2017 was a wonderful year at the movies in so many ways. There was no shortage of outstanding performances, masterful direction, unforgettable characters, and much more. Trying to whittle down some of these categories were so incredibly tough they’ve already changed three times—once for my Atlanta Film Critics Circle ballot, once for my SEFCA ballot, and once for this list. It was an embarrassment of riches, and someone could come up with a completely different list and I’d probably be hard-pressed to argue.
But while you’re coming up with your picks, here are my choices for the best actors, director, villains, and more of 2017. (Runners up are listed alphabetically)