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Moonlight and Manchester By The Sea triumph at New York Film Critics awards

Moonlight

Story by Jack Foley

COMING-of-age drama Moonlight and Casey Affleck’s Manchester By The Sea have triumphed at the New York Film Critics’ Circle awards.

Moonlight, the story of a gay black teenager’s struggle with his sexuality, won awards for its director, Barry Jenkins, and cinematographer James Laxton, as well as picking up best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.

While Manchester by the Sea took acting awards for Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams (whose role in Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women was also cited), as well as best screenplay for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.

However, neither title took the coveted best film prize, which went instead to Damien Chazelle’s Oscars front-runner La La Land.

French actress Isabelle Huppert also confirmed her Oscar potential by taking the NYFCC’s best actress gong for two films: the Paul Verhoeven rape-revenge thriller Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve’s mid-life crisis drama Things to Come.

Disney’s Zootropolis was named best animated film, while Toni Erdman was named best foreign language film.

The award winners in full…

Best picture
La La Land

Best director
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best actress
Isabelle Huppert (Elle, Things to Come)

Best actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best supporting actress
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Certain Women)

Best supporting actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best cinematographer
James Laxton (Moonlight)

Best animated film
Zootropolis

Best documentary
OJ: Made in America

Best foreign-language film
Toni Erdmann

Best first film
Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), Trey Edward Shults (Krisha)

Special award
Thelma Schoonmaker and Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust: 25th-anniversary restoration)