'La La Land' named best film by New York film critics

'La La Land' named best film by New York film critics

The modern-day musical La La Land danced to the top of the list of film nominations for the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced today by The Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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.

Even more surprisingly, it was the only honor the film took, in four hours of voting that awarded most of the prizes to "Moonlight", the story of a closeted childhood in the South, and "Manchester by the Sea", the drama of a mourning family in New England.

Andrew Garfield, for example, is up for two acting awards for Hacksaw Ridge (actor and also actor in an action movie), as is Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool (actor in a comedy and actor in an action movie), Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea (supporting actor and young actor/actress) and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen (actress in a comedy and young actor/actress).

Meanwhile, Isabelle Huppert was chosen as Best Actress for Elle and Things to Come, and the Best Animated Film honour was awarded to Zootopia.

Those three films - "La La Land", "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea"- have been the favored critics' choices in the early going of Hollywood's awards season.

The group announced their picks Thursday on Twitter, spreading around their awards to a variety of Oscar contenders.

Each group, however, has its own quirks and other favorites - Denzel Washington's "Fences" and Martin Scorsese's late-arriving "Silence", among others - are also in the mix.

For example, several films considered to be strong candidates for various Academy Awards - "Arrival", "Hidden Figures", "Lion", "Fences" and "Jackie", among them - failed to come away with anything from the Circle.

The NYFCC also voted special honors for editor Thelma Schoonmaker and for the 25th anniversary restoration of Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust".