Los Angeles Film Critics Name “Call Me By Your Name” Best Picture of the Year

Just days after the NYFCC came out in support for Lady Bird, the Los Angeles Film Critics came out hard for Call Me By Your Name, giving it Best Picture, Actor and Director. 

The Shape of Water also showed strength, winning Director alongside Call Me By Your Name, Actress and Cinematography. This was crucial for the film’s Oscar hopes after blanking with groups like the Gotham awards and Indie Spirits. 

Lady Bird‘s Laurie Metcalf managed a win in Supporting Actress, with Greta Gerwig winning the coveted New Generation prize. Willam Dafoe continued his dominance in Supporting Actor. 

See the full list of winners below.

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

Best Director: Luca Guadanigno, Call Me By Your Name & Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water (TIE!)

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Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner-up: Frances McDorman, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Once upon a time, Hawkins was thought to be the frontrunner in this category, but that changed after blanking at both the Gothams and Indie Spirits. This was a nice gust of win in her sails, and proof that Best Actress is incredibly competitive this year. 

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

So far, Franco and Chalamet have dominated the Best Actor categories, which mighht not mean all that much for Gary Oldman who could clean up in later awards like BAFTA and the Globes. That said, Chalamet is proving to be quite the contender, and this race might not be all that locked up.

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

A nice win for Metcalf after the NYFCC chose to throw their weight behind Tiffany Haddish, she’ll need it going up against Allison Janney. The notice for Mary J. Blige, however, is notable. A lot of pundits are skeptical about Mudbound’s place in the race due to the fact it’s a Netflix backed film, but Blige has continued to win notices. She’s one of the biggest names from the film’s stacked ensemble, and a music legend. I think it’s time we start taking her seriously as a top five contender. 

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Best Supporting Actor: Willam Dafoe, The Florida Project
Runner-up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Another win for Dafoe, who could easily sweep this J.K. Simmons’ style. I really thought this might’ve been Rockwell’s year, but the divisiveness of Three Billboards doesn’t seem to be doing him any favors. By comparison, Dafoe plays a likable character in a movie many people love, which will definitely help when we get to the Globes and SAG. Not to mention he’s well respected in the industry. Is it, “his time?” 

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

As I suspected, Get Out is going to continue to pop up and be a huge threat to win big at the Oscars this year. And while I’m not ruling out Best Picture, I think this category is Peele’s best shot at a trophy.

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

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

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

Best Animation: The Breadwinner
Runner-up: COCO

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

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: Faces Places
Runner-up: Jane

Best Foreign-Language Film: BPM and Loveless (Tie!)

New Generation Award: Greta Gerwig

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