2016 #11 – Hello, My Name Is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter)

“I hope I don’t end up like one of those weird old New Yorkers that chokes on a peanut and dies and no one even misses me.” – Sally Field as Doris Miller in Hello, My Name Is Doris.

Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016)
Michael Showalter
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tyne Daly, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Natasha Lyonne, Isabella Acres
Written By: Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso
Running Time: 90 minutes (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance

Funny, ridiculous, charming, infectious with an undercurrent of sadness prevalent throughout – Hello, My Name Is Doris has a lot going on.

The film centers on Doris Miller (Sally Field), an eccentric woman who becomes obsessed with a new, younger coworker while trying to grasp the death of her mother. The film often crosses that line of being too goofy a few times throughout, but by the end it becomes a poignant examination of moving on.

Enough cannot be said about the ending, which is not only well-directed, but also so appropriate for this film. It is the perfect conclusion for Doris’s character.

Sally Field is absolutely astonishing in the role of Doris. This is not just a comedic performance. The breakdowns, the desperate longing for human connection – this is her movie from start to finish and it is a fully committed, funny, powerful, triumphant performance that absolutely highlights all of Field’s strengths as an actress.

Max Greenfield is good as well and Tyne Daly makes the most out of what could have been a simple stock character.

Overall, Hello, My Name Is Doris is a charming little film with a superb performance at the helm. 3.5/5.

2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
Hell or High Water
Sing Street
The Jungle Book

Best Director
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Jon Favreau – The Jungle Book
John Carney – Sing Street
Jeff Nichols – Loving

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Joel Edgerton – Loving
2. Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
3. Chris Pine – Hell or High Water
4. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
2. Ruth Negga – Loving
3. Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
4. Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Ashton Sanders – Moonlight
André Holland – Moonlight
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
5. Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Janelle Monaé – Hidden Figures
2. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
3. Naomie Harris – Moonlight
4. Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
5. Janelle Monaé – Moonlight

Best Original Screenplay
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
3. Hello, My Name Is Doris – Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
Loving – Jeff Nichols
3. Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
4. The Jungle Book – Justin Marks

Best Film Ensemble
1. Moonlight – Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monaé, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali
Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
3. Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monaé, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge
4. Sing Street – Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Don Wycherley, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Karl Rice, Ian Kenny
5. Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell, Kathryn Hahn, Trin Miller, Steve Zahn, Erin Moriarty, Missi Pyle, Frank Langella, Ann Dowd

Best Original Score
1. Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Loving – David Wingo
3. The Jungle Book – John Debney
4. Hell or High Water – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard

Best Original Song
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
2. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
Sing Street – “Up” by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus, Zamo Riffman
Hidden Figures – “Runnin’” by Pharrell Williams
Hidden Figures – “I See a Victory” by Kirk Franklin, Pharrell Williams

Best Production Design
1. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock
3. Hidden Figures – Missy Parker, Wynn Thomas
4. Sing Street – Tamara Conboy, Alan MacDonald

Best Cinematography
1. Moonlight – James Laxton
2. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly

Best Costume Design
1. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
2. Hidden Figures – Renée Ehrlich Kalfus
3. Captain Fantastic – Courtney Hoffman
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
5. Loving – Erin Benach

Best Film Editing
1. Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
2. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
3. The Jungle Book – Mark Livolsi
4. Sing Street – Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs

Best Visual Effects
1. The Jungle Book – Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Adam Valdez
Passengers – Pete Dionne, Sebastien Gourdal, Erik Nordby
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
4. Hell or High Water – Jeremy Cox, Scott Hastings, Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz

2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)
Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
5. The Jungle Book (dir. Jon Favreau)
6. Hidden Figures (dir. Theodore Melfi)
7. Hello, My Name Is Doris (dir. Michael Showalter)
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)
9. Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
10. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)
11. The Girl on the Train (dir. Tate Taylor)


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