It’s awards season, and it hits a little earlier this year with the Critics’ Choice Awards airing on December 11th. The nominations are in, and you can find the full list below.

It was a year that was easy to predict in many ways, especially because La La Land has dominated the conversation for months, but it was also a year that was easier to predict than most because it seemed that the film world wasn’t varying their opinions much. Even considering things that you may not think deserve a nomination, you knew it was coming because opinions just didn’t waver.

Let’s take a look at the nominations and find out what you better make sure to run out and see.

Be sure to tune in on December 11th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT on A&E.

First, I have to mention some notables and curiosities with the nominations.

La La Land leads the year with 12 nominations, including nominations in all the major categories, and two nominations for Best Song.

Arrival and Moonlight are the closest competitors by the numbers with ten nominations each.

Interestingly, there are a lot of double nominees this year. Denzel Washington, Andrew Garfield, Ryan Reynolds, Lucas Hedges, Ryan Gosling, Hailee Steinfeld, Kenneth Lonergan, and Barry Jenkins are all nominated for more than one award.

 

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

BEST PICTURE

La La Land Movie - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND. Photo Credit: Dale Robinette
  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Loving
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
  • Sully

The talk is all La La Land and Manchester by the Sea, but I guess you never know what will happen with voting. As usual, not all of these really deserve the nom, but Tom Hanks made a movie, and it’s going to get nominated. All good films though. I would have liked to see Nocturnal Animals grab one of these spots, or The Handmaiden, but it was a busy year, and some of these, good films or not, have a decent PC appeal.

BEST ACTOR

Manchester by the Sea - Casey Affleck
Photo: Claire Folger, Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions
  • Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
  • Joel Edgerton – Loving
  • Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling – La La Land
  • Tom Hanks – Sully
  • Denzel Washington – Fences

Jake Gyllenhaal deserved a nom here, but this is a tight race, and no one here is the person who shouldn’t have gotten it, so what can you do?

BEST ACTRESS

Emma Stone stars as 'Mia' in La La Land. Photo Credit: Dale Robinette
Emma Stone stars as ‘Mia’ in La La Land. Photo Credit: Dale Robinette
  • Amy Adams – Arrival
  • Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert – Elle
  • Ruth Negga – Loving
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Emma Stone – La La Land

While everyone has their favorites, it’s hard to see this list going differently. That’s especially true because the very deserving Isabelle Huppert actually did get the nom. What you might have expected to complain about is her not making it.

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

Same story here. Someone might have gotten in by dodging the double nom for Hell or High Water, but these are still the people that most predictors would have put up here.

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

This is a surprisingly tough category this year. There are four or five women I think could have gotten the nod here, making this possibly the category with the most surprise potential. Still, these are all solid choices. I like Felicity Jones in A Monster Calls, but no one here is a surprise.

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

Our signature category doesn’t make for a lot of prediction problems, and these are all good choices. My guess is that Lucas Hedges has this locked up, but you never know.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

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

This one is always tough to guess (except last year, when it was an obvious win), because it is hard to nail down what everyone wants to call a strong ensemble. That might not seem that hard, but there seems to be some room to maneuver when it comes to how much screentime everyone needs. At any rate, these are pretty solid choices, with nothing surprising. It’s the same films nominated for everything else.

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

Same boat again. This is just what this year is. The big players are too strong, and there aren’t enough films out there that could make some of these choices difficult. The best part of the noms in these cases are the people who didn’t get nominated. I might not have given this to Gibson, but it’s a good list.

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

This one is again fairly obvious. Nothing is a surprise, and nothing missing is a real surprise either.

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

Here we get to some things that really should have made it. Love & Friendship and Elle really should be up here, and at least two of the noms on the list don’t especially deserve to be represented specifically in this category. You might love Sully, and it’s going to get lots of attention, but the screenplay is problematic. Good to see Nocturnal Animals though, as it is also one that is very deserving.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie
  • James Laxton – Moonlight
  • Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals
  • Linus Sandgren – La La Land
  • Bradford Young – Arrival

This one isn’t far off the game, but Hail, Caesar! should have eeked in. The problem is that it’s hard to move anyone off.

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

This one is pretty solid. Allied might have gotten on, but you can’t complain too much.

BEST EDITING

  • Tom Cross – La La Land
  • John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Blu Murray – Sully
  • Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon – Moonlight
  • Joe Walker – Arrival

This one might have added Nocturnal Animals as well, but predictions weren’t thrown here either.

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

This is easy to predict as well, and no real surprises.

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jackie
  • Star Trek Beyond

There isn’t a lot of room here anyway.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • A Monster Calls
  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • The Jungle Book

This one didn’t have a lot of room either. People are pretty loud for The Jungle Book here, though it isn’t where I would vote. But, as far as the nominations, this is about what you get.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Finding Dory
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • The Red Turtle
  • Trolls
  • Zootopia

There are other animated movies, but this is the list you were going to get. There is a little movement in the overall love of things, but these seems to be a three-horse race, with one pretty solidly in the lead.

BEST ACTION MOVIE

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Doctor Strange
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Jason Bourne

There aren’t a lot of other ways to go here, though in a couple of weeks audiences may wonder about two big titles that aren’t here.

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

Same thing here. It’s going to be very weird at the show if Ryan Reynolds wins action and comedy for the same movie.

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

Margot Robbie probably owns this one.

BEST COMEDY

  • Central Intelligence
  • Deadpool
  • Don’t Think Twice
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • The Nice Guys

This is a crazy category, especially because we look at it a bit differently, but I’m surprised Bad Moms can’t make it if Central Intelligence can.

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

I’d love Viggo to win this just so more people would check out the film.

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

This is a good list, and it’s hard for me to pick a winner here. Not happy about Ghostbusters getting any nom for anything though.

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Don’t Breathe
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • The Witch

This is a purposely crazy category, and it’s hard to have a problem with anything that happens, but I’d have liked to see Midnight Special here, and 10 Cloverfield Lane just wasn’t actually a good movie.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Elle
  • The Handmaiden
  • Julieta
  • Neruda
  • The Salesman
  • Toni Erdmann

This is a tough year for foreign films, which usually end up with one or two frontrunners. All of these movies should win, and two others besides. It’s probably down to Elle or The Handmaiden, just based on how much people are talking about them.

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

This is a wild list, and I don’t like three of them at all. Two from one movie makes for an interesting vote.

BEST SCORE

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

This is the list you’d predict, though there are about five others that would have been worthy as well.


“This year’s nominees showcase the best that Hollywood has to offer, spanning a wide array of genres, subject matters, time periods, and more,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.  “We hope that they will serve as a roadmap for viewers, offering guidance for movie lovers and ticket buyers as we launch this awards season.  We are so thrilled to be able to recognize these incomparable artists and look forward to bringing them together for an unforgettable evening!”

“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

 

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TELEVISION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22nd ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

BEST COMEDY SERIES

  • Atlanta – FX
  • Black-ish  – ABC
  • Fleabag – Amazon
  • Modern Family – ABC
  • Silicon Valley – HBO
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Veep – HBO

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep – HBO
  • Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live – NBC
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – Amazon
  • Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat  – ABC

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC
  • Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth  – FOX
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta – FX
  • Bill Hader – Documentary Now!  – IFC
  • Patrick Stewart – Blunt Talk  – Starz
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Julie Bowen – Modern Family  – ABC
  • Anna Chlumsky – Veep – HBO
  • Allison Janney – Mom – CBS
  • Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon
  • Allison Williams – Girls  – HBO

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Louie Anderson – Baskets – FX
  • Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – FOX
  • Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family  – ABC
  • Tony Hale – Veep – HBO
  • T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley  – HBO

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live – NBC
  • Christine Baranski – The Big Bang Theory  – CBS
  • Larry David – Saturday Night Live – NBC
  • Lisa Kudrow – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Liam Neeson – Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central

BEST ANIMATED SERIES

  • Archer – FX
  • Bob’s Burgers – FOX
  • BoJack Horseman – Netflix
  • Son of Zorn – FOX
  • South Park – Comedy Central
  • The Simpsons – FOX

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES

  • America’s Got Talent – NBC
  • MasterChef Junior – FOX
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo
  • Skin Wars – GSN
  • The Amazing Race – CBS
  • The Voice – NBC

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES

  • Chopped – Food Network
  • Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us – The CW
  • Project Runway – Lifetime
  • Shark Tank – ABC
  • Undercover Boss – CBS

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIES

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
  • Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network
  • Deadliest Catch – Discovery
  • Ice Road Truckers – History
  • Intervention – A&E
  • Naked and Afraid – Discovery

BEST TALK SHOW

  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Comedy Central
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network
  • Tom Bergeron – Dancing with the Stars – ABC
  • Anthony Bourdain – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN
  • Nick Cannon – America’s Got Talent – NBC
  • Carson Daly – The Voice – NBC
  • RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race – Logo

BEST DRAMA SERIES

  • Better Call Saul – AMC
  • Game of Thrones – HBO
  • Mr. Robot – USA Network
  • Stranger Things – Netflix
  • The Crown – Netflix
  • This Is Us – NBC
  • Westworld – HBO

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander – Starz
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – ABC
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black – BBC America
  • Keri Russell – The Americans – FX
  • Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld – HBO
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards – Netflix

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Sam Heughan – Outlander – Starz
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA Network
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul – AMC
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans – FX
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – Netflix

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Christine Baranski – The Good Wife – CBS
  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones – HBO
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones – HBO
  • Thandie Newton – Westworld – HBO
  • Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime
  • Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – HBO
  • Kit Harington – Game of Thrones – HBO
  • John Lithgow – The Crown – Netflix
  • Michael McKean – Better Call Saul – AMC
  • Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA Network
  • Jon Voight – Ray Donovan – Showtime

BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Mahershala Ali – House of Cards – Netflix
  • Lisa Bonet – Ray Donovan – Showtime
  • Ellen Burstyn – House of Cards – Netflix
  • Michael J. Fox – The Good Wife – CBS
  • Jared Harris – The Crown – Netflix
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead – AMC

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

  • All the Way – HBO
  • Confirmation – HBO
  • Killing Reagan – National Geographic
  • Roots – History
  • The Night Manager – AMC
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

  • Olivia Colman – The Night Manager – AMC
  • Felicity Huffman – American Crime – ABC
  • Cynthia Nixon – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
  • Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
  • Lili Taylor – American Crime – ABC
  • Kerry Washington – Confirmation – HBO

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

  • Bryan Cranston – All the Way – HBO
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – PBS
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
  • Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager – AMC
  • Tim Matheson – Killing Reagan – National Geographic
  • Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

  • Elizabeth Debicki – The Night Manager – AMC
  • Regina King – American Crime – ABC
  • Sarah Lancashire – The Dresser – Starz
  • Melissa Leo – All the Way – HBO
  • Anna Paquin – Roots – History
  • Emily Watson – The Dresser – Starz

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

  • Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
  • Lane Garrison – Roots – History
  • Frank Langella – All the Way – HBO
  • Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager – AMC
  • John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
  • Forest Whitaker – Roots – History

 

Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.