"Moonlight" won best picture honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday, one of four awards — including one for director for Barry Jenkins — that give the independent film some unexpected momentum as awards season kicks into high gear.
The Los Angeles critics also gave first-place or runner-up honors in various categories to "Manchester by the Sea," "La La Land" and "OJ: Made in America."
But the day belonged to "Moonlight," the intimate drama depicting three periods in the life of a young gay black man set in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood. Its wins included Mahershala Ali in the supporting actor category and James Laxton for cinematography.
On Thursday the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. gave “Moonlight” 10 nominations, including picture and director, for its Critics Choice Awards. The film also has picked up six nominations for the
Last year the Los Angeles critics selected "Spotlight" as its best picture and screenplay, and the film went on to win Academy Awards in those categories.
L.A. critics also showed much enthusiasm for "La La Land." That film was runner-up in five categories: best picture, director, production design, editing and cinematography. It placed first only in one category, music/score, for composer Justin Hurwitz and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Mica Levi was runner up for "Jackie"
One of loudest responses of glee Sunday came when the screenplay for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” won, according to The Times’ Glenn Whipp, a voting LAFCA member. The film, starring Colin Farrell and
Kenneth Lonergan was runner-up for writing "Manchester by the Sea," which he also directed.
Also receiving a thunderous cheer when her name was announced was Lily Gladstone. Her supporting actress turn in “Certain Women” beat out
Adam Driver won the lead actor voting for his role in “Paterson.”
On the documentary front, ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America” won the editing award but came in second for documentary honors behind “I Am Not Your Negro,” a film about writer
Other winners: "Your Name" for animated film, "The Handmaiden" for foreign-language film and production design, and Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild of "Krisha," which won the New Generation award.
Los Angeles critics will honor their winners at a dinner Jan. 14, when actress