A few days after the New York Film Critics Circle went gaga for Lady Bird, the west coast critics have weighed in with their favorites of 2017. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named the critically acclaimed romance Call Me by Your Name the Best Picture of the year, but spread the love for Best Director with a split between Call Me by Your Name’s helmer Luca Guadagnino and Guillermo del Toro for his stunning work on The Shape of Water. Indeed, while del Toro’s fairy tale romance scored rapturous reviews on the fall film festival circuit, it’s been mostly absent from the early year-end awards, including a shut-out from the National Board of Review.
The LAFCA, however, finally showered Shape with well-deserved praise, singling out Sally Hawkins for Best Actress while the film also won the award for Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen) and scored runner-up notices for Score and Production Design. One of the great things about the LAFCA awards is that they reveal their runners-up in each category, so as you peruse through the winners list you can also see the other films and performers who just narrowly missed the cut.
It’ll be interesting to see how Shape fares as the season continues. This coming week brings us the AFI Awards and Critics Choice nominations, and I’m really hoping the awards groups’ genre bias doesn’t sideline one of the best films of the year.
Check out the full list of Los Angeles Critics Association awards below.
Call Me by Your Name
Runner-up: The Florida Project
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water & Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name (TIE)
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Runner-up: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner-up: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Runner-up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Supporting Actress
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Runner-up: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Runner-up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Runner-up: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Production Design
Dennis Gassner, Blade Runner 2049
Runner-up: Paul D. Austerberry, The Shape of Water
Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Runner-up: Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya