The country may still be in post-election upheaval, but the film critics in the nation’s capital are singing and dancing.
The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association gave the musical La La Land its second Best Film win of the 2016 Awards season, following in their colleagues hoof steps (that’s a dancing pun) from the New York Film Critics Circle.
What’s more, La La Land cleaned up with a staggering 7 awards total, including director Damien Chazelle, his original screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, and Original Score.
Casey Affleck took home his 3rd Best Actor prize for Manchester by the Sea, as did Mahershala Ali for Supporting Actor in Moonlight. Meanwhile in the Actress categories, Natalie Portman got her first Actress honor of the season for her mesmerizing turn in Jackie, as did Viola Davis for Supporting Actress in Fences.
With this dominant showing, La La Land moves to the front of the pack during this year’s Oscar Race…but it’s still early, and fellow contenders Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight continue to receive a lot of love as well. The race remains fluid.
Barring a new late entry, however (Martin Scorsese‘s Silence?!), it’s going to be a three-way race between these three movies for the Best Picture Academy Award.
WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
Best Film: La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Acting Ensemble: Hell or High Water
Best Youth Performance: Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Best Voice Performance: Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls
Best Motion Capture Performance: Mark Rylance, The BFG
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer (based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang), Arrival
Best Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Documentary: 13th
Best Foreign Language Film: Elle
Best Production Design: David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, SDSA, La La Land
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, SFS, La La Land
Best Editing: Tom Cross, ACE, La La Land
Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC: Jackie
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Golden Globe Winners
Screen Actors Guild Winners
Directors Guild of America Nominees
Producers Guild of America Winners
Writers Guild of America Nominees
National Society of Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
The National Board of Review
Critics’ Choice Awards Winners