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Manchester by the Sea Leads Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations

Manchester by the Sea leads Vancouver Critics nominations
Manchester by the Sea leads Vancouver Critics nominations

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea leads all films in the Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s international section with six nominations.

Lonergan’s subtle study of gestating grief is pitted in the Best Film category against La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s charming homage to Technicolor musicals of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’ equally harrowing and sensitive breakout. Chazelle and Lonergan also share space in the Best Director category, where they’re joined by Denis Villeneuve for his subdued alien invasion film, Arrival.

Ryan Gosling, the song and dance man in La La Land, looks to tap out Casey Affleck, star of Manchester by the Sea, and Denzel Washington, the lead in Fences, for Best Actor. Meanwhile, the Best Actress nominations go to Amy Adams for Arrival, Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Natalie Portman for Jackie.

Hell or High Water, also up for Best Screenplay, is represented in the Best Supporting Actor category by Jeff Bridges, who looks to edge out Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali and Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges. Fences’ Viola Davis has tough competition in the Best Supporting Actress category where she’s up against Moonlight’s Naomi Harris and Manchester by the Sea’s Michelle Williams. Joining Hell or High Water’sTaylor Sheridan as the other nominees for Best Screenplay are Barry Jenkins for Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea.

The Best Foreign Language Film category is a race between Elle, The Handmaiden and Toni Erdmann, while Cameraperson, O.J. Made in America and 13th occupy the Best Documentary slots.

Winners in the international categories will be announced on Tuesday, December 20. For the full list of International nominees go here.

2016 Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations:

Best Picture
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Amy Adams, Arrival
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Screenplay
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Foreign Language Film
The Handmaiden
Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary
O.J. Made in America


About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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