BEST PICTURE NOMINEES, RANKED

Inspired by @veshecco
  1. 9.
    Hacksaw Ridge
    I just don't go for war movies at all.
  2. 8.
    Hell or High Water
    I understand why people like this, it just wasn't for me. Great performances though.
  3. 7.
    Fences
    This is where the list gets hard. Fences is good, I just enjoyed the other movies more.
  4. 6.
    Lion
    Same as with Fences. The film is remarkable and compelling (especially since it's based on a true story), so there's that.
  5. 5.
    Hidden Figures
    Ahhh this is so much harder than I thought it would be. I loved Hidden Figures a lot, I really did, even though it's only number 5.
  6. 4.
    Moonlight
    Moonlight and La La Land are neck and neck and could easily switch places depending on my mood. Both more than deserving of accolades they're receiving.
  7. 3.
    La La Land
    See Moonlight above. There's no particular reason why I gave La La Land the edge other than it felt right.
  8. 2.
    Manchester by the Sea
    Okay, hear me out. I know why some people don't like this, but I have always been drawn to movies that explore how people deal with grief and loss. So because of that, Manchester really worked for me. I understand the whole ick factor with the allegations made against Casey Affleck, but even so, I just can't get his performance out of my head. Objectively it was in my opinion the best male performance of the year, and Michelle Williams was devastating. Everything about it worked for me.
  9. 1.
    Arrival
    There's no way in hell this is going to win, but I think it should. Remember how Ben Affleck wasn't nominated for Best Director for Argo and it went on to sweep the various awards, in theory because people were outraged that he didn't get a nom? Let's hope that happens with Arrival since Amy Adams was robbed and didn't get nominated. I'm not holding my breath though.