The National Society of Film Critics chose Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama, MOONLIGHT as Best Picture of the Year 2016.
The Society held its 51st annual awards voting meeting at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Membership, which is by election, include the critics from major papers and outlets in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Its members also include critics not just of The Wall St. Journal, The L.A. Times and The New Yorker, but also of The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor and NPR.
In the best actor category, Casey Affleck continued his winning streak, while Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for Elle and Things to Come.
Best supporting actors nods went to Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea).
All four of the top acting categories mirrored the choices of the New York Film Critics given out earlier in the week.
Although the Guild Awards are a more reliable harbinger of Oscar glory than the critics’ choices, it’s interesting to see how closely the critics agree.
Below is a complete breakdown of the voting numbers, including second and third place. In almost all cases the winner had a significant lead over second and third places.
As the tea leaves are settling, it looks like the four wines in the acting categories are frontrunners for the Oscar.
Meanwhile the best picture winner is still a three-way among Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea and La La Land.
Here’s the complete list of winners and how they placed:
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*1. Casey Affleck (65) – Manchester by the Sea
2. Denzel Washington (21) – Fences
3. Adam Driver (20) – Paterson
*1. Isabelle Huppert (55) – Elle and Things to Come
2. Annette Bening (26) – 20th Century Women
3. Sandra Hüller (26) – Toni Erdmann [tied with Bening]
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
*1. Mahershala Ali (72) – Moonlight
2. Jeff Bridges (18) – Hell or High Water
3. Michael Shannon (14) – Nocturnal Animals
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*1. Michelle Williams (58) – Manchester by the Sea
2. Lily Gladstone (45) – Certain Women
3. Naomie Harris (25) – Moonlight
*1. Manchester by the Sea (61) – Kenneth Lonergan
2. Moonlight (39) – Barry Jenkins
3. Hell or High Water (16) – Taylor Sheridan
*1. Moonlight (52) – James Laxton
2. La La Land (27) – Linus Sandgren
3. Silence (23) – Rodrigo Prieto
*1. Moonlight (54)
2. Manchester by the Sea (39)
3. La La Land (31)
*1. Barry Jenkins (53) – Moonlight
2. Damien Chazelle (37) – La La Land
3. Kenneth Lonergan (23) – Manchester by the Sea
*1. Toni Erdmann (52)
2. The Handmaiden (26)
3. Elle (19)
4. Things to Come (19) tied
BEST NON-FICTION FILM
*1. O.J.: Made in America (64)
2. I Am Not Your Negro (36)
3. 13th (20)