Universal Pictures’ Manchester By The Sea has been nominated for an outstanding six Academy Awards, across all major categories: Best Picture, Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan), Best Actor (Casey Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), and Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan).
Laika Studios received two nominations for their film, Kubo and the Two Strings; Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects – making it the first time an animated film has been nominated in the visual effects category since The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1994. “I’m over the moon! An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift. Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for,” Director and Producer of the film Travis Knight said. “Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this.”
Nocturnal Animals received one nomination – Michael Shannon for Best Supporting Actor.