Director Damien Chazelle is having a pretty good week. On the heels of his lavish musical snagging 12 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations, the most of any film, comes another honor. The New York Film Critics Circle has bestowed their Best Film award to La La Land.
Though Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight lost the big award to the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling film, both earned three wins apiece. The former took home Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams respectively, along with Best Screenplay. Meanwhile, the latter scored Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Cinematography and Best Director.
This year’s Oscar race is still pretty open, but the major contenders are staking their claim. All these three films will no doubt be factors at the upcoming Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
As a barometer, the organization whose membership is comprised of critics from New York-based outlets including New York Magazine, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, Indiewire and Variety, has a 40% accuracy rate when picking Oscar’s Best Picture. Check out NYFCC’s 2016 winners below.
2016 New York Film Critics Circle Winners
- Best film: La La Land
- Best director: Berry Jenkins, Moonlight
- Best actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
- Best actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
- Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
- Best supporting actress: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women
- Best screenplay: Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
- Best animated film: Zootopia
- Best cinematography: Moonlight, James Laxton
- Best first film: (tie) Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen and Trey Edwards Shults Krisha
- Best foreign film: Toni Erdmann (Germany)
- Best non-fiction film (documentary): O.J.: Made in America
- Special Awards: Editor Thelma Schoonmaker, the other for Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust 25th Anniversary Restoration