Local critics: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Manchester’ best of 2016

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

“Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” lead the field for the Detroit Film Critics Society’s year-end awards, collecting eight nods apiece, the group announced Wednesday. “La La Land” follows with five.

All three films are nominated for Best Picture, along with the Texas bank robbery caper “Hell or High Water” and the high school dramedy “The Edge of Seventeen.”

Winners in all 10 DFCS categories will be announced on Monday.

“Manchester by the Sea’s” Casey Affleck leads the Best Actor pack, going up against “Loving’s” Joel Edgerton, “Hacksaw Ridge’s” Andrew Garfield, “Fences’” Denzel Washington and “La La Land’s” Ryan Gosling.

Gosling’s “La La Land” co-star Emma Stone heads up the Best Actress pool, and is up opposite “Jackie’s” Natalie Portman, “Arrival’s” Amy Adams (a previous DFCS winner, for 2010’s “The Fighter”), “20th Century Women’s” Annette Bening, “Christine’s” Rebecca Hall and “Loving’s” Ruth Negga.

Damien Chezelle, who was singled out as the DFCS’ breakthrough artist of the year for 2014’s “Whiplash,” is nominated in the Best Director field alongside “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins (who is also nominated for this year’s Breakthrough award), “Manchester’s” Kenneth Lonergan, “Hell or High Water’s” David Mackenzie and “Fences’” Denzel Washington.

The DFCS, now in its 10th awards cycle, is comprised of 17 film critics who work and reside within a 150-mile radius of Detroit.

The 2016 Detroit Film Critics Society nominations are as follows:

Best Picture:

The Edge of Seventeen

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea


Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, Arrival

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Rebecca Hall, Christine

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!

Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis, Fences

Elle Fanning, 20th Century Women

Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women

Felicity Jones, A Monster Calls

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director:

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water

Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Ensemble:

20th Century Women

Everybody Wants Some!!

Hell or High Water

Manchester by the Sea


Best Breakthrough:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures”

Kelly Fremon Craig, Edge of Seventeen (writer-director)

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (writer-director)

Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight

Trey Edward Shults, Krisha (writer-director)

Best Screenplay:

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Documentary:



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