Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea Dominate the National Society of Film Critics Awards

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A year after crowning Spotlight the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars as their best film, the National Society of Film Critics Awards decided to give their top honors (and a whole lot more) to Barry Jenkins’s quiet triumph Moonlight, narrowly beating out Manchester by the Sea and La La Land for the title. Manchester still fared quite well, bringing in two acting awards (Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams) as well as the highly coveted Best Screenplay; additionally, Isabelle Huppert was on the receiving end of some major love, receiving the Best Actress trophy for her dual roles in Elle and Things to Come. You can view all of the winners and runner-ups below, and ponder what this all means for potential Oscar nominations.

BEST PICTURE
Moonlight
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land

BEST DIRECTOR
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Denzel Washington, Fences
Adam Driver, Paterson

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle and Things to Come

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Sandra Huller, Toni Erdmann

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Naomie Harris, Moonlight

BEST SCREENPLAY
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
James Laxton, Moonlight

Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Toni Erdmann
The Handmaiden
Elle
T
hings to Come

Moonlight Wins Top Prize at Critics Awards