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Winners: 2017 Central Ohio Film Critics Awards



Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land has been named Best Film in the Central Ohio Film Critics Association’s 15th annual awards, which recognize excellence in the film industry for 2016.  The film also claimed four other awards.  Chazelle was honored as Best Director.  Linus Sandgren won for Best Cinematography. Tom Cross was recognized for Best Film Editing, a COFCA category he also topped in 2014 for Whiplash.  Justin Hurwitz garnered the prize for Best Score.


Columbus-area critics lauded Best Film runner-up Moonlight with four awards: Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali; Best Ensemble; and Breakthrough Film Artist and Best Adapted Screenplay for director Barry Jenkins.  Individual performers commended for their achievements include Best Actor Denzel Washington (Fences); Best Actress Rebecca Hall (Christine); Best Supporting Actor Lily Gladstone (Certain Women) and Actor of the Year Michael Shannon (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Complete Unknown, Elvis & Nixon, Frank & Lola, Loving, Midnight Special, and Nocturnal Animals).

All the winners are listed below.

Central Ohio Film Critics Association: The Winners

Best Film
La La Land

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Actor
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Rebecca Hall, Christine

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women

Best Ensemble

Actor of the Year
Michael Shannon

Breakthrough Film Artist
Barry Jenkins

Best Cinematoraphy
La La Land

Best Film Editing
La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water

Best Score
La La Land

Best Documentary
O.J.: Made in America

Best Foreign Language Film
Toni Erdmann

Best Animated Film
Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Overlooked Film
10 Cloverfield Lane

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