Ghosts of Nat Turner—2016 Film Award Favorites

Now that #oscarssowhiteandblack has been revealed, with only an actor of Indian decent crashing the party—so much for true diversity, then—and having myself seen some 30 films in the busy last quarter of last year, I have emerged, then, from the dark, dim and dreary theatres and into the light with these startling not so year-end film-award insights, which incorporate those theatrical releases from the last year, divided into domestic/English language and international/foreign language categories.

Domestic/English Language

Top Five Films

The Birth of a Nation

Knight of Cups

Born To Be Blue


Free State of Jones

Filmmaker of the Year (Writer-Director)

Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation)

Runners Up: Terrence Malick (Knight of Cups); Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Director of the Year

Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda)

Honorable Mention: Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Screenplay

Noah Oppenheim (Jackie)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Runner Up: August Wilson (Fences)

Honorable Mention: Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship)

Male Performance of the Year

Ethan Hawke (Born To Be Blue)

Runners Up: Matthew McConaughey (Free State of Jones); Tom Hiddleston (I Saw the Light)

Female Performance of the Year

Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)

Runners Up: Carmen Ejogo (Born To Be Blue); Natalie Portman (Jackie); Rachel Weisz (Denial)

Honorable Mention: Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship); Marion Cotillard (Allied);

Kate Winslet (The Dressmaker)

Male Supporting Performance

Kevin Costner (Hidden Figures)

Runner Up: Adam Driver (Silence)

Honorable Mention: Tom Wilkinson (Denial); Jeremy Renner (Arrival)

Female Supporting Performance

Meagan Good (A Girl Like Grace)

Runners Up: Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson); Zoe Saldana (Live By Night); Sienna Miller (Live By Night)

Honorable Mention: Chloë Sevingny (Love & Friendship)

Actress of the Year

Rachel Weisz (Denial, Complete Unknown, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster)

Runner Up: Natalie Portman (Jackie, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Jane Got a Gun, Knight of Cups)

Honorable Mention: Amy Adams (Arrival, Nocturnal Animals)

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki (Knight of Cups)

Runners Up: James Laxton (Moonlight); Bradford Young (Arrival)

Best Music

David Braid, Todor Kobakov, Steve London (Born to Be Blue)

Runners Up: Café Society; Hanan Townshend (Knight of Cups)

Best Original Song

“Born to Be Blue”—Arranged and performed by David Braid (Born to Be Blue)

Runner Up: “Honky Tonkin’”—Written by Hank Williams, performed by Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Spring Boys (I Saw The Light)

Best Mood Piece

Exodus—Composed by Wojciech Kilar, performed by the Crakow Philharmonic Chorus and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit (Knight of Cups)

Costume Design

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh (Love & Friendship)

Breakthrough Filmmaker (Writer-Director)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Runners Up: Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation); Robert Budreau (Born To Be Blue)

Breakthrough Actor

Trevante Rhodes “Black” (Moonlight)

Runner Up: Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk)

Breakthrough Actress

Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight)

Runner Up: Ryan Destiny (A Girl Like Grace)

Honorable Mention: Jaz Sinclair (When the Bough Breaks)

Best Ensemble

Knight of Cups

Runners Up: Moonlight; Fences

The I, No I, No I, Can Carry This Film Award

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures)

Special Citation for Creative Filmmaking

Anna Biller (The Love Witch)

Special Citation for Filmmaking Merit (Director—Writer—Actor)

Ben Affleck (Live By Night)

Underseen and Underdistributed Film of the Year

A Girl Like Grace

Repertory Screening of the Year

Howards End—New 4K Restoration (Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles, Sep 2-22)

Runner Up: Daughters of the Dust—25th Anniversary 2K Restoration (Laemmle Ahrya, Beverly Hills, Nov 25-Dec 1)

Charles Chaplin You’re No Longer Welcome Here—Ghost of Nat Turner—Award (RIP)

Nate Parker

International/Foreign Language

Top Five Films

The Childhood of a Leader

The President

Rabin, The Last Day

Under the Shadow

The Model

Filmmaker of the Year (Writer-Director)

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (The President)

Runners Up: Amos Gitai (Rabin, The Last Day); Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader)

Honorable Mention: Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein in Guanajuato)

Director of the Year

Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda)

Best Screenplay

Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold (The Childhood of a Leader)

Runner Up: Guillermo Calderón (Neruda)

Male Performance of the Year

Senior: Mikheil Gomiashvili (The President)

Junior: Elmer Bäck (Eisenstein in Guanajuato)

Honorable Mention: Matthias Schoenaerts (Disorder); Roland Møller (Land of Mine)

Female Performance of the Year

Senior: Catherine Frot (Marguerite)

Junior: Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow)

Runner Up: Lou de Laâge (The Innocents)

Male Supporting Performance

Luis Gnecco (Neruda)

Runner Up: Liam Cunningham (The Childhood of a Leader)

Honorable Mention: Robert Pattinson (The Childhood of a Leader)

Female Supporting Performance

Bérénice Bejo (The Childhood of a Leader)

Runner Up: Diane Kruger (Disorder)

Best Cinematography

Reinier van Brummelen (Eisenstein in Guanajuato)

Runner Up: Lol Crawley (The Childhood of a Leader); Sergio Armstrong (Neruda)

Best Music

Scott Walker (The Childhood of a Leader)

Runners Up: Mike Lévy (Disorder); Amit Poznansky (Rabin, The Last Day)

Costume Design

Brenda Gomez (Eisenstein in Guanajuato)

Runners Up: Sang-gyeong Jo (The Handmaiden); Andrea Flesch (The Childhood of a Leader); Muriel Parra (Neruda)

Breakthrough Filmmaker (Writer-Director)

Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader)

Runners Up: Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow); Jayro Bustamante (Ixcanul)

Honorable Mention: Mads Matthiesen (The Model)

Breakthrough Actress

María Mercedes Coro (Ixcanul)

Runner Up: Maria Palm (The Model)

Special Citation for Creative Filmmaking

Hans Petter Moland, Kim Fupz Aakeson (In Order of Disappearance)

Overdone and Overrated Film of the Year


Runner Up: Julieta

Top Ten Films of the Year (in order)

The Birth of a Nation; Knight of Cups; The Childhood of a Leader; The President; Rabin, The Last Day; Born To Be Blue; Moonlight; Under the Shadow; The Model; Ixcanul

© 2017 John Tyler/24 Hours


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