The 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards begin at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 7. Awards in 25 film and 22 TV categories will be handed out at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica during a two-hour ceremony hosted by Olivia Munn that airs on the CW. The show will be seen live in the Eastern and Central time zones but on tape delay in the Mountain and Pacific ones. However, the CW is streaming the first hour live nationwide.
On the film front, “The Shape of Water,” which leads with a whopping 14 nominations, is expected to win the top two races: Best Picture and Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro) and perhaps Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. Six other films are tipped to take home at least two awards apiece.
“Lady Bird” is predicted to win Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf) and Best Original Screenplay and perhaps Best Comedy Film and Best Comedy Actress (Saoirse Ronan). “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will claim Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Ensemble. “Darkest Hour” will be awarded Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling in large part for transforming him into British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. “Dunkirk,” which is also set during World War II, but on the battlefield, is the front-runner for Best Film Editing and Best Score. “Blade Runner 2049” will come away with Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. And Pixar’s “Coco” will win Best Animated Feature and Best Song (“Remember Me”).
On the TV front, all the Globe champs will add a Critics’ Choice trophy to their mantles. “Big Little Lies” will win a leading four awards, just like it did at the Globes: Best Limited Series, and acting honors for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won two Globes, is projected to pick up three Critics’ Choice Awards, for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss) and Best Drama Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd). “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is expected to be the only other multiple winner of the night with victories in the same categories it conquered at the Globes: Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan).
In addition, Globe winners Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”) are also predicted to win their respective lead categories. And with Critics’ Choice separating the supporting races by genre unlike the Globes, our combined odds have Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) and Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) prevailing.