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

The Hollywood Reporter
'La La Land' (Photo: Dale Robinette/Lionsgate)
‘La La Land’ (Photo: Dale Robinette/Lionsgate)

By Gregg Kilday, 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 nomination for Justin Hurwitz, and two song nominations for its tunes “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars.”

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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.

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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.

In addition to directing, Washington scored a second nomination 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.

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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

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