“Moonlight” is a favorite of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association

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Catching up on precursors, one of the bigger critics groups that chime in each year is the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The LAFCA headlined the last couple of announcements, as they piggyback off of the New York Film Critics Circle to put forward some of the higher profile critics group awards out there. Los Angeles’ critics tend to be more eclectic in their selections than NYFCC, often throwing in an unexpected name or two. That was again the case here, to some degree, so LAFCA is nothing if not consistent. They’re nowhere near as influential as a guild, but among the critics groups, they’re definitely one of the ones you want to make note of.

Below you’ll see not just the high profile LAFCA results, but also ones from a newer group in the Atlanta Film Critics Society (or AFCS), as well as well as the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (or WAFCA). While Los Angeles went for Moonlight just about everywhere, the other groups were heavy in their praise of La La Land, along with Casey Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea. Along with Mahershala Ali in Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, Affleck’s Best Actor candidacy is getting the biggest bounce of late. It’s still early days, but the narrative is definitely being set up for both to potentially be the frontrunners in their respective categories…

First up, here are the LAFCA:

Best Picture
Runner-up: “La La Land”

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

Best Actor
Adam Driver, “Paterson”
Runner-up: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”
Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, “Christine”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Issey Ogata, “Silence”

Best Supporting Actress
Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”
Runner-up: Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Animated Film
“Your Name”
Runner-up: “The Red Turtle”

Best Foreign-Language Film
“The Handmaiden”
Runner-up: “Toni Erdmann”

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction
“I Am Not Your Negro”
Runner-up: O.J.: “Made in America”

Best Screenplay
Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Editing
Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, “O.J.: Made in America”
Runner-up: Tom Cross, “La La Land”

Best Production Design
Ryu Seong-hee, “The Handmaiden”
Runner-up: David Wasco, “La La Land”

Best Music Score
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, “La La Land”
Runner-up: Micah Levi, “Jackie”

Best Cinematography
James Laxton, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”

Lifetime Achievement Award
Shirley MacLaine

Next we have the AFCS results:

Best Film
“La La Land”

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Actress
Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Best Supporting Actress
Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”

Best Ensemble
“American Honey”

Best Animated Film
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best Documentary Film

Best Foreign Language Film
“Toni Erdmann”

Best Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Score
Cliff Martinez, “The Neon Demon”

Best Song
“Drive It Like You Stole It” from “Sing Street”

Best Cinematography
Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”

Best Editing
Tom Cross, “La La Land”

Empire of the South Award (Best Motion Picture Filmed in GA)
“Hidden Figures”

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Finally, here’s what came from the WAFCA announcement:

Best Film:
“La La Land”

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Actress:
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”

Best Acting Ensemble:
“Hell or High Water”

Best Youth Performance:
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Voice Performance:
Liam Neeson, “A Monster Calls”

Best Motion Capture Performance:
Mark Rylance, “The BFG”

Best Original Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Eric Heisserer, Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, “Arrival”

Best Animated Feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings”

Best Documentary:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Production Design:
Production Designer: David Wasco;
Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, SDSA, “La La Land”

Best Cinematography:
Linus Sandgren, SFS, “La La Land”

Best Editing:
Tom Cross, ACE, “La La Land”

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:

Stay tuned for more precursors!

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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