Best of 2016

Updated 1.1.17 & 7.1.17 – put to bed 10.1.17


American Honey

Manchester by the Sea
American Honey

Sing Street
American Pastoral
The Accountant
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

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

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

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

Joe Walker – Arrival
Jennifer Lame – Manchester by the Sea

Vittorio Storaro – Cafe Society
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Film Music:
Sing Street

In Tiburon – Van Morrison

Blackstar – David Bowie
Keep Me Singing – Van Morrison


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)

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

The Sellout – Paul Beatty
Judas – Amos Oz

Read This Year:
All Fall Down – James Leo Herlihy

Humans 2.0
The Night Manager
Long Lost Family

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


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


Best of 2015

Best of 2014

Best of 2013

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

Best of 2009

8 comments so far

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

  2. theluckhabit on

    I will respond shortly.

  3. ArkAngel on

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

  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.

  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.

  6. theluckhabit on

    I think you might like the Solange.

  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.

  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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