BEST OF 2016: Personal Ballot of the Year

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To start, and to simply put…this list is mine. Lots of thought and commentary went into naming the very best films and performances of 2016. Some were no-brainers, others were much more difficult. Even more commentary will be shared on Friday when the winners are announced, along with the order of the Top 10 Films of 2016.

Enjoy it.

Best Motion Picture

13th” (Netflix) – Spencer Averik, Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay
20th Century Women” (A24) – Anne Carey, Megan Ellison, Youree Henley
Arrival” (Paramount Pictures) – Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Karen Linder, Aaron Ryder
Fences” (Paramount Pictures) – Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington
I, Daniel Blake” (Sundance Selects) – Rebecca O’Brien
Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika/Focus Features) – Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
The Lobster” (A24) – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
Miss Sloane” (EuropaCorp) – Ben Browning, Kris Thykier, Ariel Zeitoun
Moonlight” (A24) – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
Silence” (Paramount Pictures) – Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, David Lee, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler

RUNNERS UP: Appropriate to name the five films that just missed the cut.  Four of the five at one point had a spot in the Top 10 before late surgers or rewatches took over.  The originality and heart of “Captain Fantastic” by Matt Ross is a true delight and something that invests so much in its characters.  The heart and soul of “Lion” is evident from the first moment but it’s epic finale sinks its teeth deep and doesn’t hold anything back.  Family and comedy blend beautifully together in Chris Kelly’s touching “Other People.”

The air of style and substance walks through each frame in Tom Ford’s superior sophomore effort “Nocturnal Animals.”  And you can’t make any of this up but we are living in the era of the greatest franchise that is hitting its stride with its flow and respect for its fans with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” from Gareth Edwards.

  • Knox Van Horn

    Very interesting nominations. As someone who has La La Land as far and away their favorite of the year, it pains me to see it show up basically nowhere, but to each his own. Love the mention for Gleason in documentary. A supporting performance I wish got more mentions is Jack Reynor in Sing Street. I thought he was the emotional core of that film and he would probably make my personal ballot.

    • I’ve heard lots of critics talk about Jack Reynor a lot. I don’t think enough people responded nor saw “Sing Street.”

  • Chris James

    Fantastic list. However, my favorite citation might be Trevante Rhodes for Moonlight. For as great as Mahershala Ali was, I hate that people don’t seem to be banging the drum for Rhodes as well.
    Btw, I’ll pretend you weren’t missing Kidman from “Lion,” but glad to see the movie show up periodically

  • Luke McGowan

    Great to see Mykelti Williams cited. I just slogged through Fences and despised it but he was absolutely incredible

    • sucks you felt that way about “Fences” but glad you liked Williamson.

  • Calvin Damon

    Before I list mine, I’ll say that I haven’t seen Jackie, Hidden Figures, Silence, Patriots Day, A Monster Calls, 20th Century Women. There are others I wanna see still, but those are the main ones.
    The being said, here I go:
    Best Picture: La La Land, Manchester By the Sea, Arrival, The Nice Guys, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Edge of Seventeen, Zootopia, Hell or High Water, Moana, The Lobster. Runner ups: Captain Fantastic, Lion, Deepwater Horizon, Moonlight, Swiss Army Man
    Best Director: Damien Chazelle-La La Land, Kenneth Lonergan-Manchester By the Sea, Denis Villeneuve-Arrival, Shane Black-The Nice Guys, David Mackenzie-Hell or High Water. Runner ups: Kelly Fremon Craig-The Edge of Seventeen, Yorgos Lanthimos-The Lobster, Barry Jenkins-Moonlight
    Best Lead Actor: Casey Affleck-Manchester By the Sea, Ryan Gosling-La La Land, Denzel Washington-Fences, Joel Edgerton-Loving, Ryan Gosling-The Nice Guys. Runner ups: Daniel Radcliffe-Swiss Army Man, Andrew Garfield-Hacksaw Ridge, Viggo Mortensen-Captain Fantastic
    Best Lead Actress: Emma Stone-La La Land, Amy Adams-Arrival, Hailee Steinfeld-The Edge of Seventeen, Amy Adams-Nocturnal Animals, Ruth Negga- Loving. Runner up: Meryl Streep-Florence Foster Jenkins
    Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali-Moonlight, Michael Shannon-Nocturnal Animals, John Goodman-10 Cloverfield Lane, Trevante Rhodes-Moonlight, Lucas Hedges-Manchester By the Sea. Runner ups: Ben Foster-Hell or High Water, Aaron Taylor-Johnson-Nocturnal Animals, Jeff Bridges-Hell or High Water
    Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis-Fences, Michelle Williams-Manchester By the Sea, Naomie Harris-Moonlight, Nicole Kidman-Lion, Madison Wolfe-The Conjuring 2
    Best Cast Ensemble: Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals, Fences. Runner ups: Captain Fantastic, La Land
    I’ll stop there so I don’t go on forever

  • Tee

    Before I begin, I’ll state the films I have not yet seen that I believe could’ve gotten places on my ballots:
    Jackie, Silence, Moonlight, La La Land, 20th Century Women, Weiner, Patriots Day, Other People, Hidden Figures, Lion, Loving, and Miss Sloane.

    Best Picture:
    13th, Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Everybody Wants Some!!, Fences, The Jungle Book, Nocturnal Animals, The Nice Guys, Sing Street, Zootopia
    HM: Hell or High Water

    Best Director:
    Peter Berg – Deepwater Horizon, Ava DuVernay – 13th, Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals, David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water, Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
    HM: John Carney – Sing Street

    Best Actor:
    Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea, Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Logan Lerman – Indignation, Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool, Denzel Washington – Fences
    HM: Craig Roberts – The Fundamentals of Caring

    Best Actress:
    Amy Adams – Arrival, Sarah Gadon – Indignation, Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hailee Steinfield – The Edge of Seventeen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead – 10 Cloverfield Lane

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Joven Adeepo – Fences, Steve Carrell – Cafe Society, Idris Elba – The Jungle Book, Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals, Mykelti Williams – Fences
    HM: Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Amy Adams – Nocturnal Animals, Viola Davis – Fences, Lupita N’yongo – The Jungle Book, Angourie Rice – The Nice Guys, Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
    HM: Jenny Slate – Zootopia

    Best Original Screenplay:
    Cafe Society, Everybody Wants Some!!, The Nice Guys, Sing Street, Zootopia

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Indignation, Nocturnal Animals

    Best Cinematography:
    13th, Arrival, Barry, Nocturnal Animals, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Best Animated Feature:
    Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Sausage Party, Sing, Zootopia

    • You have a lot to catch up on but solid picks so far.

      • Tee

        It’s a running joke among me and my only other movie friend that we can’t make a Best Of list until one year later

  • travis larson

    Great choices. Love the kubo mentions

  • Jamie Teller

    Major kudos for The Lobster (my current #1).

    Miss Sloane is an interesting choice. I never even got to see it because it was gone so fast.

  • michaeldal65

    Picture
    Arrival, Elle, Eye In The Sky, Julieta, Kubo & the Two Strings, Moonlight, Nocturnal Animals, Paterson, The Witch
    Director
    Gavin Hood (Eye In The Sky) Jim Jarmusch (Paterson) Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Paul Verhoeven (Elle) Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
    Actor
    Adam Driver (Paterson) Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash) Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) Sunny Pawar (Lion) Denzel Washington (Fences)
    Actress
    Amy Adams (Arrival) Annette Bening (20th Century Women) Isabelle Huppert (Elle) Hailee Steinfeld (Edge Of Seventeen) Emma Stone (La La Land)
    Supporting Actor
    Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Tom Bennett (Love & Friendship) Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) Issey Ogata (Silence) Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) and if this list were 6 I’d add Frank Langella’s great work in Captain Fantastic.
    Supporting Actress
    Viola Davis (Fences) Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Laura Linney (Nocturnal Animals) Helen Mirren (Eye In The Sky) Michele Williams (Manchester In The Sky)

    • Solid choices. Thanks for co-signing on my Laura Linney mention.

      • michaeldal65

        Uh huh. One of those neat little turns that really demonstrates how effective a performer can be. Her one scene was hypnotic.

  • jmlatinsir

    My list is a bit eclectic since I didn’t see all the films that were released in 2016 that were worth seeing, but will be seeing soon enough.

    1. Arrival/ (Brooklyn 2015)

    2. Captain Fantastic (Amy, doc. 2015)

    3. The Jungle Book (Room 2015)

    4. 13th

    5. Hell and High Water (The Big Short, 2015)

    6. La La Land

    7. Eye in the Sky

    8. Zootopia

    9. The Lobster

    10. The Witch

    The movies in parentheses I saw after the December 31st 2015 deadline, so I put them here as they deserve to have been on last year’s list. Have not seen: Manchester by the Sea, Fences, Moonlight which I will figure in next year.

    Actor: Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic).
    Actress: Amy Adams (Arrival)/Saorsie Ronan (Brooklyn)
    Supporting Actor: Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
    Supporting Actress: Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky) /Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
    I also discovered and/or revisited the following classics that deserve mentioning in my opinion as they would have appeared on my list if I had been doing it in the year they were released:

    Hiroshima, Mon Amour – I, the Worst of All – Salinger (doc.) – Therese Raquin – Libeled Lady – Alice Adams (w/ Hepburn) – Red River (Hawks) – Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks) – Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch).

  • AndreTheTurtle

    Keep in mind I have yet to see La La Land or Silence, so my personal ballot is subject to change according. That being said, having seen nearly 130 films, this is my rankings so far. And the numbers represent where I would rank them on a list, as each category is in ABC order.

    Best Picture
    10 Cloverfield Lane(10)
    13th(4)
    Arrival(7)
    Deadpool(8
    Hell Or High Water(6)
    Kubo And The Two Strings(9)
    The Lobster(1)
    Moonlight(3)
    Nocturnal Animals(5)
    Swiss Army Man(2)

    Best Director
    Ava Duvernay- 13th(5)
    Robert Eggers- The Witch(2)
    Tom Ford- Nocturnal Animals(3)
    Barry Jenkins- Moonlight(1)
    Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert- Swiss Army Man(4)

    Best Actor In A Leading Role
    Colin Farrell- The Lobster(3)
    Daniel Radcliffe- Swiss Army Man(4)
    Ryan Reynolds- Deadpool(2)
    Trevante Rhodes- Moonlight(5)
    Denzel Washington- Fences(1)

    Best Actress In A Leading Role
    Amy Adams- Arrival(2)
    Amy Adams- Nocturnal Animals(3)
    Kate Siegle- Hush(4)
    Anya Taylor-Joy- The Witch(1)
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead- 10 Cloverfield Lane(5)

    Best Actor In A Supporting Role
    Jeff Bridges- Hell Or High Water(4)
    Ralph Fiennes- A Bigger Splash(2)
    Ben Foster- Hell Or High Water(3)
    John Goodmen- 10 Cloverfield Lane(1)
    Michael Shannon- Nocturnal Animals(5)

    Best Actress In A Supporting Role
    Viola Davis- Fences(1)
    Kate Dickie- The Witch(5)
    Naomie Harris- Moonlight(2)
    Tilda Swinton- A Bigger Splash (4)
    Rachel Welsz- The Lobster(3)

    Best Original Screenplay
    Hell Or High Water(3)
    Kubo And The Two Strings(5)
    The Lobster(1)
    Swiss Army Man(2)
    Zootopia(4)

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    A Bigger Splash (3)
    Arrival(4)
    Deadpool(5)
    Fences(2)
    Moonlight(1)

    Best Animated Feature Film
    Finding Dory (5)
    Kubo And The Two Strings(1)
    The Little Prince(4)
    Sausage Party (2)
    Zootopia(3)

    Best Original Score
    Knight Of Cups(3)
    Kubo And The Two Strings (5)
    Moonlight(4)
    The Neon Demon(1)
    Swiss Army Man(2)

    Best Original Song
    “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street(4)
    “Equal Rights” from Popstar: Neverstop Never Stopping(2)
    “The Great Beyond” from Sausage Party(5)
    “Incredible Thoughts” from Popstar: Neverstop Never Stopping(1)
    “You’re Welcome” from Moana(3)

    Best Sound Editing
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi(1)
    Captain America: Civil War(5)
    Deepwater Horizon(2)
    Hacksaw Ridge(3)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(4)

    Best Sound Mixing
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi(1)
    Arrival(5)
    Deepwater Horizon(2)
    Hacksaw Ridge(3)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(4)

    Best Production Design
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi(4)
    Kubo And The Two Strings (3)
    The Neon Demon(5)
    Swiss Army Man(2)
    The Witch(1)

    Best Cinematography
    Hell Or High Water(4)
    Knight Of Cups(3)
    Moonlight(2)
    Nocturnal Animals(5)
    The Witch(1)

    Best Makeup And Hairstyling
    Hacksaw Ridge(1)
    Swiss Army Man(3)
    The Witch(2)

    Best Costume Design
    Fences(4)
    Florence Foster Jenkins(3)
    Miles Ahead(2)
    Pride And Prejudice And Zombies(5)
    The Witch(1)

    Best Film Editing
    Hacksaw Ridge(5)
    Hell Or High Water(3)
    The Lobster(1)
    Moonlight(4)
    Swiss Army Man(2)

    Best Visual Effects
    Arrival(5)
    Doctor Strange(2)
    The Jungle Book(1)
    Kubo And The Two Strings (3)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(4)

    • Can you give me thought process on Trevante Rhodes in LEAD ACTOR? This is not shade by the way…I genuinely was split where I thought he should go because the character is the LEAD character but he’s only in the last third.

      I kept going back to something like “I’m Not There” that had the same character but different people throughout yet they all felt supporting.

      • AndreTheTurtle

        Here was my thought process. I feel the character of Chiron is a leading role, and despite three different actors playing the character, there are all playing a part in the lead role of the film, so I feel personally that all the actors should be considered lead, despite them not being in the full length of the film, and I thought Rhodes was the brightest star in the whole film(not taking credit from the incredible performances throughout). I can definitely see the argument that ensemble films can’t really have a TRUE lead, but when the ensemble is centered around one core character that is the main focus of the film, I feel that makes me lean towards the performances being lead rather than supporting. Hope that makes sense. 😀

  • Gevorg Keoseyan

    Can you elaborate on why you’ve omitted La La Land from your list? It definitely sticks out as the most glaring omission in categories such as Best Picture, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, and Director. Without having seen Silence or Moonlight, La La Land is the best film of the year in my eyes, and one of my favorites of all time.

  • Robby Poffenberger

    Love the Jared Harris shout out!

    • He was right there until I saw “Silence.” ::cries::

  • Immanuel1824

    Threw in some custom categories

    2016

    BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
    Arrival
    Hell or High Water
    Indignation
    Jackie
    La La Land *WINNER*
    The Lobster
    The Nice Guys
    Nocturnal Animals
    Paterson
    Silence

    BEST DIRECTING IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Fede Alvarez, Don’t Breathe
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land
    David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water *WINNER*
    Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: Civil War
    Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

    BEST WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Shane Black, The Nice Guys *WINNER*
    Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
    Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!!
    Jim Jarmusch, Paterson
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Greig Fraser, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Giles Nuttgens, Hell or High Water
    Robbie Ryan, American Honey
    Linus Sandgren, La La Land
    Bradford Young, Arrival *WINNER*

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
    Andrew Garfield, Silence
    Ryan Gosling, La La Land *WINNER*
    Logan Lerman, Indignation
    Chris Pine, Hell or High Water

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
    Natalie Portman, Jackie
    Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
    Emma Stone, La La Land *WINNER*
    Alicia Vikander, The Light Between Oceans

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
    Aaron Eckhart, Bleed for This
    Ben Foster, Hell or High Water *WINNER*
    Issey Ogata, Silence
    Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Golshifteh Farahani, Paterson
    Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
    Gillian Jacobs, Don’t Think Twice
    Katherine Waterston, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them *WINNER*
    Shailene Woodley, Snowden

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Zoey Deutch, Everybody Wants Some!!
    Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
    Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures *WINNER*
    Ruth Negga, Loving
    Angourie Rice, The Nice Guys

    BEST WORK BY A BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
    Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Swiss Army Man *WINNER*
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
    Matt Ross, Captain Fantastic
    James Schamus, Indignation

    BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Andrea Arnold, American Honey
    David Braid, Todor Kobakov, & Steve London; Born to Be Blue
    Andy Hull & Robert McDowell, Swiss Army Man
    Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, & Justin Paul; La La Land *WINNER*
    Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’i, & Lin Manuel Miranda; Moana

    CAREER SPOTLIGHT John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Ln, Argo, Inside Llewyn Davis, Monsters Inc, Patriots’ Day)

    YEAR SPOTLIGHT Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, 20th Century Women, Live by Night)

    BEST ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
    Finding Dory *WINNER*
    Kung Fu Panda 3
    Moana
    Sausage Party
    Zootopia

    BEST COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
    20th Century Women
    The Lobster
    Moonlight
    Nocturnal Animals *WINNER*
    Silence

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SHOW
    Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
    Michael Kelly, House of Cards
    Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead
    John Turturro, The Night Of *WINNER*
    Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

    WORST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
    Dirty Grandpa *WINNER*
    Elvis & Nixon
    Hardcore Henry
    Suicide Squad
    The 5th Wave

    WORST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
    Sam Hazeldine, Mechanic: Resurrection
    Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad *WINNER*
    Makenzie Leigh, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
    Alex Roe, The 5th Wave
    Alex Wolff, Patriots’ Day

    • When they’re your awards, they can be as custom as you’d like. Solid picks.

  • Tee

    Since there wasn’t one at the time and you clearly love Kubo and the Two Strings, can you post a review of it?

    • I was thinking about doing it but thought it was too late…would you like to see one?

      • Tee

        I don’t think it’s ever too late to explain your thoughts on a film

  • Andrew Gillespie

    This is really late but I was so behind and I still haven’t seen Loving or Moana, but here’s where I landed:

    BEST PICTURE
    Arrival
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Jackie
    La La Land *WINNER*
    Lion (runner-up)
    Manchester by the Sea
    Moonlight
    Silence
    Sing Street
    Runners-up: Hidden Figures, Elle, American Honey

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Damien Chazelle-La La Land *WINNER*
    Garth Davis-Lion
    Mel Gibson-Hacksaw Ridge
    Barry Jenkins-Moonlight (runner-up)
    Denis Villeneuve-Arrival
    Runners-up: Travis Knight-Kubo and the Two Strings, Martin Scorsese-Silence, Pablo Larrain-Jackie

    BEST ACTOR
    Casey Affleck-Manchester by the Sea *WINNER*
    Andrew Garfield-Hacksaw Ridge
    Hugh Grant-Florence Foster Jenkins (runner-up)
    Viggo Mortensen-Captain Fantastic
    Denzel Washington-Fences
    Runners-up: Andrew Garfield-Silence, Ryan Reynolds-Deadpool, Ryan Gosling-The Nice Guys

    BEST ACTRESS
    Amy Adams-Arrival
    Isabelle Huppert-Elle (runner-up)
    Natalie Portman-Jackie
    Hailee Steinfeld-The Edge of Seventeen
    Emma Stone-La La Land *WINNER*
    Runners-up: Krisha Fairchild-Krisha, Sasha Lane-American Honey, Sally Field-Hello, My Name is Doris

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    John Goodman-10 Cloverfield Lane
    Andre Holland-Moonlight
    Shia LaBeouf-American Honey
    Dev Patel-Lion (runner-up)
    Trevante Rhodes-Moonlight *WINNER*
    Runners-up: Stephen Henderson-Fences, Mahershala Ali-Moonlight, Glen Powell-Everybody Wants Some!!

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Viola Davis-Fences *WINNER*
    Riley Keough-American Honey
    Nicole Kidman-Lion
    Molly Shannon-Other People
    Michelle Williams-Manchester by the Sea (runner-up)
    Runners-up: Janelle Monae-Hidden Figures, Naomie Harris-Moonlight, Gillian Jacobs-Don’t Think Twice

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    The Edge of Seventeen-Kelly Fremon Craig (runner-up)
    Jackie-Noah Oppenheim
    Kubo and the Two Strings-Marc Haimes and Chris Butler
    La La Land-Damien Chazelle
    Manchester by the Sea-Kenneth Lonergan *WINNER*
    Runners-up: Sing Street, Captain Fantastic, Everybody Wants Some!!

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Arrival-Eric Heisserer (runner-up)
    Hidden Figures-Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder
    Lion-Luke Davies *WINNER*
    Moonlight-Barry Jenkins
    Silence-Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese
    Runners-up: Elle, Deadpool, Krisha

    BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
    Captain Fantastic
    Fences (runner-up)
    Hidden Figures
    Moonlight *WINNER*
    Sing Street
    Runners-up: Captain America: Civil War, American Honey, Jackie

    BEST YOUNG ACTOR
    Alex Hibbert-Moonlight
    Tom Holland-Captain America: Civil War (runner-up)
    Sunny Pawar-Lion
    Ashton Sanders-Moonlight *WINNER*
    Ferdia Walsh-Peelo-Sing Street
    Runners-up: Jharrel Jerome-Moonlight, Lucas Hedges-Manchester by the Sea, Neel Sethi-The Jungle Book

    BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
    Elle Fanning-The Neon Demon
    Sasha Lane-American Honey (runner-up)
    Angourie Rice-The Nice Guys
    Hailee Steinfeld-The Edge of Seventeen *WINNER*
    Anya Taylor-Joy-The Witch
    Runners-up: Haley Lu Richardson-The Edge of Seventeen, Ocean James-American Pastoral, Oona Laurence-Bad Moms

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Arrival
    La La Land *WINNER*
    Lion
    Moonlight
    Silence (runner-up)
    Runners-up: The Neon Demon, The Witch, Jackie

    BEST FILM EDITING
    American Honey
    Captain America: Civil War
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Elle (runner-up)
    Hacksaw Ridge *WINNER*
    Runners-up: La La Land, Jackie, Arrival

    BEST SOUND
    Arrival
    Captain America: Civil War
    Hacksaw Ridge *WINNER*
    La La Land (runner-up)
    Sing Street
    Runners-up: Kubo and the Two Strings, American Honey, Moonlight

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    Arrival
    Jackie
    La La Land *WINNER*
    Lion (runner-up)
    Moonlight
    Runners-up: The Neon Demon, Kubo and the Two Strings, Hidden Figures

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG
    La La Land-“Another Day of Sun”
    La La Land-“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” *WINNER*
    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping-“I’m So Humble”
    Sausage Party-“The Great Beyond”
    Sing Street-“Drive It Like You Stole It” (runner-up)
    Runners-up: La La Land-“A Lovely Night”, La La Land-“Someone in the Crowd”, Zootopia-“Try Everything”

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Florence Foster Jenkins
    Jackie
    Kubo and the Two Strings (runner-up)
    La La Land *WINNER*
    Silence
    Runners-up: Hacksaw Ridge, The Witch, 10 Cloverfield Lane

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Arrival
    Captain America: Civil War
    Deadpool
    The Jungle Book *WINNER*
    Kubo and the Two Strings (runner-up)
    Runners-up: Ghostbusters, Suicide Squad, 10 Cloverfield Lane

  • Tee

    An updated list, since my list of movies seen has changed things drastically:

    BP:
    13th
    Arrival
    Jackie
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    La La Land
    Lion (runner-up)
    Miss Sloane
    Moonlight (winner)
    Nocturnal Animals
    Patriots Day

    Best Director:
    Peter Berg, Patriots Day
    Garth Davis, Lion
    Ava DuVernay, 13th (winner)
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (runner-up)
    Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

    Best Actor:
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
    Dev Patel, Lion (winner)
    Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
    Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight
    Denzel Washington, Fences (runner-up)

    Best Actress:
    Amy Adams, Arrival
    Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane (winner)
    Felicity Jones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Natalie Portman, Jackie (runner-up)
    Emma Stone, La La Land

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
    Kevin Costner, Hidden Figures
    Idris Elba, The Jungle Book (runner-up)
    Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals (winner)
    Mykelti Williams, Fences

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Viola Davis, Fences
    Naomie Harris, Moonlight
    Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Miss Sloane
    Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures (winner)
    Molly Shannon, Other People (runner-up)

    Best Original Screenplay
    Everybody Wants Some!!
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Miss Sloane (winner)
    Other People
    Zootopia (runner-up)

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Arrival
    Deadpool (runner-up)
    Fences (winner)
    Lion
    Moonlight