The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has just finished announcing their awards for 2016, declaring Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" to be the best film of the year. The film also took Best Director (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor (Ali), and Best Cinematography.
There were certainly a number of unusual picks to say the least (Adam Driver for "Paterson," Lily Gladstone for "Certain Women," and "The Lobster" for Best Screenplay to name a few), and in most cases, their runner-ups ended up being better choices than their actual winners. For example, "La La Land" coming in second to "Moonlight" for Picture, Director, AND Cinematography was a little crazy, but they obviously had a strong liking for both films regardless.
It should be noted that LAFCA rarely agrees with the Academy's choice for Best Picture, having only matched twice in the last 20 years (including last year). Plus, they are known for having more eccentric choices than most groups, so I wouldn't expect most of these picks to carry on to the other critics awards.
Coming up tomorrow, my own guild (the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association) reveals our picks for the best of the year, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the winners.
Please see below for a complete list of LAFCA's winners:
Runner Up: La La Land
Winner: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Runner Up: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Winner: Adam Driver, Paterson
Runner Up: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Winner: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Runner Up: Rebecca Hall, Christine
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Runner Up:Issei Ogata, Silence
Best Supporting Actress:
Winner: Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Runner Up: Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea
Winner: Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
Runner-Up: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Best Animated Feature
Winner: Your Name
Runner-up: The Red Turtle.
Winner: I Am Not Your Negro
Runner Up: OJ: Made In America.
Winner: James Laxton, Moonlight.
Runner-Up: Linus Sandgren, La La Land.
Winner: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, OJ: Made In America.
Runner Up: David Wasco, La La Land
Best Music Score
Winner: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, La La Land