Film Honors: 2016

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Filmmaking Breakthrough

Bi Gan (Lu bian ye can)
Alex Lehmann (Blue Jay)
Alice Winocour (Maryland)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Acting Breakthrough

Markees Christmas (Morris from America)
Laia Costa (Victoria)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!)
Kim Tae-ri (Agassi)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Costume Designing

Alice Through The Looking Glass
Agassi
Love And Friendship
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Set Designing

10 Cloverfield Lane
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Hail, Caesar!
Agassi
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Actor Support

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Patrick Stewart (Green Room)
John Turturro (Mia Madre)

Special Effects

Alice Through The Looking Glass
Doctor Strange
Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Sound Designing

Arrival
Deadpool
The Jungle Book
Kubo And The Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Actress Support

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Günes Sensoy (Mustang)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Dheepan)

Picture Editing

Busanhaeng
Goksung
La La Land
Moonlight
Under the Shadow

Cinematography

Bradford Young (Arrival)
Chung Chung-hoon (Agassi)
Caroline Champetier (Les innocentes)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria)

Directing

Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang)
Sebastian Schipper (Victoria)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa.)

Cast Ensemble

Chevalier
Hail, Caesar!
Moonlight
Mustang
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (The Light Between Oceans)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival)
Mark Korven (The Witch)
Mica Levi (Jackie)
Jo Yeong-wook (Agassi)

Actor Lead

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Vincent Cassel (Mon Roi)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Géza Röhrig (Saul fia)
Matthias Schoenaerts (Maryland)

Screenplay Adapted

Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta)
Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook (Agassi)
Sabrina B. Karine, Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine, Alice Vial (Les innocentes)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa.)
Whit Stillman (Love And Friendship)

Screenplay Original

Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour (Mustang)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell Or High Water)

Actress Lead

Emmanuelle Bercot (Mon Roi)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)
Emma Suárez (Julieta)
Adriana Ugarte (Julieta)

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Motion Picture

Agassi (Park Chan-wook) South Korea
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) USA
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) France / Turkey / Germany
Saul fia (László Nemes) Hungary
Busanhaeng (Yeon Sang-ho) South Korea
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari) UK / Iran / Jordan / Qatar
Victoria (Sebastian Schipper) Germany
The Witch (Robert Eggers) Canada / USA
Kimi no na wa. (Makoto Shinkai) Japan

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Please comment below with your own preferences (or repellents) across many aspects of motion pictures from this year. I’d love to discuss my choices too, and those that did not quite make it.

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9 responses to “Film Honors: 2016

  1. We are the same yet so majestically different, I could get violent over a few of your choices. Art is subjective, cinema is personally emotive, feelings and outlooks should always be respected and when it comes to preferences there’s no right or wrong — only there is and you’re so wrong about Mustang it physically hurts.

    If it weren’t for your Bi Gan pick, I’d straight-up fight you. 😉

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