At the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards held on Sunday, December 11, “La La Land” entered with the most nominations (12), and it dominated the field with eight victories: Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Score, Best Song (“City of Stars”) and Best Original Screenplay, which it shared in a tie with Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea.” See the complete lists of Critics’ Choice film winners and Critics’ Choice TV winners.
“Jackie” was also honored three times. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for playing Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, and the film additionally won two awards below the line: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair.
“Moonlight” won twice: Best Acting Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali). For Ali this continues an awards romp that has included victories from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle.
Best Supporting Actress went to Viola Davis for her role in “Fences.” That was the only victory for the film adapted from the Tony winning play by August Wilson, but Davis also received an honorary See Her Award spotlighting strong portrayals of women in media.
“Arrival” won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. The film stars Best Actress nominee Amy Adams as a linguist attempting to communicate with alien visitors to Earth.
Elsewhere in genre categories, “Hacksaw Ridge” took a pair of awards: Best Action Movie and Best Actor in an Action Movie (Andrew Garfield). And though “Suicide Squad” was notoriously drubbed by critics when it was released its star Margot Robbie won Best Actress in an Action Movie for her role as the sociopathic Harley Quinn.
“Deadpool” was the critics’ choice for Best Comedy Film and Best Comedy Actor for Ryan Reynolds, who also received Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year award. And Meryl Streep prevailed as Best Comedy Actress for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
The controversial French film “Elle” was named Best Foreign Language Film, while Disney’s blockbuster “Zootopia” was awarded Best Animated Feature. Another Disney film, “The Jungle Book,” was the Critics’ Choice champ for Best Visual Effects.
This was the 22nd edition the the Critics’ Choice Awards, which have been handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association since 1995, but this year they were presented earlier than ever. The awards honoring the best of 2015 announced their nominations last December 14 with trophies handed out on January 16, 2016. That was early enough that the BFCA didn’t have time to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before voting; once that film opened the rave reviews the organization added it as an 11th Best Picture nominee after the fact.
This year’s Critics’ Choice nominations were announced on December 1, before voters could screen high-profile December releases “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Passengers,” or Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence,” the last of which ended up on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 10 films of 2016.
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