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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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