New York Film Critics Circle has chosen La La Land as the best film of 2016. The group voted on its annual film winners on Thursday.
The only NYFCC award won by Oscar front-runner; Damien Chazelle’s was the musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Fellow front-runners Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea won three awards respectively. Casey Affleck took best actor for Manchester. Best screenplay went toKenneth Lonergan, and Michelle Williams won best supporting actress. She also received recognition for her work in Certain Women.
The cast of Moonlight were not to be outdone, they won best director for Barry Jenkins, along with best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and best cinematography for James Laxton.
Meanwhile, the 2016, Critics’ Choice Awards was won by Isabelle Huppert, This followed her surprising Gotham Awards win on Monday with the Critics’ choice’s best actress prize. The talented actress was honouredfor her work in both Elle and Things to Come.
The highly acclaimed; O.J.: Made in America continued its documentary winning streak, after nabbing a Gotham Award and NBR prize in the same genre this week. Zootopiawas selected as the best animated film.
Actor Toni Erdmann got recognized as the best foreign film, and the award for best first film was shared by the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer Edge of Seventeen and indie drama Krisha.
The NYFCC includes Lion, Fences, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Sully, Jackie and Patriots Day.
A special award was given to Martin Scorsese’s formost trusted editor. Thelma Schoonmaker,also won a special award for Julie Dash’s Daughters and the Dust 25th anniversary restoration.
Carol won big at the Critics’ Choice last year, taking up four awards including the one for the best picture. The entire evening was dedicated to the art of cinema and its brilliance, not to mention the after party was legendary as usual.
See the complete list of the NYFCC’s 2016 winners:
Best film: La La Land
Best actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Best actress: Isabelle Huppert for both Elle and Things to Come
Best director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Best screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Best supporting actress: Michelle Williams for both Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women
Best animated film: Zootopia
Best cinematography: James Laxton for Moonlight
Best first film (tie): The Edge of Seventeen and Krisha
Best foreign-language film: Toni Erdmann
Best documentary: O.J.: Made in America
Special awards: One for editor Thelma Schoonmaker, the other for Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust 25th anniversary restoration