Although Call Me by Your Name and The Shape of Water dominated the Chicago Film Critics Association in nominations, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird walked away with the highest honors. The circa-2001 Catholic highschool-set coming of age comedy was awarded Best Picture while stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf emerged victorious from their respective, fiercely contested, acting categories. Additionally, Gerwig was named Most Promising Filmmaker (an award I had the privilege of presenting).
Coming in 2nd place as far as wins go, Call Me by Your Name won three awards, two of which went to Timothee Chalamet for his sensational turn in the homoerotically charged romance exploring the ecstasy and heartbreak of first true love, with the third going to James Ivory’s screenplay adaptation of the acclaimed novel.
Scattered about were a number of pleasant surprises and variety amongst winning films along with some expected choices. Check out the full list of winners below:
THE 2017 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
BEST PICTURE: Lady Bird
BEST DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
BEST ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
BEST ACTRESS: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Jordan Peele, Get Out
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Square
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Jane
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Coco
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
BEST EDITING: Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss, Baby Driver
BEST ART DIRECTION: Blade Runner 2049
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
For a refresher on the complete list of nominations, visit here. Meanwhile, let us know what you think of the winners below in the comments.
Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Flickering Myth Reviews Editor. Check here for new reviews, friend me on Facebook, follow my Twitter or Letterboxd, check out my personal non-Flickering Myth affiliated Patreon, or email me at MetalGearSolid719@gmail.com