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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“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert

The Promised Land steers into the fact that the United States can mean whatever people want it to mean. You may not be able to be Elvis, but you can sure as shit impersonate him for a living. America, like its current President (at least as of this article’s publication), is so dangerous precisely because it’s a blank canvas on which anyone can project their dreams. Whatever it is that you see for yourself, there’s someone you can pay for the pleasure of believing that it’s possible. In his view, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate con, a delusion that prevents us from seeing our circumstances for what they are.

“Forget the Matrix, it’s the invention of happiness that blinded us to the truth. The rich got richer and the poor help them do it. Jarecki doesn’t argue that the American Dream is dead; he argues that it was never alive in the first place — that we were all lobsters in a pot full of water that was boiling too slowly for any of us to notice. And now it’s time for dinner. Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. Elvis has left the building.”
~ David Ehrlich