La La Land, Moonlight Critics Choice Winners

December 12, 2016

SANTA MONICA, California (AP) — The host of the 22nd Critics Choice Awards chose not to discuss his legal troubles and instead focused on President-elect Donald Trump and the controversies surrounding his election, the Los Angeles Times reports.

T.J. Miller, a star of the TV series Silicon Valley, was arrested Dec. 9 after police say he slapped a car service driver on the head after remarks about Trump.

The Times says that on Dec. 11 at the awards show, Miller joked about possible hacking of the election by Russia and the automation of jobs.

The big winners at the show include:


— La La Land for best picture.

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

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

— Mahershala Ali for his supporting role in Moonlight.

— Viola Davis for her supporting role in Fences


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

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

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


PASSAIC, NJ — A dramatic fire near a chemical plant burned through the night and into Saturday morning in northern New Jersey, its smoke so heavy that it was detected on weather radar and was seen and smelled in nearby New York City.

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ATHENS – A new initiative to unite the commercial elements of the Hellenic Diaspora with each other and with Greece was launched on January 10 at the Athens War Museum.


ANKARA - After declaring he wants a step back toward diplomacy from aggression against Greece, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on the tough talk and provocations, going after Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and sending fighter jets into Greek airspace.


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