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Top 10 Movies of 2016

Other than Moonlight, none of my favorite films are going to win any Oscars this weekend… so I decided to make up my own awards: the Alternative Oscars.

“Alternative” (in this context) not because they are factually incorrect, but because they are mostly implausible. Another reason for this new format is because I don’t have time to write a lengthy post like I have in previous years. Whatever—let’s get on with it.

I present to you, dear reader, my ten favorite films of 2016 and first annual Alternative Oscars:

1. L’avenir (Things to Come) 

Mia Hansen-Løve / 2016 / France, Germany


This film helped me through a rough time in my life. (And I want a cat now.)


Alternative Oscars
– Best Picture
– Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
– Best Cat (Pandora)

2. Little Sister

Zach Clark / 2016 / USA


Alternative Oscars
– Best Original Screenplay
– Best Original Score
– Best Depiction Of Family Dynamics
– Best Performance In A Screamo Lip Sync
– Best Restoration Of Hope In American Independent Cinema

3. Moonlight

Barry Jenkins / 2016 / USA


Alternative Oscars
– Best Director
– Best Adapted Screenplay
– Best Cinematography
– Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali, André Holland, all three actors who played Chiron)
– Best Fuck You To Hollywood By Being Excellent

4. Paterson

Jim Jarmusch / 2016 / USA, France, Germany


Alternative Oscars
– Best Actor (Adam Driver)
– Best Production Design
– Best Visual Effects (Adam Driver’s Elastic Face)
– Best Dog (Marvin)

5. Certain Women

Kelly Reichardt / 2016 / USA


Alternative Oscars
– Best Supporting Actress (Lily Gladstone)
– Best Supporting-Supporting Actress (Kristen Stewart)
– Best Supporting-Supporting-Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams, Laura Dern)

6. Sully

Clint Eastwood / 2016 / USA


Alternative Oscars
– Best Editing
– Best Sound Mixing
– Best Sound Editing
– Best Undervalued National Treasure (Tom Hanks)
– Best Tom Hanks (Tom Hanks)
– Best Mustache (Aaron Eckhart)

7. 20th Century Women

Mike Mills / 2016 / USA


Alternative Oscars
– Best Makeup and Hairstyling
– Best Being A Mom (Annette Bening)
– Best Dancing (Greta Gerwig)
– Best Smoking (Elle Fanning)
– Best Subtle Feminism
– Best Obvious Feminism

8. Cameraperson

Kirsten Johnson / 2016 / USA (and the World)


Alternative Oscars
– Best Documentary
– Best Argument For Using Your Camera To Journal
– Best Reason To Keep Your Camera Rolling
– Best Lightning
– Best Thunder
– Best Reaction To Lightning And Thunder

9. Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade / 2016 / Germany, Austria, Switzerland


Alternative Oscars
– Best Foreign Language Film
– Best Short Film (Birthday Party Sequence)
– Best Original Song (Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” as reinterpreted and made original again by Sandra Hüller)

10. Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden)

Park Chan-wook / 2016 / South Korea


Alternative Oscars
– Best Costume Design
– Best Movie Poster (This One)
– Best Sex

Honorable Mention (alphabetically):

  • Elle / Paul Verhoeven
  • Hail, Caesar! / Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Lemonade / Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter
  • Louder Than Bombs / Joachim Trier
  • Love & Friendship / Whit Stillman
  • Manchester by the Sea / Kenneth Lonergan
  • No Home Movie / Chantal Akerman
  • Silence / Martin Scorsese
  • The Love Witch / Anna Biller

*Some 2015 films were included because of their U.S. release date in 2016.

[Editor’s Note: Not surprisingly, Alternative Oscars isn’t a novel idea—something I found out right before I was about to hit publish. And, yes, I am the “Editor” in “Editor’s Note.” Just being stupid here.]


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