Emma Stone, “Jackie”, and “Nocturnal Animals” highlight the Venice Film Festival winners

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Over the weekend, the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival handed out their awards for 2016, with a few of the expected major Oscar hopefuls showing up among their winners. They included a few of the contenders being heavily mentioned not only at Venice, but over at the Telluride Film Festival as well. The awards did cite some smaller films and performances, but this was closer to a star studded slate of honorees than not, which is something a bit new. Venice is looking to be a launching pad for a handful of flicks as we move forward in the fall festival season, and that’s certainly exciting. The fest may now be in the books, with the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF) the center of attention, but my hat is off to Venice for some of these picks. They seem to have outdone themselves. The whole list of award winners will be seen later on in this article, but first…a bit of analysis!

What you’ll see below are all of the 2016 Venice Film Festival award winners. They included the Golden Lion (their top prize) going to Lav Diaz’s movie The Woman Who Left, the Grand Jury Prize going to Tom Ford’s film Nocturnal Animals, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress going to Emma Stone for her work in Damien Chazelle’s flick La La Land, while Best Screenplay went to Noah Oppenheim for Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. Also of note was the Special Jury Prize going to The Bad Batch, which is the latest work from Ana Lily Amirpour. It was a varied group, for sure, but one that helped put forward Jackie, La La Land, and Nocturnal Animals even further into the Oscar race.

Here now is the full set of winners from the 73rd annual Venice Film Festival, in all of their glory:

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Golden Lion: The Woman Who Left (directed by Lav Diaz)
Silver Lion for Best Director (tie): Andrei Konchalovsky for Paradise and Amat Escalante for The Untamed
Grand Jury Prize: Nocturnal Animals (directed by Tom Ford)
Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Oscar Martinez for El Cuidadano Ilustre
Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Emma Stone for La La Land
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor: Paula Beer for Franz
Best Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim for Jackie
Special Jury Prize: The Bad Batch (directed by Ana Lily Amirpour)

Venice Horizons

Best Film: Liberami (directed by Federica Di Giacomo)
Best Director: Fien Troch for Home
Special Jury Prize: Big Big World (directed by Reha Erdem)
Best Actress: Ruth Díaz for Tarde Para La Ira
Best Actor: Nuno Lopes for São Jorge
Best Screenplay: Wang Bing for Bitter Money
Best Short Film: La Voz Perdida (directed by Marcelo Martinessi)
Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Last of Us (directed by Ala Eddine Slim)

Venice Classics

Best Documentary on Cinema: Le Concours (directed by Claire Simon)
Best Restoration: Break Up – L’Uomo dei Cinque Palloni (directed by Marco Ferreri)

Essentially, these winners seem to suggest that Stone could very well be the one to beat in Best Actress for her work in La La Land (while the film itself continues to sound like an across the board juggernaut). There’s also the fact that Nocturnal Animals should hang around in a number of categories. Plus, Jackie, if it comes out, seems like something to reckon with, not just in its Screenplay category for Oppenheim. Natalie Portman could be a thing there too in Actress. Nothing is set in stone (no pun intended) just yet, but things are beginning to slowly take shape. Sit tight for lots more festival coverage and awards season news in general…

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Stay tuned to see how these winners fare during the precursor season!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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