'The Shape of Water', 'Big Little Lies' win top awards at CCA

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Globe victor Guillermo del Toro was on hand to pick up another best director prize for The Shape of Water, which won best picture at the Santa Monica event.

"The Shape of Water continues to shape up the Oscar race", USA Today wrote after Thursday's wins.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association handed out prizes at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards tonight, honouring the best in movies and television. This is Us standout Sterling K. Brown was elected Best Actor in a Drama Series. David Harbour won best supporting actor in a drama series for Stranger Things. On the red carpet, Bosworth told InStyle why, specifically, she wore her white lace Brock Collection dress as a way of responding to the Time's Up movement and all of the stars who wore black at the 2018 Golden Globes.

It was a good night for women at the Critics' Choice Award, which honoured women-centred stories like Big Little Lies, The Handmaid's Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Rachel Brosnahan Attends Critics Choice Awards 2018 with Partner Jason Ralph!
Stranger Things star David Harbour won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series . Another category that is likely to come under closer scrutiny is Best Actor , which James Franco is up for.

"Blade Runner 2049", "Call Me By Your Name", "In The Fade", "Phantom Thread", "War for the Planet of the Apes" and "The Florida Project" also got accolades, with "Baby Driver" and "Dunkirk" being the only films to tie for an award (Best Editing).

Kidman thanked the entertainment community "who show up to make really fantastic films and TV and let us do what we love". In between thank-yous during his speech, he said, "This movie, for me, started with an idea that a cry for justice can come in many different forms".

Director Guillermo del Toro's romantic fable The Shape of Water was declared the Best Picture of 2017 at the Critics' Choice Awards ceremony Thursday night in Santa Monica. Winners are signified by an asterisk (*) and boldface type. He opened this show with a big win for "The Big Sick" and an even bigger statement about the issue of the moment in Hollywood. The series, which tackled mysterious murder and domestic violence, also earned Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern best supporting actor and actress in limited series respectively. Margot Robbie won the best actress in a comedy trophy. "Coco" claimed top prizes for original song and animated feature.

While Gary Oldman cleaned up best actor for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

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