A little change of pace has come, thanks to the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, the second oldest professional critics group, after the New York Film Critics Circle.
Manchester by the Sea was named the year's Best Picture. The film also received Director and Actor honors.
Taylor Sheridan's Hell or High Water received multiple mentions, as well. Oscar frontrunner La La Land was left empty-handed.
Complete list of winners:
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Kenneth Lonergan - MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Casey Affleck - MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Natalie Portman - JACKIE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges - HELL OR HIGH WATER
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Naomie Harris - MOONLIGHT
Viola Davis - FENCES
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Taylor Sheridan - HELL OR HIGH WATER
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Eric Heisserer - ARRIVAL
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE HANDMAIDEN - South Korea
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
VINCE KOEHLER AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, OR HORROR FILM
TOM POE AWARD FOR BEST LGBT FILM