L.A. Film Critics Awards Name ‘Moonlight’ the Best Film of 2016!!


And the critics awards keep on comin’. Last week saw the announcement of the Critics Choice Awards nominations, which come from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle announced their annual winners with La La Land taking top honors. This weekend it was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s turn, and the group landed on Moonlight as the Best Film of 2016 while spreading the love to a number of other exciting winners.

Moonlight was the big winner though, taking Best Film, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Cinematography for James Laxton. But La La Land came close, serving as the Runner-Up in Best Picture and Best Director, as the LAFCA also announces the runners up in each category. They kept things interesting in the acting awards, giving Best Actor to Adam Driver for his turn in the Jim Jarmusch drama Paterson, Best Actress to Isabelle Huppert for her work in Elle and Things to Come, and Best Supporting Actress to Lily Gladstone for Certain Women. This eschews pretty much all of the “favorites” this awards season in favor of interesting and worthy alternatives, and that the LAFCA continually votes its heart instead of trying to predict Oscars is certainly laudable.

Huppert in particular has become something of a critical darling for her turn in Elle, as the NYFCC also gave her Best Actress for Elle and Things to Come. But possibly the most inspired choice from the LAFCA, and the one I most badly want to see replicated at the Oscars, is Best Production Design for Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden. It is an impeccably crafted film, and I’m really hoping the Korean drama/comedy/caper gets its due recognition in categories beyond Best Foreign Language Film.

Check out the full list of winners below.

PICTURE: “Moonlight”
Runner-up: “La La Land”

DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

ACTOR: Adam Driver, “Paterson”
Runner-up: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”
Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, “Christine”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Issey Ogata, “Silence”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”
Runner-up: Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

SCREENPLAY: Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

ANIMATION: “Your Name”
Runner-up: “The Red Turtle”

Runner-up:  “Toni Erdmann”

Runner-up: “O.J.: Made in America”

NEW GENERATION: Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, “Krisha”

FILM EDITING: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, “O.J.: Made in America”
Runner-up: Tom Cross, “La La Land”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Laxton, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ryu Seong-hee, “The Handmaiden”
Runner-up: David Wasco, “La La Land”

MUSIC/SCORE: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, “La La Land”
Runner-up: Mica Levi, “Jackie”

DOUGLAS E. EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: “The Illinois Parables,” from writer-director Deborah Stratman

SPECIAL CITATION: Turner Classic Movies, for preserving historic cinema and bringing it to a wider audience via FilmStruck


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