Monday, 12 December 2016

NOMINATIONS FOR HOUSTON FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS ARE UP


It's not even two weeks into awards season 2016-17 and I've already figured that none of you even care what I write up here, and nor do I. So, presenting without any meaningful comment, here are the nominations for the Houston Film Critics Society's 2016 awards. Winners due to be declared some day - they don't seem to have bothered letting anybody know. Maybe they don't even know!

Best Picture
Arrival
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
The Nice Guys
Nocturnal Animals

Best Direction
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Rebecca Hall (Christine)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis (Fences)
Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
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)

Best Screenplay
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

Best Cinematography
Stephane Fontaine (Jackie)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Bradford Young (Arrival)

Technical Achievement
Doctor Strange - visual effects
The Jungle Book - visual effects
La La Land - production design

Best Original Score
Nicholas Britell (Moonlight)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Johann Johannsson (Arrival)
Abel Korzeniowski (Nocturnal Animals)
Mica Levi (Jackie)

Best Original Song
Gary Clark - 'Drive It Like You Stole It' (Sing Street)
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - 'Audition (The Fools Who Dream)' (La La Land)
Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - 'City of Stars' (La La Land)
Lin-Manuel Miranda - 'How Far I'll Go' (Moana)
Pharrell Williams - 'Runnin'' (Hidden Figures)

Best Animated Film
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Sausage Party
Zootopia

Best Documentary Feature
13th
O.J.: Made in America
Tower
Weiner
Zero Days

Best Foreign Language Film
Elle
The Handmaiden
A Man Called Ove
Neruda
Toni Erdmann

Texas Independent Film Award
Krisha
Slash
A Song for You
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Tower

Worst Film
Gods of Egypt
Independence Day: Resurgence
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Yoga Hosers
Zoolander 2

Best Poster
Theatrical poster (Captain Fantastic)
Theatrical poster (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Theatrical poster (Jackie)
Theatrical poster (La La Land)
Theatrical poster (Moonlight)