Sunday, 4 December 2016


Got to hand it to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. They've managed to toe the line, honouring the same three titles that keep cropping up so far this awards season - La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight - but with the right choices in the right places. But they've also found plenty of space, with thanks surely due to their practice of announcing runners-up alongside award winners, for welcome surprises, including a number of selections currently unique to this group. Smart choices, LAFCA, and the best critics' group awards slate of the year to date.

Best Picture
1. Moonlight
2. La La Land

Best Director
1. Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
2. Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Actress
1. Isabelle Huppert (Elle / Things to Come)
2. Rebecca Hall (Christine)

Best Actor
1. Adam Driver (Paterson)
2. Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actress
1. Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
2. Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actor
1. Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
2. Ogata Issei (Silence)

Best Screenplay
1. Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)
2. Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Cinematography
1. James Laxton (Moonlight)
2. Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

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

Best Production Design
1. Ryu Seong Hee (The Handmaiden)
2. David Wasco (La La Land)

Best Music / Score
1. Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land)
2. Mica Levi (Jackie)

Best Animated Film
1. Your Name.
2. The Red Turtle

Best Documentary / Non-Fiction Film
1. I Am Not Your Negro
2. O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign-Language Film
1. The Handmaiden
2. Toni Erdmann

New Generation Award
Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild (Krisha)

Special Citation
Turner Classic Movies

The Douglas Edwards Independent / Experimental Film / Video Prize
The Illinois Parables (Deborah Stratman)