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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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton