The 3rd Annual CineMunchies: Honoring the Best of 2016 in Cinema

With the end of the year fast approaching (the film year doesn't end until the Oscars this Sunday, duh), it's high time to award the CineMunchies! We discussed our top ten films of 2016 in last week's CineDrunk, and now we're bestowing honors for the best food moments in film, the best feline performance, and more!

For our Best Picture and acting awards, we attributed points based on our personal rankings, and those with the most points became our honorees. For other categories, we used a combination of secret ballot, tea leaves, and martini-fueled caucusing.

Cheers to another year of cinematic superlatives!


Best Picture: Moonlight

2. Sing Street
3. Arrival
4. 20th Century Women
5. The Handmaiden
6. The Witch
7. Cameraperson
8. Loving
9. Other People
10. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Best Actor: Denzel Washington in Fences

2. Jesse Plemons in Other People
3. Colin Farrell in The Lobster
4. (TIE) Joel Edgerton in Loving & Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic



Best Actress: Viola Davis in Fences

2. Annette Bening in 20th Century Women
3. Amy Adams in Arrival
4. Susan Sarandon in The Meddler
5. Ruth Negga in Loving

Best Supporting Actor: (TIE) Mahershala Ali & Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight

3. Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
4. Andre Holland in Moonlight
5. Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash

Best Supporting Actress: Molly Shannon in Other People

2. Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea
3. (TIE) Greta Gerwig in 20th Century Women & Naomie Harris in Moonlight
5. Olivia Colman in The Lobster


Top 10 Food & Drink Moments in Film
     • Dumpster diving for raw chicken in American Honey
     • Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton watch a local woman make mozzarella in A Bigger Splash
     • Kirsten Johnson films a grandmother making bread in Cameraperson
• 'Mission: Free the Food' (aka stealing groceries) in Captain Fantastic
     • A bathtub full of potato salad in Florence Foster Jenkins
• Beware the drinks being served in The Invitation
     • Krisha attempts to right her many wrongs with the perfect Thanksgiving turkey
     • Susan Sarandon makes the best eggs she's ever eaten in The Meddler
     • Andre Holland cooks for Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight
     • Jesse Plemons has too much to drink on a first date in Other People

Favorite Scenes of the Year
5. Logan Lerman and Tracy Letts go toe-to-toe in Indignation
     4. Thomasin decides to live deliciously in The Witch
     3. "Tell the judge I love my wife" in Loving
     2. "Would that it were so simple" in Hail, Caesar!
     1. "Drive It Like You Stole It" in Sing Street


Best Performance in a Bad Movie: Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train

Worst Performance in a Good Movie: Forest Whitaker in Arrival and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Sexiest Performance
     Female: Min-hee Kim in The Handmaiden
     Male: The baseball-uniformed fellas of Everybody Wants Some!!

Ensembles of the Year: The casts of Captain Fantastic, Moonlight, and 20th Century Women


Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Sunny Pawar in Lion

Best Performance by an Inanimate Object: Joel Edgerton's jeans in Midnight Special

Film That Surprised Us Most
     In a Good Way: Hell or High Water
     In a Bad Way: Nocturnal Animals

Most Underrated Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Most Overrated Film: La La Land

Best Performance by an Elderly British Actor: Helen Mirren in Eye in the Sky

Breakthrough of the Year
     Female: Krisha Fairchild in Krisha
     Male: Tom Bennett in Love & Friendship
     Behind the Camera: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Most Romantic Onscreen Moment: Lily Gladstone woos Kristen Stewart with a spontaneous horse ride to the diner in Certain Women


Best Feline Performance: Idris Elba as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book

The "I Wasn't Sure You Had That In You" Award: Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship
     Also: Dev Patel suddenly being super hot

Best Opening Scene: Other People

Best Ending Scene: The Fits

Best Music Moments in Film (besides the entirety of Sing Street)
     • Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf find love in a hopeless place in American Honey
     • "No Dames" in Hail, Caesar!
     • Jackie drinks and raids her closet to the Camelot soundtrack
     • "Another Day of Sun" opening number in La La Land
     • "Montage" from Swiss Army Man
     • "Greatest Love of All" in Toni Erdmann
     • Annette Bening and Billy Crudup dance to the records of a younger generation in 20th Century Women
     • Zootopia end credits, complete with gay tiger back-up dancers