Best of 2016

Updated 1.1.17 & 7.1.17 – put to bed 10.1.17

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American Honey

Film:
Manchester by the Sea
American Honey

Sing Street
American Pastoral
The Accountant
Allied
The Nice Guys

Male Lead:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Ben Affleck – The Accountant
Tom Hanks – Sully
Shia LaBeouf – American Honey
Chris Pine – Hell or High Water
Brad Pitt – Allied
Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys

Female Lead:
Sasha Lane – American Honey

Rebecca Hall – Christine
Marion Cotillard – Allied
Dakota Fanning – American Pastoral
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Amy Adams – Arrival

Male Support:
Jack Reynor – Sing Street

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Tom Wilkinson – Denial
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water

Female Support:
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Jennifer Connelly – American Pastoral
Riley Keough – American Honey
Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad

Director:
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Andrea Arnold – American Honey
Ewan McGregor – American Pastoral
John Carney – Sing Street
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Woody Allen – Cafe Society

Writer:
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

John Carney – Sing Street
Andrea Arnold – American Honey
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Eric Heisserer – Arrival

Editing:
Joe Walker – Arrival
Jennifer Lame – Manchester by the Sea

Cinematography:
Vittorio Storaro – Cafe Society
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Film Music:
Sing Street

Single/Song:
In Tiburon – Van Morrison

Album:
Blackstar – David Bowie
Keep Me Singing – Van Morrison

Gig:

Imagining Ireland – Friday 29 April 2016 at Festival Hall
Bruce Springsteen – Wembley stadium

Fela Kuti tribute – Bukky Leo & Black Egypt (Jazz Cafe)
Carole King – Tapestry (Hyde Park)

Play:
Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park)

Things I Know to be True – Andrew Bovell (Lyric, Hammersmith)
How the Other Half Loves – Alan Aykborn (Haymarket)

Art Exhibition:
You Say You Want a Revolution? (V&A)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Tate Modern)

opening day of the Design Museum, Kensington
Russell-Cotes gallery, Bournemouth
Graves gallery, Sheffield
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Book:
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
Judas – Amos Oz

Read This Year:
All Fall Down – James Leo Herlihy

TV:
Ambulance
Humans 2.0
The Night Manager
Long Lost Family

Sport:
Ireland beating New Zealand at rugby in Chicago
Jack Laugher and Chris Mears winning diving gold at Rio Olympics

Event:

Commemorating the Easter Rising at the GPO in Dublin (100 years to the minute after, right on the spot)

David Bowie trip to Berlin with Noah

Dearly departed:

  • David Bowie
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Gene Wilder
  • Leonard Cohen
  • George Michael
  • Bobby Wellins
  • Terry Wogan
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Johan Cruyff
  • Robert Vaughn
  • Peter Vaughan
  • Maurice White
  • Frank Finlay
  • George Martin
  • Sylvia Anderson
  • Arnold Wesker

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Best of 2015

Best of 2014

Best of 2013

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

Best of 2009

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8 comments so far

  1. […] Best of 2016 list now finalised […]

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  2. theluckhabit on

    I will respond shortly.

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  3. ArkAngel on

    I look forward to you verdicts – and appropriating some of your opinions

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  4. theluckhabit on

    Best albums: Avishai Cohen: ‘Into the Silence’; The Avalanches: ‘Wildflower’; David Bowie: ‘Blackstar’; Snarky Puppy: ‘Culcha Vulcha’; Hope Sandoval: ‘Until the Hunter’; Flamingods: ‘Majesty’; Rowe/Etheridge: ‘Out of the Sky’; Klaus Johann Grobe: ‘Spagat Der Liebe’; Go-Go Penguin: ‘Man-made Object’; Damian Jurado; ‘Visions of Us on the Land’; Kindred & the Family Soul: ‘Legacy of Love’; Moodymann: ‘DJ-Kicks’; Solange: A Seat at The Table.

    Out of that list the favourites were the Klaus, Moodymann, Solange, Bowie and Hope Sandoval.

    Gigs of the Year: Father John Misty/Khruangbin (Southampton Guildhall), Klaus Johann Grobe (Shacklewell Arms, Dalston) and Ulrich Schnauss (Rough Trade East).

    Favourite Compilation – ‘Space Echo – The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde 1977-85’.

    Songs: Ulrich Schnauss: ‘There is Magic in You’; Beyonce: ‘All Night’; David Bowie: ‘I Can’t Give Everything’ (his best track from his best album since Scary Monsters); Gile De Ray: I Can’t Lie’.

    Books: Julian Barnes: ‘The Noise of Time’; James Stourton: Kenneth Clark: ‘Life, Art and Civilisation’; Chris Mullin: ‘Hinterland’. My Political book of the year is John Bew’s biography of Attlee (which I am still reading).

    Sport: Watching Michael Van Gerwen playing darts; England beating Australia 3-0 in the summer rugby series; Ben Stokes’s 250 against South Africa.

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  5. ArkAngel on

    Great list, thanks – plenty of music for me to explore there. Glad you picked up on Hope Sandoval who I have followed since the early days of Mazzy Star. Also that you highlighted the England rugby victories in Oz.

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  6. theluckhabit on

    I think you might like the Solange.

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  7. theluckhabit on

    And a late discovery – Childish Gambino’s track ‘Redbone’ sits in the single of the year category. Came out right at the end of the year. The main influence is obvious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp7eSUU9oy8

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  8. theluckhabit on

    And now I have listened to the album I have no hesitation in calling ‘Awaken My Love’ by Childish Gambino as my album of 2016. It’s outstanding.

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