Friday, June 21, 2024

LA Film Critics: Call Me By Your Name, Timothee Chalamet, Sally Hawkins, Willem Dafoe, Laurie Metcalf Plus Guillermo del Toro, Luca Guadagnino


The LA Film Critics’ votes are in. So  interesting: they completely ignored “Get Out” and threw “Mudbound” a bone. They also snubbed “The Post” and “Phantom Thread.”

They tell you who the runners up are, just to make those people feel bad. And here’s the things with critics’ awards. They don’t affect the Oscars one iota. Nothing. So don’t get excited.

Best Picture— “Call Me By Your Name”

Best Director— tie- Luca Guadagnino “Call Me,” Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Best Actor— Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me”

Best Actress– Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

So runners up in Best Supporting Actor/Actress are Sam Rockwell, for Three Billboards, and Mary J. Blige for Mudbound. There was too much drama for Mary J. apparently.

The winners are William Dafoe for The Florida Project, just like the New York Film Critics; and Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, the likely Oscar winner.

Roger Deakins, the great cinematographer, was the runner up for Blade Runner 2049. They couldn’t just give him the top spot. The winner was Dan Laustsen for The Shape of Water.

Documentary winner: Agnes Varda for “Faces Places”; runner up “Jane” by Brett Morgen.

The whole runner up thing is very Los Angeles/Hollywood. They’re going to make you feel bad for doing something great.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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