Oscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult,, but these ten movies have stood out as prominent front-runners. Take a look at 10-6 today and tune in tomorrow for the remainder of the list. We will start out with the best animated movie of 2016.
Arrival is layered with emotional depth and a grounded/realistic sci-fi story about when first contact comes to us. Arrival isn’t for the small-minded or those with little attention spans. It’s a slow movie that thrives off of build-ups and pay-offs. But for those who enjoy movies where you need to put some thought into perception, known as the thinking-man’s/woman’s Sci-Fi, you’ll exit the theater in bewilderment and wonder. A film that is more than competent in direction, acting, sound design, and story. Arrival is not only a superb adaptation, but it’s something that has stood with me, that I have comprehended yet yearn more for. The engrossing soundtrack, the beautiful shot selection, a supreme performance from Amy Adams, and a story that should turn heads and elicit emotion.