Los Angeles Film Critics Name 'Moonlight' Top Film Of 2016

And the beat goes on for Moonlight. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association revealed its award winners today and Barry Jenkins' film continues to look like one of the two or three top Oscar contenders. The left coast critics honored it with Best Picture while Jenkins won Best Director, to go along with Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor and another for Best Cinematography.

The acting categories came with a couple of pleasant surprises. Adam Driver's soulful performance in Paterson earned him Best Actor, a rare loss for Casey Affleck.  I continue to be shocked by the lack of love for Fences, especially for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Isabelle Huppert once again won Best Actress for both Elle and Things to Come. I'm curious to see if her vote starts getting split later on. Certain Women standout Lily Gladstone took home an award for Best Supporting Actress, and it's a richly deserved victory. I'm not sure if this translates into more recognition from other guilds but this is a nice surprise.

The full list of winners is below:

Best Picture: “Moonlight”
Runner-up: “La La Land”

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

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

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

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

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

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, “La La Land”
Runner-up: Mica Levi, “Jackie”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Citation: Turner Classic Movies for preserving historic cinema and bringing it to a wider audience via FilmStruck.