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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Gives Top Honors to Moonlight

Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight.

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association held its annual meeting to vote on its achievement awards for 2016 on Sunday, announcing the winners on Twitter as they were chosen. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight won in four categories: Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Cinematography (James Laxton). The wins come three days after the New York Film Critics Circle gave Moonlight awards for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Cinematography, while giving Best Picture to La La Land. The only other film to win more than one award in Los Angeles was The Handmaiden, which won Best Foreign Language Film and Best Production Design (Ryo Seong-hee). Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress for two roles, in Elle and Things To Come, while Adam Driver won Best Actor for Paterson. Best Supporting Actress went to Lily Gladstone for Certain Women.


Unlike many awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association also announces the runners-up, which give more insight into how the voting went. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, for example, didn’t win a single award after three wins in New York—but it was the runner-up in three categories, losing Best Actor to Paterson, Best Supporting Actress to Certain Women, and Best Screenplay to The Lobster. Meanwhile, La La Land, which won Best Picture—but nothing else—in New York, was everyone’s second choice in Los Angeles. While it only won Best Music Score, it was the runner-up in five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Production Design.

Here’s a complete list of the winners:


Best Picture
Moonlight (Runner-up: La La Land)

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, La La Land)

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle and Things to Come (Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, Christine)

Best Actor
Adam Driver, Paterson (Runner-up: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actress
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women (Runner-up: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (Runner-up: Issey Ogata, Silence)


Best Screenplay
Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster (Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea)

Best Cinematography
James Laxton, Moonlight (Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, La La Land)

Best Documentary/ Non-Fiction Film
I Am Not Your Negro (Runner-up: O.J.: Made in America)

Best Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden (Runner-up: Toni Erdmann)


Best Animation
Your Name (Runner-up: The Red Turtle)

Best Editing
Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski, O.J.: Made in America (Runner-up: Tom Cross, La La Land)

Best Production Design
Ryo Seong-hee, The Handmaiden (Runner-up: David Wasco, La La Land)

Best Music Score
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, La La Land (Runner-up: Mica Levi, Jackie)

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Prize
The Illinois Parables, written and directed by Deborah Stratman

New Generation
Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, Krisha

Special Citation
Turner Classic Movies, for preserving historic cinema and bringing it to a wider audience via FilmStruck.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Oscar race here.