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Critics Choice Awards reward “La La Land” and Casey Affleck

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Last night, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (or BFCA) had their annual awards ceremony, known as the Critics Choice Awards. It’s a star studded event that sort of continues the growing of the awards season. In just a few minutes, the Golden Globe nominations will be announced (look for that in my next piece), which will in turn lead to a bigger event, but at least for this past Sunday night, BFCA had the floor. They spread the love out to a small degree, but for the most part, they had a clear favorite. Yes, the Critics Choice Awards more or less continued the presumed coronation of one contender in particular…

Leading the way was Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, which took home eight awards overall, including Best Picture, Best Director for Chazelle, and Best Original Screenplay for Chazelle as well (in a tie with Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea). Casey Affleck took Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea, while Best Actress went to Natalie Portman for Jackie. The Supporting winners were Mahershala Ali in Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight and Viola Davis in Best Supporting Actress for Fences, while the other Screenplay award went to Arrival (Best Adapted Screenplay). Below the line, La La Land also did quite well, making it the clear cut victor of the night. Other categories lauded things like Deadpool and Hacksaw Ridge, but Chazelle’s film was the belle of the ball for sure.

Here now are all of the film winners at the Critics Choice Awards:

BEST PICTURE

La La Land (WINNER)
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Loving
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Sully

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Tom Hanks – Sully
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman – Jackie (WINNER)
Amy Adams – Arrival
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Emma Stone – La La Land

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis – Fences (WINNER)
Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)
Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight
Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe
Sunny Pawar — Lion
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Moonlight (WINNER)
20th Century Women
Fences
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle – La La Land (WINNER)
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
Denzel Washington – Fences

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Damien Chazelle – La La Land (WINNER – TIE)
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea (WINNER – TIE)
Barry Jenkins — Moonlight
Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster
Jeff Nichols – Loving
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Eric Heisserer – Arrival (WINNER)
Luke Davies – Lion
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Todd Komarnicki – Sully
Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
August Wilson – Fences

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Linus Sandgren – La La Land (WINNER)
Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
James Laxton – Moonlight
Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
Bradford Young – Arrival

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (WINNER)
Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambridge, Anna Pinnock
Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery
Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross – La La Land (WINNER)
John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
Blu Murray – Sully
Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon — Moonlight
Joe Walker – Arrival

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Madeline Fontaine – Jackie (WINNER)
Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins
Joanna Johnston – Allied
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship
Mary Zophres – La La Land

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Jackie (WINNER)
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
Star Trek Beyond

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Jungle Book (WINNER)
A Monster Calls
Arrival
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Zootopia (WINNER)
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
The Red Turtle
Trolls

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER)
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Jason Bourne

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Matt Damon – Jason Bourne
Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad (WINNER)
Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange

BEST COMEDY

Deadpool (WINNER)
Central Intelligence
Don’t Think Twice
The Edge of Seventeen
Hail, Caesar!
The Nice Guys

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (WINNER)
Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins (WINNER)
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Arrival (WINNER)
10 Cloverfield Lane
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Elle (WINNER)
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

BEST SONG

“City of Stars” – La La Land (WINNER)
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“Drive It Like You Stole It” – Sing Street
“How Far I’ll Go” — Moana
“The Rules Don’t Apply” – Rules Don’t Apply

BEST SCORE

Justin Hurwitz – La La Land (WINNER)
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
Micachu – Jackie
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

Stay tuned to see how this winds up matching with what Oscar decides to do!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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