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Moonlight is gaining momentum to win over the hot favorite ‘La La Land’ for the Best Picture at Academy Awards this year by beating it out at 51st National Society of Film Critics. Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man who is trying to find the stability in his life. Not so surprisingly, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea are runners-up.

Best Picture: “Moonlight”
Runners-up: “Manchester by the Sea”; “La La Land”

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Runners-up: Denzel Washington, “Fences”; Adam Driver, “Paterson”

Manchester by The Sea Complete Review

Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”
Runners-up: Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”; Sandra Huller, “Toni Erdmann”

Elle Complete Review

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Runners-up: Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”; Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Runners-up: Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”; Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Runners-up: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”; Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

La La Land Complete Review

Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Runners-up: Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”; Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Best Cinematography:  James Laxton, “Moonlight”
Runners-up: Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”; Rodrigo Prieto, “Silence”

Best Foreign Film: “Toni Erdmann”
Runners-up: “The Handmaiden,” “Elle” and “Things to Come”

Toni Erdmann is currently competing against the 8 other foreign films to find the place in the final nomination list of the Best Foreign Film Category at Academy awards 2017. Chances seem pretty strong for making it to the nomination list, but it will be equally tough to win against Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘The Salesman’- if it makes it to the nomination.

Toni Erdmann Complete Review

Film Heritage Award: Kino Lorber’s five-disc collection “Pioneers of African-American Cinema”

Special citation for a film awaiting American distribution: Cristi Puiu’s “Sieranevada”

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