‘Moonlight,’ ‘Tower’ top Austin Film Critics Association awards

 Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won Best Film and Best Director, while Austin filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film “Tower” took four awards, including Best Documentary, Best Austin Film, and the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award in the Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) critics’ poll.

Acting  winners included Casey Affleck as Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea,” Isabelle Huppert as Best Actress for “Elle,” Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor in “Moonlight,” and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in “Fences.”

“La La Land” took Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren) and Best Score (Justin Hurwitz).

 Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” took Best Foreign Language Film and Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings” won Best Animated Feature.

Trevante Rhodes in "Moonlight"

Trevante Rhodes in “Moonlight”

The full list of winners, plus the AFCA Top Ten Films of 2016 list, is below:

A still from "Tower" (Keith Maitland - Go-Valley LLC)

A still from “Tower” (Keith Maitland – Go-Valley LLC)

Best Film: Moonlight (dir: Barry Jenkins)

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 Moonlight, Green Room, Swiss 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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