2018 Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ is the biggest winner with 4 awards including Best Picture

The Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out on Thursday night, January 11, during a ceremony broadcast live on the CW network and hosted by actress Olivia Munn. These awards consist of 25 prizes for film and 22 for television decided by the hundreds of journalists who make up the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. While these awards don’t necessarily have much influence over the Emmys for TV that will be decided later this year, the film winners are often highly consequential to the Oscars whose nominations are being voted on right now. Scroll down for our live updating report of who won film awards as they’re announced, and what they mean for the rest of the Oscar season to come. And check out the complete list of winners here.

Critics’ Choice nominates 10 films for Best Picture. This year those nominees are “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “The Florida Project,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The Oscars nominate a sliding scale between 5 and 10 Best Picture nominees, and they all very well might come from the Critics’ Choice list. Last year eight out of nine Oscar nominees contended at Critics’ Choice. In 2016 all eight Best Picture nominees were in contention here. In 2015 seven out of eight Oscar nominees lined up with Critics’ Choice. And in 2014 eight out of nine Oscar nominees were in the running at this event.

But the Critics’ Choice winners don’t line up quite as relialy. The motion picture academy has agreed with these critics only 13 times in the past 22 years (59%). The two groups split just last year when “La La Land” was the Critics’ Choice champ, but “Moonlight” upset to win the Oscar. “La La Land” appeared to be the Oscar front-runner for virtually the entire awards season last year, but the 2018 race has been much more divided. However, at these awards “Shape of Water” enters with by far the most nominations (14), followed by four films with eight noms apiece: “Call Me,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post.”

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6:57pm — The telecast starts in an hour, but “Three Billboards” has already won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Ensemble Cast. It defeated “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Mudbound,” and “Dunkirk.” Including nominees Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell as well as Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, and Clarke Peters, the cast is also nominated for the top prize at the SAG Awards on January 21.

7:03pm — Unsurprisingly, James Ivory won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name.” He has been the frontrunner to win the Oscar for months. But Ivory wasn’t in attendance to accept the prize.

7:04pmJordan Peele (“Get Out”) overtakes Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards”) to take Best Original Screenplay. “I think ‘Get Out 2’ will take place at an awards show … I’m honored, but it’s creepy. A black guy wins Best Screenplay, and later he’ll be bought by Willem Dafoe,” Peele joked. “We wanted to give a message, that message being that racial justice continues to be overlooked.”

7:09pmBrooklynn Prince takes the prize for Best Young Actor/Actress for playing an impoverished girl in “The Florida Project.” A tearful Prince took the stage to accept the prize, saying “Wow, this is such a big honor!” She added to her fellow young nominees, “We should go and get ice cream after this.”

7:14pm — “Coco” wins the award for Best Song, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez. The award was accepted by screenwriter Adrian Molina. It overtook the recent Golden Globe winner, “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

7:17pm — “Thank you to Pixar for giving a voice to Mexican families,” says Molina, who returned to the stage just minutes later to accept Best Animated Feature for “Coco.” The film has long been a front-runner for that award at the Oscars and also prevailed at the Golden Globes.

7:26pm — “In the Fade” racks up another win for Best Foreign Language Film following its surprise victory on Sunday night at the Golden Globes. “We’re so grateful and feel elated to be in your company,” said lead actress Diane Kruger when accepting the award on behalf of the film.

7:28pm — “Get Out” wins its second award of the night: Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film. It overtook “The Shape of Water,” which is the biggest nominee of the night with 14 bids including Best Picture. “This was an incredibly stacked film for genre films,” said Peele when accepting the prize and recognizing the achievement of “Shape of Water” director Guillermo Del Toro. Added producer Jason Blum, “[Jordan Peele] is an incredibly kind and nice guy.”

7:48pmMargot Robbie wins Best Actress in a Comedy for “I, Tonya,” overtaking Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”). “I was so certain this wasn’t going to happen,” said Robbie. “I can’t believe I’m even in this group of women.” The nominees also included Zoe Kazan (“The Big Sick”), Emma Stone (“Battle of the Sexes”), and Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”).

7:51pmJames Franco receives Best Actor in a Comedy for “The Disaster Artist,” but Franco was not in attendance to accept the award. He has recently been the subject of sexual harassment allegations, so his absence isn’t surprising. Voting for these awards was conducted before many of the allegations surfaced.

8:08pm — “The Big Sick” overtakes “I, Tonya,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Lady Bird,” and “Girls Trip” to win Best Comedy Film. “We had such an amazing cast that brought the movie to life. I want to thank my doctor,” said co-writer Emily V. Gordon. “We’re glad our movie is coming out in a year when Hollywood is having a lot of difficult conversations with itself,” said co-writer and star Kumail Nanjiani about the cultural shifts happening in the industry for women and people of color.

8:58pm — Before commercial break Critics’ Choice announced below-the-line winners: Best Costume Design (“Phantom Thread”), Best Hair and Makeup (“Darkest Hour”), Best Film Editing (“Baby Driver” and “Dunkirk”), Best Cinematography (“Blade Runner 2049”), and Best Production Design (“The Shape of Water”). Those are the first wins of the night for all of those films, so the critics are very much spreading the wealth so far.

9:02pmSam Rockwell follows his Golden Globe victory by claiming Best Supporting Actor for his role as a racist cop in “Three Billboards,” but he’s busy preparing for “Saturday Night Live,” so he wasn’t in town to accept the award.

9:03pm — Another Best Supporting Actress victory for Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) after she bested Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) at the Golden Globes. So far “Lady Bird” hasn’t won any of its nominations. “‘Allison Janney reminds me of Janet Reno on a bad hair day,'” said Janney, quoting one of her bad reviews from 20 years ago.

9:25pm — “Wonder Woman” takes Best Action Movie over “Baby Driver,” “Logan,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” In a way this is the second victory for the film as its star Gal Gadot also received the #SeeHer Award for her feminist advocacy.

9:28pmGuillermo Del Toro is the second win of the night for “The Shape of Water,” and it’s a big one: Best Director. He prevailed in a crowded field of seven filmmakers. “I want to talk about things that give me hope which are my cast and my crew — miracles,” said Del Toro in his acceptance speech. “We always want to come back to tell stories that matter but are difficult to pitch.”

9:32pm — Additional film winners are announced below the line: Best Visual Effects (“War for the Planet of the Apes”) and Best Score (“The Shape of Water”). That brings “Shape” to three wins tonight thus far.

9:47pmGary Oldman follows his own Golden Globe victory with a Critics’ Choice victory for Best Actor. “I forgot to thank my director [at the Golden Globes], and I’m not going to make the same mistake twice.” He says director Joe Wright led the production with “such an enormous heart.” And he added, “This kind recognition of my contribution make it all the more special.”

9:52pmFrances McDormand wins Best Actress for “Three Billboards,” that film’s third win of the night. Presenter Chris Hemsworth accepted on her behalf, explaining, “She’s busy renting three billboards on Santa Monica Boulevard to win the Oscar.”

9:59pm — “The Shape of Water” takes Best Picture, overtaking the Golden Globe winner “Three Billboards.” That brings the film to a total of four awards for the night including Best Director, Best Score, and Best Production Design. “Three Billboards” was next in line, though, with three victories. “Lady Bird” and “The Post” were completely shut out.

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