Awards Season

Dallas-Fort Worth film critics bestow honors on 2016's best movies

Dallas-Fort Worth film critics bestow honors on 2016's best movies

Alex Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
Moonlight was named the best film of the year for 2016 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Photo by David Bornfriend, courtesy of A24
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck was named Best Actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea. Photo by Claire Folger, courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie
Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for her role in Jackie. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
Magnolia at the Modern: Tower
Tower, which chronicles the UT tower shooting in 1966, was named as Best Documentary. Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land
La La Land was given two awards: Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score. Photo by Dale Robinette
Alex Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie
Magnolia at the Modern: Tower
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which this reporter is a member, has named Moonlight as the best film of 2016, as part of the results of its 23rd annual critics’ poll.

The intimate drama that follows a boy living in inner city Miami through three stages of his young life was also given three other awards: best director for Barry Jenkins, best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali, and the the Russell Smith Award, an honor given annually to the best low-budget or cutting-edge independent film. The award is named for the late Dallas Morning News film critic.

The rest of DFWFCA's top 10 films of the year were, in order, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Hell or High Water, Arrival, Jackie, Loving, 20th Century Women, Hacksaw Ridge, and Silence.

The critics group also doled out the following awards:

  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman - Jackie
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis - Fences
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Handmaiden
  • Best Documentary: Tower
  • Best Animated Film: Zootopia
  • Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren - La La Land
  • Best Musical Score: Justin Hurwitz - La La Land

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association consists of 33 broadcast, print, and online journalists from throughout North Texas.