New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Circles Announce Award Winners

Aaaaaaaand they’re off folks — the 2017 Oscar contenders are charging out of the gate, starter pistol fired by the Gothams!

Aaaand there’s Moonlight in the lead, Moonlight charging ahead thanks to its early anointment by the Gothams, looks like an easy race for Moonlight, but wait, what’s that, it’s the National Board of Review Awards aaaaand look at that, it’s Manchester By the Sea charging ahead, Manchester by the Sea, ridden by Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea in the lead.

Hold on, hold on, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards have been announced, and we’ve got another horse charging into the lead, it’s La La Land!

La La Land leading the race, not just running the race but singing and dancing too, ridden by Isabelle Huppert, and it’s a three-way horse race folks, wait wait, Moonlight is back in the lead again, thanks to the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Awards, Moonlight back in front, but with La La Land in firm second, Moonlight in the lead but that may not hold long, oh this is some race folks, a real nail-biter here…

(Because it’s like a horse race, you see.)

Full list of New York Film Critics Circle Awards winners, announced Thursday:

Best Film: La La Land
Best Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Best Cinematography: James Laxton – Moonlight
Best Foreign Language Film: Toni Erdmann
Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best First Film: The Edge of Seventeen and Krisha
Special Awards: Thelma Schoonmaker, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust 25th anniversary restoration release.

Full list of Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Awards winners, announced Sunday:

Best Picture

WINNER: Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: La La Land

Best Director

WINNER: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Best Actor

WINNER: Adam Driver – Paterson
RUNNER-UP: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress

WINNER: Isabelle Huppert – Elle
RUNNER-UP: Rebecca Hall – Christine

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Issy Ogata – Silence

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
RUNNER-UP: Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Animation

WINNER: Your Name.
RUNNER-UP: The Red Turtle

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER: The Handmaiden
RUNNER-UP: Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary

WINNER: I Am Not Your Negro
RUNNER-UP: OJ: Made in America

Best Screenplay

WINNER: Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos – The Lobster
RUNNER-UP: Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Editing

WINNER: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski – OJ: Made in America
RUNNER-UP: Tom Cross – La La Land

Best Production Design

WINNER: Ryu Seong-hee – The Handmaiden
RUNNER-UP: David Wasco – La La Land

Best Music Score

WINNER: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
RUNNER-UP: Mica Levi – Jackie

Best Cinematography

WINNER: James Laxton – Moonlight
RUNNER-UP: Linus Sandgren – La La Land

New Generation Award

WINNER: Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild – Krisha