Top 5 Performances by an Actor in a film in 2016

As the 2016 film season comes to a halt, I will be choosing my top 5 picks for the best performances by an actor in a film in 2016.

Find more of my Top 5 Lists HERE

Note: As I have not seen every film this year, this is compiled from the films I have seen (I’ve seen over 50 2016 releases). Many of the potential Oscar films may be absent as they are only in limited release or have not yet been released in NZ, where I live. As I see these films before the Oscar ceremony I will update the list if necessary and let you know about it!

To be eligible for these lists, ‘2016’ means to be theatrically released in 2016 or released on a legal streaming service in 2016, or be up to my discretion.

Top 5 Performances by an Actor in a Film in 2016

1. Casey Affleck (Lee Chandler, Manchester By The Sea)

2. Andrew Garfield (Desmond T. Doss, Hacksaw Ridge)

3. Mahershala Ali (Juan, Moonlight)

4. Ryan Gosling (Sebastian Wilder, La La Land)

5. Paul Dano (Hank Thompson, Swiss Army Man)

Honourable Mentions: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Tom Hanks (Sully), Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight)

Photos: Casey Affleck (NPR), Andrew Garfield (Collider), Mahershala Ali (Indie Wire), Ryan Gosling (TV and Movie Trailers), Paul Dano (The Wrap)