Moonlight: Top Winner of National Society of Film Critics (See Exact Votes)

The National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, January 7, 2017, chose MOONLIGHT as Best Picture of the Year 2016. See the following pages for all votes in Best Picture and other categories for outstanding film achievement.

The Society, made up of many of the country’s most distinguished movie critics, held its 51st annual awards voting meeting at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center as guests of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Fifty-four members are eligible to vote, though a few disqualify themselves if they haven’t seen almost every film. Any movie that opened in the U.S. during the year 2016 was eligible for consideration. There is no nomination process; members meet, vote (using a weighted ballot), and announce all on January 7th . There is no awards party; scrolls are sent to the winners.

If you have questions contact chairman Justin Chang at 213 241-9079 or the Executive Director, Liz Weis (at NSFCmail@gmail.com; cell: 646 648-3358).

The National Society of Film Critics counts among its members many of the country’s leading film critics.  Its purpose is to promote the mutual interests of film criticism and filmmaking.  Founded in l966, the Society differs from other critical associations in a number of significant ways.  In the first place, it is truly national. Secondly, membership is by election.

The 54 members include the critics from major papers and outlets in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Its members also include critics not just of The Wall St. Journal, The L.A. Times and The New Yorker, but also of The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor and NPR.

The Society represents movie criticism in the United States by supplying the official critic delegate to the National Film Registration Board of the Library of Congress and abroad as the official American representative in FIPRESCI, the international federation of members of the film press.

Besides responding to specific issues, such as imprisoned filmmakers, film preservation, or the ratings system, the Society regularly meets early in January to vote on the Society’s awards for the finest film achievements of the year.

 

The Society’s most recent anthologies are The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love; The X List: The National Society of Film Critics’ Guide to the Movies That Turn Us On; and The A List: 100 Essential Films.  In the1990’s, the Society published  Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You’ve Never Seen; Foreign Affairs, its counterpart for foreign films; Love and Hisses, a guide to the most controversial films and issues; They Went Thataway: Redefining Film Genres; and Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence, and Censorship.

Earlier, the Society published six volumes of annual reviews, as well as The National Society of Film Critics on Movie Comedy and The National Society of Film Critics on the Movie Star. The group can genuinely be said to represent the best of contemporary American film criticism.

 

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2016 AWARDS

 

SPECIAL CITATION for a film awaiting American distribution:  Sieranevada (Romania) Cristi Puiu

 

FILM HERITAGE AWARD:  Kino Lorber’s 5-disc collection “Pioneers of African-American Cinema”

 

BEST ACTOR

*1. Casey Affleck (65) – Manchester by the Sea

  1. Denzel Washington (21) – Fences
  2. Adam Driver (20) – Paterson

 

BEST ACTRESS

*1. Isabelle Huppert (55) – Elle and Things to Come

  1. Annette Bening (26) – 20th Century Women
  2. Sandra Hüller (26) – Toni Erdmann [tied with Bening]

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

*1. Mahershala Ali (72) – Moonlight

  1. Jeff Bridges (18) – Hell or High Water
  2. Michael Shannon (14) – Nocturnal Animals

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

*1. Michelle Williams (58) – Manchester by the Sea

  1. Lily Gladstone (45) – Certain Women
  2. Naomie Harris (25) – Moonlight

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

*1.  Manchester by the Sea (61) – Kenneth Lonergan

  1. Moonlight (39) – Barry Jenkins
  2. Hell or High Water (16) – Taylor Sheridan

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

*1.  Moonlight (52) – James Laxton

  1. La La Land (27) – Linus Sandgren
  2. Silence (23) – Rodrigo Prieto

 

BEST PICTURE

*1. Moonlight (54)

  1. Manchester by the Sea (39)
  2. La La Land (31)

 

BEST DIRECTOR

*1. Barry Jenkins (53) – Moonlight

  1. Damien Chazelle (37) – La La Land
  2. Kenneth Lonergan (23) – Manchester by the Sea

 

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

*1. Toni Erdmann (52)

  1. The Handmaiden (26)
  2. Elle (19)

3 Things to Come (19) tied

 

BEST NON-FICTION FILM

*1. O.J.: Made in America (64)

  1. Fire at Sea (36)
  2. 13th (20)