The Toronto Film Critics Association named Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight the best picture of 2016, with Manchester By The Sea and Toni Erdmann as the two runners-up. But none of the three went away empty-handed.
The TFCA (full disclosure: I’m a member) also gave Moonlight the best supporting actor prize, honouring Mahershala Ali for his performance as a drug dealer who becomes the surrogate father to a young boy in the projects of Miami.
Manchester By The Sea also won two awards: Michelle Williams was named best supporting actress and writer/director Kenneth Lonergan took screenplay.
And while Toni Erdmann didn’t go home with best picture, the epic German comedy was the day’s big winner with three awards: best foreign-language feature, best director for Maren Ade and best actress for Sandra Hüller, who stars as an overstressed corporate consultant whose overbearing father inserts himself into her working life. (The film opens in Toronto in January.)
Adam Driver was named this year’s best actor for his work as a poetically inclined bus driver in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. (It opens here in February.)
Walt Disney Studios’s Zootopia won best animated feature, and Robert Eggers’s 17th-century horror movie The Witch was named best first feature. And Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson – which opens at the Hot Docs Cinema this week – won the Allan King documentary award.
The TFCA also announced the nominees for this year’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: Kazik Radwanski’s How Heavy This Hammer, Matt Johnson’s Operation Avalanche and Hugh Gibson’s The Stairs.
The award carries a cash prize of $100,000. The winner will be announced at the TFCA’s awards gala on January 10, 2017.
The full list of TFCA Awards winners and runners-up:
Moonlight (Elevation Pictures)
Runners-up: Manchester By The Sea (Mongrel Media) Toni Erdmann (Mongrel Media)
Adam Driver, Paterson
Runners-up: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann
Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann
Runners-up: Rebecca Hall, Christine Isabelle Huppert, Elle Natalie Portman, Jackie
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Runners-up: Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea
Runners-up: Viola Davis, Fences Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
Runners-up: Damien Chazelle, La La Land Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL
Manchester By The Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan
Runners-up: Moonlight, screenplay by Barry Jenkins from a story by Tarell Alvin McCraney Toni Erdmann, written by Maren Ade
BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers
Runners-up: The Edge of Seventeen, directed by Kelly Fremon Craig Swiss Army Man, directed by Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Zootopia (Walt Disney Studios)
Runners-up: Kubo And The Two Strings (Entertainment One) The Red Turtle (A-Z Films)
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Toni Erdmann (Mongrel Media)
Runners-up: Elle (Mongrel Media) The Handmaiden (Mongrel Media)
ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Cameraperson (Films We Like)
Runners-up: Fire At Sea (Films We Like) The Stairs (Midnight Lamp Films)
ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS
How Heavy This Hammer, directed by Kazik Radwanski
Operation: Avalanche, directed by Matt Johnson
The Stairs, directed by Hugh Gibson