Days after the National Board of Review named the Casey Affleck film Manchester by the Sea Best Film of 2016, the New York Film Critics Circle has announced their picks for best of the year. While Manchester didn’t go home entirely empty-handed, it was Damien Chazelle’s modern-day musical La La Land that was given the top award of Best Film.
Most interestingly, what the NYFCC picks reveal is an apparent three-way race emerging between La La Land, Manchester, and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. All three were awarded in major categories, furthering a pattern that’s starting to become clearer as award season gets underway.
Isabelle Huppert also continued her surprising winning streak after winning the Gotham award for Best Actress, taking home Best Actress for both Elle and Things to Come. Meanwhile, Zootopia’s win splits the animated category, following Kubo and the Two Strings’ award from the National Board of Review.
Two special awards were given to Martin Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker and for Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust 25th anniversary restoration. The awards will be handed out in New York in January.
See below for the full list of winners.
Best Film: LA LA LAND
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, ELLE and THINGS TO COME
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and CERTAIN WOMEN
Best Animated Film: ZOOTOPIA
Best Cinematography: James Laxton, MOONLIGHT
Best First Film (tie): THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and KRISHA
Best Foreign Language Film: TONI ERDMANN
Best Documentary: O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor