As you said, “there was an amazing amount of breathtakingly understated storytelling in the films of 2016.” I agree, and this was something that really pleasantly surprised me for 2016 — based on the summer releases, I would’ve never thought it’d be such a strong, varied year.
Great mentions for those performances! On that note, I think Silence was underrepresented at the Oscars — Andrew Garfield’s role in that film as one of my favorites of the year, and I’d recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it yet.
If I had to list my five favorite (not necessarily best) performances of the year, I’d say: 1. Andrew Garfield (Silence); 2. Viola Davis (Fences); 3. Amy Adams (Arrival); 4. Emma Stone (La La Land); 5. Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll put out a 2017 list anytime soon, but we have posted podcast episodes on Get Out and Logan that can be found on our SoundCloud page (along with past episodes on Oscar winners): https://soundcloud.com/moviemusing
Absolutely watch Get Out at the very least! It’s frightening, comical, and profound — all at the same time.
But Quentin Hoffman has probably seen more 2017 films than me as of yet, so he may have a few thoughts on other noteworthy pictures.