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2016 IndieWire Critics Poll: Eric Kohn

2016 IndieWire Critics Poll:

Eric Kohn


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My lists showcase a lot of movies that struggled to get out there, that don’t work for everyone, that provoke strong debates — and yet I’m entirely comfortable deeming them the year’s best. Consensus is boring. If anything here provokes disagreement, it only strengthens the vitality of these great works.

If there’s a theme running through them, it’s the anxiety of modern times. Our society is increasingly shaken by unexpected developments — as evinced by Donald Trump, Brexit and the Chicago Cubs alike — and many of this year’s best movies speak to that queasy feeling of a mysterious world and the surprises it offers us. These stories involve characters adrift in uneasy settings where the boundaries between reality and fiction dissolve, leading to uncertain quests for an elusive truth. Not everyone finds it.

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

Best Film

1. Moonlight
2. Jackie
3. Weiner
4. Everybody Wants Some!!
5. Creative Control
6. Cameraperson
7. Paterson
8. Swiss Army Man
9. American Honey
10. Neruda

Best Director

1. Pablo Larrain, Jackie
2. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
3. Athina Rachel Tsangari, Chevalier
4. Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden
5. Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

Best Actress

1. Isabelle Huppert, Elle
2. Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
3. Natalie Portman, Jackie
4. Royalty Hightower, The Fits
5. Sonia Braga, Aquarius

Best Actor

1. Denzel Washington, Fences
2. Colin Farell, The Lobster
3. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
4. Paul Dano, Swiss Army Man
5. Matt Johnson, Operation Avalanche

Best Supporting Actress

1. Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
2. Janelle Monae, Moonlight
3. Tilda Swinton, A Bigger Splash
4. Laura Dern, Certain Women
5. Lily Gladstone, Certain Women

Best Supporting Actor

1. Mahershala Ali, Kicks
2. John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane
3. Makis Papadimitriou, Chevalier
4. Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
5. Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!

Best Documentary

1. Weiner
2. Cameraperson
3. I Am Not Your Negro
4. Nuts!
5. Kate Plays Christine
6. Do Not Resist
7. No Home Movie
8. Kate Plays Christine
9. The Ivory Game
10. Under the Sun

Best Undistributed Film

1. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
2. Rat Film
3. Una
4. Moka
5. Hermia & Helena
6. Wet Woman In the Wind
7. Marija
8. Mister Universo
9. Slava (Glory)
10. Fishing Bodies

Best First Feature

1. Swiss Army Man
2. The Edge of Seventeen
3. The Eyes of My Mother
4. The Witch
5. Indignation

Best Screenplay

1. Captain Fantastic
2. Barry
3. Cemetery of Splendour
4. Chevalier
5. Paterson

Best Original Score/Soundtrack

1. Everybody Wants Some!!
2. The Neon Demon
3. Jackie
4. The Red Turtle
5. Krisha

Best Cinematography

1. Moonlight
2. Neruda
3. The Neon Demon
4. Cafe Society
5. Silence

Best Editing

1. Jackie
2. Weiner
3. Aquarius
4. Cameraperson
5. Don’t Breathe

FULL RESULTS: 2016 IndieWire Critics Poll

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