite. Top grossing film: Avengers- Endgame. My favorite: 1917. Honorable mention: Ford vs. Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Knives Out.
Comments: I thought Joaquin Phoenix was amazing in Joker but I didn't consider it a great film. I did not see Little Women but I've heard it was excellent.
Best Picture Winner: Green Book. Top grossing film: Avengers- Infinity War. My favorite: First Man. Honorable mention: Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, A Quiet Place.
Comments: One of the weakest fields in the history of Best Picture candidates, and First Man was not even nominated. Mind-boggling.
Best Picture Winner: The Shape of Water. Top grossing film: Star Wars- The Last Jedi. My favorite: Dunkirk. Honorable mention: Baby Driver, Molly's Game.
Comments: Arguably the worst best picture winner in history.
Best Picture Winner: Moonlight. Top grossing film: Captain America- Civil War. My favorite: Arrival. Honorable mention: Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Sully.
Comments: OK, maybe The Shape of Water wasn't the worst best picture winner in history.
Best Picture Winner: Spotlight. Top grossing film: Star Wars- The Force Awakens. My favorite: Spotlight. Honorable mention: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, The Martian, Whiplash.
Comments: The Academy got it right!!! I don't know what it is about Spotlight, but I've probably watched it 10 times by now. Probably thanks to the compelling subject matter, and stellar performances from a half dozen great actors, most of whom are not terribly well-known to the average movie-goer.
Fascinating to note the top grossing films of the past five years. Expect more of the same.
I'll save 2010-2014, 2005-2009, and 2000-2004 for the next few days.