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Moonlight won Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics today, capping off a hugely successful and surprising awards season run for the indie film. This was its 18th Best Picture win overall. Manchester by the Sea and La La Land were the runners-up.
Moonlight‘s director, Barry Jenkins, also took home the directing win, his 17th. As in Best Picture, the runners-up were Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land). The film picked up two more awards, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali (his 26th win this season) and for James Laxton’s cinematography.
Manchester by the Sea also had a good day with Casey Affleck winning Best Actor, director Kenneth Lonergan winning for his screenplay and Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams.
Overall, the films and performances that have been leading the critics awards this season came out on top here today. Only Michelle Williams and Foreign Language Film winner Toni Erdmann triumphed here over Viola Davis (Fences) and The Handmaiden in their respective categories.
Here is the full list of winners and runners-up (with vote totals) from the 51st National Society of Film Critics awards for the best in film for 2016.
*1. Moonlight (54)
2. Manchester by the Sea (39)
3. La La Land (31)
*1. Barry Jenkins (53) – Moonlight
2. Damien Chazelle (37) – La La Land
3. Kenneth Lonergan (23) – Manchester by the Sea
*1. Casey Affleck (65) – Manchester by the Sea
2. Denzel Washington (21) – Fences
3. Adam Driver (20) – Paterson
*1. Isabelle Huppert (55) – Elle and Things to Come
2. Annette Bening (26) – 20th Century Women
2. Sandra Hüller (26) – Toni Erdmann [tied with Bening]
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Mahershala Ali (72) – Moonlight
2. Jeff Bridges (18) – Hell or High Water
3. Michael Shannon (14) – Nocturnal Animals
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Michelle Williams (58) – Manchester by the Sea
2. Lily Gladstone (45) – Certain Women
3. Naomie Harris (25) – Moonlight
*1. Manchester by the Sea (61) – Kenneth Lonergan
2. Moonlight (39) – Barry Jenkins
3. Hell or High Water (16) – Taylor Sheridan
*1. Moonlight (52) – James Laxton
2. La La Land (27) – Linus Sandgren
3. Silence (23) – Rodrigo Prieto
*1. Toni Erdmann (52)
2. The Handmaiden (26)
3. Elle (19)
3 Things to Come (19) tied
BEST NON-FICTION FILM
*1. O.J.: Made in America (64)
2. I Am Not Your Negro (36)
3. 13th (20)
SPECIAL CITATION for a film awaiting American distribution: Sieranevada (Romania) Cristi Puiu
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Founded in l966, the National Society of Film Critics differs from other critical associations in a number of significant ways. In the first place, it is truly national. Its members include critics from major papers in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Denver. Its members also include the critics not just of The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and The New Yorker, but also of The Village Voice, The Boston Herald, and prominent online sites. Second, membership is by election. Variety’s Justin Chang is the group’s current Chair.