7th Gores Awards

Arriving just ahead of the Oscars, here are the seventh annual Gores Awards (aka the Goresies), a personal selection of the best in 2016 cinema.

For each award category, I’ve picked one standout and a handful of notables. Eligibility requirement: a commercial U.S. release date between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. Further down, you’ll find my favorite scenes and sequences of the year.

AWARDS

FILM
Paterson
Paterson
Also: The Handmaiden | 20th Century Women | Silence | La La Land | Toni Erdmann | Cemetery of Splendor | Certain Women | O.J.: Made in America | The Lobster

DIRECTOR
Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden
Also: Jim Jarmusch, Paterson | Martin Scorsese, Silence | Mike Mills, 20th Century Women | Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cemetery of Splendor | Damien Chazelle, La La Land

ACTRESS
Sandra Hüller
Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann
Also: Annette Bening, 20th Century Women | Sonia Braga, Aquarius | Rebecca Hall, Christine | Isabelle Huppert, Elle + Things to Come | Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship

ACTOR
Adam Driver
Adam Driver, Paterson
Also: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea | Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann | Colin Farrell, The Lobster | Denzel Washington, Fences | Andrew Garfield, Silence

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson, A Bigger Splash
Also: Lily Gladstone, Certain Women | Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women | Viola Davis, Fences | Golshifteh Farahani, Paterson | Haerry Kim, Spa Night | Elle Fanning, 20th Century Women

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Bennett
Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship
Also: Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash | Billy Crudup, 20th Century Women | Glen Powell, Everybody Wants Some!! | Mahershala Ali, Moonlight | Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

ACTING ENSEMBLE
Moonlight
Moonlight
Also: Certain Women | 20th Century Women | The Handmaiden | Manchester by the Sea

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Paterson
Jim Jarmusch, Paterson
Also: Mike Mills, 20th Century Women | Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea | Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann | Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Handmaiden
Chung Seo-kyung & Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden
Also: Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese, Silence | Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women | Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship | Arnaud Desplechin & Julie Peyr, My Golden Days

DOCUMENTARY
O.J.: Made in America
O.J.: Made in America
Also: Tower | Cameraperson | I Am Not Your Negro | Do Not Resist | The Other Side

ANIMATED FILM
Tower
Tower
Also: April and the Extraordinary World | Zootopia | Moana | Your Name

FILM EDITING
20th Century Women
Leslie Jones, 20th Century Women
Also: Kim Jae-Bum & Kim Sang-beom, The Handmaiden | Affonso Gonçalves, Paterson | Julia Bloch, Green Room | Mick Audsley & Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Allied | Austin Reedy, Tower

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Silence
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence
Also: Vittorio Storaro, Café Society | Diego García, Cemetery of Splendor | James Laxton, Moonlight | Chung Chung-hoon, The Handmaiden | Wang Tianxing, Kaili Blues

PRODUCTION DESIGN
High-Rise
Mark Tildesley, High-Rise
Also: David Wasco, La La Land | Ryu Seong-hie, The Handmaiden | Santo Loquasto, Café Society | Elliott Hostetter, The Neon Demon | Doug Chiang & Neil Lamont, Rogue One

VISUAL EFFECTS
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
Also: Rogue One | Pete’s Dragon | The Jungle Book | Arrival

COSTUME/MAKEUP/HAIR
Rogue One
Rogue One
Also: The Handmaiden | Hail, Caesar! | The Neon Demon | The Mermaid | Doctor Strange

SOUND DESIGN
Sully
Sully
Also: Silence | Rogue One | Arrival | The Witch | Green Room

SCORE
The Neon Demon
Cliff Martinez, The Neon Demon
Also: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan, & Sqürl, Paterson | Roger Neill, 20th Century Women | Justin Hurwitz, La La Land | Nicholas Britell, Moonlight | Jo Yeong-wook, The Handmaiden

ORIGINAL SONG
Sing Street
“Drive It Like You Stole It,” Sing Street
Also: “Someone in the Crowd,” La La Land | “Mona Lisa,” Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping | “Finest Girl,” Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping | “You’re Welcome,” Moana

SCENES AND SEQUENCES OF THE YEAR

  • “What If” epilogue, La La Land
  • Naked party, Toni Erdmann
  • Voice of Christ, Silence
  • Toby/Marcus final confrontation, Hell or High Water
  • Hideko’s reading of erotica, The Handmaiden
  • Poetry writing montage(s), Paterson
  • Diner reunion, Moonlight
  • Music video fantasy vs. reality, Sing Street
  • “Someone in the Crowd,” La La Land
  • Sir James Martin’s arrival, Love & Friendship
  • Police station, Manchester by the Sea
  • Jamie searches for Beth, Certain Women
  • Library destruction, The Handmaiden
  • Visiting the old house, Spa Night
  • Protozoan, Cemetery of Splendor
  • Conversation w/ “Water Falls” girl, Paterson
  • Jamie reads a passage to Dorothea, 20th Century Women
  • Piano test + eliminating the circuit, Allied
  • Time travel through town, Kaili Blues
  • Assault on Scarif, Rogue One
  • “Would that it were so simple,” Hail, Caesar!
  • Abortion explanation, Cameraperson
  • Arm through the door, Green Room
  • Test shoot w/ photographer, The Neon Demon
  • Harry dances, A Bigger Splash
  • Fake death in hot tub, The Lobster
  • “Another Day of Sun,” La La Land
  • Sandstone negotiation, Certain Women
  • Slow-mo shootout, Three
  • Food orgy, Sausage Party

 

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