Humans are overrated. There were many great performances in the movies this year, but less covered have been the performances by non-humans, be they animal or animated. Here are 10 performances that got to us — despite not being one of us.
1. BB-8, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
For the prequels, George Lucas made “Star Wars” digital, and anything that wasn’t an actual human was created in a computer. “The Force Awakens” goes back to basics, not only shooting on actual film but actually hand-making certain characters. Amongst those is its own mini-R2D2: a little guy or girl who’s two balls excitably rolling about, bleep-blooping up a storm. The new “Star Wars” has its problems, but BB-8 is, in Internet-speak, everything.