Film News: ‘Moonlight’ Tops Chicago Film Critics Association 2016 Best Film Nominees

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CHICAGO – The poignant journey of “Moonlight” topped the 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association nominations list with 11, as announced on Monday, December 12th. Other notable multi-category nominees included the biopic “Jackie,” the drama “Manchester by the Sea” and the musical “La La Land.” Janelle Monae (“Hidden Figures”), Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) scored double nominations in the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories, as well as Most Promising Performer.

Scene from ‘Moonlight,’ Honored with 11 Nominations for 2016 from the Chicago Film Critics Association
Photo credit: A24

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 nominees for the CFCA best of 2016 films are…

StarBest Picture
The Handmaiden
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

StarBest Director
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Pablo Larrain – Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Chan-wook Park – The Handmaiden

StarBest Actress
Amy Adams – Arrival
Rebecca Hall – Christine
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

StarBest Actor
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Adam Driver – Paterson
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Denzel Washington – Fences

StarBest Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

StarBest Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Alden Ehrenreich – Hail, Caesar!
Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

StarBest Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

StarBest Adapted Screenplay
Arrival – Eric Heisserer

Elle – David Birke

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

Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman

Silence – Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese

StarBest Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden
Toni Erdmann

StarBest Documentary
Life, Animated
OJ: Made in America

StarBest Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
The Handmaiden
La La Land
The Neon Demon
The Witch

StarBest Cinematography
The Handmaiden – Chung-hoon Chung
Jackie – Stephane Fontaine
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

StarBest Editing
Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter
Jackie – Sebastian Sepulveda
La La Land – Tom Cross
Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
Moonlight – Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

StarBest Original Score
Arrival – Johann Johannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
The Neon Demon – Cliff Martinez

StarMost Promising Performer
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Royalty Hightower – The Fits
Janelle Monae – Hidden Figures and Moonlight
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Kelly Fremon Craig – The Edge of Seventeen
Robert Eggers – The Witch
Anna Rose Holmer – The Fits
Travis Knight – Kubo and the Two Strings
Trey Edward Shults – Krisha

The best of 2016 films will be announced by the Chicago Film Critics Association on Thursday, December 15th. For more information about the nominees and the CFCA, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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