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“Avengers: Endgame” and “The Public”: The Best of the First Third of 2019


With April wrapping up, we can once again look back. We’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2019 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception in the past has been that I’d include eligible titles from the currently ongoing Tribeca Film Festival, but since that’s still in progress, I’ll hold off. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat, so they’re on hold and will be given a special citation. Basically, it’s an arbitrary decision, but I didn’t want to open things up too much. Regardless, let’s get to the fun stuff…

Here we go. Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the first quarter of 2019. Here you go, and enjoy:

10. Under the Silver Lake
9. Captain Marvel
8. Cold Pursuit
7. The Mustang
6. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot
5. Us
4. Shazam!
3. High Flying Bird
2. The Public
1. Avengers: Endgame

Honorable Mentions: Dragged Across Concrete, Fighting with My Family, Fyre, Hotel Mumbai, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, and Wrestle

Special Exemptions: Booksmart, The Kill Team, and The Short History of the Long Road (seen already this year but not out until later on in the year, or in some cases, are festival titles without release dates)


Here also are my top ten performances of the year so far:

10. Laura Dern in JT LeRoy
9. Ben Mendelsohn in Captain Marvel
8. Ray Romano in Paddleton
7. Bruce Dern in The Mustang
6. Brie Larson in Captain Marvel
5. Florence Pugh in Fighting with My Family
4. Matthias Schoenaerts in The Mustang
3. Lupita Nyong’o in Us
2. Mary Kay Place in Diane
1. Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

Honorable Mention: Zazie Beetz (High Flying Bird), Hermione Corfield (Rust Creek), James Badge Dale (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek), Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame), Jake Gyllenhaal (Velvet Buzzsaw), André Holland in High Flying Bird, Jack Lowden (Fighting with My Family), Lauren Lapkus (The Unicorn), Alexander Skarsgård (The Hummingbird Project). Harley Quinn Smith (All These Small Moments), Jodie Whittaker (Adult Life Skills), and Maisie Williams (Then Came You)

Most Underrated: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, The Mustang, and The Public
Most Overrated: Ash is Purest White


As you might have guessed, my number one pick above would be my choice for Best Picture so far (with number two the runner up, and so on, but here are the other awards I would give out…

Best Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo for Avengers: Endgame (runner up: Emilio Estevez for The Public and Steven Soderbergh for High Flying Bird)

Best Actor: Sam Elliott for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (runner up: André Holland for High Flying Bird and Matthias Schoenaerts for The Mustang)

Best Actress: Mary Kay Place for Diane (runner up: Lupita Nyong’o for Us and Florence Pugh for Fighting with My Family)

Best Supporting Actor: Bruce Dern for The Mustang (runner up: Ben Mendelsohn for Captain Marvel and Ray Romano for Paddleton)

Best Supporting Actress: Harley Quinn Smith for All The Small Things (runner up: Zazie Beetz for High Flying Bird and Laura Dern for JT LeRoy)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Avengers: Endgame (runner up: Captain Marvel and Cold Pursuit)

Best Original Screenplay: The Public (runner up: High Flying Bird and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot)

Best Ensemble: Avengers: Endgame (runner up: The Public and Us )

Best Animated Feature: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (no runner ups)

Best Documentary Feature: Wrestler (runner up: The Brink and Leaving Neverland)

Best Foreign Language Feature: Woman at War (no runner ups)

Best Production Design: Us (runner up: Captain Marvel and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot)

Best Cinematography: Under the Silver Lake (runner up: The Mustang and Us)

Best Costume Design: Dumbo (runner up: Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel)

Best Film Editing: Avengers: Endgame (runner up: Cold Pursuit and Us)

Best Makeup: Captain Marvel (runner up: Dumbo and Us)

Best Sound: Avengers: Endgame (runner up: Captain Marvel and Us)

Best Original Score: Us (runner up: Avengers: Endgame and Dumbo)

Best Original Song: N/A

Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Endgame (runner up: Captain Marvel and Dumbo)


There you go ladies and gentlemen…now to see how the rest of the first half of 2018 turns out, which I’ll detail in July with a mid year look back. Until then!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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