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LA Film Critics Association Names ‘Moonlight’ Best Film of 2016

Barry Jenkins' drama was the winner in four categories, including Best Director.



“Moonlight” was named Best Film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which unveiled its pick for best movies and performances of 2016 on Sunday.

The Barry Jenkins drama was the critics’ big winner, scoring nods in four categories overall, including Best Director (for Jenkins) and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Best Actor went to Adam Driver for his performance in “Paterson,” while Isabelle Huppert was named Best Actress for her role in “Elle” and “Things to Come.”

Shirley MacLaine was honored with the org’s Career Achievement award this year. The prize will be given at the annual awards dinner to be held Saturday, Jan. 14, at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

READ MORE: New York Film Critics Circle Names ‘La La Land’ Best Film Of 2016, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester By the Sea’ Earn Three Awards

“Moonlight” is one of a handful of features that have already received critical acclaim and praise by audiences, getting an added boost as awards season gets into full swing. Check out the full list of announced winners:

Best Picture: “Moonlight”

Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Handmaiden”

Best Actor: Adam Driver, “Paterson”

Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best Cinematography: James Laxton, “Moonlight”

Best Music/Score: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, “La La Land”

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Best Production Design: Ryu Seong-hee, “The Handmaiden”

Best Editing: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, “O.J.: Made in America”

Best Supporting Actress: Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Best Screenplay: Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”

Best Animated Film: “Your Name”

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video: Deborah Stratman, “The Illinois Parables”

New Generation: Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, “Krisha”

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