Moonlight, Isabelle Huppert Charm Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
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The Austin Film Critics Association have chosen Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight as the Best Film of 2016 and rewarded him with their Best Director prize as well. The film also won Best Supporting Actor (for Mahershala Ali) and another win for Jenkins – in Original Screenplay. The film also received a special juried prize for its ensemble.
La La Land picked up two technical wins, Cinematography and Score and Arrival won another Adapted Screenplay honor. Isabelle Huppert scored yet another win today as Best Actress for Elle. The animated documentary Tower, about the 1966 University of Texas at Austin clock tower mass shooting, won the Documentary awards as well as two local prizes, the Breakthrough Artist award for Keith Maitland and the Austin Film Award.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Film: Moonlight (dir: Barry Jenkins)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Best Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Foreign-Language Film: The Handmaiden (dir: Park Chan-wook)
Best Documentary: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings (dir: Travis Knight)
Best First Film: The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Keith Maitland, Tower
Austin Film Award: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Special Honorary Award: To the ensemble cast of Moonlight and casting director Yesi Ramirez for excellence as an ensemble.
Special Honorary Award: To honor Anton Yelchin for his contribution to the cinema of 2016, including performances in Green Room and Star Trek Beyond. His was a brilliant career cut profoundly short.
Special Honorary Award: To A24 Films for excellence in production in distribution. Their work gave us Moonlight, Green Room, Swiss Army Man, The Lobster, The Witch, and 20th Century Women, among others.
Special Honorary Award: To filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film Tower for revisiting a tragic event in Austin, Texas history in a sensitive and unique manner.
AFCA 2016 Top Ten Films:
- La La Land
- The Handmaiden
- Manchester by the Sea
- Hell or High Water
- The Lobster
- Sing Street
About the Austin Film Critics Association
Founded in 2005 by Cole Dabney and Bobby McCurdy, the Austin Film Critics Association is a group dedicated to supporting the best in film, whether at the international, national, or local level. The AFCA has seen its numbers grow to more than 30 members with a diverse roster of professional film critics who regularly review movies for national television stations, daily newspapers, weekly alternatives, local radio, monthly magazines, and websites with international prominence. Each December, AFCA members vote on the year’s best in film, celebrating excellence on both sides of the camera. The outlets AFCA members represent include Ain’t It Cool News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Birth.Movies.Death., Cinapse, DVDActive, Fandango, Film School Rejects, FirstShowing.net, Hill Country News, Horror’s Not Dead, KOOP 91.7 FM Radio, Movies.com, One Of Us, ScreenCrush, Slackerwood, Smells Like Screen Spirit, Twitch, We Live Film and YNN Austin.