Like always, there are a number of performances missing from my year-end list due to the fact that I have not seen said performances. Performances such as Mahershala Ali in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight or Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, to name but two; although those names are appearing on all the lists, so their exclusion here is of little importance.
Here are the performances I did see and viewed as the standouts in 2016:
CRAIG ROBINSON in Chad Hartigan’s Morris from America
JIM CUMMINGS in Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road
TOM BENNETT in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship
KRIS AVEDISIAN in Kris Avedisian’s Donald Cried
TIMOTHY MORTON in Zachary Treitz’s Men Go To Battle
ETHAN HAWKE in Noah Buschel’s The Phenom
COLIN FARRELL in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster
ALDEN EHRENREICH in The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!
TRACY LETTS in Antonio Campos’ Christine
HARVEY SCRIMSHAW in Robert Eggers’ The Witch
BILL WISE in Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha
CONNER MARX in Nathan Williams’ If There’s a Hell Below