The 2016 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

March 15, 2017

The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the Best of 2016 winners in ten categories. The society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of seventeen film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Flint, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

Each critic submitted their top 5 picks in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough in any category, Best Screenplay, Best Documentary. From these submissions, each entry was given a point value and the top five in each category have been placed on the final ballot. The final ballots were then given to each critic to rank in order. The results were once again tabulated and the winners were decided.

This year, there are two winners in Best Supporting Actress due to a tie, Viola Davis for Fences and Greta Gerwig for 20th Century Women share that honor. Also three categories, Best Actress, Best Breakthrough and Best Documentary, had six nominations due to ties. Manchester by the Sea received the most nominations (eight) and picked up one win for Casey Affleck as Best Actor. Other top nominees include Moonlight with six nominations and Hell or High Water with five nominations and one win for Jeff Bridges as Best Supporting Actor. 20th Century Women had four nominations with two wins – all in acting categories. The big winner was La La Land with five nominations and four wins – Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Screenplay. See full results below.


The Best of 2016
as picked by the Detroit Film Critics Society
(nominees are listed in alphabetical order)


  • Winner: La La Land
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight


  • Winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water
  • Denzel Washington, Fences


  • Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton, Loving
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Denzel Washington, Fences


  • Winner: Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Rebecca Hall, Christine
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie


  • Winner: Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!
  • Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea


  • Winner: Viola Davis, Fences
  • Winner: Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
  • Elle Fanning, 20th Century Women
  • Felicity Jones, A Monster Calls
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


  • Winner: 20th Century Women
  • Everybody Wants Some!
  • Hell or High Water
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight


  • Winner: Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen (director, screenplay)
  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight, Hidden Figures (actor)
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea (actor)
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (director, screenplay)
  • Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight (actor)
  • Trey Edward Shults, Krisha (director, screenplay)


  • Winner: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Eric Heisserer, Arrival
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water


  • Winner: O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th
  • Gleason
  • Life, Animated
  • Tickled
  • Weiner