2018 Critics# Choice Awards: Oh Man, That James Franco Win Will Age Well

Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | January 12, 2018


The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association banded together to hand out the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards last night. Given how most of the awards during Oscar season are handed out by industry guilds and the peers of those being rewarded, the Critics’ Choice side is a fascinating change of pace that allows us to see just how the two side line up on various issues. Generally speaking, they’ve been pretty evenly matched so far, across both film and TV. The big winner of the night was The Shape of Water, which took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Score. This has been a good season so far for Guillermo del Toro, although we’re all still a bit too nervous to declare him the front-runner in the Director category. It’s just too weird a season to make any sure bets.

We may have a new Best Supporting Actor front-runner, with Sam Rockwell taking home the award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri over the apparent dead cert favourite Willem Dafoe. Allison Janney is storming ahead of her closest competitor Laurie Metcalf for Best Supporting Actress, as she won in that category for I, Tonya. Both Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand further secured their front-runner status with wins in their respective categories, and the Best Ensemble award - something the Oscars doesn’t have - went to the Three Billboards cast.

The Critics’ Choice Awards get more interesting after that. Jordan Peele finally got a major award for Get Out in Best Original Screenplay. It also won Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, while The Big Sick won Best Comedy. The awards for comedic acting got a bit… Well, James Franco won. Funnily enough, he wasn’t there to pick up the honour, for reasons I’m sure we’ll never figure out. Today’s the day the voting ends for the Oscar nominations, so you can guess what’s on a lot of people’s minds right now.

In the world of television, things were more easy to predict: The Handmaid’s Tale and Elisabeth Moss won Best Drama and Best Actress in a Drama; Sterling K. Brown continued his stellar awards season for This Is Us; Praise be to Ted Danson for getting some recognition for The Good Place, as well as a much appreciated Supporting Comedy Actor win for Walton Goggins in Vice Principals. And yes, Big Little Lies swept again in the mini-series category, although I’m not sure they can keep calling it that given its upcoming second season.

The winners are below:


FILM

Best Picture: The Shape of Water
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDorman - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney - I, Tonya
Best Young Actor/Actress: Brooklyn Prince - The Florida Project
Best Acting Ensemble: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Editing: Baby Driver and Dunkirk
Best Hair and Makeup: Darkest Hour
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Score: The Shape of Water
Best Song: Remember Me - Coco
Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
Best Comedy: The Big Sick
Best Horror/Sci-fi: Get Out
Best Actor in a Comedy: James Franco - The Disaster Artist
Best Actress in a Comedy: Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Best Foreign Language Film: In the Fade


TV

Best Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: David Harbour - Stranger Things
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd - The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Ted Danson - The Good Place
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Walton Goggins - Vice Principals
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Best Limited Series: Big Little Lies
Best Movie Made For TV: The Wizard of Lies
Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ewan McGregor - Fargo
Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Alexander Skarsgård - Big Little Lies
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Laura Dern - Big Little Lies
Best Talk Show: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Best Animated Series: Rick and Morty
Best Unstructured Reality Series: Born This Way
Best Structured Reality Series: Shark Tank
Best Reality Competition Series: The Voice
Best Reality Show Host: RuPaul - RuPaul’s Drag Race


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