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Film News: Chicago Film Critics Association Names ‘Moonlight’ as 2016 Best Picture

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CHICAGO – The poignant identity film “Moonlight” was named the 2016 Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), in an announcement on December 15th. The film also took home the Best Director (Barry Jenkins) and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) honors. “Manchester by the Sea” got the most honors, with four, from a voting survey of the CFCA.

Moonlight
’Moonlight,’ Honored as 2016 Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Association
Photo credit: A24

There were 17 categories of film excellence selected by the CFCA, including acting, directing, screenplay, production elements and score, plus documentary, animated and foreign language films. Two of the more unique categories are Most Promising Performer and Filmmaker, which honors outstanding newcomers. The CFCA honored Robert Eggers of “The Witch” for filmmaker, a testament to the association’s ability to find and nurture up-and-coming film artists. Lucas Hedges, of “Manchester by the Sea,” was Most Promising Performer.

Rounding out the rest of the major awards, Casey Affleck was honored as Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea,” for his riveting performance about loss and pain. Natalie Portman was Best Actress for “Jackie,” by creating a powerful persona for the former first lady. Surprises included the Best Documentary category, with the seven hour multi-tiered “O.J.: Made in America” taking the honor, and the Best Animated Feature went to the overwhelmingly beautiful “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

The Chicago Film Critics Association is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The complete list of 2016 honorees are as follows…

StarBest Picture
Moonlight

StarBest Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

StarBest Actress
Natalie Portman, Jackie

StarBest Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

StarBest Supporting Actress
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

StarBest Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

StarBest Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan

StarBest Adapted Screenplay

The Handmaiden, Seo Kyung-Chung & Chan-wook Park


StarBest Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden

StarBest Documentary
OJ: Made in America

StarBest Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
The Handmaiden, Seong-hie Ryu

StarBest Cinematography
La La Land, Linus Sandgren

StarBest Editing
La La Land, Tom Cross

StarBest Original Score
Jackie, Mica Levi

StarMost Promising Performer
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Robert Eggers, The Witch

The 5th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival is scheduled for May 12th through 18th, 2017. For more information about the 2016 film honorees and the Chicago Film Critics Association, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Writer, Editorial Coordinator
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2016 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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