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Barack Obama shares favourite Movies, TV shows and Books of 2020


Former U.S. President, Barack Obama took to Twitter today to reveal his favourite Movies and TV series of 2020. It has become a tradition for the former POTUS to share is top picks each year but this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic he has had extra screen time like the rest of us.

“Like everyone else, we were stuck inside a lot this year, and with streaming further blurring the lines between theatrical movies and television features, I’ve expanded the list to include visual storytelling that I’ve enjoyed this year, regardless of format,” said the former President of the United States.

Barack Obama’s Top 14 Movies of 2020

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – released December 18, 2020

Beanpole – released January 29, 2020

Bacurau – released March 19, 2020

Nomadland – pre-released 2020 although the date says February 2021

Soul – released December 2020

Lovers Rock – released November 26, 2020, according to IMDB “this is the second leg of Steve McQueen’s latest project, “Small Axe: A Collection of Five Films,” an anthology of stories spanning the Black British experience circa the 1960s to the 1980s.”

Collective – released November 20, 2020

Rank – 2006

Martin Eden – released October 16, 2020

Let Him Go – released November 6, 2020

Time – released October 16, 2020 on Prime

Boys State – released August 14, 2020

Selah and the Spades – released April 2020

Crip Camp – a 2020 Netflix documentary produced by the Obamas

Barack Obama’s Top 10 TV Series of 2020

Better Call Saul – Netflix

The Queen’s Gambit – Netflix

I May Destroy You – HBO

The Boys – Prime

The Good Lord Bird – Showtime

Devs – FX on Hulu

The Last Dance – Netflix

Mrs. America – FX

The Good Place – Netflix

City So Real – NatGeo

Earlier this week Barack Obama also shared his favourite reads if the year. He jokes that he left off his own book “A Promised Land” but says he thinks it’s also a “pretty good book.”

“As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year, deliberately omitting what I think is a pretty good book – A Promised Land – by a certain 44th president. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did,” Obama tweeted.

Here are Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2020:

• “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar

• “Jack” by Marilynne Robinson

• “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson

• “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson

• “Luster” by Raven Leilani

• “How Much of These Hills is Gold” by C Pam Zhang

• “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore

• “Memorial Drive” by Natasha Trethewey

• “Twilight of Democracy” by Anne Applebaum

• “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride

• “The Undocumented Americans” by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

• “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

• “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel

• “Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker

• “The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson

• “Sharks in the Time of Saviors” by Kawai Strong Washburn

• “Missionaries” by Phil Klay

Barack Obama’s annual lists of favourites seem to become increasingly more popular with each passing year. They may even be right up there with fellow Chicagoan, Oprah Winfrey’s annual Top 10 lists.

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