2018 Oscars scorecard: ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘Get Out’ are splitting regional critics awards
“Lady Bird” won Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) at the end of November and “Call Me By Your Name” took this top prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. (LAFCA) in early December. Since then, we have started hearing from regional critics groups and they are going in different directions. Of the nine such groups to weigh in to date, four have named “The Florida Project” as the best picture of the year while “Get Out” has has won over three of the critics associations.
The most recent of these groups to announce winners is the Atlanta Film Critics Circle (AFCC), which went with Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out” for Best Picture. They also gave this talented multi-hyphenate the screenplay award.
By going with Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), the AFCC broke his tie with two other leading Best Actor Oscar contenders who have each picked up a pair of prizes: ; Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”); and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”). Likewise, on the distaff side the AFCC opted for Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), thus giving her one win more than Best Actress frontrunner Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) who has three of these critics awards. Supporting Actor Oscar frontrunner Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) is racking up trophies for his mantle with eight wins to date, including from the AFCC. And in a preview of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar race, Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) now has six wins (courtesy of the AFCC) while her closest rival, Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), has three. Last year, “La La Land” and “Moonlight” were tied at 14 wins apiece among the 33 major film critics groups. In 2015, Best Picture Oscar winner “Spotlight” was the clear favorite among the scribes, with “Mad Max: Fury Road” far back in second place. In 2014, “Boyhood” had twice as many wins as the showbiz-themed “Birdman,” which then proved to be the favorite of the industry. 2013’s Oscar champ “12 Years a Slave” held the edge among the critics although the guilds split between it, “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” And in 2013, critics darling “Argo” was able to overcome the snub of Ben Affleck by the directors branch of the academy to take the top Oscar.