'La La Land' named best film by NY film critics


The film won Farhadi the award for best screenplay and a Palme d'Or for best actor for Shahab Hosseini at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Both the New York Film Critics and BFCA members rarely cross over into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and industry guilds that pick nominees and winners for the majority of Hollywood's awards shows, but the critics' awards help to build buzz for potential Oscar front-runners.

Winners in movies and television for the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards will be revealed December 11, to be broadcast live on A&E.

The musical drama starred by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land, tops the list with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. The critics group voted on its annual film winners on Thursday.

All three films received best picture nominations, along with Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Sully. And the best supporting actress field includes Viola Davis (Fences), Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Janelle MonĂ¡e (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea).

Isabelle Huppert is picked by the NYFCC members as Best Actress, thanks to her performances in both "Elle" and "Things to Come". And while "La La Land" took the top prize, popular stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were left out. Toni Erdmann was selected as Best Foreign Language Film, and Best First Film was a tie for the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer Edge of Seventeen and Krisha. Comprising writers from newspapers, magazines and websites based in the greater NY area, the critics' group is the country's oldest, founded in 1935. Every year in December, the group meets in NY to vote on awards for the previous calendar year's films.

While the film itself is sixth in the Best Picture category, Portman is now second in the Best Actress race with 10/3 odds and is nearly assured a nomination there.