Obama’s Top Film Picks: ‘The Holdovers,’ ‘Oppenheimer,’ and More

Obama’s Top Film Picks: ‘The Holdovers,’ ‘Oppenheimer,’ and More: Seems like “All of Us Strangers” didn’t catch his eye.
Former President Barack Obama unveiled his top movie picks for 2023 on Wednesday, featuring several notable omissions. High-profile films like “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Poor Things” didn’t find a spot in his selection. Additionally, critically acclaimed movies such as “The Zone of Interest,” “May December,” and “The Color Purple” were absent from his list.

Obama's Top Film Picks: 'The Holdovers,' 'Oppenheimer,' and More

In a social media post accompanying his selections, Obama remarked, “Earlier this year, writers and actors took a stand, advocating for improved working conditions and safeguards.” He continued, “Their efforts have instigated significant changes set to reshape the industry. Here are films that resonate with their dedication over the past year.”

His selections for the year’s standout films included “The Holdovers,” a festive dramedy featuring Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph; “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed depiction of the atomic bomb’s creation; and “Anatomy of a Fall,” a compelling courtroom narrative starring Sandra Hüller.
Additionally, the list embraced Sundance hits like “Past Lives,” “Polite Society,” and “A Thousand and One.” The Japanese film “Monster,” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda of “Shoplifters” fame, also secured a spot on his list.
Beyond his primary top 10 selections, Obama highlighted three Netflix films from his Higher Ground production company: “Rustin,” “American Symphony,” and “Leave the World Behind.”

“Barack Obama’s Top Movie Picks of 2023”

  • “The Holdovers”
  • “BlackBerry”
  • “Oppenheimer”
  • “American Fiction”
  • “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • “Monster”
  • “Past Lives”
  • “Air”
  • “Polite Society”
  • “A Thousand and One”

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