Critics Choice Nominations Go Gaga For LA LA LAND (AWARDS 2016)

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Want a good idea of what the Oscar nominations will look like? Well, here you go.

With the exception of the completely ignored Silence by Martin Scorsese (which didn’t screen in time for the majority of critics), this year’s mix of high art and populist art will likely be replicated for the most part by the Academy.

Unsurprisingly, director Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land leads all films with 12 nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Director (Chazelle), Actor (Ryan Gosling), and Actress (Emma Stone). Close behind with 10 nominations each are Arrival and Moonlight, which include Picture and Director nods for both as well (Denis Villeneuve and Barry Jenkins, respectively).

After being entirely ignored by the New York Film Critics Circle and The National Board of Review, writer/director Jeff Nichols interracial marriage true story drama Loving finally got some love with major nominations in the Picture, Actor (Joel Edgerton), Actress (Ruth Negga), and Screenplay categories. Bleak modern day neo-Western Hell or High Water also scored nominations in Picture, Director (David Mackenzie), Screenplay, Acting Ensemble, and two in Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster).

Artsy biopic Jackie cleaned up everywhere…except in all but one of the major categories. The exquisitely made portrait of the iconic First Lady in the days following JFK’s assassination landed nods in all of the craft categories (Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup, and Score), but other than Natalie Portman‘s expected nomination for Best Actress the Oscar hopeful was completely ignored in the top tier slots.

Denzel Washington‘s directorial adaptation of August Wilson‘s great American play Fences got its first citations of the season, on its way to being a major Oscar player (as expected). Along with Best Picture, Washington is up for Director and Actor, as is his co-star Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress. The late August Wilson is also up for adapting his play to the screen.

Snubs of note: Ben Affleck‘s directorial Best Picture Agro follow-up Live By Night, a Prohibition era gangster movie, was almost entirely shut out. Its lone nomination was for Production Design. Meanwhile, perennial nominee Meryl Streep was denied a Best Actress nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins. She had to settle for the slum category of Best Actress In A Comedy.

The 22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast Sunday night December 11, 2016, on A&E, the earliest date ever for a pre-Oscar awards show. Last year, nominees for the Critics Choice Awards (chosen by the Broadcast Critics Film Association, a nationwide group of TV and Radio critics) weren’t even announced until December 14th. The ceremony didn’t happen until January 17.

Also, The Golden Globes won’t announce their nominees this year until the morning of Monday December 12th. That’ll be old news for the BFCA; they’ll have already named their winners the night before at the Critics Choice Awards.

Shoot, for that matter, these awards will be out and old weeks before some of the biggest blockbusters (yet screened for critics) hit multiplexes on Christmas and right before, namely Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Passengers (not to mention Assassin’s Creed). Not that any would’ve landed major nominations, but they sure would’ve changed the landscape of the Action and Sci-Fi categories.

NOMINEES FOR
THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

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 ACTING ENSEMBLE

– 20th Century Women
Fences
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

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
– Mica Levi – Jackie
– Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far this season:

Golden Globe Winners
Screen Actors Guild Nominees
Directors Guild of America Nominees
Writers Guild of America Nominees
National Society of Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
The National Board of Review
Critics’ Choice Awards Winners

 

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