“La La Land,” “Moonlight” Nab More Awards

Another weekend, another round of awards handed out with no less than four groups announcing their end of year honors last night – and in the process setting up the early favorites in a number of categories with a two-horse race between “Moonlight” and “La La Land” now emerging.

The most notable of the four was A&E’s 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards which combined TV and film for the first time and delivered a star-studded telecast. Unsurprisingly “La La Land” swept it with eight trophies, including best picture, best director, best original screenplay and several technical awards.

“Manchester By the Sea” stars Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, the ensemble of “Moonlight” along with Mahershala Ali, and “Jackie” lead Natalie Portman took acting honors. “Deadpool” won the best comedy of the year.

The Boston Society of Film Critics also named “La La Land” best picture and awarded Damien Chazelle the honor of best director. Affleck and Ali again took acting nods, while Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) scored actress honors.

“Moonlight” fared better with the New York Online Critics association, scoring six awards including best picture, director and screenplay. Affleck, Huppert, Ali, Viola Davis (“Fences”) and Ruth Negga (“Loving”) nabbed acting honors. “13th,” “The Handmaiden,” “The Witch” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” also took home honors.

Finally the Toronto Film Critics Association handed out their honors with “Moonlight” scoring best picture, while German comedy “Toni Erdmann” was the big winner of the night with three awards including director, actress and foreign language film.

Other winners including “Manchester by the Sea” for screenplay and supporting actress (Michelle Williams), “Paterson” for Adam Driver’s performance, and “Zootopia” and “The Witch” in select categories.

Source: The Washington Post