Oscars 2017: BFCA (Critics Choice) Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were last Thursday night. Gonna be honest, I had more important shit to do, so I paid no attention to them whatsoever. (I’m nothing if not up front about stuff.) My way of thinking about it is, you come here for the quality* (*rambling) than the news. So I haven’t been able to look at any of this until now.

BFCA is generally helpful in figuring out how things are gonna go. Oftentimes when something ‘surprising’ happens at the Oscars that seem to not have been prefaced by the major precursors, chances are BFCA had it. I like them. They have way too many categories, but I generally like looking at them. They are a bit more mainstream than the Academy, but they definitely are a good weather vane to see which way the winds are blowing.

So, without further ado (and because I really only know like, three winners on this whole list and I wanna know who won), here are the winners:


The Big Sick

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: The Shape of Water

Two big wins in a row for Shape of Water. That’s interesting. Curious to see if it can win PGA and BAFTA going forward. It doesn’t feel like something that’ll win Best Picture, but who knows. Right now it’s the favorite based on precursors, but that can easily change at the next two. Still, happy for the film. Happy for Guillermo.



Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Winner: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

This could be your Oscar winner. He made the movie for $20 million. That’s $30 million less than The Post. Sure, The Post had some money going to the actors, but still, it’s really impressive what he managed on that budget. Though similarly, Get Out was like a $5 million budget, but that didn’t have a fish man and the color and production design that Shape of Water had. So I’m happy that he won. I mean, Dunkirk is a better directed movie, in the sense that Nolan pulled off a hell of an effort, but in a way, The Shape of Water is a much more emotional movie. So it’s different dynamics. I wanna see where DGA goes, but Guillermo might win the whole thing this year. That’s kinda cool.


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 Thread

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Winner: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

He’s gonna sweep it all. Maybe not SAG, just because of the Franco or Kaluuya factor, but he’s gonna walk away with it. At this point the only person who could come close to taking him down is Daniel Day-Lewis, who might not even be nominated. Chalamet has no chance to win, Kaluuya won’t win, Hanks might not even be nominated, and Franco, the nomination will be more than a reward. Oldman wins the Oscar so easily.


Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Winner: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

That path to her winning that started at the Globes — that’s continuing with ease now. Unless she gets upset at SAG (and even possibly then), she’s probably winning. Hawkins needs a huge precursor win to seem like a contender for the win. Without SAG or BAFTA, can’t see Ronan doing it. Margot Robbie was the only one I saw with a real chance to take it in the end, and I’m not sure that’s gonna happen. This might be all Frances.


Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Patrick Stewart, Logan

Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

Winner: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

That’s two in a row for him. If he wins SAG, it’s over. If he wins BAFTA it’s probably over. Because for BAFTA to go in on that performance — that would be a big deal. Very happy to see him win, but not thinking this is locked just yet by any stretch.


Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Holly Hunter, The Big Sick

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Winner: Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Two in a row for her too. With SAG, I think there’s no way anyone else takes this one down. But we’ll see.


The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: Get Out

Sure. I disagree, but sure.


Call Me By Your Name

The Disaster Artist

Molly’s Game



Winner: Call Me By Your Name

Not surprising. This should win the Oscar fairly easily.


Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049


The Post

The Shape of Water

Winner: Baby Driver

I agree with this. Not sure this can win the Oscar, but I agree with them doing it here.


Blade Runner 2049

Call Me By Your Name



The Shape of Water

Winner: Blade Runner 2049

Not surprising. But if critics mattered, Deakins would have an Oscar.


Beauty and the Best

Blade Runner 2049


Murder on the Orient Express

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Winner: The Shape of Water

Cool. Not my choice, but it’s solid.


Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Wonder Woman

Winner: Phantom Thread

You can mark this off on the Oscar list now.


Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

I, Tonya

The Shape of Water


Winner: Darkest Hour

A second one you basically have right already.


Blade Runner 2049


The Shape of Water

Thor: Ragnarok

War for the Planet of the Apes

Wonder Woman

Winner: War for the Planet of the Apes

They always vote for this franchise. Definitely not my choice.


The Breadwinner


Despicable Me 3

The LEGO Batman Movie

Loving Vincent

Winner: Coco

That’s three gimmes at the Oscars already.


Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour


Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Winner: The Shape of Water

Desplat is working his way toward a clean sweep of this. Gonna be really hard to take him down at this point. Though we still don’t even know what the category is gonna be.


“Evermore,” from Beauty and the Beast

“Mystery of Love,” from Call Me By Your Name

“Remember Me,” from Coco

“Stand Up for Something,” from Marshall

“This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman

Winner: “Remember Me,” from Coco

I guess.


Mckenna Grace, Gifted

Dafne Keen, Logan

Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck

Jacob Tremblay, Wonder

Winner: Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project

I’d have gone Keen, but I get it. The thing with Keen is, she made me go, “Whoa, who is this girl?” Prince has the entire movie centered around her, so it’s kind of a gimme. Keen has to overcome Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, which is a big deal that she was able to do it.



Lady Bird


The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Yeah, that makes the most sense. It’ll probably win SAG too.


Baby Driver


Thor: Ragnarok

War for the Planet of the Apes

Wonder Woman

Winner: Wonder Woman

Big fucking surprise. It’s not even the third best action movie in the category.


The Big Sick

The Disaster Artist

Girls Trip

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Winner: The Big Sick

That’s nice. Maybe they don’t consider Lady Bird a straight comedy?

Though the thing with Lady Bird seems to be that everyone loves it, but also it’s not their #1 movie of the year. So what happens in this Rotten Tomato culture, a good rating doesn’t necessarily mean you think it’s the best movie of the year. So it’ll get nominated for everything, but it won’t necessarily win for anything because it might always be second on everyone’s lists.


Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok

Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Adam Sandler, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Winner: James Franco, The Disaster Artist

No surprise whatsoever.


Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip

Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Winner: Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

No real surprise. You’d think Saoirse Ronan, but it was probably more 50/50 with the critics.


Blade Runner 2049

Get Out


The Shape of Water

Winner: Get Out

Weird how The Shape of Water is the best picture, not not the best sci-fi movie. Somehow I understand this, but still.


BPM (Beats Per Minute)

A Fantastic Woman

First They Killed My Father

In the Fade

The Square


Winner: In the Fade

Sure. That’s two in a row (Globes and this), but it still needs to be nominated before I can truly take it seriously as a potential winner. Should, but we don’t know yet. Foreign Language is a different beast.

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Best Drama Series

American Gods

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Winner: The Handmaid’s Tale

I feel like critics all agree upon a story and then just go with it.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling 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

Winner: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Is this show a sequel to that song from The Greatest Showman?

Seriously asking.

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight

Claire Foy, The Crown

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Winner: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale


Love Baranski being thrown in to be like, “Yeah, you know… network.”

Maslany for Orphan Black should win every time. Just saying.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, Mr. Robot

Asia Kate Dillon, Billions

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight

Michael McKean, Better Call Saul

Winner: David Harbour, Stranger Things

At this point, is nominating Peter Dinklage done by rote and nothing more? Like, is he even really giving that great a performance anymore?

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, American Gods

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Cush Jumbo, The Good Fight

Margo Martindale, Sneaky Pete

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Winner: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Someone nominated in this category is named Cush.

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory



The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Modern Family


Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kinda hoping Patriot is what I hope it is.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Hank Azaria, Brockmire

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Randall Park, Fresh Off the Boat

Winner: Ted Danson, The Good Place

The Danse!

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Alison Brie, GLOW

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Sutton Foster, Younger

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat

Winner: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I’m gonna be honest — seeing her win the Globe made me look up this show. I looks really good and I want to see it. The last time that happened, it was Orphan Black, and it was a good idea. So hopefully this can be another one of those situations.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Walton Goggins, Vice Principals

Sean Hayes, Will & Grace

Marc Maron, GLOW

Kumail Nanjiani, Silicon Valley

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Winner: Walton Goggins, Vice Principals

Awesome for Walt. I’d have been happy with him or Ed O’Neill. Like both of them a lot.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim 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

Winner: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Do we care?

Best Limited Series

American Vandal

Big Little Lies


Feud: Bette and Joan


The Long Road Home

Winner: Big Little Lies

I, for one, am shocked.

Best Movie Made for TV


I Am Elizabeth Smart

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

The Wizard of Lies

Winner: The Wizard of Lies


Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

Jeff Daniels, Godless

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Jack O’Connell, Godless

Evan Peters, American Horror Story: Cult

Bill Pullman, The Sinner

Jimmy Tatro, American Vandal

Winner: Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Awesome. Though how was Jude Law not nominated? Maybe he was last year and I forgot.

Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Alana Boden, I Am Elizabeth Smart

Carrie Coon, Fargo

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Winner: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies


Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

Johnny Flynn, Genius

Benito Martinez, American Crime

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan

Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

David Thewlis, Fargo

Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan

Winner: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies

Oh, man, how could The Tucc lose?!!

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series

Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan

Regina King, American Crime

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Fargo

Winner: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

It’s like they watched the Golden Globes and are stealing all their answers.

Best Talk Show



Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Winner: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

We’re still going. Why are there more categories?

Best Animated Series


Bob’s Burgers

BoJack Horseman

Danger & Eggs

Rick and Morty

The Simpsons

Winner: Rick and Morty

Please stop.

With the categories and this show.

Best Unstructured Reality Series

Born This Way

Ice Road Truckers


Live PD

Ride with Norman Reedus

Teen Mom

Winner: Born This Way

This is unbearable.

Best Structured Reality Series

The Carbonaro Effect

Fixer Upper

The Profit

Shark Tank

Undercover Boss

Who Do You Think You Are?

Winner: Shark Tank

Please kill me.

Best Reality Competition Series

America’s Got Talent


Dancing with the Stars

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

The Voice

Winner: The Voice

Please let it end.

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 Upper

RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Winner: RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race


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And those are your BFCA winners.


One response

  1. lacourseauxetoiles

    Great analysis. There are only 2 things I want to add. The first is that Dunkirk tied with Baby Driver for Best Editing. The second is that Deakins winning Best Cinematography here matters more than you said, since he hasn’t ever won here before.

    Also, I hope you like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I think it is great.

    January 14, 2018 at 1:24 am

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