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'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' among winners at Critics Choice

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/12/2016
Amy Adams, right, presents Viola Davis with the #SEEHER award at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Adams, right, presents Viola Davis with the #SEEHER award at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "La La Land" earned the best picture prize at the Critics Choice Awards, which kicked off awards show season a bit earlier than usual Sunday night.

Damien Chazelle poses in the press room with the awards for best picture and best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Damien Chazelle poses in the press room with the awards for best picture and best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Other big winners included Casey Affleck for best actor for "Manchester by the Sea" and Natalie Portman for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie."

Damien Chazelle poses in the press room with the awards for best picture and best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Damien Chazelle poses in the press room with the awards for best picture and best director for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Viola Davis was honored with the first-ever #SEEHER Award, which is an outgrowth of an effort to eliminate bias against women in entertainment.

Larry Karaszewski, foreground from left, Courtney B. Vance, Nina Jacobson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ryan Murphy, John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Scott Alexander pose in the press room with the award for best movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Larry Karaszewski, foreground from left, Courtney B. Vance, Nina Jacobson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ryan Murphy, John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Scott Alexander pose in the press room with the award for best movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The "How to Get Away With Murder" star remarked in an emotional acceptance speech that "it's hard to accept being a role model for women when you're trying to lose weight." Davis said she has overcome her initial apprehension of the taking on the role in the ABC drama because she thought she would have to conform to preconceived notions of body image and style.

Director Damien Chazelle, accepts the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. Pictured on stage from left, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Justin Hurwitz, Mary Zophres, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Damien Chazelle, accepts the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. Pictured on stage from left, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Justin Hurwitz, Mary Zophres, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, and I just recently embraced that at 51," said Davis, who also won an award for her supporting work in the film "Fences."

Director Damien Chazelle, center, accepts the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. Pictured on stage from left, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Mary Zophres, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Damien Chazelle, center, accepts the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. Pictured on stage from left, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Mary Zophres, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Silicon Valley" star T.J. Miller hosted for the second straight year and avoided discussing his Friday night arrest. Police say Miller slapped a car service driver on the head after remarks about President-elect Donald Trump.

Ryan Murphy, from left, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sarah Paulson wave as the cast and crew of "The People v. O.J. Simpson," winners of the award for best movie made for television or limited series, walk off stage at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ryan Murphy, from left, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sarah Paulson wave as the cast and crew of "The People v. O.J. Simpson," winners of the award for best movie made for television or limited series, walk off stage at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The awards were moved up by a month from its traditional mid-January slot. The move gave them an edge over the Golden Globes, which announces nominees Monday and hands out its trophies on Jan. 8.

Kristian Nairn accepts the award for best drama series for "Game of Thrones" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Kristian Nairn accepts the award for best drama series for "Game of Thrones" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The big winners at the show include:

Gary Gilbert, from left, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Horowitz, Justin Hurwitz, and Mary Zophres pose in the press room with the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Gary Gilbert, from left, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Horowitz, Justin Hurwitz, and Mary Zophres pose in the press room with the award for best picture for "La La Land" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

IN THE FILM CATEGORIES

Sterling K. Brown poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actor in a movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sterling K. Brown poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actor in a movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— "La La Land" for best picture.

Sterling K. Brown poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actor in a movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Sterling K. Brown poses in the press room with the award for best supporting actor in a movie made for television or limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Casey Affleck for best actor for his lead role in "Manchester by the Sea."

Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best actor for "Manchester by the Sea" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best actor for "Manchester by the Sea" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Natalie Portman for best actress for her lead role in "Jackie."

Host T.J. Miller, left, and Kate Miller pose in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Host T.J. Miller, left, and Kate Miller pose in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Mahershala Ali for his supporting role in "Moonlight."

Jenny Cipoletti arrives at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jenny Cipoletti arrives at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Viola Davis for her supporting role in "Fences"

Host T.J. Miller speaks in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Host T.J. Miller speaks in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

IN THE TELEVISION CATEGORIES

Justin Hurwitz poses in the press room with the awards for best song for "City of Stars," and best picture for "La La Land," at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Justin Hurwitz poses in the press room with the awards for best song for "City of Stars," and best picture for "La La Land," at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Courtney B. Vance for his "The People v. O. J. Simpson" role as Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran.

Andre Braugher arrives at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Andre Braugher arrives at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Donald Glover as lead actor in a comedy series for his role in "Atlanta."

Emma Stone, left, and Ryan Gosling, winners of the award for best picture for "La La Land," pose in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Emma Stone, left, and Ryan Gosling, winners of the award for best picture for "La La Land," pose in the press room at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

— Thandie Newton as supporting actress in a drama series for her role in the "Westworld."

Keith Stanfield, right, from "Atlanta," interrupts as Leslie Mann, from left, and Christian Slater present the award for best comedy series to "Silicon Valley" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Keith Stanfield, right, from "Atlanta," interrupts as Leslie Mann, from left, and Christian Slater present the award for best comedy series to "Silicon Valley" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Casey Affleck accepts the award for best actor for "Manchester by the Sea" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Casey Affleck accepts the award for best actor for "Manchester by the Sea" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

Simon Kinberg, left, and Ryan Reynolds accept the award for best comedy for "Deadpool" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Simon Kinberg, left, and Ryan Reynolds accept the award for best comedy for "Deadpool" at the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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