‘Moonlight’ leads the Online Film Critics Society Awards


Coming of age drama MOONLIGHT has topped the 2016 Online Film Critics Society Awards (OFCS), winning a total of four awards out of seven nominations. A full list of winners can be found below.

The magical LA LA LAND, which had an equivalent amount of nominations to MOONLIGHT, took out awards for Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Park Chan-wook’s erotic THE HANDMAIDEN won Best Film Not in the English Language, while O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA, Ezra Edelman’s epic dissection of celebrity and racial discord in latter 20th-century America, was awarded Best Documentary. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS led the pack for Best Animated Feature.

Acting awards went to Casey Affleck (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA) and Natalie Portman (JACKIE), with Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harrie taking both of the supporting categories for MOONLIGHT.

Three Special Awards were voted for by the OFCS membership, all of them Memorials reflecting the number of cherished entertainers lost in 2016. These Memorial Awards were named for Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman & Gene Wilder.

MOONLIGHT is released in Australia on 26 January 2017 from Roadshow Films, with “advanced” screenings (3 months after the US) from 20 January in selected locations.

Best Picture

The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea
^ Moonlight ^
O.J.: Made in America
The Witch

Best Animated Feature

Finding Dory
^ Kubo and the Two Strings ^
The Red Turtle

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
^ Barry Jenkins – Moonlight ^
Pablo Larraín – Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Actor

^ Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea ^
Adam Driver – Paterson
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress

Amy Adams – Arrival
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
^ Natalie Portman – Jackie ^
Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

^ Mahershala Ali – Moonlight ^
Tom Bennett – Love & Friendship
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By the Sea
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
^ Naomie Harris – Moonlight ^
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Original Screenplay

^ Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan ^
Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay

^ Arrival – Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang ^
Elle – David Birke, Philippe Djian
Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Best Editing

Arrival – Joe Walker
Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter
Jackie – Sebastian Sepulveda
^ La La Land – Tom Cross ^
Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young
Jackie – Stéphane Fontaine
^ La La Land – Linus Sandgren ^
Moonlight – James Laxton
The Neon Demon – Natasha Braier

Best Film Not in the English Language

Elle – France
^ The Handmaiden – South Korea ^
Neruda – Chile
The Salesman – Iran
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best Documentary

I Am Not Your Negro
^ O.J.: Made in America ^

Best Non-U.S. Release

After the Storm
The Death of Louis XIV
The Girl With All the Gifts
Personal Shopper
A Quiet Passion
Staying Vertical
The Unknown Girl
Yourself and Yours