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KC Film Critics Circle gives a wave of awards to ‘Manchester by the Sea’

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“Manchester by the Sea,” a devastating drama about death and hope, won the most awards from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle on Sunday, including best film.

The movie also picked up the Robert Altman Award for best director, Kenneth Lonergan, and best actor for its star, Casey Affleck. Last week, the drama led the field of Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and received five Golden Globe nominations.

Three films each won two awards apiece from the Kansas City critics:

The neo-Western “Hell or High Water” won supporting actor for Jeff Bridges and best original screenplay.

The alien saga “Arrival” won best adapted screenplay and the Vince Koehler Award for best science fiction, fantasy or horror film.

“Moonlight,” a coming-of-age drama, won best supporting actress for Naomie Harris (in a tie with Viola Davis of “Fences”) and the newly created Tom Poe Award for best LGBT Film — named in honor of the associate professor of film and media arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who died recently.

Other awards announced Sunday:

▪ Actress: Natalie Portman, “Jackie.”

▪ Foreign film: “The Handmaiden” (South Korea).

▪ Documentary: “O.J.: Made in America.”

▪ Animated film: “Zootopia.”

The honors are called the Loutzenhiser Awards, named after the late James Loutzenhiser, who founded the group in 1966. Find more information about the organization at kcfcc.org.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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