It’s that time of the year when critic’s groups unveil their awards lists. As a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, I participated in this year’s vote. South Korean thriller “Parasite” won the top honors including best film overall, best original screenplay, and best foreign-language film.

The number five movie on the top ten list was Sam Mendes’ WWI film “1917.” It also won best cinematography. That upcoming release, in theaters on Christmas, is a grueling, harrowing account of two young soldiers tasked with crossing enemy lines to deliver a life-saving message to British forces. The unique cinematography, from Oscar-winner Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), is crafted in a way that makes it seem like it was shot in one take (similar to 2014’s “Birdman”).

Other films of note on the top ten is Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” An excellent adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic, Gerwig’s film continues the actress turned director’s fine work behind the camera. Like her 2017 film “Lady Bird,” “Women” features another award-worthy performance by Saoirse Ronan as Jo March.

The film named best documentary, “Apollo 11,” is available on Hulu right now. This highly recommended movie uses actual footage from the iconic moonshot. It contains no narration as we hear only from the people who lived the historical event.


1. Parasite
2. The Irishman
3. Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
4. Marriage Story
5. 1917
6. Jojo Rabbit
7. Little Women
8. The Farewell
9. Uncut Gems
10. Ford v Ferrari

For a complete list of winners, visit

A Tomatometer-approved critic, Jonathan W. Hickman is also an entertainment lawyer, college professor, novelist, and filmmaker. He’s a member of the Atlanta Film Critics Circle, The Southeastern Film Critics Association, and the Georgia Film Critics Association. For more information about Jonathan visit: or