2018 Critics Choice Awards Winners: The Shape of Water Wins Big


BEST REALITY SHOW HOST 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 UpperRuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Thor: RagnarokWar for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman

Get the full list of 2018 Critics Choice Awards winners below.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE Dunkirk Lady Bird Mudbound The PostThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST DIRECTORGuillermo 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

BEST DRAMA ACTORSterling 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

Awards, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, The Big Sick, The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri

BEST DRAMA SERIES American Gods The Crown Game of ThronesThe Handmaid’s Tale Stranger Things This Is Us

On the more controversial side of the acting awards, James Franco came away with the award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in The Disaster Artist. He also won the Golden Globe, but since that first win, several sexual misconduct allegations have come up against the actor Presumably, the ballots for the Critics Choice Awards were already in before the allegations came out, otherwise he might not have been named the winner. This could (and should) shake up his chances at coming away with an Oscar.

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

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR Bobby Cannavale – Mr. Robot Asia Kate Dillon – Billions Peter Dinklage – Game of ThronesDavid Harbour – Stranger Things Delroy Lindo – The Good Fight Michael McKean – Better Call Saul

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The BreadwinnerCoco Despicable Me 3 The LEGO Batman Movie Loving Vincent

BEST ACTOR 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 ThreadGary Oldman – Darkest Hour

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SERIESBorn This Way Ice Road Truckers Intervention Live PD Ride with Norman Reedus Teen Mom

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES ACTOR Jeff Daniels – Godless Robert De Niro – The Wizard of LiesEwan McGregor – Fargo Jack O’Connell – Godless Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult Bill Pullman – The Sinner Jimmy Tatro – American Vandal

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SERIES The Carbonaro Effect Fixer Upper The ProfitShark Tank Undercover Boss Who Do You Think You Are?

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP Beauty and the BeastDarkest Hour I, Tonya The Shape of Water Wonder

BEST ANIMATED SERIES Archer Bob’s Burgers BoJack Horseman Danger & EggsRick and Morty The Simpsons

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS Kristen Bell – The Good Place Alison Brie – GLOWRachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sutton Foster – Younger Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat

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

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Otherwise, here’s the full list of television nominees.

Last night, the critics named what they thought were the crowning achievements in film and television with the 2018 Critics Choice Awards. On the film side, The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro came out on top, winning both Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. In television, The Handmaid’s Tale was named the Best Drama Series while Amazon made waves again with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Best Comedy Series.

BEST SCOREAlexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread Dario Marianelli – Darkest Hour Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049 John Williams – The Post Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS Gillian Anderson – American Gods Emilia Clarke – Game of ThronesAnn Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale Cush Jumbo – The Good Fight Margo Martindale – Sneaky Pete Chrissy Metz – This Is Us

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

BEST COMEDY SERIES The Big Bang Theory Black-ish GLOWThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Modern Family Patriot

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS Judy Davis – Feud: Bette and JoanLaura Dern – Big Little Lies Jackie Hoffman – Feud: Bette and Joan Regina King – American Crime Michelle Pfeiffer – The Wizard of Lies Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Fargo

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES ACTRESS Jessica Biel – The Sinner Alana Boden – I Am Elizabeth Smart Carrie Coon – FargoNicole Kidman – Big Little Lies Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette and Joan Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

BEST TALK SHOW Ellen Harry (Syndicated)Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Late Late Show with James Corden The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS Mckenna Grace – Gifted Dafne Keen – LoganBrooklynn Prince – The Florida Project Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck Jacob Tremblay – Wonder

BEST COSTUME DESIGN Renée April – Blade Runner 2049Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread Jacqueline Durran – Beauty and the Beast Lindy Hemming – Wonder Woman Luis Sequeira – The Shape of Water

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESSMayim 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

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

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One thing I love about the Critics Choice Awards is that they have separate categories for genre films such as comedy, action and sci-fi/horror. However, being nominated for one doesn’t necessarily preclude them from being included in the overall Best Picture category, which is unlike the Golden Globes, where a movie can only be a comedy/musical or a drama but not both. The Big Sick, Get Out, The Shape of Water and Lady Bird all crossed over from the individual genre categories to get nominated for Best Picture. It’s a shame the Oscars or Golden Globes will never go this route.

However, this does create some discrepancies in the awards. Both Get Out and The Shape of Water were nominated for Best Picture and Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie. The Shape of Water won the overall Best Picture but Get Out beat the Guillermo del Toro film for Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie, which doesn’t make much logistical sense. Shouldn’t The Shape of Water have wont that award too?

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE Blade Runner 2049Get Out It The Shape of Water

BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR Johnny Flynn – Genius Benito Martinez – American Crime Alfred Molina – Feud: Bette and JoanAlexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies David Thewlis – Fargo Stanley Tucci – Feud: Bette and Joan

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

BEST LIMITED SERIES American VandalBig Little Lies Fargo Feud: Bette and Joan Godless The Long Road Home

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYRoger Deakins – Blade Runner 2049 Hoyte van Hoytema – Dunkirk Dan Laustsen – The Shape of Water Rachel Morrison – Mudbound Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – Call Me By Your Name

On the television side, The Handmaid’s Tale took the big prize as Best Drama Series, just as it did at the Emmys last year. But Amazon was the big winner in comedy with their new series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which also landed Rachel Brosnahan the award for Best Comedy Actress. There was also a surprise winner in the form of Ted Danson for Best Comedy Actor in The Good Place, who wasn’t even nominated an Emmy (which was a huge mistake).

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY Steve Carell – Battle of the SexesJames Franco – The Disaster Artist Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories

BEST EDITING Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar – The PostPaul Machliss, Jonathan Amos – Baby Driver (TIE)Lee Smith – Dunkirk (TIE) Joe Walker – Blade Runner 2049 Sidney Wolinsky – The Shape of Water

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtWalton Goggins – Vice Principals Sean Hayes – Will & Grace Marc Maron – GLOW Kumail Nanjiani – Silicon Valley Ed O’Neill – Modern Family

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip Zoe Kazan – The Big SickMargot Robbie – I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS Caitriona Balfe – Outlander Christine Baranski – The Good Fight Claire Foy – The Crown Tatiana Maslany – Orphan BlackElisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale Robin Wright – House of Cards

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNPaul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin – The Shape of Water Jim Clay, Rebecca Alleway – Murder on the Orient Express Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis – Dunkirk Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola – Blade Runner 2049 Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – Beauty and the Beast Mark Tildesley, Véronique Melery – Phantom Thread

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BEST TV MOVIE Flint I Am Elizabeth Smart The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sherlock: The Lying DetectiveThe Wizard of Lies

As for the major acting awards, they fell right in line with many of the previous awards and predictions. Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri while Gary Oldman won Best Actor for Darkest Hour. Unless there’s some big shake-up in The Academy, that’s likely how the Oscars will fall as well. Even though the nominations aren’t out yet, the two are shoo-ins to get a nod, and they’ll both likely win.

Even though there appears to be a growing rift between critics and audiences, ridiculously and confusingly perpetuated by Rotten Tomatoes of all places, there are plenty who are still interested in what the critics have to say and understand the value they bring to the entertainment world.

Anyway, here are all the 2018 Critics Choice Awards winners from the film side (winners in bold)

BEST ACTION MOVIE Baby Driver Logan Thor: Ragnarok War for the Planet of the ApesWonder Woman

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

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

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM BPM (Beats Per Minute) A Fantastic Woman First They Killed My FatherIn the Fade The Square Thelma

BEST COMEDY ACTOR Anthony Anderson – Black-ish Aziz Ansari – Master of None Hank Azaria – BrockmireTed Danson – The Good Place Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat

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