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)
Alice Winocour (Maryland)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Keith Maitland (Tower)

Acting Breakthrough

Laia Costa (Victoria)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!)
Avin Manshadi (Under the Shadow)
Kim Tae-ri (Ah-ga-ssi)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Costume Designing

Alice Through The Looking Glass
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!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Actor Support

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Vincent Cassel (Juste la fin du monde)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Patrick Stewart (Green Room)

Special Effects

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

Sound Designing

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

Actress Support

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Léa Seydoux (Juste la fin du monde)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Dheepan)

Picture Editing

La La Land
Under the Shadow


Bradford Young (Arrival)
Chung Chung-hoon (Ah-ga-ssi)
Zach Kuperstein (The Eyes of My Mother)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria)


Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Houda Benyamina (Divines)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang)
Sebastian Schipper (Victoria)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa.)

Cast Ensemble

Hail, Caesar!


Score Composing

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

Actor Lead

Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Vincent Lindon (The Measure of a Man)
Géza Röhrig (Saul fia)
Matthias Schoenaerts (Maryland)

Screenplay Adapted

Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta)
Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook (Ah-ga-ssi)
Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (Deadpool)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa.)
Whit Stillman (Love And Friendship)

Screenplay Original

Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Romain Compingt, Houda Benyamina, Malik Rumeau (Divines)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour (Mustang)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell Or High Water)

Actress Lead

Oulaya Amamra (Divines)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)
Emma Suárez (Julieta)
Adriana Ugarte (Julieta)


Motion Picture

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

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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.



9 thoughts on “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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