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Moonlight named Best Picture at 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, and The Handmaiden also win big at the ceremony

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    It’s a good year for cinema.

    Last night, the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) hosted their 27th annual year-end awards dinner. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight won three of its 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

    Although it didn’t claim the top spots, Kenneth Lonergan’s  hearty drama Manchester by the Sea won the most awards, snagging four of its eight nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, Best Original Screenplay, and Most Promising Performer for Lucas Hedges.

    Other highlights included Best Actress for Natalie Portman in Jackie; Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction for Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden; Best Editing and Best Cinematography for Damien Chazelle’s La La Land; and Best Original Score for Mica Levi’s chilling work on Jackie.

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    Surprisingly, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle were completely shut out, despite its three nominations each.

    Consult the full list of winners below.

    BEST PICTURE
    The Handmaiden
    Jackie
    La La Land
    Manchester by the Sea
    Moonlight

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Damien Chazelle – La La Land
    Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
    Pablo Larrain – Jackie
    Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
    Chan-wook Park – The Handmaiden

    BEST ACTOR
    Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
    Adam Driver – Paterson
    Joel Edgerton – Loving
    Colin Farrell – The Lobster
    Denzel Washington – Fences

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    BEST ACTRESS
    Amy Adams – Arrival
    Rebecca Hall – Christine
    Isabelle Huppert – Elle
    Natalie Portman – Jackie
    Emma Stone – La La Land

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
    Alden Ehrenreich – Hail, Caesar!
    Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
    Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
    Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
    Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Viola Davis – Fences
    Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
    Naomie Harris – Moonlight
    Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures
    Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

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    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Hell or High Water -Taylor Sheridan
    Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
    The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
    Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
    Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Arrival – Eric Heisserer
    Elle – David Birke
    The Handmaiden – Seo-Kyung Chung & Chan-wook Park
    Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
    Silence– Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Moana
    The Red Turtle
    Tower
    Zootopia

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    Cameraperson
    Life, Animated
    OJ: Made in America
    Tower
    Weiner

    BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
    Elle
    The Handmaiden
    Julieta
    Neruda
    Toni Erdmann

    BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
    The Handmaiden
    Jackie
    La La Land
    The Neon Demon
    The Witch

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    The Handmaiden – Chung-hoon Chung
    Jackie – Stephane Fontaine
    La La Land – Linus Sandgren
    Moonlight – James Laxton
    Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

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    BEST EDITING
    Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter
    Jackie – Sebastian Sepulveda
    La La Land – Tom Cross
    Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
    Moonlight – Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    Arrival – Johann Johannsson
    Jackie – Mica Levi
    La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
    Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
    The Neon Demon – Cliff Martinez

    MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
    Kelly Fremon Craig – The Edge of Seventeen
    Robert Eggers – The Witch
    Anna Rose Holmer – The Fits
    Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
    Trey Edward Shults – Krisha

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    MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
    Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
    Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
    Royalty Hightower – The Fits
    Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures and Moonlight
    Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

    Note: Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman, Film Editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, and Senior Staff Writers Allison Shoemaker and Blake Goble are all voting members of the CFCA.

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