Luca Guadagnino – ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins
The Luca Guadagnino film Call Me by Your Name was named best picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) won top acting honors. Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) claimed the supporting prizes.
The day’s voting, which lasted nearly five-and-a-half hours, provided the biggest bump for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, however. Clearly a favorite throughout, the film won three prizes and came in as runner-up in two more. After being largely ignored by a number of precursors so far this season, that ought to help Fox Searchlight breathe a little better. (It’s also great publicity for the film as it heads out into limited release this weekend.)
New York Film Critics Circle victor Lady Bird was mostly relegated to the sidelines, save for Metcalf’s prize, though A24’s other major contenders this year — The Disaster Artist and The Florida Project — had a presence throughout.
Is interesting to note that Luca Guadagnino had some difficult moments when trying to put André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name in the film of the same name. Anyone who has read André Aciman’s novel knows the scene of the peach, in which Elio (Timothée Chalamet) carves out the center of a peach and uses it to help him masturbate. It was one of the scenes from the novel he struggled with most bringing to the big screen. In fact, according to an interview to Vulture, Luca Guadagnino had to try the scene by himself to get convinced.