The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. had lots of love for Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” during its annual awards deliberations on Sunday.
Guadagnino’s coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old American boy who falls in love with his father’s assistant played by Armie Hammer was voted best picture. And Timothée Chalamet was named best actor for his performance as the young American in Italy.
Guadagnino and Del Toro shared the directing award thanks to a tie vote from the critics group. Greta Gerwig, whose “Lady Bird” won the best picture award from the New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday, won the L.A. group’s “new generation” award.
The Los Angeles and New York groups often differ on their best picture awards. Last year, the New York critics chose “La La Land” while the Los Angeles critics chose eventual Oscar winner “Moonlight.”
Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” earned the most L.A. honors on Sunday. Star Sally Hawkins was named best actress for her performance as a mute woman who works at a government laboratory and falls in love with a captured amphibious creature. The Fox Searchlight film’s director of photography, Dan Laustsen, also won for his cinematography; composer Alexandre Desplat was runner-up in the music/score category; and Paul D. Austerberry was runner-up for production design.
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