Leonardo DiCaprio in ’The Wolf of Wall Street’
Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

I'm a sucker for end-of-the-year lists, especially in years like 2013 where there was so much good stuff out there in pop culture.

These choices are all my opinion and are only based on things I've seen or heard, so it doesn't factor in movies like Blue Jasmine, Her and All Is Lost or shows like Boardwalk Empire or Masters of Sex (only watched the first two episodes -- but trying to catch up!). Feel free to come at me with complaints.

Best Movie
  • Winner: The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Honorable Mentions: Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Captain Phillips

In one of the best years for movies in recent memory, the sensory spectacle that was Gravity seemed to have the top prize locked up ... until Martin Scorsese dropped one of the finest movies of his illustrious career, The Wolf of Wall Street.

The dizzying satire of the financial excess of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont wasn't just the funniest film of the year -- it was the rowdiest, raunchiest and downright best.

Best TV Show

  • Winner: Orange is the New Black
  • Honorable Mentions: Breaking Bad, The Americans, Veep, Game of Thrones

It's tough to go against Breaking Bad's swan song season (the episode "Ozymandias" was one of the greatest episodes of TV ever) or the year where Veep made the leap to greatness.

But if you're looking for a diverse, interesting cast telling the most fulfilling stories on television, you can't beat Netflix's women's prison drama-comedy Orange is the New Black.

Best Album

  • Winner: Days Are Gone, Haim
  • Honorable Mentions: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk; Yeezus, Kanye West; Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend; Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper

Haim, a group of three sisters from Los Angeles, released their debut full-length album this year, and it was a masterwork of catchy, synth-tinged pop songs. Their '80s sensibilities fit in well with the year's trend of musical nostalgia, like with Daft Punk's disco masterpiece or Vampire Weekend's updated Paul Simon sound.

But that didn't stop Kanye West and the young Chance the Rapper from pushing hip-hop forward as well with Kanye's abrasive Yeezus and Chance's weirdly-affecting Acid Rap.

Best Performance

  • Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Honorable Mentions: Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks; Oscar Issac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Honorable Honorable Mention: Sam Rockwell, The Way, Way Back

Leo's druggy portrayal of Stratton Oakmont stock king Jordan Belfort was a tour-de-force in vain-less movie star acting. His scene where he crawls around hopped up on hyper-Quaaludes was the funniest (and saddest) one of his career.

But has anyone ever been more likable than Sam Rockwell as the water park mentor in The Way, Way Back? I want to go work for him at Water Wizz in East Wareham this summer. Badly.

Best Play

  • Winner: The Book of Mormon
  • Honorable Mentions: The Jungle Book (Huntington Theatre), Stella and Lou (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Wicked (Boston Opera House), Potted Potter (Paramount Center)

The warped religious (or anti-religious) musical created by South Park scribes Trey Parker and Matt Stone is such a hilarious time, complete with catchy songs that you can't help but sing along with for days after you go.

In terms of smaller theatre, the most beautiful and intimate might have been in your own backyard at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell for the two-person com-rom (comedic romance) Stella and Lou.

Winner of the Year

  • Winner: Miley Cyrus
  • Honorable Mentions: Beyoncé, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Melissa McCarthy

Did anyone care what Miley Cyrus had been up to before 2013?

OK, you still might not care.

But after a couple years where we all thought Cyrus might go the route of Hilary Duff (or, I guess, Billy Ray Cyrus), she had two of the biggest songs of the year ("We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball"), released a successful, provocative album (the hilariously-titled Bangerz), and put on a shocking MTV VMA performance for the ages.

Don't forget about Beyoncé, who brought the house down at the Super Bowl (literally -- remember the blackout?); McConaughey, who capped off his career renaissance with a potentially Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club; Williams, who was on both "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines"; and McCarthy, who proved WOMEN CAN MAKE POPULAR MOVIES -- MAKE SOME MORE.

10 others:

  • Worst Movie of the Year: R.I.P.D.
  • Best Pop Culture Moment of the Year: The Red Wedding (Game of Thrones)
  • Funniest Fall from Grace: Phil Robertson
  • Best Newcomer: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Loudest Cry for Attention: Killing off Brian on Family Guy
  • Movies You Should Have Seen, But Didn't: Side Effects, The Place Beyond the PInes, The Last Stand, You're Next, The Kings of Summer
  • Sneakiest Good Year: James Franco
  • Best Quote: "This is our ******* city." -- David Ortiz
  • Best Use of Music: Steely Dan's "Dirty Work" in American Hustle
  • Biggest Buzz-Kill: Brad Pitt in 12 Years A Slave
Things to look forward to in 2014
  • Movies: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, That Awkward Moment, The Monuments Men, The LEGO Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Transcendence, A Million Ways to Die in the West, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Tammy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Interstellar, Dumb and Dumber To
  • TV Shows: True Detective, Rake, Girl Meets World, The Leftovers, Penny Dreadful, Fargo and (maybe) Better Call Saul
  • Music: New albums (tentatively) from Bruce Springsteen, Adele, D'Angelo, Tune-Yards, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Frank Ocean and, as with every passing year, Guns n' Roses and Dr. Dre.
  • Theatre: Equally Divided (MRT), Once, Phantom of the Opera (Boston Opera House), Smart People (Huntington), The Tempest (A.R.T.)

Songs of 2013 on one 80-minute compact disc

  • Turn It Around -- Lucius
  • Dance Apocalyptic -- Janelle Monáe
  • Pusher Love Girl -- Justin Timberlake
  • Don't Swallow the Cap -- The National
  • Get Lucky -- Daft Punk
  • ****in' Problems -- A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz
  • Wrecking Ball -- Miley Cyrus
  • Bird Balloons -- Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
  • Cocoa Butter Kisses -- Chance the Rapper feat. Vic Mensa, Twista
  • Royals -- Lorde
  • My Zero -- Ezra Furman
  • The Fox (What Does The Fox Say) -- Ylvis
  • Rocket -- Beyoncé
  • The Wire -- HAIM
  • Hannah Hunt -- Vampire Weekend
  • Hold On, We're Going Home -- Drake
  • Blood on the Leaves -- Kanye West

Listen to the playlist at http:// open.spotify.com/user/122195902/ playlist/5hOkZuv0cMqqfoQQVMkGeu

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