‘The Shape Of Water’ Dominates 23rd Critics Choice Awards

Well, another day, another major award throws a wrench into the season. The Critics Choice Awards were held last Thursday, and while they aren’t as prestigious as they once were (hi, ninety thousand different ties to get more popular things in!), they still indicate a massive groundswell of support inside the industry. So it bodes well that The Shape of Water walked away with four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Score. After losing at the Globes and missing out on the all-important SAG nomination, this indicates an upcoming bloodbath of an Oscar season.

Amongst the other three major award contenders of the season, the results were something of a mixed bag. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had a strong showing, winning Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Ensemble. With Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman both winning their leading categories, you can now consider them frontrunners in each. Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell has now caught up to Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor, and should he win the SAG Award next Sunday, this race is a done deal. The same goes for Allison Janney, who beat Laurie Metcalf in Best Supporting Actress yet again, and could be poised to win at SAG and eventually the Oscar. Which brings me to my second point: Lady Bird. Despite being one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, Lady Bird failed to bring home a single Critics Choice Award. Not Metcalf, not Gerwig, not Ronan. Even the toss-up category of Best Comedy threw a curveball in to award (the highly deserving) The Big Sick, to the surprise and delight of married co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. While this bodes well for The Big Sick, and won’t hurt Lady Bird’s chances of being an Oscar nominee, it does hurt its chances at being the upset favorite. The Comedy Acting awards unsurprisingly went to James Franco and Margot Robbie. And as for the final Oscar frontrunner, Get Out, it unsurprisingly took home Best Horror Film, and even managed to pull off the win in the brutal Best Screenplay category. It should deservingly push its way into the Oscar race, and will likely give the other three frontrunners a run for their money. Other awards worth noting are the ugly, but understandable tie for Best Editing between Dunkirk and Baby Driver, as well as evidence that In the Fade is slowly becoming the Best Foreign Language frontrunner. Oh, and if you haven’t watched the adorable, wonderful Best Young Actress speech by the adorable, wonderful Brooklynn Prince yet, you should really get right on that.

On the other end of the spectrum, television continued to prove itself to be a big old predictable bore. The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies continued their winning streaks by taking home the prizes they’ve been winning all year (so the big prize in their respective fields, along with Moss, Dowd, Kidman, Skarsgärd, and Dern). And The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued to prove that it’s a critical darling, even if I’m still convinced this is just the critics’ way of apologizing for snubbing Gilmore Girls (back when the CCA was respectable, they did manage to nominate Bunheads, which I commend). Really, the only major “surprises,” if you can call them that, were David Harbour’s win for Best Supporting Actor, Ted Danson winning Best Actor in a Comedy and being incredibly charming, and Rick and Morty winning Best Animated Series and ending BoJack Horseman’s winning streak. And even those were understandable wins. Like I said, nothing out of the norm here.

Obviously, these Film Awards have really shaken things up in the Oscar race. I have begun altering my predictions accordingly, and I should have a finalized list for you all next Monday, before the nominations are announced on January 23rd. You can see the full list of winners below.



  • The Shape of Water
  • The Big Sick
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Florida Project
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • 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


  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep – The Post


  • Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
  • Patrick Stewart – Logan
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me by Your Name


  • Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
  • Hong Chau – Downsizing
  • Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
  • Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water


  • Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project
  • Mckenna Grace – Gifted
  • Dafne Keen – Logan
  • Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck
  • Jacob Tremblay – Wonder 


  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Dunkirk
  • Lady Bird
  • Mudbound
  • The Post


  • 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


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


  • Call Me By Your Name – James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees and Virgil Williams
  • Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin
  • Wonder – Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky


  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Mudbound
  • Call Me By Your Name 


  • The Shape of Water
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Dunkirk
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Phantom Thread


  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • The Post
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shape of Water


  • Phantom Thread
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Shape of Water


  • Darkest Hour
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Wonder 


  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wonder Woman


  • Coco
  • The Breadwinner
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Loving Vincent


  • Wonder Woman
  • Baby Driver
  • Logan
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • War for the Planet of the Apes


  • The Big Sick
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Girls Trip
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird 


  • James Franco – The Disaster Artist
  • Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
  • Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok
  • Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
  • Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)


  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
  • Zoe Kazan – The Big Sick
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
  • Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes


  • Get Out
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • It
  • The Shape of Water


  • In the Fade
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute)
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • First They Killed My Father
  • The Square
  • Thelma 


  • Remember Me – Coco
  • Evermore – Beauty and the Beast
  • Mystery of Love – Call Me By Your Name
  • Stand Up for Something – Marshall
  • This Is Me – The Greatest Showman


  • The Shape of Water
  • Phantom Thread
  • Darkest Hour
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Post
  • Dunkirk


Best Drama Series

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • American Gods
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us 

Best Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
  • Paul Giamatti – Billions
  • Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel
  • Ian McShane – American Gods
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a Drama Series

  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
  • Christine Baranski – The Good Fight
  • Claire Foy – The Crown
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • David Harbour – Stranger Things
  • Bobby Cannavale – Mr. Robot
  • Asia Kate Dillon – Billions
  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight
  • Michael McKean – Better Call Saul 

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Gillian Anderson – American Gods
  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
  • Cush Jumbo – The Good Fight
  • Margo Martindale – Sneaky Pete
  • Chrissy Metz – This Is Us

Best Comedy Series

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Black-ish
  • GLOW
  • Modern Family
  • Patriot

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari – Master of None
  • Hank Azaria – Brockmire
  • Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley
  • Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kristen Bell – The Good Place
  • Alison Brie – GLOW
  • Sutton Foster – Younger
  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Walton Goggins – Vice Principals
  • Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Sean Hayes – Will & Grace
  • Marc Maron – GLOW
  • Kumail Nanjiani – Silicon Valley
  • Ed O’Neill – Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
  • Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Betty Gilpin – GLOW
  • Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish
  • Alessandra Mastronardi – Master of None
  • Rita Moreno – One Day at a Time

Best Limited Series

  • Big Little Lies
  • American Vandal
  • Fargo
  • Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Godless
  • The Long Road Home

Best Movie Made for TV

  • The Wizard of Lies
  • Flint
  • I Am Elizabeth Smart
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective

Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

  • Ewan McGregor – Fargo
  • Jeff Daniels – Godless
  • Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies
  • Jack O’Connell – Godless
  • Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult
  • Bill Pullman – The Sinner
  • Jimmy Tatro – American Vandal

Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

  • Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
  • Jessica Biel – The Sinner
  • Alana Boden – I Am Elizabeth Smart
  • Carrie Coon – Fargo
  • Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

  • Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies
  • Johnny Flynn – Genius
  • Benito Martinez – American Crime
  • Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and Joan
  • David Thewlis – Fargo
  • Stanley Tucci – Feud: Bette and Joan

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

  • Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
  • Judy Davis – Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Jackie Hoffman – Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Regina King – American Crime
  • Michelle Pfeiffer – The Wizard of Lies
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Fargo

Best Talk Show

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Ellen
  • Harry
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Best Animated Series

  • Rick and Morty
  • Archer
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Danger & Eggs
  • The Simpsons

Best Unstructured Reality Series

  • Born This Way
  • Ice Road Truckers
  • Intervention
  • Live PD
  • Ride with Norman Reedus
  • Teen Mom

Best Structured Reality Series

  • Shark Tank
  • The Carbonaro Effect
  • Fixer Upper
  • The Profit
  • Undercover Boss
  • Who Do You Think You Are?

Best Reality Competition Series

  • The Voice
  • America’s Got Talent
  • Chopped
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Best Reality Show Host

  • RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • 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

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