10 Best Picture Winners From The 2010s Ranked From Worst To Best

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The decade is almost up which means, as of the most recent ceremony earlier this year in February of 2019, there have been 10 Best Picture Winners given this decade. I’ve said before that the Academy is not something I particularly care about, often times their winners fail to stay relevant in the years that follow, unlike the actual best films that never get nominated.

With that said though, the Academy is a historically known institution that shines a spotlight on the films they recognize. Whether for better or worse, today we’re going to rank the films they’ve recognized this decade. I’m going to keep this more in conversation of the individual films quality rather than what should’ve won over it. But regardless, these are the last 10 Best Picture Winners (2009 – 2019) Ranked from Worst to Best.

 

10. Green Book (2018)

“Green Book”, at its best, is a decent film that’s well acted and plays itself universally, so the subject of racism isn’t unbearable to watch. But with that said it’s also a textbook basic movie that fits into the same problems of the worst films of its kind. Many criticisms were brought against the film in the months leading up to the ceremony, ranging from allegations against its director Peter Farrelly to accusations from the family Dr. Donald Shirley that the friendship between him and Tony Lip was depicted inaccurately in the film. But truthfully, these matters don’t concern me much.

“Green Book” is a film that falls in line with what writer, Wesley Morris, calls a ‘Racial Reconciliation Fantasy’. Meaning: “A movie that teaches falsehood about the causes of racism and the solutions to racism, starring a white character who overcomes their own racism or the racism of others through simplified means that reassure white audiences they are not racist.” The Shirley family itself claimed the film as a “Symphony of Lies”, to which Mahershala Ali (who plays Dr. Shirley in the film) apologized for. “Green Book” obfuscates its own subject matter with neglectful insincerity and stands as the worst winner since “Crash”.

 

9. The King’s Speech (2010)

When “The King’s Speech” won Best Picture it was a very eye opening experience for many viewers because it cemented exactly who makes up their membership. Were they going to play it safe with tradition or were they going to recognize the innovative world around them? Well, we saw what happened here. That’s not to say the film is devoid of impressive moments, the performances of Collin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham-Carter are some of the best in their respective careers.

The film does have a great look as well, fog overtaking the streets brings us to its time period of WWII Britain. Where the film gets lost the most is in playing itself too safe. This is an old guard movie that feels more in tune with a previous time period, not caught up with the modern tempo of filmmaking. Its story is more or less a feel-good that takes no chances and doesn’t break any new grounds. It’s the kind of period piece that usually makes the Academy’s line-up regardless of whether it truly is one of the best.

 

8. The Artist (2011)

“The Artist” is a film that had a lot of buzz surrounding it at the time, it’s not often you see a silent film in this day and age. As the years have gone on its reputation has seemed to fade away, as is typical with a lot of Best Picture winners. But it isn’t completely worth skipping, it is a technically impressive film in its own right. Despite feeling like it relies on a gimmick, it is a fairly unique perspective on a very large transitional period in film history. I’ve heard many comparisons to “Singin’ in the Rain”, but there’s a key difference between the two.

Whereas “Singin’ in the Rain” was largely optimistic and happy, “The Artist” takes a fairly dark take on the show business as films went to sound. A lot of actors at the time went out of a job due to this transition, not having the right voices to transition with the shifting innovation that was happening. That’s the basic gist of the film as it pertains to the dueling careers of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). But it is a nice tribute piece to the silent era of film and does rely on some very good performances from its actors. Not as great as the classic silent films, but impressive in its own right for sure.

 

7. The Shape of Water (2017)

The cool thing about this victory is that with this Guillermo del Toro finally received the honor of winning Best Director along with his two friends in the Mexican Revolution of filmmaking, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

“The Shape of Water” is a starkly mesmerizing film, feeling other worldly but grounding itself in our modern politics. Setting itself back in the high point of Cold War paranoia makes it feel like something from a world long ago that most of us don’t remember. Through these elements del Toro tells a story of “The Other”.

The obvious metaphor for this is in the form of a creature not of this world that humanity abuses. But the feeling of otherness stretches across to many characters throughout the film. From Elisa (Sally Hawkins) being obfuscated for being mute, or her neighbor Giles who’s a closeted homosexual who can’t reveal his attractions in his era, or Zelda who’s a black woman discriminated against in a time of racial disparity. All of them are others in their own right, ostracized by the social climate around them.

Going back to “Pan’s Labyrinth”, del Toro has had a knack for blending reality into fantasy and combining the two until they’re inseparable. And that’s exactly what “The Shape of Water” does.

 

6. Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck has had a very up and down career. After the success of “Good Will Hunting” it seemed like he fell off a cliff in comparison to his childhood best friend Matt Damon. But then Affleck found his stride once again when he started directing. “Gone Baby Gone” was great, “The Town” was another good one, and then he made “Argo” which brought everything home.

Definitely not the best film he’s made, but still a very impressive film in its own right. Many have argued the legitimacy of this story being told, but that’s the whole spark that makes this work. The tale itself being one of reality and made up crap intertwining. 52 American citizens were held hostage by Iranian forces for 444 days from 1979 to 1981, thus making it the longest hostage crisis in recorded history.

The film details a select few who hid from Iranian forces and were miraculously saved by American agencies in which a plan was concocted to make a fake movie, a science fiction film called “Argo” which would have the production story of being shot in the Iranian deserts.

Affleck definitely romanticizes, making this a very – for lack of a better term – Hollywood movie. But in a weird way it almost improves with the stylistic choice given, mirroring the aesthetic the make-believe movie within the movie is trying to achieve – blended together with a great sense of character, personality, and comedy. This is an ode to filmmaking itself and the power stories have to fool some and save others. Maybe not the best of 2012, but still a good work.

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I’ve been using the original QooCam for about a year. I’m also using the Insta360 One X and have used the Insta360 One before that. However, there’s two things that have been holding me back. The first thing I’ve been waiting for is 8K in an affordable, accessible 360 camera. The second thing is 10-bit video encoding at high bit-rates (something that also really needs to come to smartphones very soon). The fact is, 8K is really a minimum to capture a full 360 with sufficient detail and clarity. QooCam has delivered this and more with the QooCam 8K.

Let’s take a closer look.

QooCam 8K Specifications

  • 1/1.7 ’’ 20MP Sensors
  • 7680*3840@30fps ∣ 10bit ∣ H.265 200Mbps (max)
  • 3840*1920@120fps
  • 6-axis gyro, IMU sensor and advanced stabilization
  • Realtime RAW Mode (photos)
  • 2.4” Touchscreen
  • Built-in 3000mAh battery
  • Built-in 64GB internal memory
  • External SD card support (up to 256GB)

These are some serious specs for a compact 360 camera that’s aimed at the consumer creator.

Larger Sensors and “Realtime RAW”

Kandao claims that the QooCam 8K achieves APS-C level image quality, a first in a 360 camera of this size. This is down to a new image processing pipeline and a pair of 1/1.7″ 20MP sensors, with 246% larger area than the sensors in the original QooCam.

The QooCam 8K can capture 12-bit DNG raw images, and a new computational imaging process combines multiple exposures to get one 16bit DNG and JPG, resulting in less noise, higher dynamic range.

High Frame Rate 4K 120p and Super Steady Stabilization

The QooCam 8K allows action to be captured at 120fps in 4K for even smoother, immersive 360 experiences. A 6-axis gyro and IMU for electronic stabilization eliminates camera shake for cinematic smooth video. This may well make the camera a great choice as an action camera.

Power and Storage

An internal 3000mAh battery should keep the camera running for plenty of time but making it removable could have been a good idea. Having the ability to swap out the battery for a charged one while on the run would be useful for a lot of people. Having said this, Kandao has incorporated 64GB of internal memory, with a microSD card slot for additional memory. This is a great feature because the camera is immediately usable right out of the box.

Touchscreen

A 2.4″ OLED touch screen makes the QooCam 8K entirely operable without a smartphone. Clips can be reviewed on screen as well as menu functions and camera status information.

Pro 360 Camera Specs in a Consumer 360 Camera Body

For the first time, professional specifications such as 8K 10-bit video at high bit rate has been incorporated into a consumer 360 camera. This may make the QooCam 8K more of a “Prosumer” 360 device. This is a camera that should be capable of high end results in the right hands, and at the same time be easy enough to use for anyone wanting to capture the world around them.

These are the details released so far. Take a look at the QooCam 8K webpage for more information. We will be reviewing the camera in full, so stay tuned for more on the QooCam 8K.

Have you used the original QooCam? What do you think about the QooCam 8K? Let us know in the comments

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The LG G8X ThinQ is the South Korean brand’s latest high-end smartphone and was launched at IFA in September. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 top-of-the-line chipset and features a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with FullHD+ resolution, 6GB RAM and an under-display fingerprint reader.

On the camera side of things the new model relies on similar hardware as previous LG devices but has to make do without the dedicated tele lens that could be found on the G8 ThinQ. The X-model’s dual-camera setup combines a primary camera using a 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor and F1.8 27mm equivalent lens with an ultra-wide camera that offers a 13MP resolution, F2.4 aperture and 16mm equivalent field of view. The primary camera also features OIS and PDAF.

The device’s standout feature is an attachable dual-screen case, though. It allows you to double the overall screen size and resolution, similar to other recent dual-screen devices, such as the Huawei Mate X or Samsung Galaxy Fold.

We’ve had the chance to use the LG G8X ThinQ with Dual-Screen accessory for a few weeks now. Read on to find out what the Dual Screen has to offer for mobile photographers.

The Dual Screen accessory

The G8X ThinQ’s dual-screen solution is different from other dual-screen devices in that the secondary screen can be removed when not needed. This means you have a very visible border between the two displays, but you can also leave the secondary display at home when not needed – which is a good thing as it adds quite a bit of bulk and weight.

The secondary display is embedded into a case that the G8X can be inserted in, and connects to via its USB-C port. This means you need an accessory dongle for connecting a USB-cable when the Dual Screen is attached. This is not a major issue but, like any small accessory item, the dongle is quite easily lost if you’re not careful. The G8X is capable of wireless charging as well, though.

There’s no need to open the case to check the time or to see if you have any new notifications

The Dual Screen case does not have its own battery and instead draws power from the phone’s. LG claims the Dual Screen increases power consumption, depending on use, by between 20 and 30 percent, which is line with our experience.

The secondary display itself is the same P-OLED type, size and resolution as the primary one and we also found the color rendering to be identical. The hinges of the case allow for 360-degree movement, and at the front there’s a 2.1″ monochrome OLED cover display that shows app notifications as well as time and date. This means there’s no need to open the case to check the time or to see if you have any new notifications.

The rear portion of the case comes with a cutout, allowing you to use the phone’s camera while it’s in the case.

Dual-Screen controls

Once the Dual Screen is connected a control button appears on the right edge of the main display. A tap opens up the controls which let you swap the content of the two screens or turn the secondary display off.

The Dual Screen has its own app drawer and you can place app shortcuts and widgets on it in exactly the same way as the main display. In the Dual Screen settings you can adjust brightness of the secondary display (or set it to be the same as the main screen), turn off the cover display and Dual Screen control button, and set an app to open when the Dual Screen is turned on among other options.

Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking is the Dual Screen’s main purpose. For example, you can watch a video on one display while writing and sending a message on the other, or use Google Maps for navigation at a holiday destination while browsing a travel app.

In terms of use for imaging purposes, the options are (still) slightly limited. You could have the camera or an image editing app on one screen while browsing Instagram or another image sharing app on the other, but overall workflow efficiency gains are fairly small. At this point the Dual Screen is mostly about convenience: you can continue your Whatsapp-chat while preparing an Instagram-upload or editing an image.

Mirror Mode in the Camera app

App support for the Dual Screen is currently still quite limited but fortunately the LG Camera is one of the few apps that makes use of the secondary screen. With the Dual Screen attached you can turn on Mirror Mode. As the name suggests, it mirrors the camera’s preview image on the secondary display.

Combined with the ability to angle the latter any way you like, this feature can be really handy when shooting overhead or at low height, just like a tilting display on a regular camera. You can also use the secondary screen like a waist-level viewfinder which is particularly helpful for holding the device in a stable fashion when recording video.

It’s worth noting though that the mirrored display only comes with a shutter/video button. For all other controls you’ll still have to go back to the main screen. You can however swap the display content using the Dual Screen controls.

Wide Mode

Wide-view expands an app across both screens, offering an overall display size of 12.8 inches. This can be great for reading websites, viewing images and watching video but in many cases, especially when consuming multi-media content, the 15mm combined bezel between the two screens somewhat limits the experience.

The fact that the feature currently only works with websites viewed in the Chrome browser is another downside. Still, Wide Mode can be useful for viewing websites in desktop mode or on those occasions when additional real estate increases usability, for example when viewing and navigating a map.

Extended View

In Extended View mode an app is divided into two screens. Unfortunately this feature is currently only supported by two apps – the LG Gallery and the Naver Whale browser – but LG says it is expecting support to be expanded to additional apps in the future.

In the Gallery app you can tap on the Dual Screen button to expand the view. This allows you to browse thumbnails on one screen and open the full image on the other. You can zoom into the full image as well as share or delete it in this viewing mode. However, if you want to add a memo or edit, you’ll have to go back to the main screen, so the Dual Screen’s added value is somewhat limited in this instance.

LG’s Naver Whale is a web browser and allows you to view websites in Wide Mode, just like Chrome. However, it also lets you open links on the secondary screen by double-tapping them. This can be useful when browsing shopping websites for example, when you don’t have to jump back and forth between your list of search results and product pages. You simply keep the list open on one screen and open product pages on the other.

In a similar manner, when browsing Instagram or equivalent sites you can keep a user’s profile page open on the main screen and open individual posts on the secondary display. All this has to happen in the browser, though.

Virtual Game Pad and Keyboard

This Dual Screen use case is arguably the one that LG has implemented best so far. The Dual Screen can be used to display a virtual gaming pad. Android recognizes the app as connected bluetooth hardware which makes it compatible with any game that supports this kind of hardware. The pad is also customizable.

We’re no gamers but after a few trial runs on Asphalt 9 it’s fair to say the pad works quite well. A hardware pad is arguably a better option, but this virtual implementation isn’t far off.

The LG keyboard offers a very similar function. You can display a soft-keyboard on the main screen while having the app you are writing in, for example Gmail or Instagram, open on the secondary screen. The keys are larger than they’d be on a usual split-screen style keyboard and allow for more comfortable typing. We would not recommend it for writing your next novel but shorter pieces of text are absolutely manageable in this setup.

Conclusion

LG is a smartphone manufacturer who does not shy away from risky development decisions. Some years ago the company introduced a modular system with its G5 model which was very innovative but ultimately proved commercially unsuccessful. It was also among the first to introduce ultra-wide angle cameras to smartphone photography which today are pretty much ubiquitous.

The Dual Screen follows in this tradition but at the current stage it’s still too soon to say if it will go the way of the G5 modules or become a success like the ultra-wide camera. It’s fair to say that for the latter to happen more apps will probably need to support the secondary screen.

The most useful feature for photographers is Mirror Mode in the camera app which helps when shooting at awkward angles

Right now it provides the most obvious benefits to those users who like to multi-task, letting you work in two apps at the same time. The ability to consume content across two screens or separate app controls from the main screen are great but unfortunately only work with a very limited number of apps. Currently, the most useful feature for photographers is Mirror Mode in the camera app which helps when shooting at awkward angles.

For everybody else, and especially those who write a lot on their smartphones, the virtual keyboard on its own might be an argument to purchase a G8X ThinQ with Dual Screen. If that doesn’t quite convince you yet it’s probably a good idea to wait and see if the Dual Screen will get more support from app developers.