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.
An intriguing 0-for-3 snub that’s starting to shake things up: no love for Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in 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.
Animated Film: The Breadwinner , dir. Nora Twomey
Runner-up: Coco, dir. 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
Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2017 / 18 season:
90th Annual Academy Award nominees
Writers Guild of America winners
Directors Guild of America winners
Screen Actors Guild winners
Producers Guild of America winners
Critics Choice Awards winners
Golden Globe Winners
National Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Chicago Film Critics Association
Atlanta Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Toronto Film Critics Association
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington D.C. Film Critics Association
AFI Top 10 of 2017
New York Film Critics Circle
The National Board of Review