Monday, December 12, 2016

'La La Land' wins 8 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Picture

The Critics' Choice Awards used to occur much later in the annual awards season, but in an attempt to gain more attention in the grand scheme of the game, the Broadcast Film Critics Association moved up this year's festivities to December 11. The ceremony, hosted by comedian and Deadpool star T.J. Miller, was held in a Santa Monica air hangar and attended by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Here are the results from last night's Critics' Choice Awards!

Best Picture- 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 Young Actor/Actress- Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Acting Ensemble- Moonlight

Best Director- Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Original Screenplay- TIE- Damien Chazelle, La La Land, and Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Adapted Screenplay- Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Best Cinematography- Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Best Production Design- David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, La La Land

Best Editing- Tom Cross, La La Land

Best Costume Design- Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

Best Hair and Makeup- Jackie

Best Visual Effects- The Jungle Book

Best Animated Feature- Zootopia

Best Action Movie- Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor in an Action Movie- Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actress in an Action Movie- Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad

Best Comedy- Deadpool

Best Actor in a Comedy- Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Actress in a Comedy- Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie- Arrival

Best Foreign Language Film- Elle

Best Song- "City of Stars" from La La Land

Best Score- Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Damien Chazelle's La La Land was expected to dominate at the Critics' Choice Awards, and that's exactly what happened last night. With the exception of Emma Stone's loss in the Best Actress category, the old Hollywood musical ran the table, winning eight awards, including the all-important Best Picture prize. Eight out of the last ten Best Picture winners at the Critics' Choice have gone on to win the top prize at the Oscars, which puts La La Land in a very good spot. However, the biggest surprise of the night was certainly Stone's loss to Jackie's Natalie Portman, who had been fading in recent weeks as Elle's Isabelle Huppert surged forward. Chazelle and his movie are in excellent shape for the months moving forward, but Stone is in serious trouble. She'll certainly win at the Golden Globes (more on that later in the week), but she needs some attention from critics' groups as well as from the Screen Actors Guild. Otherwise, there's a good chance that she could be going home empty-handed in February.

Beyond that snub, it was a relatively surprise free night. The acting races are really beginning to take shape, with Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck emerging as rock-solid front-runners. It was a good night for Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea as well, which included victories in the ensemble and screenplay categories. Hacksaw Ridge is continuing to gain steam in the race, and Denis Villeneuve's Arrival took home two awards, giving it a much-needed boost as we move towards the final stretch of the race. Overall, the Critics' Choice Awards were pretty straight-forward, but the ceremony was like watching a trainwreck. Between teleprompter snafus and T.J. Miller's constant yelling, it was a grating, exhausting experience. Nonetheless, La La Land is the clear front-runner now, and as a huge fan of that film, it was a good night. More on the Oscar race in the coming days.

Images courtesy of Lionsgate

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