Thursday, December 1, 2016

New York Film Critics Circle Names "La La Land" Best Picture of 2016

Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is, according to their website, “an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that exists to honor excellence in U.S. and world cinema.”  Members are critics from daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, and online general-interest publications (that meet certain qualifications). Every year in December, Circle members meet in New York to vote on awards for the year's films.  The Circle also puts on an awards presentation, which will be held in January 2017 to honor 2016 winners.

The Circle was the first film critics organization that I encountered as a budding, young movie lover.  The Circle's awards have been predictors of the Oscar nominations. However, The Circle sees it awards “as a principled alternative to the Oscars, honoring esthetic merit in a forum that is immune to commercial and political pressures,” according to their website.

2016 NYFCC Awards:

Best Picture
La La Land

Best Director
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Best Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert – Elle; The Things to Come

Best Actor
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea; Certain Women

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali - Moonlight

Best Cinematographer
James Laxton - Moonlight

Best Animated Film

Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film
Toni Erdmann

Best First Film
Kelly Fremon Craig - The Edge of Seventeen

Best First Film
Trey Edward Shults - Krisha

Special Award:
Thelma Schoonmaker & Julie Dash - Daughters of the Dust (25th Anniversary Restoration)


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