Best Characters | 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.

Deadpool
10. Deadpool
Deadpool
Created by Fabian Nicieza
Played by Ryan Reynolds

"From the studio that inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut the first time comes five-time Academy Award viewer, Ryan Reynolds in an eHarmony date with destiny. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... me! Deadpool."
Maui
9. Maui
Moana
Created by Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell
Played by Dwayne Johnson

"Do you know who Maui is? Only the greatest demi-god of all the Pacific Islands, with his magical fish hook he slowed down the sun, pulled islands out of the sea, battled monsters! And I should know, because I'm Maui "
Jacob Kowalski
8. Jacob Kowalski
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Created by J.K. Rowling
Played by Dan Fogler

"I love house elves. My uncle is a house elf."
K-2SO
7. K-2SO
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Created by Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Gary Whitta
Played by Alan Tudyk

"There is a ninety-seven point six percent chance of failure. "
Chiron
6. Chiron
Moonlight
Created by Barry Jenkins
Played by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes

"My name is Chiron; people call me Little."
Holland March
5. Holland March
The Nice Guys
Created by Shane Black
Played by Ryan Gosling

"I think I'm invincible. It's the only thing that makes sense. I don't think I can die."
Iron Man
4. Tony Stark/Iron Man
Captain America: Civil War
Created by Stan Lee
Played by Robert Downey Jr.

"You know, I'm having a hard time believing she's someone's aunt."
Hobie Doyle
3. Hobie Doyle
Hail, Caesar!
Created by The Coen Brothers
Played by Alden Ehrenreich

"It's complicated."
Finn
2. Finnegan
Everybody Wants Some!!
Created by Richard Linklater
Played by Glen Powell

"Have you noticed whenever we're around baseball all we talk about is pussy. Now, we're actually around a few potentially interesting young women, all you talk about is baseball. It's a little fucked up!"
Black Phillip
1. Black Phillip
Mad Max: Fury Road
Created by Robert Eggers
Played by Satan

"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
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Worst Films | 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.

Hardcore Henry
5. Hardcore Henry
Director
Ilya Naishuller
Stars
Sharlto Copley
Tim Roth
Haley Bennett
Assassin's Creed
4. Assassin's Creed
Director
Justin Kurzel
Stars
Michael Fassbender
Marion Cotillard
Jeremy Irons
Certain Women
3. Certain Women
Director
Kelly Reichardt
Stars
Michelle Williams
Kristen Stewart
Laura Dern
Suicide Squad
2. Suicide Squad
Director
David Ayer
Stars
Will Smith
Jared Leto
Margot Robbie
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director
Zack Snyder
Stars
Ben Affleck
Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
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Best Music | 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.


10. Cliff Martinez
The Neon Demon

"Well, the style of the film is pretty big and splashy and ostentatious. There’s a lot of visual bombast, but there’s a lot of places where there’s not much dialogue and Nicolas wanted the music to be front and center. He wanted the scene to be driven by the music. So the music department got a nice juicy role and in that sense there is a bigness to it."

9. Bear McCreary
10 Cloverfield Lane

"I would say that it did because that film is very intimate. It is physically intimate, it’s a very contained environment. It’s very tense, and even from reading it I always envisioned a score that was very tight and close, claustrophobic. And while elements of that absolutely remain, understanding that it is potentially a part of a broader cinematic universe brought with it ramifications musically that we should communicate a bigger sense, it just made the score bigger."

8. Gary Clark
Sing Street

"For me, the best songs in the film are "Drive It Like You Stole It" and "To Find You," which were completely written by Gary. They’re songs he brought fully formed to the film, from my pitches to him about various scenes. The other songs are generally my half-written ideas that he turned into a fully written idea."

7. Mica Levi
Jackie

"I’ve just always been interested in those glisses. It’s something that happens if you slow [your playing] down, you get this glooping and distortion and morphing of [sound]. It’s something I really like the sound of, but it can be quite expressive as well."

6. Andy Hull & Robert McDowell
Swiss Army Man

"The whole process was awesome. Both those dudes were super kind and really professional. They were really interested in getting feedback and advice on how to sing and what to do, and neither were divas at all. They treated it like they were acting and they wanted us to direct them."

5. Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i
Moana

"Our story evolved quite a bit and even the way this song fits in the movie moved around a few times. And it changed quite a bit, too, in some cases with a few lyric adjustments, but certainly even how it was staged and where it fit into her general arc. There was a while when we first met her as a 16-year-old where there was a daredevil version."

4. Nicholas Britell
Moonlight

"The film felt like poetry, it was so beautiful and tender."

3. Michael Giacchino
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"I want to continue this world. This is a completely new story with characters we’ve never met before. They needed their own voice so it was important that the new aspects of the film and story get treated with respect, and the same intensity that they were in the past."

2. James Newton Howard
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"Everything under the sun has been done at this point. It’s really about how one combines elements that makes a score unique and have a signature — just finding sounds and orchestrations and feelings that would really describe these crazy creatures. I did quite a bit of sampling, which I always do for every score. There’s one very dark creature, and I spent quite a bit of time establishing a sound design for that creature that’s part of the theme."

1. Justin Hurwitz
La La Land

"Like a lot of the music in the movie, Damien and I always felt that if something went too far towards happy or too far towards sad, it would get cheesy. We don’t like things that are too far in one direction, emotionally; we like things that have a foot in both worlds, and like life, are emotionally complex."
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Best Direction | 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.

Gareth Edwards
10. Gareth Edwards
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"One of the things you do, when you have a scene or whatever it is you’re doing, I replay that scene in my head and pick different positions to watch it from in my head. Sometimes they’re with something. Sometimes they’re objective aerial shots or sometimes on the roof with a complete new stranger and see which ones make me say, “Oh, that’s interesting.” I love the contrast of jumping around and seeing some amazing, beautiful thing from a distance and you say, “Oh that’s incredible! I’d love to be there!” and suddenly you’re there and it’s horrific and chaotic and it’s like, “Oh my god! Someone make this stop!” And suddenly it stops and you’re back somewhere else, seeing it from a different perspective and suddenly you understand why the enemy is doing what they’re doing. From their point of view, you look like a genuine threat and you must be killed!"
Richard Linklater
9. Richard Linklater
Everybody Wants Some!!

"It’s constant. The songs start for me in the wiring process, I’m listening to hundreds of songs from the era, I’m gathering music. It helps jog the old memory. Music and smells are the most memory-recall, nostalgia-inducing things. It always kinda helps me. So I had all the music, a very deep bench of a lot of music. Some of it was in the script, it was very specific. A lot of those songs ended up not in the movie."
Jeremy Saulnier
8. Jeremy Saulnier
Green Room

"What was exciting about Green Room is that the idea never really advanced in my mind. I thought I should do a siege thriller in a green room. I didn’t really have time to flesh out the story. The world and the environment of the narrative was with me for twenty years. That was part of me and something that I always wanted to bring on screen."
Dan Trachtenberg
7. Dan Trachtenberg
10 Cloverfield Lane

"What was tricky was not being confined by the actual space, but still letting the camera tell the story of confinement. I found a lot of the overhead shots really helped make us feel like they were a can of sardines, and it was about finding the right distance to be far enough away from our characters so we could get these graphic, composed wide shots that look like little dioramas, with our people stuck inside, that never felt like we were breaking a wall."
David Mackenzie
6. David Mackenzie
It Follows

"If try to cook things in a really nice way, so people aren't too caught up in the machinery of making films, which can often be a bit of a dirge process. I'm always trying to fight that and make it feel alive, and open to opportunity."
The Russo Brothers
5. The Russo Brothers
Captain America: Civil War

"Yeah, it was a tough process but we feel in love with the material, we fell in love the project, we really wanted it so basically it took over our lives for two months. We were doing almost nothing but developing the movie before we had the job, but the good news was we figured the movie out before we got hired, which was very cool."
Barry Jenkins
4. Barry Jenkins
Moonlight

"The way I grew up, I was kind of a quiet kid. I ended up watching people a lot, more than interacting, in a certain way. And I think you can learn a lot more about people when they’re not speaking than you can when they’re speaking. People say, “Oh, you can learn more by actions than statements.” But I do think that when people are in repose, you really see beneath the surface."
Robert Eggers
3. Robert Eggers
The Witch

"Yeah, we have to be in the Puritan world. Also, for me, the films that are the most atmospheric and transportive are films that are approached as memory. So it has to be, like, my memory in my Puritan childhood and the way my father smelled in the corn field that morning. Without the detail, [without] the hand-stitched everything, you can’t get there."
Denis Villeneuve
2. Denis Villeneuve
Arrival

"Thematically, it's about what unites us and what divides us.... Like religion, language does that more than almost anything else."
Damien Chazelle
1. Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle

"So it was always really important to me that the movie not be a period piece. “And that it not be entirely in quotation marks either, that there be a modern energy to it. There’s things you can do with the camera, and things you can do with modern expectations today that you couldn’t do in the Fifties. So it was fun to take certain tropes from Fifties musicals, but put in them in a modern city and film them in a modern way, and see what results from that."
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Best Cinematography | 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.

Ben Davis
10. Ben Davis
Doctor Strange

"I knew it was going to be the most visually challenging and most interesting."
Natasha Braier
9. Natasha Braier
The Neon Demon

"When you see ‘Neon Demon,’ every shot, every aesthetic decision is so extreme and so confident that you’d think it’s totally planned from the beginning, but the interesting thing is that it’s not."
Jarin Blaschke
8. Jarin Blaschke
The Witch

"Working in filmmaking is kind of, I feel, like an antidote to my life because life is this chaotic thing and you get to sort of pare it down and distill it and make a version of life that makes more sense."
Thimios Bakatakis
7. Thimios Bakatakis
The Lobster

"We wanted an organic look that was more colourful but without artificial lighting. It's mostly natural light, although the script isn't realistic. We also didn't use any studios, just locations."
Giles Nuttgens
6. Giles Nuttgens
Hell or High Water

"Did we get the sequence, but rather, did the material have the right tone? Do we need adjustments, not particularly to lighting or framing, but more to mise en scène — whether there is anything we can do to match up to our original intentions before we get to set. That process is so invaluable."
James Laxton
5. James Laxton
Moonlight

"I think all artists intend to have our work resonate with people—at least that’s why I make films—and that’s why I chose the career path that I wanted, and just to be able to communicate ideas that I have in my head and then to be lucky enough to be able to work on projects like these, and then to have those resonate with people, is everything."
Trent Opaloch
4. Trent Opaloch
Captain America: Civil War

"On a movie of this size it’s assumed that everybody knows their jobs at this point so it really comes down to having a great attitude under pressure and being there together for the film."
Greig Fraser
3. Greig Fraser
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"I think there are fewer barriers to entry when it comes to cinematography in this day and age, and I'm excited to see what the young cinematographers who are coming up now will be doing. I think young cinematographers have a huge advantage over more established cinematographers. I used to shoot on film. Now you can go out and shoot on a 5D and you get amazing pictures."
Bradford Young
2. Bradford Young
Arrival

"Every film is a certain level of reprogramming and deconstructing my own colonized mentality around what filmmaking is."
Linus Sandgren
1. Linus Sandgren
La La Land

"For all the scenes, it was a lot of planning, but also we wanted to leave room for improvising on the day for actors. We always had the spirit of trying to capture things, as much as possible, in single takes or in long takes. Just because that would give the sense throughout the film that the style of the film was reality, whether it was a dream, or a magical situation like a dance number, so that it wouldn’t feel too unfamiliar, what was going on. It would be better to already have established with the audience that this was going to become something that could be magical all over, whether it’s real or not, so that the magic could happen any time."
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Best Scenes | 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.

Fearless
10. "Fearless" Bong Session
Everybody Wants Some!!
Richard Linklater

"It's about finding out who you are. You gotta tune in, man. You guys want to try a little telepathic stuff?"
Parking Lot Encounter
9. Parking Lot Encounter
Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan

"I said a lot of terrible things to you. My heart was broken, and I know yours is broken, too."
Planetarium
8. Planetarium
La La Land
Damien Chazelle

"Jazz is about the future."
Filming Merrily We Dance
7. Filming Merrily We Dance
Hail, Caesar!
The Coen Brothers

"Would that it were so simple."
DMV
6. DMV
Zootopia
Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

"I don't... know. What... do... you... call... a... three-humped... camel?"
Obliviate Rain
5. Obliviate Rain
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
David Yates

"Will we die, just a little?"
Vader Massacre
4. Darth Vader Massacre
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Gareth Edwards

**Light Saber Woosh**
Thomasin Lives Deliciously
3. Thomasin Lives Deliciously
The Witch
Robert Eggers

"I will guide thy hand."
Epilogue
2. Epilogue
La La Land
Damien Chazelle

"Welcome to Seb's."
Airport Battle
1. Airport Battle
Captain America: Civil War
The Russo Brothers
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Most Hyped | 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.

John Wick: Chapter 2
5. John Wick: Chapter 2
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Blade Runner 2049
3. Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
2. Dunkirk
The Last Jedi
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
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Honorable Mentions | 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.

Anders Oster
Anders Oster
  • The dawn of almighty Jefflix.
  • Road tripping across the country with fellow Bit Players Jarryd and Brian while watching movies on my laptop in the backseat.
  • Going to my first drive in movie theater and seeing a double feature of Suicide Squad and Pete’s Dragon.
  • Seeing La La Land in theaters with all of the Bit Players over Christmas break.
  • Completing our first full calendar year of The Bit Players podcast.
Brian
Brian Urrutia
  • Seeing Rogue One with the coolest club at the school: The Star Wars Club.
  • Teaching Lord of the Rings in its entirety to some folks who could really read and run.
  • A snow day.
  • Driving Remy across the country with Geri and Anders.
  • Beginning The Bit Players Wrestling Federation and becoming its heavyweight champion.
Clark
Clark Carmichael
  • Best Cameo: Mark Hamill (Kingsman: Secret Service).
  • Biggest Tease: Anything DC. A year of trailers, not one single movie.
  • Biggest Letdown: Spectre.
  • Best Sex Scene: Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (Yeah, it was a Netflix show but whatever.)
  • Best Comeback: Sly Stallone.
Jarryd
Jarryd Baxter
  • Netflix establishing itself as a haven for artistic freedom and releasing two of my favorite stories from last year: Stranger Things and Trollhunters.
  • Watching “The Beatles, The Touring Years” with a smile.
  • Seeing some old movies for the first time on the big screen: Aliens and Apocalypse Now.
  • Another year, another remarkable Pixar animated short.
  • Some unexpected classics explored with The Bit Players that will bring enjoyment for a lifetime, most notably: Rosemary’s Baby, Broadcast News, The Thing, and Heat.
Jeff
Jeff Pearson
  • The USS Enterprise blasting Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" flying into battle against Idris Elba.
  • Smacking popcorn and candy with Anders during the silent Manchester by the Sea.
  • Idris Elba and Oscar Isaac going full makeup to render them so unrecognizable that those terrible movies won't hurt their careers.
  • This photo of the Rock:
  • Year-long journey to figure out the name of actor Adrian Martinez, attempting to google any combination of "fat," "ugly," curly hair," "comedian," "Gheri curl," etc. only to have Geri come through in the clutch.
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Individual Ballots | 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.

Anders Oster
10 Cloverfield Lane

Top 25 Films
10 Cloverfield Lane
La La Land
Captain America: Civil War
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Arrival
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Everybody Wants Some!!
Eddie the Eagle
The Nice Guys
Hell or High Water
Sing Street
Swiss Army Man
Doctor Strange
Moana
Lion
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Kubo and the Two Strings
Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
The Edge of Seventeen
ARQ
Don't Think Twice
Captain Fantastic

Best Acting Performances
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!)
Sandra Huller (Toni Erdmann)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Craig Robinson (Morris from America)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Mary-Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Direction
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Denis Villenueve (Arrival)
The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Shane Black (The Nice Guys)
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Richard Linklater (Everybody Wants Some!!)

Best Scenes
La La Land "Planetarium"
Captain America: Civil War "Battle"
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them "Memory Wiping Rain"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Darth Vader Slaughter"
La La Land "Lovely Night"
Eddie the Eagle "70 Meter"
Swiss Army Man "Montage"
La La Land "Epilogue"
Hail, Caesar! "Filming Merrily We Dance"
Hunt for the Wilderpeople "Search Montage"

Best Trailers
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Suicide Squad
Captain America: Civil War

Best Characters
Hobie Doyle (Hail, Caesar!)
Finn (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Maui (Moana)
Jacob Kowalski (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
K-2SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Holland March (The Nice Guys)
Bella (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Willoughby (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Brendan (Sing Street)
The Niffler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Best Writing
10 Cloverfield Lane (Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
Arrival (Eric Heisserer)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J.K. Rowling)
Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi)
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)
Captain America: Civil War (Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely)
Sing Street (John Carney)

Best Music
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (James Newton Howard)
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Eddie the Eagle (Matthew Margeson)
Swiss Army Man (Andy Hull & Robert McDowell)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Michael Giacchino)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Bear McCreary)
Moana (Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i)
Lion (Hauschka & Dustin O'Halloran)
Jackie (Mica Levi)
Nocturnal Animals (Abel Korzeniowski)

Best Cinematography
Arrival (Bradford Young)
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Greig Fraser)
Captain America: Civil War (Trent Opaloch)
Silence (Rodriguo Prieto)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Lachlan Milne)
Nocturnal Animals (Seamus McGarvey)
Moonlight (James Laxton)
Hell or High Water (Giles Nuttgens)
Lion (Greig Fraser)

Worst Films
Certain Women
Nerve
The Choice
Price and Prejudice and Zombies
Masterminds

Most Hyped for Next Year
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Marvel
Dunkirk
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Baby Driver
Brian Urrutia
The Witch

Top 25 Films
The Witch
Moonlight
10 Cloverfield Lane
Captain America: Civil War
Arrival
Captain Fantastic
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
La La Land
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Lobster
Green Room
Fences
Everybody Wants Some!!
Don't Breathe
Sully
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Midnight Special
The Jungle Book
Sausage Party
The Nice Guys
Sing Street
Don't Think Twice
Swiss Army Man
The Edge of Seventeen

Best Acting Performances
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Viola Davis (Fences)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen)
Robert Downey Jr. (Captain America: Civil War)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Keegan-Michael Key (Don't Think Twice)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Chris Evans (Captain America: Civil War)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Mary-Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Best Direction
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War)
Shane Black (The Nice Guys)
Denis Villenueve (Arrival)
Richard Linklater (Everybody Wants Some!!)

Best Scenes
The Witch "Thomasin Lives Deliciously"
Captain America: Civil War "Battle"
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them "Memory Wiping Rain"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Darth Vader Slaughter"
Moonlight "Chiron Gets Revenge"
Swiss Army Man "Montage"
Captain Fantastic "Schooling"
La La Land "Epilogue"
Hail, Caesar! "Filming Merrily We Dance"
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice "End Credits"

Best Trailers
Captain America: Civil War
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Suicide Squad

Best Characters
Black Phillip (The Witch)
Finn (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Carla (Bad Moms)
Iron Man (Captain America: Civil War)
Chiron (Moonlight)
Holland March (The Nice Guys)
Bella (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Jacob Kowalski (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
The Niffler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Maui (Moana)

Best Writing
The Witch (Robert Eggers)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle)
Captain America: Civil War (Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely)
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J.K. Rowling)
Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Don't Breathe (Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues)
Arrival (Eric Heisserer)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)

Best Music
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (James Newton Howard)
Moonlight (Nicholas Britell)
Jackie (Mica Levi)
Swiss Army Man (Andy Hull & Robert McDowell)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Michael Giacchino)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Bear McCreary)
Moana (Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i)
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Sully (Christian Jacob)

Best Cinematography
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Arrival (Bradford Young)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Greig Fraser)
Captain America: Civil War (Trent Opaloch)
Captain Fantastic (Stephane Fontaine)
Moonlight (James Laxton)
Hail, Caesar! (Roger Deakins)
Hell or High Water (Giles Nuttgens)
Loving (Adam Stone)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Lachlan Milne)

Worst Films
Hardcore Henry
The Handmaiden
Suicide Squad
Price and Prejudice and Zombies
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Most Hyped for Next Year
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Dunkirk
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
John Wick: Chapter 2
Clark Carmichael
Captain America: Civil War

Top 25 Films
Captain America: Civil War
La La Land
Green Room
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Nice Guys
Doctor Strange
Hell or High Water
Midnight Special
Everybody Wants Some!!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
10 Cloverfield Lane
Deadpool
Pete's Dragon
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Arrival
X-Men: Apocalypse
ARQ
Silence
Hail, Caesar!
The Witch
Don't Breathe
Imperium
The Legend of Tarzan
The Jungle Book
Suicide Squad

Best Acting Performances
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Robert Downey Jr. (Captain America: Civil War)
Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sam Neill (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Josh Brolin (Hail, Caesar!)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Patrick Stewart (Green Room)
Imogen Poots (Green Room)
Andrew Garfield (Silence)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Best Direction
The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Civil War)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange)
Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special)
Shane Black (The Nice Guys)
Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)
Richard Linklater (Everybody Wants Some!!)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Best Scenes
Captain America: Civil War "Battle"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Darth Vader Slaughter"
La La Land "Epilogue"
Doctor Strange "Defending New York Sanctum"
Moonlight "Table Scene"
Captain America: Civil War "Final Battle"
Green Room "The Band Seizes the Green Room"
10 Cloverfield Lane "Escape Attempt"
Hail, Caesar! "Filming Merrily We Dance"
Hunt for the Wilderpeople "Search Montage"

Best Trailers
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Captain America: Civil War
X-Men: Apocalypse

Best Characters
Iron Man (Captain America: Civil War)
Black Phillip (The Witch)
Orson Krennic (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
K-2SO (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Hobie Doyle (Hail, Caesar!)
The Ancient One (Doctor Strange)
Spider-Man (Captain America: Civil War)
Cassian Andor (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Finn (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange)

Best Writing
Captain America: Civil War (Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi)
ARQ (Tony Elliott)
Hail, Caesar! (The Coen Brothers)
Pete's Dragon (David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Best Music
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Michael Giacchino)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Moniker)
The Jungle Book (John Debney)
Hail, Caesar! (Carter Burwell)
Everybody Wants Some!!
Captain America: Civil War (Henry Jackman)
Doctor Strange (Michael Giacchino)
Deadpool (Tom Holkenborg)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (James Newton Howard)

Best Cinematography
Doctor Strange (Ben Davis)
Captain America: Civil War (Trent Opaloch)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Greig Fraser)
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Midnight Special (Adam Stone)
Arrival (Bradford Young)
Suicide Squad
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Silence (Rodriguo Prieto)
Pete's Dragon

Worst Films
Dirty Grandpa
Bad Moms
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows
Paterson
Certain Women

Most Hyped for Next Year
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
John Wick: Chapter 2
Thor: Ragnarok
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Wonder Woman
Jarryd Baxter
Moonlight

Top 25 Films
Moonlight
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
The Lobster
Everybody Wants Some!!
The Witch
Don't Think Twice
Fences
Green Room
Midnight Special
The Nice Guys
10 Cloverfield Lane
Finding Dory
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Sing Street
Julieta
Sausage Party
Zootopia
Captain Fantastic
Hail, Caesar!
The Edge of Seventeen
Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Acting Performances
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Viola Davis (Fences)
Elle Fanning (20th Century Women)
Annette Benning (20th Century Women)
Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)
Ralph Ineson (The Witch)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Craig Robinson (Morris from America)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

Best Direction
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Denis Villenueve (Arrival)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Pedro Almodovar (Julieta)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Scenes
Manchester by the Sea "Parking Lot Encounter"
Moonlight "Swimming"
La La Land "Epilogue"
Zootopia "DMV"
20th Century Women "Talking Heads Dancing"
Arrival "First Contact"
The Witch "Thomasin Lives Deliciously"
Everybody Wants Some!! "Fearless"
20th Century Women "Menstruation"
Hail, Caesar! "Filming Merrily We Dance"

Best Trailers
La La Land

10 Cloverfield Lane 20th Century Women

Best Characters
Black Phillip (The Witch)
Honey Mustard (Sausage Party)
Chiron (Moonlight)
Lee Chandler (Manchester by the Sea)
Dorthea (20th Century Women)
Holland March (The Nice Guys)
Hobie Doyle (Hail, Caesar!)
Finn (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Hank (Finding Dory)
Darcy (Green Room)

Best Writing
Fences (August Wilson)
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
Don't Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia)
Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
The Witch (Robert Eggers)

Best Music
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
Moonlight (Nicholas Britell)
Arrival (Johann Johannsson)
20th Century Women (Roger Neill)
Sing Street (Gary Clark)
Hell or High Water (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
Jackie (Mica Levi)
Manchester by the Sea (Lesley Barber)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Dario Marianelli)
Don't Think Twice (Roger Neill)

Best Cinematography
Moonlight (James Laxton)
Arrival (Bradford Young)
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
Hell or High Water (Giles Nuttgens)
The Lobster (Thimios Bakatakis)
Jackie (Stephane Fontaine)

20th Century Women (Sean Porter) Midnight Special (Adam Stone)
The Witch (Jarin Blaschke)
Green Room (Sean Porter)

Worst Films
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Accountant

Most Hyped for Next Year
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Alien: Covenant
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Coco
Jeff Pearson
La La Land

Top 25 Films
La La Land
The Witch
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hell or High Water
Everybody Wants Some!!
Green Room
The Nice Guys
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moonlight
Nocturnal Animals
Fences
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Arrival
Sing Street
The Lobster
Lion
The Neon Demon
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Manchester by the Sea
Don't Breathe
10 Cloverfield Lane
Zootopia
Midnight Special
The Wailing
The Conjuring 2

Best Acting Performances
Viola Davis (Fences)
Denzel Washington (Fences)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Dev Patel (Lion)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Ralph Ineson (The Witch)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Anton Yelchin (Green Room)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!)
Molly Shannon (Other People)
Agnyss Deyn (Sunset Song)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Direction
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Robert Eggers (The Witch)
Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)
Richard Linklater (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Nicholas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon)
Denis Villenueve (Arrival)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Ben Wheatley (High-Rise)

Best Scenes
The Witch "Thomasin Lives Deliciously"
La La Land "Epilogue"
Zootopia "DMV"
Everybody Wants Some!! "Fearless"
Captain Fantastic "Sweet Child O Mine"
Green Room "Nazi Punks F You"
Captain America: Civil War "Battle"
Hail, Caesar! "Filming Merrily We Dance"
Lion "Reunion"
Sing Street "Ending"

Best Trailers
10 Cloverfield Lane
Deadpool
La La Land

Best Characters
Black Phillip (The Witch)
Deadpool (Deadpool)
Lady Sarah (Love & Friendship)
Kubo (Kubo and the Two Strings)
Judy Hopps (Zootopia)
Nick Wilde (Zootopia)
Finn (Everybody Wants Some!!)
Hobie Doyle (Hail, Caesar!)
Manny (Swiss Army Man)
Maui (Moana)

Best Writing
Fences (August Wilson)
The Witch (Robert Eggers)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Watiti)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
Swiss Army Man (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert)
The Nice Guys (Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi)
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

Best Music
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)
The Neon Demon (Cliff Martinez)
Moana (Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i)
The Witch (Mark Korven)
Sing Street (Gary Clark)
Lion (Hauschka & Dustin O'Halloran)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Dario Marianelli)
Equals (Sascha Ring & Dustin O'Halloran)
Swiss Army Man (Andy Hull & Robert McDowell)
Hell or High Water (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)

Best Cinematography
The Neon Demon (Natasha Braier)
The Witch (Jarin Blaschke)
Equals (John Guleserian)
La La Land (Linus Sandgren)
The Lobster (Thimios Bakatakis)
Green Room (Sean Porter)
Arrival (Bradford Young)
Hell or High Water (Giles Nuttgens)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Lachlan Milne)
Sunset Song (Michael McDonough)

Worst Films
Assassin's Creed
Suicide Squad
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The Legend of Tarzan
Warcraft

Most Hyped for Next Year
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
John Wick: Chapter 2
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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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