‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight’ Lead Critics’ Choice Movie Nominations

Kristopher Tapley
Variety

With 12 nominations, Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” led the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards movie nominations, including notices for best picture, best director, best actor (Ryan Gosling) and best actress (Emma Stone).

Not far behind were a pair of critically acclaimed dramas, Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” with 10 nominations apiece.

All three films received best picture nominations, along with “Fences, “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Lion,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Sully.”

With 27 categories, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. — which puts on the Critics’ Choice Awards — leaves itself plenty of opportunity to cover all bases. Genre categories for action, comedy and sci-fi/horror ensure peripheral recognition for films like “Jason Bourne,” “10 Cloverfield Lane” and “Central Intelligence.” Even the critically reviled DC films “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” landed notices, for actresses Gal Gadot and Margot Robbie, respectively.

The effect is something akin to the MTV Movie Awards: a glossy sidebar to the prestige awards season players. The genre categories were implemented a few years ago largely to drive up the star power of the annual Critics’ Choice Awards show, and it continues to pay off, witnessed again this year by nominations for Dwayne Johnson, Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, among others.

It also provides an opportunity to recognize outlying contenders in the central categories, like Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”). Neither was nominated for best actor or best actress, but they managed recognition in the comedy categories.

Basically, the more the merrier when it comes to the BFCA.

Full list of nominations below. Winners will be announced at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Dec. 11.

Best Picture
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Loving”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”
“Sully”

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)
Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)
David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”)
Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Joel Edgerton (“Loving”)
Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”)
Tom Hanks (“Sully”)
Denzel Washington (“Fences”)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (“Arrival”)
Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”)
Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”)
Ruth Negga (“Loving”)
Natalie Portman (“Jackie”)
Emma Stone (“La La Land”)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”)
Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”)
Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water”)
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Dev Patel (“Lion”)
Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (“Fences”)
Greta Gerwig (“20th Century Women”)
Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”)
Nicole Kidman (“Lion
Janelle Monáe  (“Hidden Figures”)
Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”)

Best Young Actor/Actress
Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”)
Alex R. Hibbert (“Moonlight”)
Lewis MacDougall (“A Monster Calls”)
Madina Nalwanga (“Queen of Katwe”)
Sunny Pawar (“Lion”)
Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Luke Davies (“Lion”)
Tom Ford (“Nocturnal Animals”)
Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”)
Todd Komarnicki (“Sully”)
Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi (“Hidden Figures”)
August Wilson (“Fences”)

Best Original Screenplay
Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou (“The Lobster”)
Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea “)
Jeff Nichols (“Loving”)
Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”)

Best Cinematography
“Arrival” (Bradford Young)
“Jackie” (Stéphane Fontaine)
“La La Land” (Linus Sandgren)
“Moonlight” (James Laxton)
“Nocturnal Animals” (Seamus McGarvey)

Best Costume Design
“Allied” (Joanna Johnston)
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood)
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Consolata Boyle)
“Jackie” (Madeline Fontaine)
“La La Land” (Mary Zophres)
“Love & Friendship” (Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh)

Best Editing
“Arrival” (Joe Walker)
“Hacksaw Ridge” (John Gilbert)
“La La Land” (Tom Cross)
“Moonlight” (Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon)
“Sully” (Blu Murray)

Best Hair & Makeup
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Jackie”
“Star Trek Beyond”

Best Production Design
“Arrival” (Patrice Vermette; Paul Hotte, André Valade)
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig; James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock)
“Jackie” (Jean Rabasse; Véronique Melery)
“La La Land” (David Wasco; Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)
“Live By Night” (Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh)

Best Score
“Arrival” (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
“Jackie” (Mica Levi)
“La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz)
“Moonlight” (Nicholas Britell)
“Lion” (Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka)

Best Song
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”
“City of Stars” from “La La Land”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from “Trolls”
“The Rules Don’t Apply” from “Rules Don’t Apply”
“Drive It Like You Stole It” from “Sing Street”

Best Visual Effects
“Arrival”
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“The Jungle Book”
“A Monster Calls”

Best Animated Feature
“Finding Dory”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“The Red Turtle”
“Trolls”
“Zootopia”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Elle”
“The Handmaiden”
“Julieta”
“Neruda”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Best Acting Ensemble
“Fences”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”
“20th Century Women”

Best Action Movie
“Captain America: Civil War”
“Deadpool”
“Doctor Strange”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Jason Bourne”

Best Actor in an Action Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Doctor Strange”)
Matt Damon (“Jason Bourne”)
Chris Evans (“Captain America: Civil War”)
Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”)

Best Actress in an Action Movie
Gal Gadot (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Captain America: Civil War”)
Margot Robbie (“Suicide Squad”)
Tilda Swinton (“Doctor Strange”)

Best Comedy
“Central Intelligence”
“Deadpool”
“Don’t Think Twice”
“The Edge of Seventeen”
“Hail, Caesar!”
“The Nice Guys”

Best Actor in a Comedy
Ryan Gosling (“The Nice Guys”)
Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)
Dwayne Johnson (“Central Intelligence”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”)
Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”)

Best Actress in a Comedy
Kate Beckinsale (“Love & Friendship”)
Sally Field (“Hello, My Name Iis Doris”)
Kate McKinnon (“Ghostbusters”)
Hailee Steinfeld (“The Edge of Seventeen”)
Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
“Arrival”
“Doctor Strange”
“Don’t Breathe”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“10 Cloverfield Lane”
“The Witch”

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