“Moonlight” Named Best Picture of 2016 by Los Angeles Film Critics Association

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In just one weekend, the race for Best Picture picked up steam and became a certifiable three-way race as Barry Jenkins’ moving three-act drama Moonlight took home the top prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. This win follows Manchester by the Sea being named Best Film by the National Board of Review and La La Land getting the top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Although it is worth pointing out that the Academy Awards are still a handful of months away and the race will likely change over time, as it does every year, but for now, these three films are the clear front-runners. Jenkins also continued his winning streak for Best Director.

Meanwhile, the LAFCA shook up numerous acting races, with Adam Drive taking Best Actor for Paterson (Casey Affleck got runner-up for Manchester) and Lily Gladstone winning Best Supporting Actress for Certain Women (Michelle Williams took runner-up for Manchester). Isabelle Huppert continued her surprising domination by winning Best Actress for Elle and Things to Come, which now follows wins from both the NYFCC and the Gotham Awards. She’s also scored nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards and Critics Choice Awards. Mahershala Ali also scored another win for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, making him the frontrunner in that category.

Other notable, non-conformist wins include Your Name winning Best Animated Film and Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos winning Best Screenplay for The Lobster.

A special award was given to Turner Classic Movies for preserving cinema and Shirley MacLaine was honored with a lifetime achievement award. See below for the full list of winners. And read our coverage on the State of the Race here.


Best Picture

Runner-up

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, 
Runner-up
Damien Chazelle,

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, and 
Runner-up
Rebecca Hall, 

Best Actor
Adam Driver,
Runner-up
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Best Supporting Actress
Lily Gladstone,  
Runner-up
Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali,
Runner-up
Issey Ogata, 

Best Animated Film

Runner-up

Best Foreign-Language Film

Runner-up

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction

Runner-up
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

Best Screenplay
Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos,
Runner-up
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Best Editing
Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Runner-up
Tom Cross,

Best Production Design
Ryu Seong-hee, 
Runner-up
David Wasco, 

Best Music score
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul,  
Runner-up
Micah Levi, 

Best Cinematography
James Laxton,
Runner-up
Linus Sandgren, 

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Prize
from writer-director Deborah Stratman

Next Generation
Trey Edward Shults, Krisha Fairchild, 

Special Citation
Turner Classic Movies for preserving historic cinema and bringing it to a wider audience via FilmStruck.

Lifetime Achievement
Shirley MacLaine

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