'Moonlight' Named Best Picture by San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Moonlight  Anatomy - Still - 6 - H - 2016
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Hibbert (left) with Ali, whom he credits with actually teaching him how to swim.

The film's Barry Jenkins was chosen as best director.

Moonlight was named best film of the year by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, with the movie's director, Barry Jenkins, named as best director.

The drama — which earned six Golden Globe nominations Monday morning — won six awards overall in the organization's weekend voting, including Jenkins for best adapted screenplay (tied with Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea). Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor, with cinematographer Joshua Laxton and editors Joi McMillon and Nate Sanders also being singled out for their work on the movie.

Other acting honors went to Fences' Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (best actor and supporting actress) and Elle's Isabelle Huppert (best actress).

In addition, the SFFCC's annual Special Citation Award for an underappreciated independent film went to Anna Rose Holmer's The Fits, while the group's Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to Joshua Grannell.

A complete list of winners follows.

Best Picture

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Screenplay, Original (tie)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Best Cinematography
James Laxton, Moonlight

Best Production Design
Ryu Seong-hee, The Handmaiden

Best Original Score
Mica Levi, Jackie

Best Film Editing (tie)
Joe Walker, Arrival
Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, Moonlight

Best Animated Feature
The Red Turtle

Best Foreign-Language Picture
The Handmaiden

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro