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"Must admit to not having seen "20th Century Women" yet. I'm already an Elle Fanning admirer. So I'm looking forward to seeing whether she or Greta Gerwig can shake up my list." - Ken

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Pablo Larraín (Jackie)
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Gael García Bernal (Neruda)
Billy Crudup (20th Century Women)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival

 

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The Films of 2016. The 17th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards

PICTURE | ACTING | VISUALS | AURALS | EXTRAS | SPECIAL | SCENES 

 

 

Best Picture
20th Century Women
Mike Mills
(A24)
December 25th
The Handmaiden
Park Chan-Wook
(Amazon Studios)
October 21st

La La Land
Damien Chazelle
(Lionsgate)
December 9th

Moonlight
Barry Jenkins
(A24)
October 21st
The Witch
Robert Eggers
(A24)
February 19th
a feminist awakening in a teenage male coming of age movie? That's one of a kind. Another memoir driven winner from Mike Mills (see also Beginners) A  con-job perspective puzzle where the interlocking pieces have arm, legs, tentacles, suspension ropes, and errogenous zones This musica leaps off from the mundanity of a traffic jam and keeps on wowing. A joyous present-tense celebration of past-tense art forms Another rarity in a shortlist full of them: a black gay drama about surviving long enough to find yourself. "Who is you Chiron?" A terrifyingly isolated horror film straight from the 17th century. They have movie cameras back then?! Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

 

RUNNERS UP

Arrival, Jackie, Love & Friendship and more...
(read the full top 20 list)

 

Best Director

Park Chan-Wook
THE HANDMAIDEN

Damien Chazelle
LA LA LAND
Barry Jenkins
MOONLIGHT
Pablo Larraín
JACKIE 
Denis Villeneuve
ARRIVAL
For his provocative glee, formal control, and the lush abandon of this decorous erotic con-artist thriller For his traffic stopping commitment, and for understanding the blinding charisma of movie stars For treating another person's memoir as if its hiw own. Deeply felt and unerringly precise work.  For his fury behind the camera and sideways attacks at material. An inspiringly fresh take on a monumental moment. For understanding that the scifi genre isn't just action setpieces and CGI. His intuitive, awestruck film is an optimistic wonder.

Finalists: Mike Mills for 20th Century Women; Robert Eggers for The Witch

Semi Finalists: Ciro Guerra for Embrace of the Serpent; Yorgos Lanthimos for The LobsterPaul Verhoeven for Elle; Kleber Mendonça Filho for Aquarius, and...? 

 

 

Best Original Screenplay
20th Century Women
Mike Mills
Little Men
Ira Sachs
The Lobster
Efthymis Filippou & Yorgos Lanthimos
Neruda
Guillermo Calderón
Zootopia
Jared Bush & Phil Johnston
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Finalists Captain Fantastic - Matt Ross, Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade, Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergan, Jackie - Noah Oppenheim, Aquarius-Kleber Mendonça Filho
Semi-Finalists: The Edge of Seventeen -Kelly Fremon Craig and Hell or High Water -Taylor Sheridan

 

Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival Elle Embrace of the Serpent Love & Friendship Moonlight
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Finalists The Handmaiden, Fences
Semi-Finalists: Hidden Figures, Lion, A Bigger Splash, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

 

Best Animated Feature
  Moana The Red Turtle Zootopia  
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Finalist Phantom Boy and My Life as a Courgette
Semi-Finalists: Kubo and the Two Strings

 

 

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