“The Shape of Water” wins big at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards

Last night, the critics portion of the precursor season came to a head with the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the winners here get a nice little boost as Academy Award voting is currently wrapping up. Remember, critics aren’t members of the Academy, so there’s limited impact to be found for Oscar, but televised victories are never a bad thing. Wins here are fuel for nominations, and little more. Still, forward momentum is useful and appreciated, to say the least. For a few movies, it was a great evening, with one Guillermo del Toro helmed picture doing particularly well. The BFCA went wild (comparatively) for The Shape of Water, which led the field with four wins, to go along with entering the night as the overall nominations leader. Other multi winners were Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out, I, Tonya, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The love was spread out otherwise, giving almost every film nominated a win. There were even upsets, as The Big Sick was a great surprise, taking the Best Comedy prize. You’ll be able to see the full results next, but just keep in mind that voting is about to close, so the nominees for the Oscars are literally being decided as you read this…Here now are all of the Critics’ Choice winners: FILM Best Picture “The Big Sick” “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “The Florida Project” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” – WINNER “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Best Director Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” – WINNER Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name” Jordan Peele, “Get Out” Steven Spielberg, “The Post” Best Actor Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” James Franco, “The Disaster Artist” Jake Gyllenhaal, “Stronger” Tom Hanks, “The Post” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” – WINNER Best Actress Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game” Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep, “The Post” Best Supporting Actor Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name” Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – WINNER Patrick Stewart, “Logan” Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me by Your Name” Best Supporting Actress Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” Hong Chau, “Downsizing” Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick” Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” – WINNER Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water” Best Young Actor/Actress Mckenna Grace, “Gifted” Dafne Keen, “Logan” Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project” [...]

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