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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 based on viewings.

Youth Breakthrough

Markees Christmas (Morris from America)
Kim Hwan-hee (Gokseong / The Wailing)
Avin Manshadi (Under the Shadow)
Sunny Pawar (Lion)
Güneş Şensoy (Mustang)

Filmmaking Breakthrough

Bi Gan (Lu bian ye can / Kaili Blues)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
Keith Maitland (Tower)
László Nemes (Saul fia / Son of Saul)
Alice Winocour (Maryland / Disorder)

Acting Breakthrough

Laia Costa (Victoria)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Machalina Olszanska (Já, Olga Hepnarová / I, Olga)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Costume Designing

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

Set Designing

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 / It’s Only the End of the World)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Patrick Stewart (Green Room)

Special Effects

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 / It’s Only the End of the World)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Kalieaswari Srinivasan (Dheepan)

Picture Editing

Busanhaeng / Train to Busan
Gokseong / The Wailing
La La Land
Under the Shadow
The Witch


Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon)
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria)

James Laxton (Moonlight)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)
Bradford Young (Arrival)


Kimi no Na wa. / Your Name
Kubo and the Two Strings
Omoide no Mānī / Marnie Was There


All This Panic


Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow)
Houda Benyamina (Divines)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang)
Yeon Sang-ho (Busanhaeng / Train to Busan)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa. / Your Name)

Cast Ensemble

Hail, Caesar!

Song Composing

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (La La Land)
“Heathens” (Suicide Squad)
“How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
“Une Miss s’immisce” (Juste la fin du monde / It’s Only the End of the World)
“Waving Goodbye” (The Neon Demon)

Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (The Light Between Oceans)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival)
Mark Korven (The Witch)
Mica Levi (Jackie)
Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)
"Kubo and the Two Strings," Dario Marianelli, composer
"Morgan," Max Richter, composer

Actor Lead

Vincent Cassel (Mon roi / My King)
Vincent Lindon (La Loi du marché / The Measure of a Man)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Géza Röhrig (Saul fia / Son of Saul)
Matthias Schoenaerts (Maryland / Disorder)

Screenplay Adapted

Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta)
Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde / It’s Only the End of the World)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Makoto Shinkai (Kimi no na wa. / Your Name)
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)
Emmanuelle Bercot (Mon roi / My King)
Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)
Emma Suárez (Julieta)
Adriana Ugarte (Julieta)

Motion Picture

Busanhaeng / Train to Busan (Yeon Sang-ho) South Korea
Divines (Houda Benyamina) France / Qatar
Gokseong / The Wailing (Na Hong-jin) South Korea
Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar) Spain
Kimi no na wa. / Your Name (Makoto Shinkai) Japan
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) France / Turkey / Germany
Saul fia / Son of Saul (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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