Damien Chazelle’s (“Whiplash”) modern musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was named Best Film for 2016 by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Also, receiving attention was the independent film “Moonlight,” which acknowledged Barry Jenkins (“Dear White People”) for Best Director, Mahershela Ali for Best Supporting Actor and James Laxton for Best Cinematography.
“Manchester by the Sea,” a film produced by Matt Damon and John Krasinksi received honors for Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Kenneth Lonergan for Best Screenplay and Michelle Williams for Best Supporting Actress.
Best actress honors were bestowed upon to Isabelle Huppert for her performance in “Elle” and “Things to Come.” Best Animated Film was awarded to “Zootopia.” Best First Film honors was a tie and honored Kelly Fremon Craig for “The Age of Seventeen,” and Trey Edward Shults for “Krisha.” “Toni Erdmann” was named Best Foreign Film and “O.J.: Made in America” was named Best Documentary.
Special honors were given to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Julie Dash for the Anniversary Restoration of “Daughters of the Dust 25th.”