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Moonlight named best film of 2016 by LA Film Critics


Story by Jack Foley

BARRY Jenkins’ Moonlight has been named the best film of 2016 by the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association.

The film, which looks at the life of a young black man growing up in a tough Miami neighbourhood, took three more prizes on the night, including best director for Jenkins, best cinematography for James Laxton and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.

Elsewhere, Adam Driver was named best actor for his performance in Wim Wenders’ Paterson, while Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for her roles in both Elle and Things To Come.

Lily Gladstone took the best supporting actress prize for Certain Women.

The LA critics’ awards were more spread out and diverse than their New York counterparts, who opted to bestow Damien Chazelle’s La La Land with the best picture accolade.

The Los Angeles-set La La Land was runner-up in five categories at the LA Film Critics’ Awards – but won just one, for best music/score for composer Justin Hurwitz and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It was, nevertheless, seen as a fitting prize for a movie that puts a modern spin on classic Hollywood musicals.

Another New York critics’ favourite, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea, finished runner-up in three categories.

In other categories, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden won the foreign-language film and production design categories, while Japanese animated feature Your Name beat blockbuster American studio fare to the top animation prize.

Indeed, it’s notable that no studio film won any category.

The awards will be handed out at an awards dinner on January 14, 2017.

The winners in full:

Best picture
Runner-up: La La Land

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

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

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

Supporting actress
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Runner-up: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Supporting actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Runner-up: Issei Ogata, Silence

Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou, The Lobster
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

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

Production design
Seong-hie Ryu, The Handmaiden
Runner-up: David Wasco, La La Land

Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, OJ: Made in America
Runner-up: Tom Cross, La La Land

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, La La Land
Runner-up: Mica Levi, Jackie

Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden
Runner-up: Toni Erdmann

Documentary/Non-fiction film
I Am Not Your Negro
Runner-up: OJ: Made in America

Your Name
Runner-up: The Red Turtle

New Generation
Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, Krisha

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video
Deborah Stratman, The Illinois Parables