20th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
DateDecember 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
Best PictureMoonlight

The 20th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in film for 2016, were awarded on December 11, 2016,[1] with the exception of the award for Best Canadian Film, which was presented on January 10, 2017.[2]

The winner of the award for Best Canadian Film was Hugh Gibson for his documentary film The Stairs.[2] Gibson received a prize of $100,000, with runners-up Kazik Radwanski and Matt Johnson each awarded $5,000.[2] Unusually, however, the three directors revealed that they had agreed to pool the entire $110,000 in prize money, and split it equally among all three regardless of which film won.[3]


Category Winners and nominees Films
Best Film Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Best Canadian Film Hugh Gibson The Stairs
Kazik Radwanski How Heavy This Hammer
Matt Johnson Operation Avalanche
Best Actor Adam Driver Paterson
Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
Peter Simonischek Toni Erdmann
Best Actress Sandra Hüller Toni Erdmann
Rebecca Hall Christine
Isabelle Huppert Elle
Natalie Portman Jackie
Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali Moonlight
Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash
Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals
Best Supporting Actress Michelle Williams Manchester by the Sea
Viola Davis Fences
Naomie Harris Moonlight
Best Director Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Damien Chazelle La La Land
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Best Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Best First Feature Robert Eggers The Witch
Kelly Fremon Craig The Edge of Seventeen
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Swiss Army Man
Best Animated Feature Byron Howard and Rich Moore Zootopia
Michaël Dudok de Wit The Red Turtle
Travis Knight Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Foreign-Language Film Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Park Chan-wook The Handmaiden
Paul Verhoeven Elle
Best Documentary Film Kirsten Johnson Cameraperson
Gianfranco Rosi Fire at Sea
Hugh Gibson The Stairs


  1. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 12, 2016). "'Moonlight' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Toronto Film Critics Association names The Stairs best Canadian film of 2016". National Post, January 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Three Toronto filmmakers share $110,000 from local critics’ prize. Toronto Star, January 13, 2017.