'La La Land' Named Best Film by Washington D.C.-Area Film Critics

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Damien Chazelle's song-and-dance romance won seven awards from the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association named La La Land the year's top film — one of seven awards won by the song-and-dance romance.

The Lionsgate title also won for director and original screenplay — both by Damien Chazelle — as well as editing, production design, cinematography and original score.

The acting awards went to Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea, Natalie Portman for Jackie, Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Viola Davis for Fences, and the ensemble of Hell or High Water. In two new categories, Mark Rylance won Best Motion Capture Performance for The BFG, and Liam Neeson won Best Voice Performance for A Monster Calls.

Kubo and the Two Strings, The 13th, Arrival and Elle were also among the winners.

The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association comprises 50 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and online. See the full list of winners below.

Best Film: La La Land

Best Director: Damien ChazelleLa La Land

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Acting Ensemble: Hell or High Water

Best Youth Performance: Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Voice Performance: Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls

Best Motion Capture Performance: Mark Rylance, The BFG

Best Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer (based on the Story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang), Arrival

Best Animated Feature: Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Documentary: The 13th

Best Foreign Language Film: Elle

Best Production Design: David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, SDSA, La La Land

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, SFS, La La Land

Best Editing: Tom Cross, ACE, La La Land

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC: Jackie