La La Land
A still from La La Land

With 12 nominations, Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land led the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards movie nominations, including notices for best picture, best director, best actor (Ryan Gosling) and best actress (Emma Stone).

Not far behind were a pair of critically acclaimed dramas, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, with 10 nominations apiece.

All three films received best picture nominations, along with Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Sully.

With 27 categories, the Broadcast Film Critics Association — which puts on the Critics' Choice Awards — leaves itself plenty of opportunity to cover all bases, according to Variety,

Genre categories for action, comedy and sci-fi/horror ensure peripheral recognition for films like Jason Bourne, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Central Intelligence.

Even the critically reviled DC films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad landed notices, for actresses Gal Gadot and Margot Robbie, respectively.

The LA Times reported that due to the inclusion of genre-specific categories, several actors managed multiple nominations, some for the exact same role.

Andrew Garfield, for example, is up for two acting awards for Hacksaw Ridge (actor and also actor in an action movie), as is Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool (actor in a comedy and actor in an action movie), Lucas Hedges for Manchester by the Sea (supporting actor and young actor/actress) and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen (actress in a comedy and young actor/actress).

Others receiving multiple nominations include Denzel Washington, for acting in and directing Fences, and Gosling, who in addition to La La Land was nominated for actor in a comedy for The Nice Guys.

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), like Chazelle, each received nominations for director and screenplay of their respective films.

TV nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards were previously announced on Nov. 14, with FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson topping the nominations with six.

The winners for both the TV and film categories will be revealed Dec. 11 at the Critics' Choice Awards gala, broadcast on A&E and hosted by actor and comedian T.J. Miller.

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