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"Moonlight," "La La Land" and "Manchester by the Sea" Lead 2016 CFCA Nominees

The nominees for this year's awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association have been announced, with "The Handmaiden," "Jackie," "La La Land," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Moonlight" competing for the title of Best Picture. 

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Coming in with eleven nominations, Barry Jenkins' drama "Moonlight" leads the pack, as compared to the eight received by both "Jackie" and "Manchester by the Sea." Other particularly strong titles include Hollywood musical "La La Land" (with seven nominations), Park Chan-wook's scintillating period piece "The Handmaiden" (with six), sci-fi drama "Arrival" and Paul Verhoeven's "Elle" (with three each).

Roger Ebert was on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Film Critics Association. RogerEbert.com Managing Editor Brian Tallerico is the Vice President of the CFCA. Publisher Chaz Ebert, Assistant Editor Nick Allen, and Assistant Editor Matt Fagerholm are members, as are contributors Peter Sobczynski, Collin Souter, Erik Childress, Sergio Mims, Mark Dujsik and Patrick McGavin.

The winners will be announced on Thursday night during an awards dinner, via Twitter account @chicagocritics

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BEST PICTURE

"The Handmaiden"
"Jackie"
"La La Land"
"Manchester by the Sea"
"Moonlight"

BEST DIRECTOR

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Damien Chazelle, "La La Land"
Barry Jenkins, "Moonlight"
Pablo Larrain, "Jackie"
Kenneth Lonergan, "Manchester by the Sea"
Park Chan-wook, "The Handmaiden"

BEST ACTOR

Casey Affleck

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, "Manchester by the Sea"
Adam Driver

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, "Paterson"
Joel Edgerton

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, "Loving" 
Colin Farrell

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, "The Lobster

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Denzel Washington, "Fences"

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BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams, "Arrival"
Rebecca Hall, "Christine"
Isabelle Huppert, "Elle"
Natalie Portman, "Jackie"
Emma Stone, "La La Land"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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Mahershala Ali, "Moonlight"
Alden Ehrenreich, "Hail, Caesar!"
Ben Foster, "Hell or High Water"
Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"
Trevante Rhodes, "Moonlight"
Michael Shannon, "Nocturnal Animals"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Viola Davis, "Fences"
Lily Gladstone, "Certain Women"
Naomie Harris, "Moonlight"
Janelle Monae, "Hidden Figures"
Michelle Williams, "Manchester by the Sea"

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Hell or High Water" by Taylor Sheridan
"Jackie" by Noah Oppenheim
"The Lobster" by Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
"Manchester by the Sea" by Kenneth Lonergan
"Moonlight" by Barry Jenkins

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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"Arrival" by Eric Heiserrer
"Elle" by David Birke
"The Handmaiden" by Seo Kyung-Chung & Chan-wook Park
"Love & Friendship" by Whit Stillman
"Silence" by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"Elle"
"The Handmaiden"
"Julieta"
"Neruda"
"Toni Erdmann"

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

"Cameraperson"
"Life, Animated"
"OJ: Made in America"
"Tower"
"Weiner"

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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"Kubo and the Two Strings"
"Moana"
"The Red Turtle"
"Tower"
"Zootopia"

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"The Handmaiden," Chung-hoon Chung
"Jackie," Stephane Fontaine
"La La Land," Linus Sandgren
"Moonlight," James Laxton
"Silence," Rodrigo Prieto

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SCORE

"Arrival," Johann Johannsson
"Jackie," Mica Levi
"La La Land," Justin Hurwitz
"Moonlight," Nicholas Britell
"The Neon Demon," Cliff Martinez

ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

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"The Handmaiden", Seong-hie Ryu
"Jackie," Jean Rabasse & Halina Gebarowicz
"La La Land," David Wasco & Austin Gorg
"The Neon Demon," Elliott Hostetter & Austin Gorg
"The Witch," Craig Lathrop & Andrea Kristof

EDITING

"Cameraperson," Nels Bangerter
"Jackie," Sebastian Sepulveda
"La La Land," Tom Cross
"Manchester by the Sea," Jennifer Lame
"Moonlight," Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders

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MOST PROMISING PERFORMER

Lily Gladstone, "Certain Women"
Lucas Hedges, "Manchester by the Sea"
Royalty Hightower, "The Fits"
Janelle Monae, "Hidden Figures & Moonlight"
Trevante Rhodes, "Moonlight"

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER

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Kelly Fremon Craig, "The Edge of Seventeen"
Robert Eggers, "The Witch"
Anna Rose Holmer, "The Fits"
Travis Knight, "Kubo and the Two Strings"
Trey Edward Shults, "Krisha"

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