LA Calls Call
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name took several steps closer to Oscar glory at yesterday’s LA Film Critics Association awards, taking Best Picture, Best Actor for Timothée Chalamet, with Guadagnino sharing Best Director with Guillermo Del Toro for his fishy fable The Shape of Water. Unlike other critics groups, the LA lot also make public their runners up in most categories, with The Florida Project in second place for Picture. Sally Hawkins beat out Frances McDormand for Actress, whilst Laurie Metcalfe (Lady Bird) and Willem Dafoe (Florida Project) are looking more and more like the certs in the Supporting categories.
Elsewhere, Johnny Greenwood’s superb work on Phantom Thread took Best Score, Get Out is still in with a shot, and Roger Deakins remains the eternal much nominated bridesmaid with runner up for cinematography for Blade Runner, losing out to Del Toro’s Water.
Still no sign of Dunkirk, but then the critics groups and the Oscar voters are two very different animals. And can anyone see Oscar giving its top award to a gay romance two years in a row? Many of the older voters (and their name is legion) will most likely consider that box already ticked.
Here’s the full list of winners -
Picture: Call Me by Your Name
Runner-up: The Florida Project
Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water and Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name (tie)
Actress: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Supporting actress: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Supporting actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Animated film: The Breadwinner
Foreign-language film: BPM (Beats Per Minute) and Loveless (tie)
Documentary/nonfiction: Faces Places
Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Editing: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Production design: Dennis Gassner, Blade Runner 2049
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Prize: Lee Anne Schmitt's Purge This Land
Career Achievement Award: Max von Sydow
New Generation: Greta Gerwig
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