Critics Choice: First set of predictions for the first major awards show

Critics' Choice Awards

Continuing our weekly trend of not just predicting the Oscars, but all the major guilds, we move on to the Critics Choice Awards.  Hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 21-year-old group (guess now it can start drinking) has been a strong barometer for the Academy Awards.  While internet chatter can criticize the group for priding themselves of such a stat, the group even manages the “out of left field” choices that grace us every now again.  As an active and voting member of both the film and television side of the group, I know that I (as well as many of my colleagues) approach their votes with a fair and honest look at the best of the year.

Just recently, they announced a shift in the awards schedule, handing out their awards on Sunday, December 11, moving away from their normal January date.  The nominations will be announced on December 1st, a date typically reserved for groups like the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.  This will make it one of the first major groups to begin to shape the Oscar race, offering an opportunity to either kick start and drown out buzz for a number of contenders.  Whether this is the right or wrong move remains to be determined.

A natural concern was how many films would the group miss out on by voting on their choices so early.  According to sources, there are only two, possibly three films that may end up missing the cut.  Speculation has circled that one of those to miss out for votes would be “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” from Gareth Edwards.  Others speculate “Silence” from Martin Scorsese is another, if in fact, the film comes out this year.  Other culprits could include “Fences” from Denzel Washington, “Passengers” from Morten Tyldum, “Gold” from Stephen Gaghan, and “Patriots Day” from Peter Berg; however, I suspect those should be ready in time.

With all that said, let’s take a look at the predictions on what could pop up from the group.

The Critics Choice Awards will air on A&E, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT immediately following A&E’s Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live show at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Check them out down below:

lalalandBEST PICTURE

  • “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures)
  • “The Birth of a Nation” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “Loving” (Focus Features)
  • “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios)
  • “Moonlight” (A24)
  • “Passengers” (Sony Pictures)

Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton in LovingBEST DIRECTOR

  • Damien Chazelle – “La La Land”
  • Ang Lee – “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Kenneth Lonergan – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Jeff Nichols – “Loving”
  • Nate Parker – “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Denis Villenueve – “Arrival”

BEST ACTOR

  • Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Joel Edgerton – “Loving”
  • Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – “Nocturnal Animals”
  • Michael Keaton – “The Founder”
  • Denzel Washington – “Fences”

ew-passengers9000233227BEST ACTRESS

  • Annette Bening – “20th Century Women”
  • Viola Davis – “Fences”
  • Jennifer Lawrence – “Passengers”
  • Ruth Negga – “Loving”
  • Emma Stone – “La La Land”
  • Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Aaron Eckhart – “Sully”
  • Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Armie Hammer – “The Birth of a Nation”
  • Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Steve Martin – “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Michael Shannon – “Nocturnal Animals”

Manchester by the Sea - ImageBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Dakota Fanning – “American Pastoral”
  • Elle Fanning – “20th Century Women”
  • Greta Gerwig – “20th Century Women”
  • Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
  • Kristen Stewart – “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
  • Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

  • Jovan Adepo – “Fences”
  • Elle Fanning – “20th Century Women”
  • Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Lewis MacDougall – “A Monster Calls”
  • Ashton Sanders – “Moonlight”
  • Neel Sethi – “The Jungle Book”
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.
Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

  • “20th Century Women” (A24)
  • “Fences” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Hell or High Water” (CBS Films)
  • “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios)
  • “Moonlight” (A24)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • “The Birth of a Nation” – Jean McGianni Celestin, Nate Parker
  • “La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
  • “Loving” – Jeff Nichols”
  • “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
  • “Passengers” – Jon Spaiths

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • “Arrival” – Eric Heisserer
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – Jean-Christophe Castelli
  • “Fences” – August Wilson
  • “Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins
  • “Nocturnal Animals” – Tom Ford

MoanaBEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • “Finding Dory” (Pixar)
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Laika)
  • “Moana” (Walt Disney)
  • “The Red Turtle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Zootopia” (Walt Disney)

BEST ACTION MOVIE

  • “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Captain America: Civil War” (Marvel)
  • “Doctor Strange” (Marvel)
  • “The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Passengers” (Sony Pictures)

deadpoolBEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Ben Affleck – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – “Doctor Strange”
  • Chris Evans – “Captain America: Civil War”
  • Chris Pratt – “Passengers”
  • Ryan Reynolds – “Deadpool”

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Amy Adams – “Arrival”
  • Jennifer Lawrence – “Passengers”
  • Kate McKinnon – “Ghostbusters”
  • Margot Robbie – “Suicide Squad”
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “10 Cloverfield Lane”

thewitch2BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

  • “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Blair Witch” (Lionsgate)
  • “Midnight Special” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Passengers” (Sony Pictures)
  • “The Witch” (A24)

BEST COMEDY

  • “American Honey” (A24)
  • “Hail, Caesar!” (Universal Pictures)
  • “The Lobster” (A24)
  • “Love & Friendship” (Roadside Attractions)
  • “The Nice Guys” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Rules Don’t Apply” (Warner Bros.)

the-lobster-colin-farrellBEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Adam Driver – “Paterson”
  • Alden Ehrenreich – “Hail, Caesar!”
  • Colin Farrell – “The Lobster”
  • Ryan Gosling – “The Nice Guys”
  • Viggo Mortensen – “Captain Fantastic”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Kate Beckinsale – “Love & Friendship”
  • Annette Bening – “20th Century Women”
  • Sally Field – “Hello My Name is Doris”
  • Meryl Streep – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Kristen Wiig – “Masterminds”

voyageoftimelifesjourney_01BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • “The 13th” – Ava DuVernay
  • “The Eagle Huntress” – Otto Bell
  • “Gleason” – Clay Tweel
  • “O.J.: Made in America” – Ezra Edelman
  • “Voyage of Time” – Terrence Malick
  • “Weiner” – Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • “Aquarius” – Brazil
  • “Elle” – France
  • “Julieta” – Spain
  • “The Salesman” – Iran
  • “Toni Erdmann” – Germany

alliedBEST ART DIRECTION

  • “Allied” – Gary Freeman
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – Mark Friedberg
  • “Fences” – David Gropman
  • “Hail, Caesar!” – Jess Gonchor
  • “Love & Friendship” – Anna Rackard

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • “The Birth of a Nation” – Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Colleen Atwood
  • “Fences” – Sharen Davis
  • “Love & Friendship” – Elmer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
  • “Loving” – Erin Benach
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), dancers, and Alabama State Marching Hornets in TriStar Pictures'  BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK.
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), dancers, and Alabama State Marching Hornets in TriStar Pictures’ BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “Arrival” – Bradford Young
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – John Toll
  • “Hail, Caesar!” – Roger Deakins
  • “The Jungle Book” – Bill Pope
  • “Passengers” – Rodrigo Prieto

BEST EDITING

  • “Arrival” – Joe Walker
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – Tim Squyre
  • “Fences” – Hughes Winborne
  • “La La Land” – Tom Cross
  • “Passengers” – Maryann Brandon

the-bfg-zoom-4a9d003e-abb1-407b-bd5d-0115c4622643BEST SCORE

  • “Arrival” – Johann Johansson
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna
  • “The BFG” – John Williams
  • “La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz
  • “Moana” – Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda

BEST SONG

  • “La La Land” – “Audition”
  • “La La Land” – “City of Stars”
  • “Moana” – We Know the Way”
  • “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” – “I’m So Humble”
  • “Sausage Party” – “The Great Beyond”
  • “Sing Street” – “Go Now”

doctor strangeBEST HAIR & MAKEUP

  • “Deadpool” (Marvel)
  • “Doctor Strange” (Marvel)
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Love & Friendship” (Roadside Attractions)
  • “Star Trek Beyond” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • “Arrival” (Paramount Pictures)
  • “The BFG” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (Sony Pictures)
  • “The Jungle Book” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “A Monster Calls” (Focus Features)
  • “Passengers” (Sony Pictures)

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  • Amy Adams
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Nate Parker
  • Denzel Washington
  • Rachel Weisz

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