Seattle Film Critics Society Winners – ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival’ Win Big


The Seattle Film Critics Society provided their list of the best in film Thursday. “Moonlight” and “Arrival” had a great day with the group. The former took top honors in Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor and a handful of below-the-line honors.

“Arrival” also took key wins from presumed favorite “La La Land” in Best Score and Cinematography. It also tied for Best Visual Effects with “Dr. Strange.”

See the full list of winners below.

Check out the Precursor Tracker on the Oscar Predictions page to see all the groups side by side!

Best Picture
Winner – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – “Elle”

Best Actress
Winner – Isabelle Huppert – “Elle”
Runner Up – Amy Adams – “Arrival” & Natalie Portman – “Jackie” (TIE)

Best Actor
Winner – Casey Affleck – “Manchester By The Sea”
Runner Up – Denzel Washington – “Fences”

Best Supporting Actress
Winner – Viola Davis – “Fences”
Runners Up – Lily Gladstone – “Certain Women” & Naomie Harris – “Moonlight” (TIE)

Best Supporting Actor
Winner – Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – John Goodman – “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Best Director
Winner – Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”

Best Screenplay
Winner – Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester By The Sea”

Best Documentary Film
Winner – “OJ: Made In America”
Runner Up – “13th”

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner – “Elle”
Runner Up – “The Handmaiden”

Best Animated Film
Winner Up – “Zootopia”
Runner Up – “Kubo & The Two Strings”

Best Ensemble
Winner – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – “Fences”

Best Cinematography
Winner – “Arrival”
Runner Up – “La La Land”

​Best Costume Design
Winner – “The Handmaiden”
​Runner Up – “Love & Friendship”

Best Film Editing
Winner – “Moonlight”
Runner Up – “Arrival”

Best Original Score
Winner – Johann Johannsson – “Arrival”
​Runner Up – Justin Hurwitz – “La La Land”

Best Production Design
Winner – “The Handmaiden”
Runner Up – “La La Land”

Best Visual Effects
Winners – “Arrival” & “Doctor Strange” (TIE)

Best Youth Performance
Winner – Anya Taylor-Joy – “The Witch”
Runner Up – Royalty Hightower – “The Fits” & Sunny Pawar – “Lion” (TIE)

Best Villain
Winner – Howard Stambler in “10 Cloverfield Lane”
Runner Up – Black Phillip in “The Witch”

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