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Chicago Film Critics Choose Moonlight as 2016’s Best Picture


The Chicago Film Critics Association has announced their winners for the best in film for 2016 and Moonlight is their Best Picture. The film also won Best Director for Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

Manchester by the Sea won the most awards, four, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams. The South Korean film The Handmaiden continues to do very well this critics’ season, taking home three wins tonight. La La Land and Jackie each won two prizes and Robert Eggers won another Breakthrough/First Film/Promising Director award for The Witch.Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture

Best Director
Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”

Best Actor
Casey Affleck – “Manchester By The Sea”

Best Actress
Natalie Portman – “Jackie”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”

Best Supporting Actress
Michelle Williams – “Manchester By The Sea”

Best Original Screenplay
“Manchester By The Sea”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Handmaiden”

Best Animated Film
“Kubo & The Two Strings”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Handmaiden”

Best Documentary Film
“OJ: Made In America”

Best Cinematography
“La La Land”

Best Editing
“La La Land”

Best Art Direction
“The Handmaiden”

Best Original Score

Most Promising Filmmaker
Robert Eggers – “The Witch”

Most Promising Performer
Lucas Hedges – “Manchester By The Sea”

Chicago Film Critics

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself 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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