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Phoenix Critics Circle announces its 'Best of 2016 Nominations'

They say that December is "the most wonderful time of the year", and for film critics and fans, it especially is. As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, movie studios release their best films, just in time for award season. Phoenix is part of the movie award season festivities too, as the Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC) announced its nominations for its annual movie awards on Dec. 12!

The PCC will announce its winners on Dec. 17, but before we get ahead of ourselves, here are the nominees!

Best Picture:


"Hell or High Water"

"La La Land"

"Manchester by the Sea"


Best Comedy Film:


"The Edge of Seventeen"

"Hail, Caesar!"

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople"

"The Nice Guys"

Best Science Fiction Film:

"10 Cloverfield Lane"


"Midnight Special"

Best Horror Film:

"The Conjuring 2"

"Don’t Breathe"

"The Witch"

Best Mystery or Thriller Film:

"Green Room"

"Hell or High Water"

"Nocturnal Animals"

Best Animated Film:

"Kubo and the Two Strings"



Best Foreign Language Film:

"The Handmaiden"


"Things to Come"

"The Wailing"

Best Documentary:



"O.J.: Made in America"



Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"

Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"

Ryan Gosling, "La La Land"

Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, "Arrival"

Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"

Jessica Chastain, "Miss Sloane"

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"

John Goodman, "10 Cloverfield Lane"

Michael Shannon, "Nocturnal Animals"

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis, "Fences"

Greta Gerwig, "20th Century Women"

Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"

Helen Mirren, "Eye in the Sky"

Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

Best Director:

Damian Chazelle, "La La Land"

Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"

Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester By The Sea"

Denis Villeneuve, "Arrival"

Best Screenplay:

Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"

Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Lobster"

Eric Heisserer, "Arrival"

Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"

Taylor Sheridan, "Hell or High Water"

Best Score:

Nicholas Britell, "Moonlight"

Justin Hurwitz, "La La Land"

Johann Johannsson, "Arrival"

Mica Levi, "Jackie"

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