The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) awarded Best Picture of 2016 award to Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. The film was also honored with a Best Supporting Actor Award for Mahershala Ali.
The TFCA, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, gave its Best Director Award to German filmmaker Maren Ade for her epic father-daughter comedy, Toni Erdmann. The film, due to be released in Canada early in the new year, won the most prizes, also taking Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress for Sandra Hüller.
Best Actor went to Adam Driver as a bus-driving poet in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson.
Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s elegiac drama, Manchester by the Sea, won two awards—Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Tire Allan King Documentary Award, which comes with a $5,000 cheque, went to Cameraperson, an innovative documentary memoir directed by New York cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.
The membership also chose the three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: How Heavy This Hammer, directed by Kazik Radwanski; Operation Avalanche, directed by Matt Johnson, and The Stairs, directed by Hugh Gibson (who was also one of two runners-up for the documentary award). The winner will be named at the TFCA Awards Gala, to be held at The Carlu in Toronto January 10, 2017.
The 2016 recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is Alanis Obomsawin, the veteran NFB filmmaker of such landmark films as Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. She will present Amanda Strong (Four Faces of the Moon, Indigo, Mia), a young filmmaker of her choice, with $50,000 worth of services from Technicolor at the gala.
The 2016 TFCA Awards Gala will be co-hosted by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and performer extraordinaire Mary Walsh. At the gala the TFCA will also present director Denis Villeneuve with the 20th Anniversary Special Award for Excellence, recognizing his record win of three Rogers Best Canadian Film Awards (for Polytechnique, Incendies and Enemy), and saluting his extraordinary success in making original and powerful films within the Hollywood system without compromising his independent vision.
2016 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Winners and Runners-up:
“Moonlight” (Elevation Pictures)
“Manchester by the Sea” (Mongrel Media)
“Toni Erdmann” (Mongrel Media)
Adam Driver, “Paterson” (Mongrel Media)
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Peter Simonischek, “Toni Erdmann”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”
Viola Davis, “Fences” (Paramount)
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” (Entertainment One)
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL
“Manchester by the Sea” by Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight” by Barry Jenkins
“Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade
BEST FIRST FEATURE
“The Witch” directed by Robert Eggers (Elevation Pictures)
“The Edge of Seventeen” directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (VVS Films)
“Swiss Army Man” directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (D Films)
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Elle” (Mongrel Media)
“The Handmaiden” (Mongrel Media)
ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS
“How Heavy This Hammer” directed by Kazik Radwanski (MDFF)
“Operation Avalanche” directed by Matt Johnson (Entertainment One)
“The Stairs” directed by Hugh Gibson (Midnight Lamp Films)