By Edward Delaney
For people who are tired of keeping up with the allegedly white-supremacist organization known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, just less than a few days ago the Los Angeles Film Critics Association released their list of winners for films of 2016:
BEST PICTURE: “Moonlight”
Runner-up: “La La Land”
DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”
Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, “Christine”
ACTOR: Adam Driver, “Paterson”
Runner-up: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”
Runner-up: Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Issei Ogata, “Silence”
SCREENPLAY: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou, “The Lobster”
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Laxton, “Moonlight”
Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Seong-hie Ryu, “The Handmaiden”
Runner-up: David Wasco, “La La Land”
EDITING: Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, “O.J.: Made in America”
Runner-up: Tom Cross, “La La Land”
MUSIC/SCORE: Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, “La La Land”
Runner-up: Mica Levi, “Jackie”
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: “The Handmaiden”
Runner-up: “Toni Erdmann”
DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: “I Am Not Your Negro”
Runner-up: “O.J.: Made in America”
ANIMATION: “Your Name”
Runner-up: “The Red Turtle”
NEW GENERATION: Trey Edward Shults and Krisha Fairchild, “Krisha”
DOUGLAS EDWARDS INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM/VIDEO: Deborah Stratman, “The Illinois Parables”
The film “Moonlight” received high notoriety, winning best picture, director, supporting actor, and cinematography, while Damien Chazelle‘s musical, “La La Land” hit the runner up spot several times, winning best original score fittingly.
Adam Driver won the award for Best Actor in Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” as a working class bus driver and poet. Driver is still a newcomer, first becoming popular on HBO’s “Girls” and climbed the ranks for his role as Kylo Ren in the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.“ Now, with the new Martin Scorsese film “Silence” hitting theaters later this month, he has laid the foundation for a promising career in acting.
As for the documentary section, “I Am Not Your Negro” got the gold, and “O.J.: Made in America” struck silver. One can only ask if it was a coincidence that both films ranking next to each other just so happened to be race related. Or perhaps they are just trying to one-up the oscars and diversity meter. Who knows.
Animation is somewhat given less notoriety in film genres, but it also has the potential for high brow works of art. “Your Name,” a Japanese Anime film surprisingly not produced by Studio Ghibli, won best Animated Film while the French film “The Red Turtle” came in 2nd place.
Overall, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association held another fair and well organized ceremony. Movie fans who are also tired of the Oscars should also look into the Cannes Film Festival this spring.