National Society of Film Critics Awards (2016) & Two Comments (2017)

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

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

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BEST ACTOR

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

2. Denzel Washington (21) – Fences

3. Adam Driver (20) – Paterson

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BEST ACTRESS

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

2. Annette Bening (26) – 20th Century Women

2. Sandra Hüller (26) – Toni Erdmann [tied with Bening]

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

*1. Mahershala Ali (72) – Moonlight

2. Jeff Bridges (18) – Hell or High Water

3. Michael Shannon (14) – Nocturnal Animals

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

2. Lily Gladstone (45) – Certain Women

3. Naomie Harris (25) – Moonlight

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BEST SCREENPLAY

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

2. Moonlight (39) – Barry Jenkins

3. Hell or High Water (16) – Taylor Sheridan

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

*1. Moonlight (52) – James Laxton

2. La La Land (27) – Linus Sandgren

3. Silence (23) – Rodrigo Prieto

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BEST PICTURE

*1. Moonlight (54)

2. Manchester by the Sea (39)

3. La La Land (31)

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BEST DIRECTOR

*1. Barry Jenkins (53) – Moonlight

2. Damien Chazelle (37) – La La Land

3. Kenneth Lonergan (23) – Manchester by the Sea

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FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

*1. Toni Erdmann (52)

2. The Handmaiden (26)

3. Elle (19)

3 Things to Come (19) tied

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BEST NON-FICTION FILM

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

2. I Am Not Your Negro (36)

3.  13th (20)

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Comment #1: For the first time, I and several fellow members of the NSFC voted this year in “real time” during the meetung in New York via an app called Slack — a process that worked much more smoothly than we suspected it would. Part of what made it so effortless was another surprise: all the results were tabulated after single ballots in every category, something I don’t recall ever happening at the NSFC voting sessions I’ve attended.

 

b083fe96fb621994c23e01

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

pioneers

BEST ACTOR

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

2. Denzel Washington (21) – Fences

3. Adam Driver (20) – Paterson

Manchester-By-The-Sea-4-Casey-Affleck

BEST ACTRESS

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

2. Annette Bening (26) – 20th Century Women

2. Sandra Hüller (26) – Toni Erdmann [tied with Bening]

Elle-isabelle-huppert

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

*1. Mahershala Ali (72) – Moonlight

2. Jeff Bridges (18) – Hell or High Water

3. Michael Shannon (14) – Nocturnal Animals

mahershala-ali-moonlight-700x286

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

2. Lily Gladstone (45) – Certain Women

3. Naomie Harris (25) – Moonlight

Manchester-By-The-Sea-Trailer-Michelle-Williams-3

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

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

2. Moonlight (39) – Barry Jenkins

3. Hell or High Water (16) – Taylor Sheridan

Manchester-By-The-Sea

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

*1. Moonlight (52) – James Laxton

2. La La Land (27) – Linus Sandgren

3. Silence (23) – Rodrigo Prieto

moonlight

BEST PICTURE

*1. Moonlight (54)

2. Manchester by the Sea (39)

3. La La Land (31)

Moonlight_mother

 

BEST DIRECTOR

*1. Barry Jenkins (53) – Moonlight

2. Damien Chazelle (37) – La La Land

3. Kenneth Lonergan (23) – Manchester by the Sea

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FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

*1. Toni Erdmann (52)

2. The Handmaiden (26)

3. Elle (19)

3 Things to Come (19) tied

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BEST NON-FICTION FILM

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

2. I Am Not Your Negro (36)

3.  13th (20)

hero_OJ2

Comment #1: For the first time, I and several fellow members of the NSFC voted this year in “real time” during the meetung in New York via an app called Slack,
a process that worked more smoothly than we suspected it would. Part of what made it so effortless was another surprise: all the results were tabulated after single ballots in every category, something I don’t recall ever happened at the NSFC voting sessions before.

Comment #2: For me, there weren’t many surprises in this year’s results, and also not too many disappointments either, apart from not seeing La La Land or Arrival or Paterson or Indignation do any better, and also feeling left out of the general enthusiasm for Manchester by the Sea, which, in spite of my admiration for the same writer-director’s Margaret (still as scandalously overlooked and neglected as Damien Chazelle’s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), leaves me relatively uninterested and indifferent. All of which makes me wonder if the overall spirit of near-unanimity in this year’s NSFC awards and its overall rejection of what we normally regard as “mainstream” might point indirectly towards a feeling of a united front against Trump and everything he promises to do to us. [1/7/17]

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