2016 Critics Poll: The Best Films and Performances of the Year According to Over 200 Critics

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“Moonlight” has been a critical favorite for months, but this may be its biggest endorsement yet: Barry Jenkins’ decade-spanning portrait of a young black man growing up in Miami dominated IndieWire’s 2016 Critics Poll, winning five of the 10 categories in which it was eligible. See the full results here.

More than 200 critics voted in the poll, which found “Moonlight” winning Best Film, Best Director (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali as the film’s paternal drug dealer), Best Cinematography (James Laxton) and Best Editing (Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon). But there’s a lot more to dig through in this year’s results, as they reflect our largest participation to date.

In a dramatic year for voting processes, it’s only appropriate that our year-end critics survey featured a particularly dramatic turnout. With hundreds of critics voting on their their favorite films and performances, IndieWire’s annual Critics Poll presents a resounding endorsement of the year’s highlights, but it’s not just the winners that stand out. Our results contain a number of intriguing outliers that are just as worthy of inclusion in a survey of the year in cinema as the most popular entries. After all, consensus is only one part of the story.

“Moonlight” wasn’t the only 2016 highlight that many critics singled out on their ballots.

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