The Academy’s failure to recognize these films demonstrates its complete disinterest in celebrating movies that challenge their audiences. Horror clearly doesn’t fit the Academy’s ideal of a safe, impactless movie, best exemplified by this year’s Best Picture winner “Green Book”.

GAGA Pictures

Cuarón made me cry, but Kore-eda cracked open my chest cavity and kindly sat me before a mirror to watch my own heart expand and contract.

Christine Jegarl / Daily

An old Daily Film writer used to call the Academy Awards “our Superbowl” in the sense that this was to be the Sunday night in February where we get wine-drunk and yell at our illegal streams HDMI-ed to the T.V. That being said, we went on and made this year’s Oscars as close the Superbowl as we could.

"Survivor: Michigan"

At first we all thought they were mostly doing it just as a fun way to spend a semester, but pretty quickly we started to understand that to the people competing, it was no simple game.

"Isn't It Romantic?"

This is the most human, most authentic Rebel Wilson I’ve seen yet. She isn’t defined by her size, as she seems to be in virtually every other film of comparable popularity.

"High Flying Bird"

The movie offers whatever you’re willing to put in.


Though varying in subject matter, through their common themes of youth, childhood and power in a fresh light, the 2019 Oscar Short Films perfectly complement one another.

"Tito and the Birds"

Now, the two- and five-year-old whom I babysat often impressed me with their efforts to connect the dots and sometimes their accuracy as well. Unfortunately, the endeavor becomes less impressive the older you get, so I cannot let the trio of adult men (Gustavo Steinberg, “End of the Line,” Gabriel Bitar, “Cidade Cinza,” and Andre Catoto, “Say I am Only Seventeen”) who directed “Tito and the Birds” off the hook.

Universal Pictures

With a story centering on the multiverse and time travel and a host of other pseudo-science mumbo jumbo, it embraces the silliness at the core of its premise and plays as an out-and-out sci-fi comedy.

20th Century Fox

What it lacks in brains, the film makes up for with pure, unabashed earnestness.