Directors Greta Gerwig, Sean Baker, More Reveal Their Favorite Films, Series and Performances of 2017

7:00 AM 12/22/2017

by THR Staff

Lois Smith, Luca Guadagnino and Rebel Wilson, among others, single out the work that inspired them most this year, from 'Get Out' to 'The Big Sick.'

Greta Gerwig and Sean Baker
Greta Gerwig and Sean Baker
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A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Katie Aselton

    Actress, FX's 'Legion'

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    "Pamela Adlon in Better Things, which is the most heart-wrenchingly honest portrayal of parenting; she captures the highs and lows perfectly."

  • Sean Baker

    Director, 'The Florida Project'

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    "Nahuel Perez Biscayart's performance in BPM (Beats Per Minute). He's honest, fearless and human; it's a tour de force."

  • Sarah-Violet Bliss

    Creator, TBS' 'Search Party'

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    "I, Tonya. It's fantastic! Complicated and misguided characters who inevitably get in their own way make for my favorite stories. The writing, directing and performances are all masterful."

  • Graham Broadbent

    Producer, 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

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    "Timothee Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name. He plays a mass of adolescent contradictions and perfectly expresses what it's like to love someone at that age. The movie is wonderful — one that everyone should see."

  • Greta Gerwig

    Writer-director, 'Lady Bird'

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    "Get Out is so great. It was such a genre-bender and such an important movie. It's also the type of movie you want to go back and watch again to see how it was all put together."

  • Luca Guadagnino

    Director, 'Call Me by Your Name'

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    "The Big Sick. It's a hugely heartening movie that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. The film's makers and cast show depths of compassion and an understanding of cinema as an emotional machine."

  • David Lowery

    Writer-director, 'A Ghost Story'

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    "Rebecca Spence is magnificent in Princess Cyd. She lends wit and confidence to one of the best written writers in recent film; you feel you've read her character's books via her performance."

  • Leonardo Nam

    Actor, 'Westworld'

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    "I loved Call Me by Your Name. I was just really floored by the way they interpreted it from a book into a movie. It's so wonderful."

  • Lois Smith

    Actress, 'Marjorie Prime' and 'Lady Bird'

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    "I loved Holly Hunter in The Big Sick. As always, I find her so original and compelling and such fun to watch!"

  • Rebel Wilson

    Actress, 'Pitch Perfect 3'

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    "Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale. I never read the book so I didn't know anything about it. I loved the ideas in it. And Elisabeth Moss is such a brilliant actress."

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