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‘Stranger Things 2’ and ‘Three Billboards’ amass more nominations. One ceremony is tonight.

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When terrifying supernatural forces once again begin to affect the town of Hawkins, they realize Will's disappearance was only the beginning. And so the adventure continues October 27, 2017 on Netflix.
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When terrifying supernatural forces once again begin to affect the town of Hawkins, they realize Will's disappearance was only the beginning. And so the adventure continues October 27, 2017 on Netflix.

At the height of awards season, our favorite projects – those with connections to North Carolina – continue to represent the state well.

“Stranger Things,” the Netflix series created by Durham’s Duffer Brothers, and the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” filmed in and around Sylva, N.C., have amassed nominations from nearly every major awards organization.

The first test of 2018 came Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards (“Three Billboards” won big; “Stranger Things” was shut out). There are more awards to hand out tonight, at the Critics Choice Awards, televised on The CW. Award ceremonies from the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America follow soon.

Here’s the running scorecard.

Critics Choice Awards

For the Critics Choice Awards, which airs tonight at 8 on The CW, the second season of “Stranger Things 2” has two award nominations, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has six.

The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was filmed in and around the Jackson County town of Sylva, NC.

“Three Billboards” is nominated for Best Picture. It also has nominations for Frances McDormand for Best Actress; Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor; Martin McDonagh for Best Director; Martin McDonagh for Best Original Screenplay; and a group award for Best Acting Ensemble.

The Netflix series “Stranger Things 2” is nominated for Best Drama Series and David Harbour is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

You can see the full list of nominations at criticschoice.com/critics-choice-awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

“Stranger Things 2” has four Screen Actors Guild award nominations, including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Additionally, David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown were each nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series. The show was also nominated in the stunt ensemble category.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also got four SAG nominations.

The movie was nominated in the Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand all received Outstanding Performance nods (Harrelson and Rockwell for supporting, McDormand for lead).

The SAG ceremony will take place on Jan. 21 and will air at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.

Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominations this week, and the Duffer Brothers snagged one for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series for “Stranger Things” episode “Chapter Nine: The Gate.”

The Duffer Brothers, born and raised in Durham, drop quite a few Durham-area references in the Emmy-winning hit sci-fi series “Stranger Things” that they write, direct and produce.

The brothers, Matt and Ross, are up against directors of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones.”

The group also nominated Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” McDonagh competes with Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk” and Jordan Peele for “Get Out.”

The winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards ceremony, hosted by Judd Appatow, on Feb. 3. It is not televised, but we’ll report on the outcome.

Writers Guild Awards

The Duffer Brothers have also been nominated for a Writers Guild Award for “Stranger Things 2,” along with Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, Jessie Nickson-Lopez and Kate Trefry. For that award, the competition is “The Americans” on FX, “Better Call Saul” on AMC, “Game of Thrones” on HBO and “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

Those nominations were announced in December and winners will be announced on Feb. 11 in a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswald. It is not televised, but we’ll report on the outcome.

Previous awards

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and won four in a ceremony televised Sunday on NBC: Best Drama Motion Picture, Frances McDormand for Best Dramatic Actress, Sam Rockwell for Best Dramatic Performance in a Supporting Role and Martin McDonagh for Best Screenplay.

“Stranger Things 2” was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards this year, but did not win at the Jan. 7 ceremony.

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