'Moonlight' named best picture by L.A. Film Critics group

Mahershala Ali, right, and Alex R. Hibbert in the acclaimed film "Moonlight."

Story highlights

  • Film wins for best picture, best director, best supporting actor and cinematographer
  • "Moonlight" is a coming-of-age drama about a young, gay black man in a rough Miami neighborhood

(CNN)The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has honored "Moonlight" as its best picture of 2016, cementing the independent movie's stature as an awards-season frontrunner.

The win is the latest honor for the coming-of-age drama about a young, gay black man in a rough Miami neighborhood.
The film's director, Barry Jenkins, also won as did supporting actor Mahershala Ali and cinematographer James Laxton.
Isabelle Huppert won best actress for two films -- "Elle" and "Things To Come" -- while Adam Driver took home the best actor award for "Paterson."
The "Moonlight" win comes days after the film made history at the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by winning four prizes and becoming the first movie to win both best feature and the audience award in the same year.
The film also has been nominated for 10 Critics' Choice Awards.
The winners from the films selected by the L.A. Film Critics Association will be honored at an event in January.

Best picture

"Moonlight"
Runner-up: "La La Land"

Best director

Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
Runner-up: Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"

Best actor

Adam Driver, "Paterson"
Runner-up: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert, "Elle" and "Things to Come"
Runner-up: Rebecca Hall, "Christine"

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Runner-up: Issey Ogata, "Silence"

Best supporting actress

Lily Gladstone, "Certain Women"
Runner-up: Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best animated film

"Your Name"
Runner-up: "The Red Turtle"

Best foreign-language film

"The Handmaiden"
Runner-up: "Toni Erdmann"

Best documentary/non-fiction

"I Am Not Your Negro"
Runner-up: O.J.: "Made in America"

Best screenplay

Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Lobster"
Runner-up: Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best editing

Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, Ben Sozanski, "O.J.: Made in America"
Runner-up: Tom Cross, "La La Land"

Best production design

Ryu Seong-hee, "The Handmaiden"
Runner-up: David Wasco, "La La Land"

Best music score

Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, "La La Land"
Runner-up: Micah Levi, "Jackie"

Best cinematography

James Laxton, "Moonlight"
Runner-up: Linus Sandgren, "La La Land"

Lifetime achievement award

Shirley MacLaine