Last night was the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards which were held in Santa Monica, California, to celebrate achievements in filmmaking.
Going in to the ceremony there was great cause for excitement as a number of films had multiple nominations: The Shape of Water led with 14; Blade Runner 2049 had 7; Lady Bird had 8; and there was cause for celebration as Logan earned 3 nominations (for Best Action Movie, Best Young Actress and Best Supporting Actor), among many others. Ultimately, The Shape of Water came out the big winner with 4 wins; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received 3; and Coco, Darkest Hour, Get Out and I, Tonya received 2 each.
The major wins are:
Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
Best Actor: Gary Oldman: Darkest Hour (as Winston Churchill)
Best Actress: Frances McDormand: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (as Mildred Hayes)
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Get Out
Best Comedy: The Big Sick
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)
Best Song: “Remember Me” (Coco)
It is gratifying to see Roger Deakins rewarded for his amazing cinematography in Blade Runner 2049 (and also to chalk up another accolade for the film). I’m disappointed that Logan did not win any awards (especially because Patrick Stewart was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Dafne Keen (X-23) was up for Best Young Actress) but seeing Wonder Woman win for Best Action Movie partially makes up for it.
Seeing The Shape of Water win the biggest awards of the night (both in terms of number and importance, by which I mean it won Best Picture) confirms my thinking that this film will likely sweep a large portion of the Oscars in March. If this ends up happening, I will likely have to add the film to my viewing list (though I don’t watch many del Toro films, this one does sound intriguing).
There was also no surprise that Coco won Best Animated Feature (a well deserved honor) and Best Song. I’m still hoping to see Blade Runner 2049 pick up at least one award for its music but as of right now Desplat’s score for The Shape of Water is dominating in that category.
What do you think of the big winners from The Critics’ Choice Awards? Do you disagree with any of the winners? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂
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