'Moonlight' Named Best Film of 2016 by Black Film Critics Circle

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David Bornfriend

Mahershala Ali was given the Pioneer Award for his work on the coming-of-age drama, as well as 'Luke Cage' and 'Kicks.'

Moonlight on Tuesday was named the best film of 2016 by the Black Film Critics Circle, while Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins was awarded the best director distinction.

Mahershala Ali, who was named best supporting actor by the BFCC for Moonlight, also was given the Pioneer Award for his year in performances, which also included turns on Netflix's Luke Cage and House of Cards and in the indie drama Kicks.

The Rising Star award was given to Janelle Monae. The Grammy-nominated recording artist made a successful leap to movies this year, with roles in awards contenders Moonlight and Hidden Figures.

Ava DuVernay's 13th was awarded the prize for best documentary, while a special mention was given to I Am Not Your Negro, the James Baldwin doc, based on his unfinished manuscript "Remember This House."

See the full list of BFCC honorees below. 

Best Film: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins
Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences
Best Actress: Ruth Negga, Loving
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: August Wilson, Fences
Best Cinematography: James Laxton, Moonlight
Best Foreign Film: Elle (France)
Best Documentary: 13th
Best Animated Film: Zootopia
Best Ensemble: Fences