L.A. Film Critics Name CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Best Picture (AWARDS 2017)

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Call Me By Your Name had its named called three times by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, including for its top prize of Best Picture. 

Willem Dafoe had his name called, too, as that respected veteran actor is now on a fast track to becoming an Academy Award winner.

Call Me By Your Name, the 1980s set gay romance, won its first Best Picture honor of the Awards Season. So far, those have gone to Steven Spielberg‘s The Post (The National Board of Review) and Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird  (New York Film Critics Circle). Its director Luca Guadagnino also won Best Director, in a tie with The Shape of Water helmer Guillermo del Toro. The Shape of Water was cited 5 times, taking 3 wins and 2 runners-up.

Going 3-for-3 at the beginning of this 2017 Awards Season, Willem Dafoe once again took a Best Supporting Actor prize for his beautiful, empathetic turn in The Florida Project. Just like Mahershala Ali, who virtually swept the entire season last year for his supporting role in Moonlight, Dafoe appears to be a lock for his first Oscar.

Having been shut out by the first two critics awards of 2017, leading Oscar contenders Sally Hawkins and Frances McDormand were both cited by the LAFCA in the Best Actress category. Hawkins won for her leading role in The Shape of Water; she plays a mute cleaning lady in Cold War era USA who forms a bond with an experimential creature at a secret government lab. McDormand was the runner-up for her fiery turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Timothée Chalamet won his second Best Actor award of the season for Call Me By Your Name. This follows his citation for the same by the NYFCC. Laurie Metcalf also won her second Best Supporting Actress award of the season for her role in Lady Bird. She was first cited by The NBR. Both Chalamet and Metcalf appear to have locks on Oscar nominations.

Meanwhile, despite previously dominating The NBR, Steven Spielberg‘s The Post was completely ignored by a second awards group. It was also shut out by the NYFCC.

An intriguing 0-for-3 snub that’s starting to shake things up: no love for Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.

Following the fall festival circuit, buzz for Oldman emerged as being the one “sure thing” for an Oscar win, but the critics have failed to recognize him so far. He’s still all-but certain to nab an Academy Award nomination, but now a win is no longer a foregone conclusion. It will be a race, at the very least with Chalamet.

LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2017 Awards

Best Picture:
Call Me By Your Name
Runner-up: The Florida Project

Director (tie):
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name

Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner-up: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Runner-up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird 
Runner-up: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Runner-up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated Film: The Breadwinner , dir. Nora Twomey
Runner-up: Cocodir. Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Foreign-Language Film (tie):
BPM (Beats Per Minute), France, dir. Robin Campillo
Loveless, Russia, dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev

Documentary/Non-Fiction: Faces Places, dir. Agnes Varda, artist JR
Runner-up: Jane, dir. Brett Morgen

Screenplay: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Runner-up: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

Editing: Dunkirk, Lee Smith 
Runner-up: I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel

Production Design: Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner
Runner-up: The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry

Music Score: Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood 
Runner-up: The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography: The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen 
Runner-up: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:

Chicago Film Critics Association
Screen Actors Guild Nominations
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
Golden Globe Nominations
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
Critics Choice Award Nominees
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review

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