2016 Critics’ Choice Awards snubs: Meryl Streep for Best Actress, Clint Eastwood & December releases like ‘Silence’ were left out

The 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations were announced on Thursday (Dec. 1). They include a lot of contenders we knew would be strong, like “La La Land” which leads with 12 nominations, along with “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” “Fences,” “Arrival” and “Loving.” However, there were plenty of surprises, both in terms of who made the cut with the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. members and who was snubbed.

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In 201, the BFCA announced its nominations so early that members hadn’t seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” yet. That led the group to make the unprecedented decision to add it as an 11th nominee for Best Picture after the fact. But this year’s Critics’ Choice announcement came even earlier, which resulted in more major omissions of high-profile December releases, like Martin Scorsese‘s “Silence”; the sci-fi thriller “Passengers”; and another “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.”

Elsewhere, awards queen Meryl Streep was left out of the Best Actress lineup for “Florence Foster Jenkins” despite six available slots in that category, though she did show up in the Best Actress in a Comedy race. And despite strong support elsewhere, “Hidden Figures” and “Jackie” didn’t make the cut for Best Picture or Best Director.

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Sully” picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Adapted Screenplay, but director Clint Eastwood was left out of the conversation. So too was another Hollywood icon, Warren Beatty, who was a Best Actor contender for “Rules Don’t Apply.”

See some of the other most significant Critics’ Choice snubs below. Read our report on the Critics’ Choice film nominees right here.

“Hidden Figures”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
“20th Century Women”

2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations: ‘La La Land’ leads with 12, ‘Arrival,’ Moonlight’ at 10 each

NOT NOMINATED: Best Director
Clint Eastwood, “Sully”
Pablo Larrain, “Jackie”
Jeff Nichols, “Loving”
Martin Scorsese, “Silence”

Warren Beatty, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nocturnal Animals”
Michael Keaton, “The Founder”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Passengers”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

2016 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘La La Land,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight’

NOT NOMINATED: Best Supporting Actor
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Stephen Henderson, “Fences”
Liam Neeson, “Silence”

NOT NOMINATED: Best Supporting Actress
Elle Fanning, “20th Century Women”
Felicity Jones, “A Monster Calls”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Kristen Stewart, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

NOT NOMINATED: Best Original Screenplay
“20th Century Women”

New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards 2016: Full list of winners

NOT NOMINATED: Best Adapted Screenplay
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Love and Friendship”

NOT NOMINATED: Best Ensemble
“La La Land”

NOT NOMINATED: Best Animated Feature
“The Little Prince”
“Sausage Party”
“The Secret Life of Pets”

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