Critics Make Bold Choice Naming “The Shape of Water” as Best Picture

The Critics’ Choice Awards, like the Golden Globes, honor both film and television. These awards are voted on by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). Now held together as one, they were once two separate award shows. Unfortunately, with such a large number of categories, many winners’ acceptance speeches went unseen in The CW’s broadcast of the event. Instead of making the show only two hours, perhaps the Critics Choice Awards should consider a longer running time, like other award shows.

Host Olivia Munn showed a good sense of humor about herself in her opening rap and skits spoofing nominees. Munn followed in Golden Globes host Seth Meyers’ lead by addressing sexual misconduct. Notably, she brought the gender wage gap into the conversation by calling out Mark Wahlberg for his disgraceful demand of $1.5 million to reshoot scenes for “All the Money in the World” while his co-star, actress Michelle Williams, only received $80 per day to do the same about of work.

In the television categories, the Critics’ Choice honored shows and performers from a mixture of genres and platforms. Its acknowledgement of many performances from network shows set it apart from the winners who received Emmys this past September from the Television Academy, remaindering us excellence in television is not exclusive to streaming platforms.

In comedy categories, like the Golden Globes, the Best Comedy Series award went to Amazon’s new hit “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and its lead Rachel Brosnahan took home her second trophy this week for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor went to two performers on network shows: Mayim Bialik for her work on the CBS’ long running “The Big Bang Theory,” and Ted Danson for the sophomore NBC sitcom, “The Good Place.” Walton Goggins took home Best Supporting Actor for his for in HBO’s “Vice Principals.”

Four of the five winners in the dramatic categories mirrored the recent Emmy winners: Sterling K. Brown took Best Actor for the sentimental NBC hit “This Is Us;” and Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd won for their lead and supporting roles, respectively, on the Best Drama Series winner, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The critics, breaking away from rewarding Emmy winners, chose to bestow Best Supporting Actor to David Harbour for his beautiful work on the second season of Netflix’s fan favorite “Stranger Things.”

For film, Critics’ Choice has the standard Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress awards; however, there are two additional categories for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. There is not a separate classification for performances in dramas. Actors and actress are elidable to be nominated in both Best Actor/Actress and Best Comedy Actor/Actress at the same time. This year’s comedy winner, James Franco of “The Disaster Artist” and Margot Robbie of “I, Tonya” each received nominations in both classifications but only won in the comedy categories. Robbie’s win was considered an upset by many due to Saoirse Ronan’s recent Golden Globe winner for “Lady Bird.”

The main acting awards all went to winners from this year’s Golden Globes, cementing them as frontrunners in the Oscar Race. Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor went to Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, respectively, of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Many predicted these awards would to go to Sally Hawkins for her work in “The Shape of Water” and Willem Dafoe of “The Florida Project.” McDormand and Rockwell also won as part of the cast of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” winner of Best Ensemble. Gary Oldman of “Darkest Hour” beat out Franco for Best Actor. Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya,” once again pulling a victory over the previously considered frontrunner, Laurie Metcalf of “Lady Bird.”

By winning the evening’s biggest award, Best Picture, the controversial fantasy “The Shape of Water” shook up the Oscar Race. The film, which also won Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, lead with 14 nominations at the Critics’ Choice but its loss at the Golden Globes had many wondering if it had lost momentum. Best Comedy Movie Film “The Big Sick,” also scored a Best Picture nomination at the Critics’ Choice. Despite the snubs by the Globes, many still considered it a major awards contender. Best Original Screenplay winner and Best Picture nominee, “Get Out” was named Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, beating both “IT,” a highly successful 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel, and “The Shape of Water.” Best Action Movie went to Wonder Woman. The film’s star, Gal Gadot, won the #SeeHer award, which honors more accurate cinematic portrayals of women. As expected, Best Foreign Film went to “In the Fade,” and “CoCo” took Best Animated Feature. The Critics’ Choice awards have yet to make a category specifically for drama.

The pattern in the winners of this year’s Critics’ Choice winners was that female driven stories reigned. Both categories for television series were won by shows about strong women. Best Action film centered on a female hero. Best Picture, “The Shape of Water,” tells the story of a woman who falls in love with and attempts to free a captured amphibian creature. Even the award for Best Young Actor or Actress went to Brooklynn Prince of “The Florida Project,” proving the future of Hollywood is female.

A list of compete winners and nominees:
Best Picture
The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Young Actor/Actress
Mckenna Grace, Gifted
Dafne Keen, Logan
WINNER: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck
Jacob Tremblay, Wonder

Best Acting Ensemble
Lady Bird
The Post
WINNER: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director
WINNER: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
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 Animated Feature
The Breadwinner
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Action Movie
Baby Driver
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes
WINNER: Wonder Woman

Best Comedy
WINNER: The Big Sick
The Disaster Artist
Girls Trip
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Actor in a Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
WINNER: James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok
Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Best Actress in a Comedy
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick
WINNER: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water

Best Foreign Language Film
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
WINNER: In the Fade
The Square

Best Original Screenplay
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
WINNER: Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams, Mudbound
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad and Stephen Chbosky, Wonder

Best Cinematography
WINNER: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me By Your Name

Best Production Design
WINNER: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water
Jim Clay and Rebecca Alleway, Murder on the Orient Express
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis, Dunkirk
Dennis Gassner and Alessandra Querzola, Blade Runner 2049
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, Beauty and the Beast
Mark Tildesley and Véronique Melery, Phantom Thread

Best Editing
Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar, The Post
WINNER: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
WINNER: Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Joe Walker, Blade Runner 2049
Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design
Renée April, Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
Lindy Hemming, Wonder Woman
Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

Best Hair and Makeup
Beauty and the Beast
WINNER: Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Thor: Ragnarok
WINNER: War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Song
“Evermore,” Beauty and the Beast
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name
WINNER: “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Score
WINNER: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Dario Marianelli, Darkest Hour
Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer, Blade Runner 2049
John Williams, The Post
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
Wonder Woman

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Black-ish (ABC)
GLOW (Netflix)
WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Modern Family (ABC)
Patriot (Amazon)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Hank Azaria, Brockmire (IFC)
WINNER: Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Randall Park, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Kristen Bell, The Good Place (NBC)
Alison Brie, GLOW (Netflix)
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Sutton Foster, Younger (TV Land)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
WINNER: Walton Goggins, Vice Principals (HBO)
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace (NBC)
Marc Maron, GLOW (Netflix)
Kumail Nanjiani, Silicon Valley (HBO)
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family (ABC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
WINNER: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Betty Gilpin, GLOW (Netflix)
Jenifer Lewis, black-ish (ABC)
Alessandra Mastronardi, Master of None (Netflix)
Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time (Netflix)

Best Drama Series
American Gods (Starz)
The Crown (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Paul Giamatti, Billions (Showtime)
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)
Ian McShane, American Gods (Starz)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander (Starz)
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
WINNER: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Mr. Robot (USA)
Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
WINNER: David Harbour, Stranger Things (Netflix)
Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Michael McKean, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson, American Gods (Starz)
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
WINNER: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Cush Jumbo, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Margo Martindale, Sneaky Pete (Amazon)
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us (NBC)

Best Limited Series
American Vandal (Netflix)
WINNER: Big Little Lies (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
The Long Road Home (National Geographic)

Best Movie Made for TV
Flint (Lifetime)
I Am Elizabeth Smart (Lifetime)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (PBS)
WINNER: The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series
Jeff Daniels, Godless (Netflix)
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
WINNER: Ewan McGregor, Fargo (FX)
Jack O’Connell, Godless (Netflix)
Evan Peters, American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Bill Pullman, The Sinner (USA)
Jimmy Tatro, American Vandal (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series
Jessica Biel, The Sinner (USA)
Alana Boden, I Am Elizabeth Smart (Lifetime)
Carrie Coon, Fargo (FX)
WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series
Johnny Flynn, Genius (National Geographic)
Benito Martinez, American Crime (ABC)
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
WINNER: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies (HBO)
David Thewlis, Fargo (FX)
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
WINNER: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Regina King, American Crime (ABC)
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Fargo (FX)

Best Talk Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
WINNER: Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers
BoJack Horseman
Danger & Eggs
WINNER: Rick and Morty
The Simpsons

Best Unstructured Reality Series
WINNER: Born This Way
Ice Road Truckers
Live PD
Ride With Norman Reedus
Teen Mom

Best Structured Reality Series
The Carbonaro Effect
Fixer Upper
The Profit
WINNER: Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Best Reality Competition Series
America’s Got Talent
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
WINNER: The Voice

Best Reality Show Host
Ted Allen, Chopped
Tyra Banks, America’s Got Talent
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Joanna and Chip Gaines, Fixer Upper
WINNER: RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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