2016 FFCC Award Winners
The Florida Film Critics Circle has announced its winners for the best films and cinematic performances of 2016 and the awards were pretty fairly spread out among an array of films. During the nomination phase, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight dominated most categories with ten nominations and hardly no one else as close. But after the final votes came in for the 2016 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, Moonlight was a runner-up in two categories, ceding to other movies in the top categories and coming away with two other wins, albeit in some special categories.
Taking the Best Picture prize was The Lobster with La La Land coming in as the runner-up. Best Director, however, was flipped, with director Damien Chazelle winning for La La Land and Yorgos Lanthimos coming in as the runner-up. Lanthimos and co-screenwriter Efthymis Filippou won the Best Original Screenplay prize for The Lobster. Then, La La Land won in three smaller categories, including Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction/Production and Best Score.
Manchester by the Sea was recognized in two acting categories. Casey Affleck won Best Actor and Michelle Williams Best Supporting Actress. The Best Actress, according to the FFCC, was Isabelle Huppert for Elle. She edged out runner-up Emma Stone for her performances in La La Land. Winning Best Supporting Actor was Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water. Best Ensemble went to the cast of American Honey. Here, Moonlight, was a runner-up.
In other categories, Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for his film based on the writing of Jane Austen. Moonlight was a runner-up for this prize. The winner in Best Documentary was Cameraperson, which edged out OJ: Made In America. Though snubbed by the Academy for the Oscar race in the foreign language category, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle edged out Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, another film you won’t see in the Oscar contest. Stop motion animation upset digital craft as Kubo and the Two Strings beat Disney’s Zootopia for top honors in the Best Animated Film category.
The winner of the FFCC’s new category, Best First Film, was won by The Edge of Seventeen by writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. In the runner up position was writer/director Robert Eggers’ The Witch. Finally of note, director/writer Barry Jenkins took the Breakout award for his second movie, Moonlight. Lucas Hedges was runner up for that prize for his acting in Manchester by the Sea.
This year, the Florida Film Critics Circle bestowed its annual Golden Orange Award on the cast and crew of Moonlight. Made up of mostly home-grown filmmakers, from director Jenkins and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney to producer Andrew Hevia, not to mention the young actors Alex R. Hibbert and Jaden Piner, their movie is undoubtedly 2016’s surprise breakout hit. Tanisha Cidel, who played the principal in the film was key to the film’s casting process and the local knowledge of Jennifer Radzikowski, the film’s unit production manager, was instrumental to facilitating the film’s production. Buzz began in October with its astonishing limited release opening in four theaters where it pulled in close to $500,000 in its first weekend and has continued on the current awards circuit that will very likely last into Oscar season. Genuine and real, Moonlight speaks to the importance of locally made filmmaking by local talents.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners!
The Florida Film Critics Circle is an organization of 27 writers from Florida-based print and online publications. Founded in 1996, the FFCC strives to recognize outstanding work in film, further the cause of good movies, and maintain the highest level of professionalism among film critics in Florida. Bill Gibron of PopMatters.com and FilmRacket.com has served as chairman since March 2013.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:
Runner-Up: La La Land
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Runner-Up: Yorgos Lanthimos – The Lobster
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Runner-Up: Joel Edgerton – Loving
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Runner-Up: Emma Stone – La La Land
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Runner-Up: Ralph Fiennes – A Bigger Splash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Runner-Up: Viola Davis – Fences
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Runner-Up: Manchester by the Sea
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Love & Friendship
La La Land
Runner-Up: The Handmaiden
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Runner-Up: Doctor Strange
BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION
La La Land
La La Land
Runner-Up: OJ: Made In America
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Runner-Up: The Handmaiden
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Kubo and the Two Strings
BEST FIRST FILM
The Edge of Seventeen
Runner-Up: The Witch
PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD:
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Runner-Up: Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
The Cast and Crew of Moonlight