‘Moonlight’ helmer awarded best director distinction by Black Film Critics Circle

BFCC also celebrated Zootopia as the Best Animated Film, and Best Foreign Film went to France’s Elle.

Barry Jenkins director of Moonlight

Barry Jenkins director of Moonlight

Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins was awarded the best director distinction and his coming of age drama was named the best film of 2016 by the Black Film Critics Circle. The Rising Star award was given to actress/singer Janelle Monae who stars in the film and Mahershala Ali, who was named best supporting actor by the BFCC for “Moonlight“, also was given the Pioneer Award for his year in performances, which also included turns on Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and “House of Cards” and in the indie drama “Kicks.”

Ava DuVernay‘s “13th” was awarded the prize for best documentary, while a special mention was given to I Am Not Your Negro, the James Baldwin doc, based on his unfinished manuscript “Remember This House.”

Check out the full list of BFCC honorees below.

Best Film: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins
Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences
Best Actress: Ruth Negga, Loving
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: August Wilson, Fences
Best Cinematography: James Laxton, Moonlight
Best Foreign Film: Elle (France)
Best Documentary: 13th
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best Ensemble: Fences

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