The North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA), of which I am a member, voted late last month to honor the best films of 2016. As an organization, the NTFCA is proud to call attention to outstanding achievements in the craft of filmmaking. I consider movies to be not only entertainment, but in the best examples, they are also art. They teach us about the human condition. Here are the winners for each category in which we voted:

2016 Awards:

Best Picture:
La La Land

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle for La La Land

Best Actress:
Natalie Portman for Jackie

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress:
Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor:
Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals

Best Cinematography:
Linus Sandgren for La La Land

Best Animated Film:

Best Documentary:

Best Foreign Language Film:

For a full list of runners-up in each category, visit our "Best of 2016" page.