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La La Land leads US Critics' Choice nominations

La La Land

Story by Jack Foley

DAMIEN Chazelle’s La La Land leads the nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Critics’ Choice awards in the US.

Always a good indicator of potential Oscar success, the film landed 12 nods, including best picture, best actor for Ryan Gosling, best actress for Emma Stone and best director and original screenplay for Damien Chazelle, of Whiplash fame.

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.

La La Land is Chazelle’s musical ode to Hollywood. It follows the relationship difficulties of a jazz pianist and aspiring movie star.

Following closely behind with 10 nominations apiece were sci-fi drama Arrival, Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguistics expert who must find some way to communicate with visiting aliens, Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’s story of a young black gay man at three stages of life.

Also landing best picture nominations were the Denzel Washington-directed Fences, in which he also stars, Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s crime saga Hell or High Water, the Dev Patel-starring Lion, real-life mixed-race marital drama Loving, Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Casey Affleck’s Manchester By The Sea – which recently topped the National Board of Review’s poll of the best film of the year.

In the best actor category, La La Land‘s Gosling is up against Casey Affleck for Manchester By The Sea, Denzel Washington for Fences, Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge, Joel Edgerton for Loving and Tom Hanks for Sully.

While Emma Stone’s La La Land performance will be pitted against Oscar favourite Natalie Portman, for JFK drama Jackie, Ruth Negga for Loving, Amy Adams for Arrival, Annette Bening for 20th Century Women and Isabelle Huppert for Elle.

In the best director category, it’s Chazelle versus Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester By The Sea, David Mackenzie for Hell Or High Water, Denis Villeneuve for Arrival and Denzel Washington for Fences.

The nominees for best animated feature consisted of Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Red Turtle, Trolls and Zootropolis – all of which featured prominently among the Annies nominations.

Of the notable absentees from the list, Nate Parker’s slavery drama The Birth of a Nation was completely overlooked, as was Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which has not yet begun to screen widely for critics, and Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is still under wraps.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 11, 2016.

The full list of nominees is as 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 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 Ní 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
Zootropolis

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 Is 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