the year-ends project:
2016 (Elle, below) .... 
201520142013
20122011, 2010
200920082007200620052004200320022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990198919881987
1986198519841983198219811980
1975-791970-741965-691960-641955-59
1950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index

2016: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives


1.  Elle (dir: Paul Verhoeven)
2. Toni Erdmann (dir: Maren Ade)

3. Sunset Song (dir: Terence Davies)
4. Silence (dir: Martin Scorsese)
5. The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)
6. Moonlight
 (dir: Barry Jenkins)
7. Arrival (dir: Denis Villeneuve)
8. Embrace of the Serpent (dir: Ciro Guerra)
9. Paterson (dir: Jim Jarmusch)

10. Love & Friendship (dir: Whit Stillman)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Everybody Wants Some!! (dir: Richard Linklater), Fire at Sea (dir: Gianfranco Rossi), Hacksaw Ridge (dir: Mel Gibson), Hail, Caesar! (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), The Handmaiden (dir: Park Chan-wook), Hell or High Water (dir: David Mackenzie), Jackie (dir: Pablo Larrain), La La Land (dir: Damien Chazelle), Little Sister (dir: Zach Clark), The Love Witch (dir: Anna Biller), Neruda (dir: Pablo Larrain), Peter and the Farm (dir: Tony Stone), The Shallows (dir: Jaume Collett-Serra), Things to Come (dir: Mia Hansen-Love)

Laurent Lafitte and Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle

Laurent Lafitte and Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle

Best Film of the Year: Elle
Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michael Merkt

US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics


Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert on the set of Elle

Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert on the set of Elle


Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in Jeff Nichols' Loving

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in Jeff Nichols' Loving

Best Actor:
1. Joel Edgerton, Loving
2. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
3. Andrew Garfield, Silence
4. Colin Farell, The Lobster
5. Jeong Jae-yeong, Right Now, Wrong Then


Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle

Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle

Best Actress:
1. Isabelle Huppert, Elle
2. Rebecca Hall, Christine
3. Natalie Portman, Jackie
4. Viola Davis, Fences
5. Addison Timlin, Little Sister

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Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight

Mahershala Ali and Alex Hibbert in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight

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Kim Tae-ri in Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden

Kim Tae-ri in Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden

Best Supporting Actress
1. Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden
2. Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
3. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
4. Zoey Deutch, Everybody Wants Some!!
5. Paulina Garcia, Little Men


Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller in Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann

Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller in Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann


Janelle Monae in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight

Janelle Monae in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight


Agyness Deyn in Terence Davies' Sunset Song

Agyness Deyn in Terence Davies' Sunset Song


Forest Whitaker, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Denis Villeneuve's Arrival

Forest Whitaker, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Denis Villeneuve's Arrival


Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle's La La Land

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle's La La Land

Best Original Score
1. La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
2. The Neon Demon — Cliff Martinez
3. Jackie — Mica Levi
4. Moonlight — Nicholas Britell
5. The Light Between Oceans — Alexnadre Desplat


Anya Taylor-Joy in Rogert Eggers' The Witch

Anya Taylor-Joy in Rogert Eggers' The Witch

Best Production Design
1. The Witch — Craig Lathrop and Mary Kirkland
2. The Handmaiden — Ryo Seong-hie
3. Tale of Tales — Dimitri Capuani and Alessia Anfuso
4. The Nice Guys — Richard Bridgland and Danielle Berman
5. Hail, Caesar! — Jess Gonchor, Nancy Hiagh and Nashon Petrushkin


Samantha Robinson in Anna Biller's The Love Witch

Samantha Robinson in Anna Biller's The Love Witch


Best Documentary Feature
1. Peter and the Farm — Tony Stone

2. Fire at Sea — Gianfranco Rossi
3. Weiner — Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steiberg
4. I'm Not Your Negro — Raoul Peck
5. 13th — Ava DuVernay

*note: Despite playing briefly in theaters for Oscar potential, I considered the fantastic O.J. Made in America to be a TV mini-series—due to the ESPN weekly release. I highly recommend it, despite its absence.

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Best Ensemble Cast: Hail, Caesar!
Best First Feature: Robert Eggers, The Witch

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Max Baker, Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Fischler, Heather Goldenhersh, Scarlett Johansson, Alex Kaprovsky, David Krumholtz, Tom Musgrave, Veronica Osorio, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar!  Right: Anya Taylor-Joy in Robert Eggers' The Witch

Left: Best Ensemble Cast (in alphabetical order): Max Baker, Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Fischler, Heather Goldenhersh, Scarlett Johansson, Alex Kaprovsky, David Krumholtz, Tom Musgrave, Veronica Osorio, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar! 

Right: Anya Taylor-Joy in Robert Eggers' The Witch



the year-ends project: 2016, 201520142013
20122011, 2010
200920082007200620052004200320022001
200019991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990198919881987
1986198519841983198219811980
1975-791970-741965-691960-641955-59
1950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index