La La Land and Moonlight top the nominations for the 2016 Online Film Critic Society’s Awards with 7 nods each, including Best Picture and Best Director.
With 6 nominations apiece are the critically acclaimed Arrival and Manchester by the Sea.
Films also up for Best Picture include Jackie and Hell or High Water.
Casey Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea heads the Best Lead Actor category. Affleck is joined in the category by Adam Driver, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington.
Leading nominations for Best Lead Actress are Natalie Portman for her performance in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie and Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s controversial Elle. Other actresses nominated are Amy Addams, Ruth Negga and Emma Stone.
Supporting Actor and Actress nominations include Mahershala Ali for Moonlight, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Michael Shannon for Nocturnal Animals, Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea, Viola Davis for Fences, and Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures.
Moonlight and La La Land’s 7 nominations reflect the huge acclaim the films have already garnered, both already the recipient of numerous awards. Moonlight and La La Land’s directors Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle are joined by Pablo Larraín, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve in the Best Director category.
Toni Erdmann, The Handmaiden, Elle, The Salesman, and Neruda have all been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Neruda is Jackie director Pablo Larraín’s second nominated film on this year’s list.
Ezra Edelman’s epic O.J.: Made in America leads the Best Documentary category and the film has also been nominated for Best Picture. Joining Edelman’s film for Best Documentary are two other race-centric films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro.
Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootopia, Moana, The Red Turtle and Finding Dory make up the Best Animated Feature category.
The Online Film Critics Society is one of only a few truly international film critics organisations. Reflecting the global membership of the OFCS, 10 films not released in the US have been selected by the membership for special note.
These include Hirokazu Kore-eda’s After the Storm, The Dardennes Brothers’ The Unknown Girl, Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours and Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts.
The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “This year’s nominations and films recognised represent the rich variety of films on the global stage in 2016. Over 150 titles were long listed for Best Picture, over 100 for Best Foreign Language Film and over 30 titles for Best Animated Feature.
The list of nominees across all categories reflects cinema’s power to entertain, to provoke, to inspire hope and debate and to be a force for change. These films also prove that while 2016 was not a banner year in all areas, for cinema we are currently enjoying a golden age.”
Previous OFCS Best Picture winners include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Grand Budapest Hotel and 12 Years a Slave.
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