What do the people who make culture think about the year in culture? We canvassed 93 actors, directors, comedians, and other creators about what caught their eye in 2016. Below are the top vote-getters, along with runners-up and a few representative (or particularly entertaining) quotes.
Respondents: Waris Ahluwalia, Pedro Almodóvar, Austin Amelio, Tichina Arnold, Talia Balsam, Banks, Christine Baranski, Warren Beatty, Matt Bellassai, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Rachel Boston, Benjamin Bratt, Matthew Broderick, Michael Che, Linda Cohn, Lily Collins, Terry Crews, Noah Cyrus, Brittany Daniel, Lee Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Daya, Dana DeLorenzo, Jude Demorest, Gabrielle Dennis, Ty Dolla Sign, Ezra Edelman, Bridget Everett, Randy Fenoli, Mark Feuerstein, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Judah Friedlander, Nina García, Tony Goldwyn, CeeLo Green, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Skylar Grey, Tony Hale, Mel Harris, Ethan Hawke, Lucas Hedges, Jack Huston, Barry Jenkins, Jessica Joffe, Finn Jones, Orlando Jones, Colin Jost, Milla Jovovich, Ellie Kemper, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, Don Lemon, Judith Light, Mark Linn-Baker, Lisa Loeb, LeToya Luckett, Martha MacCallum, Billy Magnussen, Debi Mazar, Ben McKenzie, Leandra Medine, Arnon Milchan, Marilyn Minter, Sarah Morris, James Murphy, Naturi Naughton, Ruth Negga, Isaac Oliver, David Oyelowo, Joe Pantoliano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Pasternak, Glen Powell, Sarah Rafferty, Ted Raimi, Leven Rambin, Ben Rappaport, Christina Ricci, Wyatt Russell, Nick Sandow, Ray Santiago, Liev Schreiber, Peter Scolari, Joseph Sikora, Dave Stewart, Susan Stroman, Sophia Takal, Anya Taylor-Joy, Vince Vaughn, Susan Kelechi Watson, Naomi Watts, Ricky Whittle.
*This article appears in the December 12, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.