New York critics choose ‘La La Land’ as year’s best movie

Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle. “Moonlight” won awards for best director (Jenkins), best cinematography (James Laxton) and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali). “Manchester by the Sea” took best actor for Casey Affleck, best screenplay for Lonergan and best supporting actress for Michelle Williams. Williams was honored jointly for her performances in “Manchester by the Sea” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

Best film was the sole award for “La La Land,” which opens Dec. 16 in Chicag0. Chazelle’s film, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, also led the Critics’ Choice Awards nominations on Thursday with 12 nods.

These trio — “La La Land,” ”Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea”— have been the favored critics’ choices in the early going of Hollywood’s awards season. “Moonlight” led the Gotham Film Independent Awards on Monday. “Manchester by the Sea” topped the National Board of Review Awards on Tuesday.

The Critics Choice winners will be announced on Dec. 11. A&E will televise the ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m. PST.