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

'La La Land'
'La La Land'
Dale Robinette; David Bornfriend/A24
by Gregg Kilday

Mel Gibson earned a directing nomination for 'Hacksaw Ridge,' which had seven noms.

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.

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

    Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

  • Best Actor

    Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.
    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

    Pablo Larraín/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    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

    Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
    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

    David Lee/Paramount Pictures
    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

    Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
    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

    Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox Film
    20th Century Women
    Hell or High Water
    Hidden Figures
    Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Director

    Courtesy of Cosmos Filmed Entertainment
    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

    Claire Folger/Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
    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

    Courtesy of Merrick Morton Universal Pictures International
    Luke Davies – Lion
    Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
    Eric Heisserer – Arrival
    Todd Komarnicki – Sully
    Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures
    August Wilson – Fences
  • Best Cinematography

    Paramount Pictures
    Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
    James Laxton – Moonlight
    Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
    Linus Sandgren – La La Land
    Bradford Young – Arrival
  • Best Production Design

    Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.
    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

    Courtesy of David Bornfriend/A24
    Tom Cross – La La Land
    John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
    Blu Murray – Sully
    Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon - Moonlight
    Joe Walker – Arrival
  • Best Costume Design

    Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
    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

    Courtesy of Marvel
    Doctor Strange
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Star Trek Beyond
  • Best Visual Effects

    Courtesy of Disney
    A Monster Calls
    Doctor Strange
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    The Jungle Book
  • Best Animated Feature

  • Best Action Movie

    Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Captain America: Civil War
    Doctor Strange
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Jason Bourne
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie

    Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival
    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

    Warner Bros.
    Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War
    Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad
    Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange
  • Best Comedy

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
    Central Intelligence
    Don’t Think Twice
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Hail, Caesar!
    The Nice Guys
  • Best Actor in a Comedy

    Courtesy of Sundance
    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

    Sony Pictures
    10 Cloverfield Lane
    Doctor Strange
    Don’t Breathe
    Star Trek Beyond
    The Witch
  • Best Foreign Language Film

  • Best Song

    Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
    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

    Paramount Pictures
    Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
    Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
    Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
    Micachu – Jackie
    Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

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