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Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:01 pm

'La La Land' takes home early award for top film

Staff, news services

Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical "La La Land" has been named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.

The group announced their picks Thursday on Twitter, spreading around their awards to a variety of Oscar contenders. The top award came as something as a twist after the critics’ early choices leaned toward Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age portrait "Moonlight" and Kenneth Lonergan’s grief-filled drama "Manchester by the Sea."

"Moonlight" won awards for best director (Jenkins), best cinematography (James Laxton) and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali). "Manchester by the Sea" took best actor for Casey Affleck, best screenplay for Lonergan and best supporting actress for Michelle Williams. Williams was honored jointly for her performances in "Manchester by the Sea" and "Certain Women."

‘La La Land’ leads Critics Choice nods

"La La Land" took the lead as the Broadcast Film Critics Association made nominations Thursday in a number of film categories for its annual Critics Choice Awards.

The group, which includes more than 300 film critics, will name its winners Dec. 11.

Among the nominees:

Picture: "Arrival," "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Hell or High Water," "La La Land," "Lion," "Manchester by the Sea," "Moonlight" and "Sully"

Director: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"; Mel Gibson, "Hacksaw Ridge"; Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"; Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"; David Mackenzie, "Hell or High Water"; Denis Villeneuve, "Arrival"; and Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Actor: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"; Joel Edgerton, "Loving"; Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"; Ryan Gosling, "La La Land"; Tom Hanks, "Sully"; and Denzel Washington, "Fences"

Actress: Amy Adams, "Arrival"; Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"; Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"; Ruth Negga, "Loving"; Natalie Portman, "Jackie"; and Emma Stone, "La La Land"