The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has just finished announcing their awards, declaring the outstanding romantic drama "Call Me By Your Name" to be the Best Film of 2017. The film also tied for Best Director and received Best Actor for Timothee Chalamet's marvelous performance.
As far as surprises go, there weren't too many to be found. Willem Dafoe continues his Best Supporting Actor streak for his decent performance in "The Florida Project," which is kind of odd given that there are several more memorable performances out there to choose from (including Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson in "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Armie Hammer in "Call Me By Your Name"), but it was not unexpected.
What was entirely unexpected was for them to give Best Screenplay to "Get Out" over several superior choices, including "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Call Me By Your Name," "Molly's Game," "The Disaster Artist," and more. Then again, you have to remember that they chose "The Lobster" for Best Screenplay last year, another highly questionable choice, so perhaps this just isn't their best category.
Other than that, everything was almost entirely as expected, including Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" doing quite well with three wins of its own (Best Director, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), and Best Cinematography).
Three groups have announced, and three different films have won Best Picture, giving us no clear frontrunner at the moment, but be sure to check back later this week as the fun continues with the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (of which I'm a proud member) announcing their year-end awards on December 8th, followed by the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Online on December 10th.
In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of today's winners:
Winner: Call Me By Your Name
Runner-Up: The Florida Project
Winner: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water and Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name (tie)
Winner: Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Runner-Up: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Winner: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Runner-Up: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Runner-Up: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress:
Winner: Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Runner-Up: Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Winner: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Runner-Up: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Animated Feature
Winner: The Breadwinner
Winner: Faces Places
Winner: Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Runner-Up: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Winner: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Runner-Up: Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya
Best Music Score
Winner: Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Runner-Up: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Best Production Design
Winner: Dennis Gassner, Blade Runner 2049
Runner-Up: Paul D. Austerberry, The Shape of Water
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: BPM and Loveless (tie)
The Douglas Edwards Experimental Film: Lee Anne Schmitt's Purge This Land