Your hostess this year has been a star for a while, but I only just fell in love with her in her ball-busting role in People Places Things. Give it up for Regina Hall, my secret celebrity crush 2016. Makes me wish I'd gone to the Technical Achievement Ceremony. Like everyone else, I don't go to those. Why don't I learn? They're always hosted by someone I like. But I heard she was very good at reading from the teleprompter and handing out fake awards. A waste of her talent, I'm sure.
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The other best trailer of 2016 - I just couldn't stop at one. While the above made me laugh, this next one gave me goosebumps and made my eyes tear up, and that's the first Rogue One teaser trailer. THIS ONE. There's something about how it uses familiar Star Wars music that just gets to me, and that's an especially odd statement given that this is "The Franchise I Never Talk About". As it turned out, the trailer included a lot of lines and shots that WEREN'T in the film, some of which thematically get to the heart of what the Alliance is about and are sorely missed (I don't miss "I rebel" mind you, but later trailers would have Jyn facing off against a Tie-fighter, which I WOULD have liked to see). So is this the trailer that's better than the movie? It might just be.
Crap, I didn't find a spot for Star Trek Beyond's Beastie Boys trailer!
Best band of 2016 - The Lonely Island. My music knowledge is pretty wide and diverse, having worked in radio and such, but there's a big ol' gap in the 2000s, especially when it comes to pop music. With the release of the mockumentary Pop Star, I discovered this parody group (also not been following SNL in the 2000s I guess), fell for them HARD, and in turn, they led me to the pop music I'd not just missed, but DISmissed in the last decade and a half. Because of The Lonely Island, there are now pop stars in my rotation, most notably Robyn, and I'm not going to apologize for that.
Gesture of the Year - In this case, what gesture do I find myself as a visual gag? Well, I can't do the Donkey Roll, folks, so it's drawing a circle in the air to open a portal like I'm Dr. Strange. Admit it, you did the same when you came out of the movie. Goofy fun.
Favorite new podcast of 2016 - I've been giving this one out for a couple years, and I've never been self-serving about it. If I am this time, it's really not coming from a selfish place. As you know, this past year, Shagg Matthews, Rob Kelly, and Chris Franklin invited me to join their nascent Fire and Water Podcast Network, and together we created a number of new shows. The network's output has become the bulk of my podcast listening, and yet, I'm still going to name a show *I* put together, not one of my partner's, but it's really not because I'm in it. Every month, the favorite part of my podcasting experience has been recording and editing oHOTmu or NOT? with the collective known as "the girls". It's a fun experience, filled with laughs and surprises, and while I've loved working with all my other recording partners, I can't let 2016 go by without highlighting this particular group - Josée, Isabel, Elyse, Nath, Amelie and Shotgun - they're great. And...