2017 L.A. Film Critics Association Names ‘Call Me by Your Name’ As Best Pic

By Creative Media Times

‘Call Me By Your Name’ was named best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the award season comes into full swing. Its star Timothée Chalamet best actor, just a few days after New York Film Critics Circle bestowed him the same accolade, while the film’s director Luca Guadagnino tied for best director with The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro.

After missing the top awards New York, del Toro’s fantasy drama film seem to be gaining steam again as “The Shape of Water” also scored three wins. In addition to the aforementioned best director, the film also scored wins in cinematography and best actress for Sally Hawkins.

Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” landed only one award from the Los Angeles critics as Laurie Metcalf won best supporting actress, though the critics group also gave Gerwig its “new generation” award for her directorial debut. “Lady Bird” was named best film by New York Film Critics Circle.

Another award that matched with the critics’ New York counterparts is the best supporting actor award given to Willem Dafoe as manager of The Magic Castle Motel Bobby Hicks.

LAFCA has had a pretty solid record in terms of predicting eventual Oscar winners. During the last decade the group awarded best actress accolades to Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, and Patricia Arquette, and best actor to Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, all of which ended up winning top acting wins at the Oscars.

The awards will be handed out at an annual dinner on Jan. 13, at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. The association earlier announced that actor Max von Sydow will be recognized with a career achievement award.

To see the full list of winners of Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, go to lafca.net