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Moonlight named Best Picture at 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

on December 16, 2016, 10:12am

It’s a good year for cinema.

Last night, the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) hosted their 27th annual year-end awards dinner. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight won three of its 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

Although it didn’t claim the top spots, Kenneth Lonergan’s  hearty drama Manchester by the Sea won the most awards, snagging four of its eight nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, Best Original Screenplay, and Most Promising Performer for Lucas Hedges.

Other highlights included Best Actress for Natalie Portman in Jackie; Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction for Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden; Best Editing and Best Cinematography for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land; and Best Original Score for Mica Levi’s chilling work on Jackie.

Surprisingly, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle were completely shut out, despite its three nominations each.

Consult the full list of winners below.

BEST PICTURE
The Handmaiden
Jackie
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Pablo Larrain – Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Chan-wook Park – The Handmaiden

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Adam Driver – Paterson
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Arrival
Rebecca Hall – Christine
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Alden Ehrenreich – Hail, Caesar!
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis – Fences
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water -Taylor Sheridan
Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Elle – David Birke
The Handmaiden – Seo-Kyung Chung & Chan-wook Park
Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
Silence– Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
The Red Turtle
Tower
Zootopia

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Cameraperson
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America
Tower
Weiner

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Elle
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Neruda
Toni Erdmann

BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Handmaiden
Jackie
La La Land
The Neon Demon
The Witch

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Handmaiden – Chung-hoon Chung
Jackie – Stephane Fontaine
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

BEST EDITING
Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter
Jackie – Sebastian Sepulveda
La La Land – Tom Cross
Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
Moonlight – Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Arrival – Johann Johannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
The Neon Demon – Cliff Martinez

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Kelly Fremon Craig – The Edge of Seventeen
Robert Eggers – The Witch
Anna Rose Holmer – The Fits
Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
Trey Edward Shults – Krisha

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Royalty Hightower – The Fits
Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures and Moonlight
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

Note: Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman, Film Editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, and Senior Staff Writers Allison Shoemaker and Blake Goble are all voting members of the CFCA.

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