It seems that we’re likely inching towards two historical milestones this winter. Just after Donald Trump celebrates his first President’s Day as a former President, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may grant a Best Picture award to a queer film for the second time in a row.
Almost a year after the queer, black masterpiece Moonlight snatched Best Picture from La La Land, the queer, white semi-masterpiece Call Me By Your Name has begun picking up steam along the awards circuit. The 1980s-set May-September romance just nabbed Best Film at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which places it squarely against The Post, Lady Bird, and like fifty thousand other films for Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars.
Call Me co-star Timothee Chalamet was awarded Best Actor and The Shape of Water‘s Sally Hawkins was deemed Best Actress.
While top critics seem to think that Dunkirk might win Best Picture, they might also have to adjust their predictions. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has been fairly good at predicting the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars for the last several years. Additionally, the LAFCA seems to have solidified Laurie Metcalf and Willem Dafoe as frontrunners in the supporting actor categories, for Lady Bird and The Florida Project respectively.
And because the good people at the LAFCA like to hand out runner-up (a.k.a. “first loser”) awards, they have also given some love to James Franco for his turn as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. Similarly, Mary J. Blige has won runner-up for Mudbound, which not just gives Netflix its first real shot at Oscar gold, but also potentially prevents another #OscarsSoWhite situation. Rumor has it that Mudbound might also produce the first Oscar nomination for a female cinematographer in Oscar history (really.)
In other LAFCA queer news, Luca Guadagnino tied with Guillermo del Toro in the Best Director category, and BPM tied with something called Loveless in the foreign language category. Guadagnino directed Call Me By Your Name, whereas del Toro directed The Shape of Water. No word yet on whether queers will be able to make a full sweep at the Academy Awards by nabbing a Supporting Actor nomination for one of the dancing chairs from Beauty and the Beast.