Phoenix Critics Circle Announces 2016 Award Winners

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On December 16th, 2016, the Phoenix Critics Circle gathered to announce their winners. Below you’ll find their list of winners for the best films and performances of 2016.

Best Picture

Winner: Moonlight

  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Comedy Film

Winner: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • Deadpool
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Nice Guys

Best Science Fiction Film

Winner: Arrival

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Arrival
  • Midnight Special

Best Horror Film

Winner: The Witch

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Witch

 Best Mystery or Thriller Film

Winner: Hell or High Water

  • Green Room
  • Hell or High Water
  • Nocturnal Animals

Best Animated Film

Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: The Handmaiden

  • The Handmaiden
  • Neruda
  • Things to Come
  • The Wailing

Best Documentary

Winner: O.J.: Made in America

  • 13th
  • Gleason
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Tickled
  • Weiner

Best Actor

Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

Winner: Natalie Portman, Jackie

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
  • John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Viola Davis, Fences

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Tie: Damian Chazelle, La La Land and Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

  • Damian Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Screenplay

Winner: Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster
  • Eric Heisserer, Arrival
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Score

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
  • Johann Johannsson, Arrival
  • Mica Levi, Jackie

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

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