The musical "La La Land," a love affair between two young people and the city of Los Angeles, was named the best picture of 2016 by the Utah Film Critics Association.
"La La Land" won four awards in all from the Utah critics. Besides Best Picture, it won top honors for Emma Stone's lead performance as an aspiring actress, Justin Hurwitz' original score and Linus Sandgren's cinematography.
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins won two awards best director and adapted screenplay (shared with co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney for "Moonlight," the story of a young black gay man in Miami, told at three phases of his life). "Moonlight" shared a third award for Mahershala Ali's supporting performance as a neighborhood drug dealer; he tied with John Goodman for his role as a survivalist in "10 Cloverfield Lane."