"La La Land" just nabbed its biggest accolade yet: The best picture prize from the New York Film Critics Circle.

The acclaimed musical from "Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle, which stars and , was honored with the NYFCC's top prize among 2016 films, though the critics group spread the love among many other movies for the rest of its honors. "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea," which have both been hailed with their own best film awards by other organizations in recent weeks, each earned three prizes from the NYFCC.

It should be interesting to see how the Oscar nominations line up with the NYFCC's picks, especially considering that last year's best film winner, "Carol," did not go on to earn a Best Picture citation from the Academy. But "La La Land" has plenty of buzz in its corner (critics were hailing the flick as an early Oscar frontrunner as far back as September), and with this newest accolade under its belt, it doesn't look like the film will be slowing down its awards momentum anytime soon.

The full list of winners hailed by the NYFCC is below. The prizes will be handed out at a ceremony in New York City in January.

  • Best Film: La La Land
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert for both Elle and Things to Come
  • Best Director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
  • Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
  • Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams for both Manchester by the Sea and Certain Women
  • Best Animated Film: Zootopia
  • Best Cinematography: James Laxton for Moonlight
  • Best First Film (tie): The Edge of Seventeen and Krisha
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Toni Erdmann
  • Best Documentary: O.J.: Made in America
  • Special Awards: One for editor Thelma Schoonmaker, the other for Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust 25th anniversary restoration

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

La La Land
PG-132016
Based on 18 critics

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