Saturday, 31 December 2016


It's The Film Stage's turn to weigh in on what it considers the best in cinema from the year, just as it comes to a close. Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea proves its potential, winning Best Film in another small step toward possibly assuming frontrunner status in the Oscar Best Picture race. Beneath the cut, you'll find several other Best Of lists from TFS' contributors.

* Updated to include Best Score / Soundtrack and Best Trailer

Best Film
1. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
2. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
3. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
4. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
5. American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
6. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
7. Jackie (Pablo Larrain)
8. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
9. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
10. Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)
11. The Handmaiden (Park Chan Wook)
12. 20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
13. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
14. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang Soo)
15. Silence (Martin Scorsese)
16. Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
17. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
18. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
19. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
20. Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)
21. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang Ke)
22. Hail, Caesar! (Ethan Coen and Joel Coen)
23. 13th (Ava DuVernay)
24. I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
25. Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater)
26. Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
27. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
28. Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
29. Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
30. The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
31. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
32. Hell or High Water (David MacKenzie)
33. Little Men (Ira Sachs)
34. High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)
35. A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi)
36. Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
37. A Monster Calls (J. A. Bayona)
38. Dirty Grandpa (Dan Mazer)
39. Sully (Clint Eastwood)
40. Pete's Dragon (David Lowery)
41. Allied (Robert Zemeckis)
42. The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
43. Divines (Uda Benyamina)
44. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Love)
45. de Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)
46. The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
47. The Vessel (Julio Quintana)
48. Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
49. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
50. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Best Cinematography
Paul Atkins (Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience)
Jarin Blaschke (The Witch)
Christopher Blauvelt (Certain Women)
Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon)
Cheng Siu Keung and To Hung Mo (Three)
Chung Chung Hoon (The Handmaiden)
Lol Crawley (The Childhood of a Leader)
Roger Deakins (Hail, Caesar!)
Benoit Debie and Alwin H. Kuchler (One More Time with Feeling)
Stephane Fontaine (Elle / Jackie)
David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent)
Diego Garcia (Cemetery of Splendour)
Jean-Claude Larrieu (Julieta)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Yorick le Saux (A Bigger Splash)
Georges Lechaptois (Disorder)
Emmanuel Lubezki (Knight of Cups)
Michael McDonough (Sunset Song)
Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals)
Giles Nuttgens (Hell or High Water)
Sean Porter (20th Century Women / Green Room)
Rodrigo Prieto (Silence)
Declan Quinn (Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Andre Szankowski (Cosmos)
Wang Tian Xing (Kaili Blues)
Paul Yee (The Fits)
Bradford Young (Arrival)

Best Score / Soundtrack
1. Jo Yeong Wook (The Handmaiden)
2. Scott Walker (The Childhood of a Leader)
3. David Wingo (Midnight Express)
4. 20th Century Women
5. Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)
6. Mica Levi (Jackie)
7. Mark Korven (The Witch)
8. Jay Wadley (Indignation)
9. Johann Johannsson (Arrival)
10. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping)
11. Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
12. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Hell or High Water)
13. Abel Korzeniowski (Nocturnal Animals)
14. Keegan DeWitt (Morris from America)
15. A Bigger Splash
16. Lesley Barber (Manchester by the Sea)
17. Lukasz Pawel Buda, Samuel Scott and Conrad Wedde (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
18. Hanan Townshend (Knight of Cups)
19. Kathryn Kluge and Kim Allen Kluge (Silence)
20. Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)
21. Dario Marianelli (Kubo and the Two Strings)
22. Clint Mansell (High-Rise)
23. Sing Street
24. Carter Burwell (Hail, Caesar!)
25. Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Last Days in the Desert)
=   The Fits
27. Daniel Hart (Pete's Dragon)
28. Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan (Paterson)
29. Andy Hull and Robert McDowell (Swiss Army Man)
30. The Edge of Seventeen
31. Alberto Iglesias (Julieta)
32. Brooke Blair and Will Blair (Green Room)
33. American Honey
34. Bear McCreary (10 Cloverfield Lane)
35. Everybody Wants Some!!

Best Documentary
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig)
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
de Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)
Don't Blink - Robert Frank (Laura Israel)
The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell)
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog)
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)
Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
Nuts! (Penny Lane)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)
Peter and the Farm (Tony Stone)
Tickled (David Farrier and Dylan Reeve)
Tower (Keith Maitland)
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (Terrence Malick)
Weiner (Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)

Best Undistributed Film
Austerlitz (Sergey Loznitska)
Catfight (Onur Tukel)
The Dreamed Path (Angela Schanelec)
Excursions (Daniel Martinico)
Fraud (Dean Fleischer-Camp)
Hypernormalisation (Adam Curtis)
Mister Universo (Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel)
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello)
The Park (Damien Manivel)
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie)
Most Overlooked Film
Aferim! (Radu Jude)
The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee Woon)
Always Shine (Sophia Takal)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci)
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
The Brand New Testament (Jaco van Dormael)
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
The Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet)
The Club (Pablo Larrain)
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
Creepy (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
Demon (Marcin Wrona)
Disorder (Alice Winocour)
Divines (Uda Benyamina)
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov)
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (Stephen Cone)
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)
In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel)
The Innocents (Anne Fontaine)
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante)
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
Kicks (Justin Tipping)
Kill Zone 2 (Cheang Soi)
Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
Krisha (Trey Edward Shults)
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia)
Little Men (Ira Sachs)
The Little Prince (Mark Osborne)
Little Sister (Zach Clark)
The Love Witch (Anna Biller)
Men Go to Battle (Zachary Treitz)
Miss Stevens (Julia Hart)
Morris from America (Chad Hartigan)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang Ke)
My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)
Neon Bull (Gabriel Mascaro)
Neruda (Pablo Larrain)
Rams (Grimur Hakonarson)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang Soo)
Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Love)
Three (Johnnie To)
The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu)
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)
Valley of Love (Guillaume Nicloux)
The Wailing (Na Hong Jin)
Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz)

Best Directorial Debut
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
The Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet)
Divines (Uda Benyamina)
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig)
The Eyes of My Mother (Nicolas Pesce)
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
Indignation (James Schamus)
Kaili Blues (Bi Gan)
Kicks (Justin Tipping)
Krisha (Trey Edward Shults)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
Men Go to Battle (Zachary Treitz)
Miss Stevens (Julia Hart)
The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit)
Swiss Army Man (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert)
Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)
The Witch (Robert Eggers)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Michael Barbieri (Little Men)
Tom Bennett (Love & Friendship)
The cast of Everybody Wants Some!!
Markees Christmas (Morris from America)
Mackenzie Davis (Always Shine)
Cole Doman (Henry Gamble's Birthday Party)
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!)
Krisha Fairchild (Krisha)
Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Alex R. Hibbert (Moonlight)
Royalty Hightower (The Fits)
Kubozuka Yosuke (Silence)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Ogata Issei (Silence)
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)
Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys)
Ashton Sanders (Moonlight)
Ben Schnetzer (Goat)
Theo Taplitz (Little Men)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)
Tsukamoto Shin'ya (Silence)

Best Double Feature
10 Cloverfield Lane / Green Room
13th / I Am Not Your Negro
Always Shine / The Neon Demon
Barry / Southside with You
Blood Father / Hacksaw Ridge
Christine / Kate Plays Christine
Dheepan / Fire at Sea
The Edge of Seventeen / Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Elle / Tricked
Hell or High Water / Nocturnal Animals
Last Days in the Desert / Silence
Loving / Midnight Special
Manchester by the Sea / One More Time with Feeling
Neruda / Paterson

Best Trailer
1. Cosmos
2. The Handmaiden
3. The Fits
4. The Shallows
5. Moonlight
6. Get Out
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
8. Hail, Caesar!
9. Blade Runner 2049
10. de Palma
11. Nocturama
12. La La Land
13. Logan
14. The Neon Demon
15. The Childhood of a Leader
16. Silence
17. 20th Century Women
18. A Cure for Wellness
19. The Red Turtle
20. The Lost City of Z

Best Poster
1. The Handmaiden
2. Moonlight
3. Cosmos
4. The Lobster
5. Sword Master
6. Jackie
7. Right Now, Wrong Then
8. The Greasy Strangler
9. Into the Forest
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
11. Equals
12. The Fits
13. Morris from America
14. Valley of the Sasquatch
15. The Birth of a Nation
16. The Witch
17. Nerve
18. Tale of Tales
19. The Girl on the Train
20. Sing Street
21. The Neon Demon
22. Money Monster
23. Operation Avalanche
24. Hardcore Henry
25. Shut In