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Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS) Goes for Moonlight in a Big Way


Moonlight had one of its biggest awards days from a single critics group today when it won six prizes from the Seattle Film Critics Society. It took Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Screenplay, Editing and Ensemble. This is the 16th Best Picture win from the SAG and Golden Globe-nominated film.

Isabelle Huppert (Elle) picked up her 11th Best Actress win of the season and her film was a shocking runner-up in Best Picture. Casey Affleck, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali continued to stomp through the season grabbing everything in sight.

Arrival was the second best performer with three awards; Cinematography, Score and Visual Effects as well as runner-up in Actress and Editing.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture
Winner – Moonlight
Runner Up – Elle

Best Actress
Winner – Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Runner Up – Amy Adams – Arrival & Natalie Portman – Jackie (TIE)

Best Actor
Winner – Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Runner Up – Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Supporting Actress
Winner – Viola Davis – Fences
Runners Up – Lily Gladstone – Certain Women & Naomie Harris – Moonlight (TIE)

Best Supporting Actor
Winner – Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Runner Up – John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane

Best Director
Winner – Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Runner Up – Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Screenplay
Winner – Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney – Moonlight
Runner Up – Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By The Sea

Best Documentary Film
Winner – OJ: Made In America
Runner Up – 13TH

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner – Elle
Runner Up – The Handmaiden

Best Animated Film
Winner Up – Zootopia
Runner Up – Kubo & The Two Strings

Best Ensemble
Winner – Moonlight
Runner Up – Fences

Best Cinematography
Winner – Arrival
Runner Up – La La Land

Best Costume Design
Winner – The Handmaiden
Runner Up – Love & Friendship

Best Film Editing
Winner – Moonlight
Runner Up – Arrival

Best Original Score
Winner – Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Runner Up – Justin Hurwitz – La La Land

Best Production Design
Winner – The Handmaiden
Runner Up – La La Land

Best Visual Effects
Winners – Arrival & Doctor Strange (TIE)

Best Youth Performance
Winner – Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch
Runner Up – Royalty Hightower – The Fits & Sunny Pawar – Lion (TIE)

Best Villain
Winner – Howard Stambler in 10 Cloverfield Lane
Runner Up – Black Phillip in The Witch


About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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