We’ve spent months watching and re-watching the best movies of the year. By this point in time, we know who would get the little gold men if SmileDirectClub were hosting the event. Basically, to win the awards, the actors or actresses must have winning smiles. Their smiles must win us over! (Maybe this is obvious.) But seriously – what makes us fall in love with someone’s smile? Is it authenticity, confidence, or maybe even an endearing touch of vulnerability? Well, wonder no longer. We actually don’t know who’s going to take home the little gold guys this weekend, but we do know whose smile deserves one, and why.
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
We think many people will agree that Casey Affleck gives the best performance of the year. We take it a bit further, however, and think Affleck gives the best smile against the worst odds. Playing a Boston janitor who returns to a blue-collar town of Massachusetts after the death of his brother, Affleck didn’t exactly walk into a happy story line with this movie. And it’s the unfortunate plot that makes Affleck’s smile – when he can manage to produce one – feel so warm and empowering. For what more could we ask from our Best Actor?
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Emma already accepted a huge award at the Golden Globes for her role in “La La Land,” saying in her acceptance speech, “This is a film for dreamers. I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world.” SmileDirectClub couldn’t agree more. We love Emma’s display of humanity and genuinity in this film. She smiles throughout times of struggle, and she smiles during those moments of love. Plus, we couldn’t resist her triple-threat charm of song, dance, and acting.
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”
Playing the central character who seeks to be reunited with his family against all odds, Dev Patel might deserve even Best Actor award. We love his smile because it’s always emotional and vulnerable, coming from the heart. That moment when Nicole Kidman tells her son the truth about his adoption, his past, and his lost family creates the backdrop for the entire film. This scene serves as the reason for every smile that spreads across the face of Patel. It creates a personal connection between viewer and actor, and every smile feels like one of our own from that point forward.
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Viola Davis, in all of her facial expressions, is the epitome of strength and empowerment. Her smile expresses pure love. Davis remains strong during times when she could cry, complain, or even give up, and we can’t resist her belief in hope during times of suffering. We hope to see many more smiles of Viola Davis grace the sets of Hollywood in the future.