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St. Louis Film Critics Association announces nominations for awards

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"La La Land" and "Arrival" lead the nominee for the annual St. Louis Film Critics Association awards.

Set in Los Angeles and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the musical "La La Land" was nominated in 13 categories, including best film, actress (Stone), actor (Gosling), director (Damien Chazelle) and original screenplay (Chazelle).

"Arrival," a science-fiction film about first contact with extraterrestrials, earned eight nominations including best film, best actress (Amy Adams), best director (Denis Villeneuve) and best adapted screenplay (Eric Heisserer).

Also nominated for best film are "Hell or High Water," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight." Joining Stone and Adams as best actress nominees are Isabelle Huppert ("Elle"), Natalie Portman *("Jackie") and Ruth Negga ("Loving"). In addition of Gosling, nominees for best actor are Viggo Mortensen ("Captain Fantastic"), Joel Edgerton ("Loving"), Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea") and Tom Hanks ("Sully").

Winners in 23 categories will be announced on Dec. 18. SLFCA members work for print, broadcast and online outlets. Find more information at

The full list of nominees:

Best film


Hell or High Water

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea


Best director

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

David Mackenzie, “Hell or High Water”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best actor

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Joel Edgerton, “Loving”

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Tom Hanks, “Sully”

Best actress

Amy Adams, “Arrival”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Best supporting actor

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best supporting actress

Greta Gerwig, “20th Century Women”

Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Best original screenplay

Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Jeff Nichols, “Loving”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best adapted screenplay

Eric Heisserer, “Arrival”

August Wilson, “Fences”

Luke Davies, “Lion”

Whit Stillman, “Love and Friendship”

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best editing

Hacksaw Ridge


La La Land


Nocturnal Animals

Best cinematography

Bradford Young, “Arrival”

Vittorio Storaro, “Café Society”

Roger Deakins, “Hail, Caesar!”

Linus Sandgren, “La La Land”

James Laxton, “Moonlight”

Best production design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

The Handmaiden


La La Land

Best visual effects


Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

La La Land

A Monster Calls

Best music score

Johann Johannsson, “Arrival”

Mica Levi, “Jackie”

Justin Herwitz, “La La Land”

Nicholas Brittle, “Moonlight”

Cliff Martinez, “The Neon Demon”

Best soundtrack

Everybody Wants Some!!

La La Land


Sing Street


Best song

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” ” “La La Land”

“City of Stars,” “La La Land”

“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana”

“You’re Welcome,” “Moana

“Drive It Like You Stole It,” “Sing Street”

Best action film

Captain America: Civil War


Doctor Strange

Hacksaw Ridge

Jason Bourne

Best animated feature

April and the Extraordinary World

Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings



Best comedy


Don’t Think Twice

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hail, Caesar!

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Best documentary feature

De Palma

The Eagle Huntress


I Am Not Your Negro


Best foreign language film


The Handmaiden

A Man Called Ove

Our Little Sister

Toni Erdmann

Best horror/sci-fi

10 Cloverfield Lane


Doctor Strange

Don’t Breathe

The Witch

Best scene

Berlin Airport fight, “Captain America: Civil War”

Opening credits, “Deadpool”

“Would that it were so simple” with Ralph Fiennes and Alden Ehrenreich, “Hail, Caesar!”

Opening traffic jam number, “La La Land”

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams encounter on street, “Manchester by the Sea”


The Angry Birds Movie


The Ninth Life of Louis Drax


Zoolander 2


Calvin Wilson

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