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La La Land, Moonlight, and Arrival Lead Critics’ Choice Awards Noms

La La Land. Photo: Dale Robinette/Black Label Media

If you’re on the fence about La La Land and its heartwarming, toe-tapping Los Angeles love-letter vibe, it’s time to pick a side: The Critics’ Choice Awards have named their front-runners and Damien Chazelle’s musical scored a dozen nominations. Moonlight and Arrival are not far behind — both have ten — and Manchester by the Sea has eight. ArrivalFencesHacksaw RidgeHell or High WaterLa La LandLionLovingManchester by the SeaMoonlight, and Sully all made the cut for Best Picture, with all but Lion, Loving, and Sully making the Best Directing short list. Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller will host the live Critics’ Choice Awards show December 11 on A&E, at 8 p.m. ET.

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

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 (Under 21)
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
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

Best Directing
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
Star Trek Beyond

Best Visual Effects 
A Monster Calls
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book

Best Animated Feature
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle

Best Action Movie
Captain America: Civil War
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
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
Doctor Strange
Don’t Breathe
Star Trek Beyond
The Witch

Best Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden
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

La La Land Critics’ Choice Awards Front-runner