Magazine February 10, 2020, Issue

Little Women and 1917 Should Get a Joint Best Picture

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After several years in which the Academy Awards felt like an auxiliary of Trump-era progressivism, this year’s nominated movies are about as unwoke as modern Hollywood gets: a raft of “dad movies” about mobsters, cars, and war, plus the infamous Joker and Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece of hippie-punching (and worse than punching), Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood.

Regrettably, not every movie in this semi-reactionary renaissance is actually good. Martin Scorsese’s much-nominated The Irishman was doomed by its terrible, CGI-enabled lead performance, while the even-more-nominated Joker is fascinating mostly for what the culture has read into it, since on

This article appears as “Battle of the Sexes” in the February 10, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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