Best of 2015: Lea Michele, Sarah Silverman and More Reveal Their Favorite Films, Series and Performances

10:00 AM 12/17/2015

by THR Staff

Eight other Hollywood players — from Selma Blair to Donna Langley — also share which actors and onscreen projects have made an impression this year.

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  • Christopher Abbott

    Actor, 'James White'

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    Sicario. I loved it! It has an incredible ensemble. And the 15-minute convoy scene, when they go to Mexico and bring the drug dealer back across the border — to make a scene that exciting is a feat in and of itself.

  • Sean Baker

    Director, 'Tangerine'

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    The Revenant had a profound effect on me. I found myself in a depressed state after, because those heights of filmmaking ambition seem unobtainable. Yet at the same time, incredibly inspiring. James White also impressed me beyond words.

  • Selma Blair

    Actress, 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson'

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    Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back. It's just so amazing to see her in such a different way. I related to it, and the role she played — it was captivating. She was incredible.

  • Rachel Dratch

    Actress, 'Sisters'

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    Amy Schumer. She's kind of brought it big-time: Trainwreck, her TV show Inside Amy Schumer, her stand-up thing. That was the first thing that came to mind: how much she brought to the world this year.

  • Donna Langley

    Chairman, 'Universal Pictures'

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    I'm in love with Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation. I think it's such an extraordinary film — really brave — and it's so great for Netflix, having that movie.

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Actress, 'The Hateful Eight' and 'Anomalisa'

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    I saw Room and really loved that movie. I loved Brie Larson's per­formance, and the little boy [Jacob Tremblay] just broke my heart.

  • Damon Lindelof

    Co-creator, 'The Leftovers'

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    Rami Malek from Mr. Robot. From the start, I was just like, "I know that guy from somewhere, but oh my God, who is he and what is he doing?" A magnetic performance. Also, Andy Daly on [Comedy Central's] Review. He creates, writes and stars in it. It is off-the-charts unbelievable.

  • Lea Michele

    Actress, 'Scream Queens'

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    Ruth Wilson in The Affair is incredible. She has to play her character from her perspective, [Dominic West's] perspective, [Maura Tierney's] perspective and Joshua Jackson's perspective. And she's so intricate with the performances. As an actor, she's knocking it out of the park.

  • Sarah Silverman

    Actress, 'I Smile Back' and 'Masters of Sex'

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    I saw Spotlight and I was just blown away by it. The Boston Globe was our local paper [growing up], so that was exciting. It was written perfectly and told beau­tifully, and every performance was astonishing. I just really loved it.

  • Meghan Trainor

    Singer, "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," 'The Peanuts Movie'

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    I loved the movie The Age of Adeline with Blake Lively. That one really tore me up. It was beautiful. I love her. I can't stop looking at her — she's so pretty — and she did a really great job.