'Manchester By the Sea' Tops Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations

Manchester By The Sea 5 - Kyle Chandler Casey Affleck - Still - H - 2016
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Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' and Damien Chazelle’s 'La La Land' are also top contenders.

Kenneth Lonergan's Casey Affleck-starrer Manchester by the Sea nabbed a leading six Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations, it was announced Friday.

Manchester will compete for best picture against Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, which earned four nominations, and Damien Chazelle's La La Land, close behind with three nominations. Chazelle and Lonergan also earned nominations in the best director category, where they face off against Denis Villeneuve for his invasion film Arrival.

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle last year named Tom McCarthy's Spotlight as their best film of 2015.

On the performance front, La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling will compete against Affleck for Manchester and Denzel Washington, the lead in Fences, for best actor in 2016. The best actress nominations go to Amy Adams for Arrival, Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Natalie Portman for Jackie.

Manchester's Lucas Hedges, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Hell or High Water's? Jeff Bridges nabbed nominations for best supporting actor. And the best supporting actress category pits Moonlight's Naomie Harris and Manchester's Michelle Williams against Viola Davis for Fences.

Elsewhere, Moonlight's Jenkins and Lonergan for Manchester will compete against Hell or High Water's Taylor Sheridan for best screenplay, and the best foreign-language film category pits Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden against the German comedy Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade.

And Cameraperson, ESPN Films' O.J. Made in America and 13th occupy the best documentary slots, while Kevan Funk's Hello Destroyer leads the Canadian film competition with eight nominations.

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards will be handed out on Jan. 9, 2017.