LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The old-fashioned love story musical "La La Land" won great acclaim Sunday night at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards, formally kicking off the Hollywood awards season in style.
The film about a jazz musician's romance with an aspiring actress garnered 12 nominations at the ceremony in Santa Monica and eight awards, including best picture and best director for 31-year-old Damien Chazelle.
"La La Land" also grabbed top honors for best original screenplay, best cinematography, best production design, best editing, best song and best score.
The hometown drama "Manchester By The Sea" won three awards: best actor for Casey Affleck, best young actor-actress for Lucas Hedges, and best original screenplay in a tie with "La La Land."
Best actress went to Natalie Portman for "Jackie." Best supporting actor was won by Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight." Best supporting actress was Viola Davis for "Fences."
The film "Arrival" received two awards: best Sci-fi/Horror film and best adapted screenplay.
In the television category, FX channel's "The People v. O.J. Simpson" took home four awards: best movie made for television or limited series, best actress for Sarah Paulson, best actor for Courtney B. Vance, and best supporting actor for Sterling K. Brown.