By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

New York Online Film Critics Bask In Moonlight

 


PICTURE
Moonlight

DIRECTOR
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

ACTOR
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert for Elle
 
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis for Fences
 
SCREENPLAY
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
 
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER
Ruth Negga for Loving

DEBUT DIRECTOR
Robert Eggers for The Witch

ENSEMBLE
Moonlight
 
DOCUMENTARY
13th
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
The Handmaiden
 
ANIMATED
Kubo and the Two Strings

CINEMATOGRAPHER
James Laxton for Moonlight
 
USE OF MUSIC
Justin Hurwitz (composer) for La La Land

TOP 12 FILMS (ALPHABETICAL)
Arrival
(Paramount)
Fences (Paramount)
Free State of Jones (STX Entertainment)
Hell or High Water (CBS Films)
I, Daniel Blake (IFC Films)
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Lionsgate)
Loving (Focus Features)
Manchester by the Sea (Amazon/Roadside Attractions)
Moonlight (A24)
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN)
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics)

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“It would be difficult to find something made by a human being that isn’t pregnant with a vision of the world. Likely impossible. It’s inherent to existence. It turns out that world visions can coincide with a certain hegemonic idea of what the world is —or not. It’s like when they say that “indie cinema” is intellectual, simply because it does not coincide with a narrative system the industry legitimates. But the industry is as intellectual as ‘indie’ movies. The difference is that one affirms reality, doesn’t call it into question. And not all ‘art movies’ are after that. You’ve got to call reality into doubt. Or better yet, I’d say you’ve got to be suspicious of reality. Because if you’re not, there’s no possible transformation. Every one of us who has done cinema —to speak just of moviemaking— has contributed our perspectives to a vision of the world. A community needs that —lots of perspectives. There will be times when some are valued more than others. But the really important thing is that a lot of different visions coexist. The big task is to facilitate that variety.”
~ Lucrecia Martel

“It’s a film festival’s job—and increasingly so—to create moments of recognition, of enjoyment, of shock, of learning. Not of consumerism. Not of implementing cultural policy. But moments without pretence, unclouded by vested interests, by intervention, by cynicism, by everyday business. Committed to nothing but the thing itself. Under obligation to nothing, to no one, not even to the filmmakers themselves. To basically seek access to a form that does not yet exist, a place no one has been to, a time that has not yet come. ’A form that thinks, and a thought that forms,’ as Jean-Luc Godard has it.”
~ Hans Hurch, late director of the Viennale