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Utah Film Critics Association: Emma Stone Wins First Critics’ Award, La La Land is Best Pic


The Utah Film Critics Association gave La La Land their Best Picture prize but the bigger news was that they also awarded its star, Emma Stone, her first Best Actress prize of the critics’ season. The majority of awards have gone back and forth between Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Stone won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival earlier this fall but had failed to win a prize since then.

Elsewhere, Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) won his 10th Best Director prize so far this season. His film also took home Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali (who’s been utterly dominating this season) and the film’s first Adapted Screenplay win since the Academy announced the screenplay must compete in that category at the Oscars.

Here is the full list of winners and runners-up:

Best Picture: La La Land
Runner-up: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Runner-up: Joel Edgerton, Loving

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Runner-up: Ruth Negga, Loving

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight and John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane (tie)

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Runners-up: Naomie Harris, Moonlight and Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney, Moonlight
Runner -up: Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Original Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Non-English Language Film: The Handmaiden
Runners-up: Elle and Toni Erdmann (tie)

Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings
Runners-up: Moana and Zootopia (tie)

Documentary Feature: Cameraperson
Runner -up: Weiner

Original Score: La La Land
Runner -up: Arrival

Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Runner -up: Bradford Young, Arrival


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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