[HOT FORUM TOPIC] Who gave the best film performances of 2016 so far? Chadwick Boseman, Sally Field …

We’re nearing the halfway point of 2016, so who gave the best performances of the year so far? Oscar voters usually lean on fall releases when deciding on the year’s best, but there have been several notable exceptions of spring and early summer titles making an impact during the awards season.

Just last year Alicia Vikander made a bigger-than-expected awards splash for her performance as a self-aware cyborg in “Ex Machina.” That film opened in April, but even though it wasn’t the film that won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar (that would be “The Danish Girl”), it did earn her nominations at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, and it certainly helped raise her profile throughout her awards campaign.

Wes Anderson‘s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” opened in March 2014, and not only did it survive the long wait for Oscars, it became Anderson’s most successful film yet, winning four out of its 10 nominations. And in 2011, several earlier releases made the cut in top categories at the Oscars: “The Tree of Life” (May), “Beginners” (June), “A Better Life” (June) and “Midnight in Paris” (June).

So which performances are our forum posters loving from the first five months of the year? See some of their lists below, and make sure to join the discussion in our message boards.

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1. Sally Field, Hello, “My Name Is Doris”
2. John Goodman, “10 Cloverfield Lane”
3. Michael Shannon, “Midnight Special”
4. Alden Ehrenreich, “Hail, Caesar!”
5. Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”
6. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “10 Cloverfield Lane”
7. Kate Dickie, “The Witch”
8. Jason Bateman, “Zootopia”
9. Ginnifer Goodwin, “Zootopia”
10. Tilda Swinton, “Hail, Caesar!”


1. Chadwick Boseman, “Captain America: Civil War”
2. Alden Ehrenreich, “Hail, Caesar!”
3. Jake Gyllenhaal, “Demolition”
4. Daniel Bruhl, “Captain America: Civil War”
5. Michael Shannon, “Midnight Special”
6. Josh Brolin, “Hail, Caesar!”
7. Ralph Ineson, “The Witch”
8. Chris Evans, “Captain America: Civil War”
9. Tilda Swinton, “Hail, Caesar!”
10. Kate Dickie, “The Witch”

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1. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – “Sing Street”
2. Blake Jenner – “Everybody Wants Some!!”
3. Glen Powell – “Everybody Wants Some!!”
4. Jennifer Garner – “Miracles from Heaven”
5. Keegan Michael Key – “Keanu”
6. Neel Sethi – “The Jungle Book”
7. Alden Ehrenreich – “Hail, Caesar!”
8. Sally Field – “Hello, My Name is Doris”
9. Zoey Deutch – “Everybody Wants Some!!”
10. Jason Bateman – “Zootopia”


1. John Goodman, “10 Cloverfield Lane”
2. Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”
3. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “10 Cloverfield Lane”
4. Michael Shannon, “Midnight Special”
5. Jaeden Lieberher, “Midnight Special”
6. Taron Egerton, “Eddie The Eagle”
7. Channing Tatum, “Hail, Caesar”
8. Alden Ehrenreich, “Hail, Caesar”
9. Joel Edgerton, “Midnight Special”
10. Kirsten Dunst, “Midnight Special”

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