Best Of 2019

Best Brush With Oscar Fame
Photo By Dynamite Films

Junior Nyong'o at Orlando Shakes

Feb. 6-March 24, 2019

For someone who is only 24 years old, Junior Nyong'o has already shouldered a remarkable range of roles: scholar, soccer player, political scion, international social media sensation, sibling to a superstar. But in February 2019, he was most excited to talk about his newest title, "working actor," as he made his professional stage debut as the titular prince in Orlando Shakes' production of Hamlet. Based on reactions to his performance, we titled this award quite intentionally – yes, the Oscar-winning Lupita is his sister, but we are fairly sure that the Orlando Shakes stage gave birth to another award-winning acting career.

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2019: Orlando's best artists, writers, comedians, museums and more

Arts & Culture: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Arts & Culture

Best Adult Art Classes

1. Crealdé School of Art,

2. SAK Comedy Lab,

3. Sam Flax,

Best Arts Event or Festival

1. Orlando Fringe Festival,

2. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival,

3. Mount Dora Arts Festival,

Best Burlesque Troupe

1. Les Vixens Burlesque,

2. Corsets and Cuties,

3 Cherry Bomb Burlesque,

Best Comedy Club or Night

1. SAK Comedy Lab,

2. Orlando Improv,

3. Bull & Bush Shit Sandwich,

Best Dance Company

1. Orlando Ballet,

2. Phantasmagoria,

3. VarieTease,

Best Film Fest or Series

1. Florida Film Festival,

2. Orlando Film Festival,

3. FilmSlam at Enzian,

Best Gallery

1 CityArts,

2 Snap! Orlando,

3 Downtown Arts Collective,

Best Literary Reading Series

1. Orlando Story Club,

2. Get Lit: Closed Mic,

3. Queer Quills,

Best Local Actor/Actress

1. Benjamin Ptashinsky

2. Carlos Navarro,

3. Blue Star,