Critics awards scorecard: ‘Moonlight’ maintains slight edge over ‘La La Land’

Regional critics groups continue to weigh in with their picks for the best pic of the year as well as other achievements in film. The latest to be heard from is the Iowan Film Critics Association, which went with “La La Land.” That win with the Hawkeyes means that “La La Land” has narrowed the lead held by “Moonlight” to just one set of scribes (14 to 13) among the 32 critics groups heard from to date. And with the Iowans also honoring their favorite film’s director,”La La Land”‘s Damien Chazelle moves ahead of “Moonlight”‘s Barry Jenkins by a margin of one15 to 14.

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Leading man Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) won over this groups and now has 28 wins as did featured player Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) who brings his total to 25. And with a wins here, supporting actress Viola Davis (“Fences”) widened her lead over actress Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”) to 20 to 8.

With her Iowa victory, Amy Adams (“Arrival) joins Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) and Ruth Negga (“Loving”) with a pair of victories. Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) has 11 wins while Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) is at nine. Our current Oscar frontrunner, Emma Stone (“La La Land”), has three.

Unlike in recent times, no one film has dominated the critics awards this year. Last year’s eventual Best Picture Oscar winner “Spotlight” was the clear favorite among the scribes, with “Mad Max: Fury Road” far back in second place. In 2014, “Boyhood” had twice as many wins as the showbiz-themed “Birdman,” which then proved to be the favorite of the industry. 2013’s Oscar champ “12 Years a Slave” held the edge among the critics although the guilds split between it, “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” And in 2013, critics darling “Argo” was able to overcome the snub of Ben Affleck by the directors branch of the academy to take the top Oscar.

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BEST PICTURE

“Moonlight” (14)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)

“La La Land” (13)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

“Manchester by the Sea” (2)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)

“Hell or High Water” (2)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)

“The Lobster” (1)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)

UPDATED: Oscar predictions by experts in all 24 categories

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” (15)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC) – tie
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA) – tie
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” (14)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC) – tie
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA) – tie
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA)

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” (2)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)

David Mackenzie, “Hell or High Water” (2)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)

Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann” (1)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)

UPDATED: Oscar odds in all 24 categories 

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” (28)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Adam Driver, “Paterson” (2)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)

Denzel Washington, “Fences” (2)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)

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BEST ACTRESS

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” (11)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)

Natalie Portman, “Jackie” (9)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Emma Stone, “La La Land” (3)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA)

Annette Bening, “20th Century Women” (2)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)

Ruth Negga, “Loving” (2)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)

Amy Adams, “Arrival” (2)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)

Sonia Braga, “Aquarius” (1)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)

Rebecca Hall, “Christine” (1)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)

Sandre Huller, “Toni Erdmann” (1)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” (25)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) – tie
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA) – tie
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water” (5)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)

Ben Foster, “Hell or High Water” (2)
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) – tie

John Goodman, “10 Cloverfield Lane” (1)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA) – tie

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals” (1)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis, “Fences” (20)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA)
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS) – tie
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA)
Iowa Film Critics Association (IFCS)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC) – tie
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS)
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Southeastern Film Critics Association (SFCA)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA)
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” (8)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC)
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC)
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS)
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)

Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women” (3)
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)

Greta Gurwig, “20th Century Women” (2)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS) – tie
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS)

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight” (1)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC) – tie

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BEST SCREENPLAY

“Manchester by the Sea” (14)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) – Original
Atlanta Film Critics Society (AFCS)
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA) – Original – tie
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) – Original
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA)
Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCS)
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) – Original
National Society of Film Critics (NSFC)
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC) – Original
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) – Original
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA)
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC)

“Arrival” (8)
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) – Adapted
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA) – Adapted
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC) – Adapted
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS) – Adapted
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) – Adapted
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC) – Adapted
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) – Adapted
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) – Adapted

“Hell or High Water” (7)
Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS)
Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KSFCC) – Original
Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS) – Original
North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) – Original
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA) – Original
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) – Original
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA) – Original

“Moonlight” (7)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) – Adapted
Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) – Original
Indiana Film Journalists Association (IFJA) – Adapted
New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) – Original
Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS)
Utah Film Critics Association (UFCA) – Adapted

“La La Land” (3)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (BFCA) – Original – tie
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS) – Original
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) – Original

“The Lobster” (3)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) – Original
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA)
Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC)

“Love and Friendship” (3)
Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) – Adapted
St. Louis Film Critics Association (STLFCA) – Adapted
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS) – Adapted

“Fences” (1)
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)

“The Handmaiden” (1)
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) – Adapted

“Nocturnal Animals” (1)
Las Vegas Film Critics Society (LVFCS) – Adapted

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