Best Acting Performances | The Best of 2016

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don’t Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we’ve come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the “to watch” list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we've come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the "to watch" list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

Dev Patel
20. Dev Patel
Lion
As Saroo

"I'm not from Calcutta. I'm lost."
Alden Ehrenreich
19. Alden Ehrenreich
Hail, Caesar!
As Hobie Doyle

"Would that it were so simple."
Ralph Ineson
18. Ralph Ineson
The Witch
As William

"Corruption, thou art my father!"
Trevante Rhodes
17. Trevante Rhodes
Moonlight
As Black

"You're the only man who ever touched me. The only one."
Hailee Steinfeld
16. Hailee Steinfeld
The Edge of Seventeen
As Nadine

"There are two types of people in the world: The people who naturally excel at life. And the people who hope all those people die in a big explosion."
Amy Adams
15. Amy Adams
Arrival
As Dr. Louise Banks

"If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?"
Robert Downey Jr.
14. Robert Downey Jr.
Captain America: Civil War
As Tony Stark/Iron Man

"That shield doesn't belong to you. You don't deserve it! My father made that shield!"
Colin Farrell
13. Colin Farrell
The Lobster
As David

"Because lobsters live for over one hundred years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives. I also like the sea very much."
John Goodman
12. John Goodman
10 Cloverfield Lane
As Howard

"I know that this isn't the life that you prefer, and that it's been hard for you to come down here... but I really want us to be a happy family, you and me. The mess is all taken care of... so, I'll go get dinner started."
Natalie Portman
11. Natalie Portman
Jackie
As Jackie Kennedy

"I believe the characters we read on the page become more real than the men who stand beside us."
Ryan Gosling
10. Ryan Gosling
La La Land
As Sebastian

"I guess I'll see you in the movies."
Viggo Mortensen
9. Viggo Mortensen
Captain Fantastic
As Ben

"My face is mine, my hands are mine, my mouth is mine, but I'm not. I'm yours."
Michelle Williams
8. Michelle Williams
Manchester by the Sea
As Randi Chandler

"I said a lot of terrible things to you. My heart was broken, and I know yours is broken, too."
Denzel Washington
7. Denzel Washington
Fences
As Troy Maxson

"It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for eighteen years!"
Viola Davis
6. Viola Davis
Fences
As Rose Maxson

"Well, I've been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!"
Casey Affleck
5. Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea
As Lee Chandler

"I can't beat it. I can't beat it. I'm sorry."
Emma Stone
4. Emma Stone
La La Land
As Mia

"People love what other people are passionate about."
Naomie Harris
3. Naomie Harris
Moonlight
As Paula

"You're my only. I'm your only."
Ben Foster
2. Ben Foster
Hell or High Water
As Tanner Howard

"Boy, you'd think there were ten of me."
Mahershala Ali
1. Mahershala Ali
Moonlight
As Juan

"At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you."
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