The Shape Of Water Tops Critics’ Choice Awards
Director Guillermo del Toro, recipient of the Best Director and Best Picture awards for The Shape of Water, poses in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California – Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won best picture and director at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday night.
Overall nominations leader The Shape of Water walked away with the most movie awards with four, including best picture and best director for helmer Guillermo del Toro. On the television side, Big Little Lies also reigned with four wins, including yet another best limited series prize. The Handmaid’s Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won in the top drama and comedy fields.
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) joined Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) in the winners circle for film acting honors, while Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Ted Danson (The Good Place) and Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) were among the television acting victors.
The BFCA’s genre categories went to Get Out (best sci-fi/horror film), Wonder Woman (best action film) and The Big Sick (best comedy film). Screenplay honors went to Get Out and Call Me by Your Name.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins presented Gal Gadot with the #SeeHer Award, honoring women who push boundaries and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape.
At the end of a day that saw five women come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct aimed at James Franco, the Disaster Artist star won the award for best actor in a comedy. He did not attend the ceremony, and presenter Walton Goggins accepted on his behalf.
The “Time’s Up” movement was otherwise very much a topic at hand. Del Toro, Gadot, Kidman and Kumail Nanjiani all referenced the amplification of women’s voices in their speeches. Meanwhile, emcee Olivia Munn was joined by comedian Niecy Nash for a tongue-in-cheek “Toast to the Good Guys” bit, appreciating all the men who behaved themselves in 2017. The segment also referenced the recent “All the Money in the World” pay gap dispute: “Thank you to all the producers for paying Niecy and I the same and Mark Wahlberg a million bucks,” Munn said.