THAT’S A WRAP ON 2016
In case you missed any of the big movie and TV milestones of 2016, here is our retrospective of a year that was surprising, shocking, funny, entertaining, memorable, quotable and scandalous - sometimes all at once.
Saluting the best (and worst) of 2016 as we prepare to binge on 2017.
Remember these highlights? Who could forget them:
• Mad Max: Fury Road swept the Academy Awards and became Australia’s most Oscar-winning film
• Leonardo DiCaprio finally nabbed his Best Actor Oscar for The Revenant after so many nominations - fifth time lucky!
• The monster that is Deadpool changed the movie landscape forever
• Batman and Superman finally fought each other on the big screen
• The three biggest box offices successes of the year (each grossing more than $1 BILLION each worldwide) - Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and Finding Dory
• Interestingly, Suicide Squad beat Captain America: Civil War at the Box Office in Australia
• On the flipside, The BFG and Max Steel were two of the biggest Box Office bombs
• Game of Thrones’, The Battle of The Bastards - enough said
• Retro and remakes became cool again - classic favourites Ghostbusters, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ben Hur, The Magnificent Seven and The X-Files all got a 2016 spin
• J.K. Rowling introduced us to a whole new realm of the wizarding world with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and we couldn’t get enough
• Australian TV had a stand-out, record-breaking year of quality and success across all networks and services: Deep Water, Wanted, Molly, The Secret Daughter, Here Come the Habibs, The Wrong Girl, A Place to Call Home, Wolf Creek, Wentworth, The Kettering Incident, Barracuda, Cleverman, Rosehaven and Please Like Me
There have been some big surprises too...
Netflix ratings success Stranger Things took over the entertainment world
Sylvester Stallone was considered a shoe-in to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for Creed, but an actor who many people had never heard of snatched the award - the brilliant UK actor, Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Most predictions had the much-hyped The Revenant winning Best Film at the Oscars, but Spotlight snuck in under the radar
Saying farewell to Doctor Who’s longest running companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). We will never forget you Clara - or your selfless final act
Streaming service Presto announced it was closing down, leaving Netflix and Stan as the dominant content providers in Australia
And we said goodbye to many beloved names in the world of TV and Movies. In Memoriam:
Anton Yelchin - Star Trek
Gene Wilder – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Florence Henderson – The Brady Bunch
Alan Rickman – Harry Potter
Gary Shandling – It’s Gary Shandling’s Show
Doris Roberts – Everybody Loves Raymond
Garry Marshall – Happy Days
Reg Grundy – Prisoner
Peter Sumner – Spyforce
Ross Higgins – Kingswood Country
Paul Cox – Innocence
Bob Ellis – The Nostradamus Kid
The most heart-melting, heart-pounding, heart-soaring romance of the year, one winner made us gush, bawl and fall head over heels in love.
Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan
Margot Robbie and Jared Leto in Suicide Squad
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys (Ok, not a romance, but it was a bromance)
Nick and Judy in Zootopia
Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You
BEST BATTLE SCENE
Every title on this list features grand-scale, enthralling, epic battles, but only one had an added dimension that left us palpitating for the demise of a long-hated villain.
Batman and Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain Kirk and Krall in Star Trek Beyond
Jason Bourne and Asset in Jason Bourne
The Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones Season 6
BEST REMAKE OR SEQUEL
How do you remake a classic with artistry, integrity, beauty, intelligence and visual poetry? Our winner sets the benchmark.
Captain America: Civil War
Better Call Saul
The Jungle Book
For an independent, small scale cult movie, this is a score even blockbuster would be envious of...
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
The Night Of
You’ll never look at a nun the same way again.
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
We thought ‘we can’t possibly give this to the most expensive TV series ever made’ – plus it’s period, it’s historical, it’s posh... But we couldn’t help ourselves - we devoured this one.
HOTTEST RISING STAR
So many almost made our list – 2016 was a bumper year for break-out performances, but in the end, one newbie dominated the pack.
Julian Dennison from Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Joe Alwyn from Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Odessa Young from The Daughter
Hailee Steinfeld from The Edge of Seventeen
We were blown away by the entire young cast of the water-cooler series of the year. They acted their little chops off.
Game of Thrones
BEST PLOT TWIST (NO SPOILERS)
Who doesn’t love a surprise, shocking plot twist – The Empire Strikes Back, The Sixth Sense, The Fight Club, The Usual Suspects and Gone Baby Gone all gave a masterclass in sticking the knife in when you least expected it. So here is the new batch that will stun you into submission.
The Girl on a Train - Who killed Megan and exactly what happened during the night that Emily Blunt can’t remember?
The Walking Dead - the appearance of Negan
Making a Murderer - plot twist within plot twist within plot twist
Arrival – is it a drama or a sci-fi, well, it’s both...and done magnificently...you’ll never see the twist coming but you won’t be able to stop thinking about when you do.
BEST TRUE STORY
So many incredible stories based on real life events this year, it was hard to even make a short list, but the winner was an easy decision. Brace for impact.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson