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Twitter Reacts To Barack Obama's List of His Favorite 2019 Films And TV Shows

By Kristy Puchko | Film | December 30, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | December 30, 2019 |


Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to continue his tradition of sharing a list of his favorite films and TV shows of the year. This year, that list contains a mix of docs, dramas, foreign-language offerings, and female-fronted, female-created productions like Booksmart, Unbelievable and Fleabag: Season 2.

Obama’s list included: American Factory, Amazing Grace, Apollo 11, Ash is Purest White, Atlantics, Birds of Passage, Booksmart, Diane, The Farewell, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Just Mercy, The Last Black Man In San Francisco, Little Women, Marriage Story, Parasite, The Souvenir, and Transit. His brief list of TV shows included Fleabag: Season 2, Unbelievable, and Watchmen.

Film Twitter inevitably reacted by lamenting the faves not listed, like Uncut Gems and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. TV Twitter was disturbed by Obama’s phrasing of “as powerful as movies,” which some took as shade. Many rejoiced in how their own lists crossed over. But the most excited reactions understandably came from the makers behind these movies and TV shows.

From The Watchmen’s leading lady, Regina King.

From Atlantics’ director/co-writer Mati Diop.

From Booksmart director Olivia Wilde:

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And from Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein:

(Kaitlyn Dever retweeted Obama’s OG post.)

From The Farewell’s writer/director Lulu Wang:

From Unbelievable co-creator Ayelet Waldman:

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Thank you @barackobama!

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Some official accounts responded as well.

Speaking of Fleabag, several fans pointed out Obama’s love for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed comedy suggests he’s seen season one. Which means…

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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