We’re now moving into the heart of the awards season as the critics’ groups make their voices heard. Sometimes, these critics’ groups turn out to be irrelevant (see 2010 when most groups went for The Social Network but the Academy showed love to The King’s Speech), but their input is still valuable in powering films to Oscar night.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) shifted their announcement date up to have greater influence in the awards race (the earlier your group announces, the more likely you are to set the tone), and they’ve decided to show a lot of love towards Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land. The movie nabbed 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Score, and two Best Song nominations for “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars.”
La La Land wasn’t the only movie to find success with the BFCA. Moonlight and Arrival each picked up ten nominations, and if Arrival can keep performing at the box office and with critics’ groups, it looks like it might find its way to being a contender at the Oscars.
Check out the full list of nominations below. Winners will be announced on Sunday, December 11th at the Critics Choice Awards.