2016 brought us Stranger Things, water bottle flipping, John Oliver’s Trump takedowns, Michael Phelps’ game face, Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-awaited Oscar, Daniel and his Vans, a man punching a kangaroo, the Mannequin Challenge, President Obama slow jamming the news, a $21,000 first class airplane seat, and plenty of other viral hits.
It also brought us these choice clips from Vimeo. You won’t recognise them from Saturday Night Live parodies or morning talk show segments, but they struck a chord with viewers and have been named the top videos of 2016 by Vimeo.
“In a year marked by the departure of too many of our “Heroes” (shout out to the Starman!), political upheavals around the world and the untimely demise of the headphone jack,” says the company blog, “it was especially refreshing to dig into this year’s archive of Staff Picks and revisit some of the brightest moments from the year that was.”
Whether you’re in the pro- or anti-2016 camp, the year proved to be a good one for creativity and artistry. Check out Vimeo’s top picks below.
Action Sports: When We Were Knights from GoPro
GLUE from Christian Haller
HUF NYC from HUF
STREET SWEEPER from Rupert Walker
Animation: MANOMAN from Simon Cartwright
Comedy: Her Friend Adam from Ben Petrie
Documentary: 4.1 Miles from The New York Times
Speaking is Difficult from Field of Vision
i think this is the closest to how the footage looked from Yuval Hameiri
These C*cksucking Tears from Dan Taberski
Drama: HYPER-REALITY from Keiichi Matsuda
Eye Candy: 2016 AICP Sponsor Reel – Dir Cut from Method Studios
Music: Stylo G x Jacob Plant “Bike Engine” from Keith Schofield
Travel: China – A Skier’s Journey from Jordan Manley