‘La La Land’ Named Best Film by New York Film Critics Circle (Full List)

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Damien Chazelle’s original musical “La La Land” was named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday.

Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight,” however, cleaned up in more categories. Casey Affleck took the 2016 award for best actor, while his costar Michelle Williams scored for featured actress. The screenplay prize went to the movie’s writer-director Kenneth Longergan.

Barry Jenkins took the best director award for “Moonlight.” Mahershala Ali claimed best supporting actor for the coming-of-age film, and James Laxton earned the cinematography laurel.

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Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for her performances in both “Elle” and “Things to Come,” while “O.J.: Made in America” scored for documentary, “Toni Erdmann” won for foreign language film and “Zootopia” took animated feature. Kelly Fremon Craig’s “The Edge of Seventeen” and Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha” shared the trophy for best first film.

The NYFCC also announced special honors for Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor who’s worked with Martin Scorsese on a string of movies from “Raging Bull” to “Silence,” and for the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust.”

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As it has in recent years, the NYFCC is announcing the winners on Twitter as they are decided during a meeting of the group. Membership is comprised of critics who review film for New York-based outlets including New York Magazine, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, Indiewire and Variety.

View the complete list of winners below:

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  1. Some things Bruin says:

    For it to be a musical, LA LA LAND, looks like one of the dullest POS that there has ever had a trailer made for it. The songs are uninspired. The dancing is very meh, save for Ryan Gosling in a few scenes. The vocals are weak as well, again though Ryan Gosling is the exception. All of this is quite evident in the theatrical trailer. It’s a reminder of that flop, LE DIVORCE. Didn’t see it or don’t remember it? Neither did anyone else.

    • Tender Puppy! says:

      This is a terrible assessment. You’re biased and if you want to deprive yourself of exceptional cinema, go ahead and wear egg on your face.

  2. Stu Freeman says:

    Every year they decide these things earlier and earlier. Why don’t they just rule everything with a December release date ineligible? I’m guessing that the “critics”/attention seekers haven’t yet gotten to see Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The more desperate they are to come out first with their selections the bigger the likelihood that they end up looking like fools.

    • Tender Puppy! says:

      Silence screened in time for them. It simply didn’t come out on top. Your argument is invalid. Besides, the NYFCC has ALWAYS been the first critics group to announce and it has always been in the beginning of December. Have you not been paying attention?

    • Michael Anthony says:

      They set their dates long in advance. It was Oscars, who moved up almost a month, that caused everyone else to move up.

      Unless the studio doesn’t want to, screener of December releases are available to awards groups, so they can be considered. Such is the case with LA LA LAND. Studio for Rogue One elected to other send out screener. So, there us a way for all December films to be seen by the awards groups. Elle isn’t out in most of the country, don’t know about NYC or LA. Still it won best actress.

      • Tender Puppy! says:

        Elle has actually been out in NYC for about a month, give or take. Safe to assume the same is true in LA.

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