Washington Area Film Critics go gaga for La La Land

Over the past week I’ve been frantically trying to streamline my top movie picks for 2016. As a voting member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association, or WAFCA, this is a busy time of year for me. Today, we announced our WAFCA 2016 Awards and I’m thrilled our winners.

The big choice for me essentially came down to La La Land or Moonlight, two films I loved. Turns out my fellow WAFCA Critics felt the same way with La La Land being the big winner. 

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Credit: WAFCA

Here’s the winners:

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)

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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 Original Screenplay:

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Eric Heisserer, Based on the Story ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang (Arrival)

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Best Animated Feature:

Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Documentary:

13th

Best Foreign Language Film:

Elle

Best Production Design:

Production Designer: David Wasco;

Set Decorator: 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

Casey Affleck continues what seems to be a set path to capturing the Oscar for Best Actor with his performance in Manchester by the Sea. Natalie Portman also seems to be the lock for Best Actress thanks to her turn in Jackie. I’m hoping the same is true for Mahershala Ali with his great supporting role in Moonlight.


The 2016 WAFCA AWARD NOMINEES WERE:

Best Film:

Arrival

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

 

Best Director:

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

 

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Joel Edgerton (Loving)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

 

Best Actress:

Amy Adams (Arrival)

Annette Bening (20th Century Women)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis (Fences)

Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Molly Shannon (Other People)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

 

Best Acting Ensemble:

Fences

Hell or High Water

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

20th Century Women

 

Best Youth Performance:

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls)

Sunny Pawar (Lion)

Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen)

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)

 

Best Voice Performance:

Jason Bateman (Zootopia)

Auli’i Cravalho (Moana)

Ellen DeGeneres (Finding Dory)

Ginnifer Goodwin (Zootopia)

Liam Neeson (A Monster Calls)

 

Best Motion Capture Performance:

Liam Neeson (A Monster Calls)

Mark Rylance (The BFG)

 

 Best Original Screenplay:

Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)

Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou (The Lobster)

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Eric Heisserer, Based on the Story ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang (Arrival)

August Wilson, Based on his Play (Fences)

Luke Davies, Adapted from the Memoir ‘A Long Way Home’ by Saroo Brierley (Lion)

Patrick Ness, Based on his Novel (A Monster Calls)

Tom Ford, Based on the Novel ‘Tony and Susan’ by Austin Wright (Nocturnal Animals)

 

Best Animated Feature:

 Finding Dory

 Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Sausage Party

Zootopia

 

Best Documentary:

Gleason

I Am Not Your Negro

O.J.: Made in America

13th

Weiner

 

Best Foreign Language Film:

Elle

Julieta

The Handmaiden

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

 

Best Production Design:

Production Designer: Patrice Vermette; Key Decorator: Paul Hotte (Arrival)

Production Designer: Stuart Craig; Set Decorator: Anna Pinnock (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Production Designer: Jean Rabasse, ADC; Set Decorator: Véronique Melery (Jackie)

Production Designer: David Wasco; Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, SDSA (La La Land)

Craig Lathrop (The Witch)

 

Best Cinematography:

Bradford Young, ASC (Arrival)

Stéphane Fontaine, AFC (Jackie)

Linus Sandgren, SFS (La La Land)

James Laxton (Moonlight)

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (Nocturnal Animals)

 

Best Editing:

Joe Walker, ACE (Arrival)

Sebastián Sepúlveda (Jackie)

Tom Cross, ACE (La La Land)

Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon (Moonlight)

Blu Murray (Sully)

 

Best Original Score:

Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival)

Mica Levi (Jackie)

Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)

Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)

 

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:

Jackie

Jason Bourne

Loving

Miss Sloane

Snowden

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