'La La Land,' 'Arrival,' 'Moonlight' Top Critics' Choice Nominations

The Hollywood Reporter

The modern-day musical La La Land danced to the top of the list of film nominations for the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced today by The Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The pastel-hued tale of a guy and gal who fall in love against a Hollywood backdrop scored 12 noms, including best picture, best actor for Ryan Gosling, best actress for Emma Stone and best director and original screenplay for Damien Chazelle. In addition to a clutch of craft nominations, it also earned a best score nom for Justin Hurwitz and two song nominations for its tunes "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars."

The contemplative sci-fi movie Arrival and the coming-of-age drama Moonlight were close behind, with ten nominations each, including best picture and best director for Denis Villeneuve and Barry Jenkins, respectively. Manchester by the Sea earned eight noms, followed by Hacksaw Ridge with seven and Doctor Strange, Fences, Hell or High Water, Jackie and Lion, all with six.

In addition to La La Land, Arrival and Moonlight, the ten best picture nominees voted by the BFCA - which is comprised of more than 300 film critics in the U.S. and Canada, working in TV, radio and online - include Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Sully.

The winners will be revealed live at the Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, hosted by T.J. Miller, which will be broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica by A&E on Dec. 11. Trophies will also be handed out in television categories that were previously announced.

Not only did the war saga Hacksaw Ridge secure noms in both the best picture and best action movie categories, but Mel Gibson was rewarded with a directing nom, finding a slot alongside his fellow actor-turned-director Denzel Washington for Fences as well as Chazelle, Villeneuve, Jenkins, Hell or High Water's David Mackenzie and Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan.

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In addition to directing, Washington scored a second nominations for acting in Fences. Lonergan was a double nominee for writing and directing Manchester, as was Jenkins for his work on Moonlight and Chazelle for his on La La Land.

The nominees for best animated feature consisted of Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Red Turtle, Trolls and Zootopia, while the best foreign-language nominees encompassed Elle, The Handmaiden, Julieta, Neruda, The Salesman and Toni Erdmann.

No mention was made of The Birth of a Nation, widely hailed as a sure-fire awards contender when it first bowed at last January's Sundance Film Festival only to hit a wall when the media turned its attention to a 1999 rape case in which writer/director Nate Parker, who was ultimately acquitted, was involved. Also among the missing was Martin Scorsese's Silence, which has not yet begun to screen widely for critics, and Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie, which is still under wraps.

A complete list of the Critics Choice Awards film nominations follows:

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Lion

Loving

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Sully

 

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 ACTING ENSEMBLE

20th Century Women

Fences

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

 

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 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 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 CINEMATOGRAPHY

Stéphane Fontaine - Jackie

James Laxton - Moonlight

Seamus McGarvey - Nocturnal Animals

Linus Sandgren - La La Land

Bradford Young - Arrival

 

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 EDITING

Tom Cross - La La Land

John Gilbert - Hacksaw Ridge

Blu Murray - Sully

Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon - Moonlight

Joe Walker - Arrival

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Colleen Atwood - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Consolata Boyle - Florence Foster Jenkins

Madeline Fontaine - Jackie

Joanna Johnston - Allied

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh - Love & Friendship

Mary Zophres - La La Land

 

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hacksaw Ridge

Jackie

Star Trek Beyond

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

A Monster Calls

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Jungle Book

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

The Red Turtle

Trolls

Zootopia

 

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 Is Doris

Kate McKinnon - Ghostbusters

Hailee Steinfeld - The Edge of Seventeen

Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

 

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

10 Cloverfield Lane

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Don't Breathe

Star Trek Beyond

The Witch

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Elle

The Handmaiden

Julieta

Neruda

The Salesman

Toni Erdmann

 

BEST SONG

Audition (The Fools Who Dream) - La La Land

Can't Stop the Feeling - Trolls

City of Stars - La La Land

Drive It Like You Stole It - Sing Street

How Far I'll Go - Moana

The Rules Don't Apply - Rules Don't Apply

 

BEST SCORE

Nicholas Britell - Moonlight

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Arrival

Justin Hurwitz - La La Land

Micachu - Jackie

Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka - Lion