This past Thursday night, the Chicago Film Critics Association held their annual awards dinner, where the winners for the year’s best in movies and performances were announced.
With numerous great films in competition, it’s a line-up of winners that curiously starts with the Best Picture nominees: The most awards went to writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s masterpiece of grief, “Manchester by the Sea,” receiving four including Best Actor (Casey Affleck) Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams). Three awards each went to Best Picture nominees “The Handmaiden” and “Moonlight”; the former receiving Best Foreign Language Film, the latter the top title of Best Picture. Two awards went to Best Picture nominees “Jackie” and “La La Land,” which also battled in categories like Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.
Roger Ebert was on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Film Critics Association. RogerEbert.com Managing Editor Brian Tallerico is the Vice President of the CFCA. Publisher Chaz Ebert, Assistant Editor Nick Allen, and Assistant Editor Matt Fagerholm are members, as are contributors Peter Sobczynski, Collin Souter, Erik Childress, Sergio Mims, Mark Dujsik, Patrick McGavin, Jacob Oller and Michael Snydel.
A complete list of the CFCA winners, in bold, can be found below.
"La La Land"
"Manchester by the Sea"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Handmaiden", Seong-hie Ryu
"Jackie," Jean Rabasse & Halina Gebarowicz
"La La Land," David Wasco & Austin Gorg
"The Neon Demon," Elliott Hostetter & Austin Gorg
"The Witch," Craig Lathrop & Andrea Kristof
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
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