the year-ends project:
2018, 2017, 2016 (Elle, below) .... 201520142013
20122011, 20102009200820072006200520042003
20022001200019991998199719961995199419931992, 1991
19901989198819871986198519841983198219811980
1979, 1978, 1977, 197619751970-741965-691960-641955-591950-54
1940-491930-391920-29 + Superlatives Index

2016: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives


1.  Elle (dir: Paul Verhoeven)
2. The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)
3. Sunset Song (dir: Terence Davies)
4. Silence (dir: Martin Scorsese)
5. Toni Erdmann (dir: Maren Ade)
6. Moonlight (dir: Barry Jenkins)
7. Arrival (dir: Denis Villeneuve)
8. Embrace of the Serpent (dir: Ciro Guerra)
9. 20th Century Women (dir: Mike Mills)
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), Paterson (dir: Jim Jarmusch), 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
Director: Paul Verhoeven Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel 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

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Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s  Sully

Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s Sully

Best Actor:
1. Tom Hanks, Sully
2. Adam Driver, Paterson
3.Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
4. Colin Farrell, The Lobster
5. Jeong Jae-yeong, Right Now, Wrong Then

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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. Viola Davis, Fences
4. Emma Stone, La La Land
5. Tao Zhao, Mountains May Depart

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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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Greta Gerwig in Mike Mills'  20th Century Women

Greta Gerwig in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women

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

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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. The 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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Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan's  Sausage Party

Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan's Sausage Party

Best Animated Feature:
1. Sausage Party — Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan

2. The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit
3. Kubo and the Two Strings — Travis Knight


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

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

Best First Feature: Anya Taylor-Joy (pictured) in Robert Eggers' The Witch


the year-ends project: 
2018, 2017, 2016, 201520142013
20122011, 201020092008200720062005200420032002
2001200019991998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
1989198819871986198519841983198219811980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 19761975, 1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39
1920-29 + Superlatives Index