We all know the slogan by now: “F*&% 2016.” Yes, it was a strange and challenging year in many ways, but we would be severely remiss to not acknowledge and celebrate the year’s numerous triumphs in film and television. It would be unfair to call these works silver linings or glasses half full – this year brought us phenomenal work from the best artists and craftspeople working in our business.
In the movies and on TV it was a year of self-reflection, of learning where you belonged in the world, from the identity crises facing the characters in Moonlight and Westworld to Lion’s Saroo and Pixar’s Dory, who literally found themselves. The ladies of Hidden Figures and the men of Hell or High Water battled for respect, while the artists of Atlanta and La La Land struggled to find their dreams. And antiheroes carving their own paths were everywhere, from President and First Lady Underwood to Saul Goodman to Deadpool himself.
So onwards and upwards! What’s past is prologue, and with 2016’s gifted storytellers continuing to work at the top of their collective game, the best is ahead of us.