2016 saw the establishment of the Seattle Film Nerd Party Club (actually, it’s the Seattle Film Critics Society, but I’m going to keep using my preferred moniker until it sticks, so get used to it). And like every other critic’s group, we have our own awards. The nominations came down a while back, but today brings the announcement of the winners of the 2016 Seattle Film Awards (I have my fingers crossed for a live cable-access telecast hosted by the ghost of J.P. Patches for next year).
To be fair, this isn’t all that new. This same loose conflagration of Seattle-based critics has voted for these awards for the past few years. Still, this marks the year where we rise as a unit and make the world quiver beneath the boot of the might SFCS. Or something along those lines.
As is usually the case, I voted for some of these, I did not vote for others. Some choices I endorse whole-heartedly, others I’m like, what the hell are you fools thinking? We have a weird, eclectic, highly opinionated collection of film nerds and cinematic obsessives to cull from, so there are bound to be at least a few head-scratchers to be found.
And on that note, here are the 2016 Seattle Film Award Winners (you can also go look at my personal Best Of 2016 List if you like):
BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR: Moonlight (A24)
BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
BEST ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis, Fences
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Moonlight
BEST SCREENPLAY: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Zootopia – Byron Howard and Rich Moore, directors; Jared Bush, co-director.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Elle – Paul Verhoeven, director
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: O.J.: Made In America – Ezra Edelman, director
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Arrival – Bradford Young
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Handmaiden – Cho Sang-kyung
BEST FILM EDITING: Moonlight – Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: The Handmaiden – Ryu Seong-hee
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (TIE): Arrival – Louis Morin
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (TIE): Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Richard Bluff, Vince Cerelli
BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE: Anya Taylor-Joy, TheWitch
BEST VILLAIN: Howard Stambler (portrayed by John Goodman) - 10 Cloverfield Lane