5. La La Land – Emma Stone
For an utterly delightful balancing act of old-style movie stardom and contemporary spontaneity.
4. The Witch – Kate Dickie
For her excruciating piousness. It is her agony that we feel the most from that family.
3. The Love Witch – Samantha Robinson
For the year's most committed performance, and for confirming the asset that cinephilia can be with an actor's process.
For the year's riskiest central performance. What she accomplishes isn't easy; she establishes a superb mélange of anguish, vanity and loss of power. A flawless technical achievement.
For the best performance of 2016. She never pushes, she never galvanizes. There are few actors on this planet who can do what she can do. And, for me, there are only a few other actors whom I can bask in merely watching them react to others as much as I do her.
Runner Up: Cemetery of Splendour – Jenjira Pongpas Widner
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