Austin Film Critics Association Winners – ‘Sing Street’ Pops Up in Top Films, ‘Moonlight’ Dominates

The Austin Film Critics Association crowned its winners over the holidays. “Moonlight” won over the group in a big way, taking Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and a Special Honorary Award for the cast’s ensemble and casting.

The group also releases a Top 10 Films list, which has “La La Land” sitting right behind the aforementioned film, as well as “Sing Street,” which hasn’t seen much love with critics groups so far this season.

See the full list of winners below.

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Best Film: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Best Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Best Foreign-Language Film: The Handmaiden (dir: Park Chan-wook)
Best Documentary: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings (dir: Travis Knight)
Best First Film: The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award:Keith Maitland, Tower
Austin Film Award: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)
Special Honorary Award: To the ensemble cast of Moonlight and casting director Yesi Ramirez for excellence as an ensemble.
Special Honorary Award: To honor Anton Yelchin for his contribution to the cinema of 2016, including performances in Green Room and Star Trek Beyond. His was a brilliant career cut profoundly short.
Special Honorary Award: To A24 Films for excellence in production in distribution. Their work gave us MoonlightGreen RoomSwiss Army Man, The Lobster, The Witch, and 20th Century Women, among others.
Special Honorary Award: To filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film Tower for revisiting a tragic event in Austin, Texas history in a sensitive and unique manner.

AFCA 2016 Top Ten Films:

  1. Moonlight
  2. La La Land
  3. Arrival
  4. The Handmaiden
  5. Manchester by the Sea
  6. Elle
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. The Lobster
  9. Jackie
  10. Sing Street

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