The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2016 to the top nominees in each category.

“Arrival”, “La La Land”, and “Moonlight” lead with 6 nominations each, followed by “Hell or High Water” with five and “Manchester by the Sea” with four.

Voting is underway for the winners and they will be announced on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Best Picture

Best Comedy Film

Best Science Fiction Film

Best Horror Film

 Best Mystery or Thriller Film

Best Animated Film

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Handmaiden
  • Neruda
  • Things to Come
  • The Wailing

Best Documentary

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams, Arrival
  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Helen Mirren, Eye in the Sky
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

  • Damian Chazelle, La La Land
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Best Screenplay

Best Score

The Phoenix Critics Circle is established as an association for professional film critique and analysis. Administered by the non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation, the Phoenix Critics Circle is committed to the progression and preservation of film and is composed of print, television, radio and internet film critics from Arizona.

For questions, contact Phoenix Film Foundation Executive Director, Jason Carney at or 602-955-6444