2016 SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
December 10th, 2016 by SFFCC

 

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle were over the moon for MOONLIGHT, giving Barry Jenkins’ tender and empathetic drama their award for Best Picture of 2016, while also giving two awards apiece to FENCES and THE HANDMAIDEN.  Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances to reach a consensus and award the best achievements in film this year.

MOONLIGHT won six awards overall, including nods for Barry Jenkinsdirection and adapted screenplay (tied with Kenneth Lonergan for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), as well as Mahershala Ali’s quietly towering Supporting Actor performance, Joshua Laxton’s cinematography, and Joi McMillon and Nate SanderseditingDenzel Washington won Best Actor for his intense and accomplished work in FENCES, while his co-star Viola Davis took Best Supporting Actress for her wise and modulated performance.  Meanwhile, Isabelle Huppert won her second SFFCC Best Actress award for her extremely complex portrayal of a rape survivor in ELLE.

Denis Villeneuve’s heady sci-fi film ARRIVAL won two awards, nabbing Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Heisserer’s short story adaptation, and tying with MOONLIGHT in the Best Editing category.  Chan-wook Park’s voluptuous con-person costume drama THE HANDMAIDEN was also given two awards, for Best Foreign Film and for Ryu Seong-hee’s gorgeous production design.  Other awards winners included Mica Levi’s beautifully discordant score for JACKIE, Michael Dudok de Wit’s hand-drawn THE RED TURTLE for Best Animated Feature, and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck’s expansive, in-his-own-words documentary about writer James Baldwin.

Finally, the SFFCC’s annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film went to Anna Rose Holmer’s THE FITS, while the group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to Joshua Grannell.

Best Picture

ARRIVAL
HELL OR HIGH WATER
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
WINNER – MOONLIGHT

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
WINNER – Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Jeff Nichols, LOVING
Denis Villeneuve, ARRIVAL

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Joel Edgerton,  LOVING
Ryan Gosling,  LA LA LAND
Tom Hanks, SULLY
WINNER – Denzel Washington, FENCES

Best Actress

Amy Adams,  ARRIVAL
Annette Bening, 20th CENTURY WOMEN
WINNER – Isabelle Huppert, ELLE
Ruth Negga, LOVING
Natalie Portman, JACKIE

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER – Mahershala Ali,  MOONLIGHT
Jeff Bridges, HELL OR HIGH WATER
Ralph Fiennes, A BIGGER SPLASH
Ben Foster, HELL OR HIGH WATER
Michael Shannon, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – Viola Davis, FENCES
Greta Gerwig, 20th CENTURY WOMEN
Lily Gladstone, CERTAIN WOMEN
Naomie Harris, MOONLIGHT
Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Best Screenplay, Original

HELL OR HIGH WATER, Taylor Sheridan
LA LA LAND, Damien Chazelle
THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
WINNER (tie) – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan
WINNER (tie) – MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins

Best Screenplay, Adapted

WINNER – ARRIVAL, Eric Heisserer
ELLE, David Birke
THE HANDMAIDEN, Park Chan-wook and Jeong Seo-Gyeong
FENCES, August Wilson
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Tom Ford

Best Cinematography

ARRIVAL, Bradford Young
JACKIE, Stephane Fontaine
LA LA LAND, Linus Sandgren
WINNER – MOONLIGHT, James Laxton
SILENCE, Rodrigo Pietro

Best Production Design

ARRIVAL, Patrice Vermette
WINNER – THE HANDMAIDEN, Ryu Seong-hee
JACKIE, Jean Rabasse
LA LA LAND, David Wasco
THE WITCH, Craig Lathrop

Best Original Score

ARRIVAL, Johann Johannsson
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
WINNER – JACKIE, Mica Levi
LA LA LAND, Justin Hurwitz
MOONLIGHT, Nicholas Britell

Best Film Editing

WINNER (tie) – ARRIVAL, Joe Walker
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Jake Roberts
LA LA LAND, Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Jennifer Lame
WINNER (tie) – MOONLIGHT, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best Animated Feature

FINDING DORY
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MOANA
WINNER – THE RED TURTLE
ZOOTOPIA

Best Foreign Language Picture

ELLE
WINNER – THE HANDMAIDEN
NERUDA
THE SALESMAN
TONI ERDMANN

Best Documentary

13TH
CAMERAPERSON
FIRE AT SEA
WINNER – I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
OJ: MADE IN AMERICA

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Joshua Grannell for his two decades of vital work in the Bay Area film community as a performer, programmer, producer, educator, and filmmaker; for making San Francisco an essential international destination for cult and underground film; and for creating jobs and safe spaces for queer artists and film fans.

Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema
THE FITS – Anna Rose Holmer’s feature debut, an enigmatic and nearly dialogue-free drama about a young tomboy who witnesses the older girls at her rec center experiencing unexplainable seizures.

 

 

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