In less than half an hour the most important numbers on our minds will be which films reeled in the biggest numbers of nominations. But maybe it’s fitting to take one last look at the critics who helped guide us to this day and the scores we used to help justify our favorites along the way. Ziyad Abul Hawa has drawn up a final version of his beautiful chart and this time added a column for US box office.
As we head into uncharted territory today, you can click the partial list above to see the full chart of the 50 Best-Rated Movies of 2009. We can ask ourselves what went wrong for the movies rated in the top 10 and what other intangible factors aligned to raise other films from the lower ranks to become this year’s Best Picture nominees.