The Best and Worst of 2019

The author’s considered best/worst in each category are listed in bold italics with an asterisk (*). The listed links will take you to more detailed reviews of each film.


The 10 Best Films

  1. The Platform
  2. Joker
  3. Ad Astra
  4. Pinocchio
  5. Toy Story 4
  6. In the Shadow of the Moon
  7. Swallow
  8. Midsommar
  9. Light of My Life
  10. Cosmos

Worst Films

  1. The Car: Road to Revenge
  2. Child’s Play
  3. Jacob’s Ladder
  4. The Curse of La Llarona
  5. Black Christmas

Best Director

Casey Affleck – Light of My Life
Ari Aster – Midsommar (*)
Matteo Garrone – Pinocchio
Carlo Mirabella-Davis – Swallow
Jordan Peele – Us


Best Original Screenplay

Ad Astra
Cosmos
Gemini Man
In the Shadow of the Moon (*)
The Platform


Best Adapted Screenplay

Daniel Isn’t Real
Doctor Sleep
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil (*)
Good Omens
Pinocchio


Best Actor

Zac Efron – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil
Zachary Levi – Shazam!
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (*)
Brad Pitt – Ad Astra
Will Smith – Gemini Man


Best Actress

Haley Bennett – Swallow (*)
Lupita Nyong’o – Little Monsters
Anna Pniowsky – Light of My Life
Rene Russo – Velvet Buzzsaw
Eleanor Tomlinson – The War of the Worlds


Best Supporting Actor

Asher Angel – Shazam!
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse (*)
Patrick Schwarzenegger – Daniel Isn’t Real
Henry Thomas – Doctor Sleep


Best Supporting Actress

Frances Conroy – Joker
Zoey Deutch – Zombieland: Double Tap (*)
Rebecca Ferguson – Doctor Sleep
Michelle Pfeiffer – Maleficent, Mistress of Evil
Dee Wallace – 3 from Hell


Best Cinematography

47 Meters Down: Uncaged
The Lighthouse
Midsommar (*)
Radioflash
Ready or Not


Best Special Effects

Dumbo
Gemini Man
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (*)
Maleficent, Mistress of Evil
Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker


Best Production Design

Cats (*)
Doctor Sleep
Paradise Hills
Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker
Vivarium