Film News: Chicago Film Critics Association Honors ‘Lady Bird’ as 2017 Best Film

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CHICAGO – “Lady Bird,” which is the sensational, authentic and emotional directorial debut of actor Greta Gerwig, was honored as the Best Picture of 2017 as determined by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) on Dec. 12, 2017. The Best Director was split to Christopher Nolan of “Dunkirk,” the Best Actor was Timothée Chalamet of “Call Me By Your Name” (who also was awarded Most Promising Performer) and the Best Actress was Saoirse Ronan of “Lady Bird.”

Greta Gerwig also took home the Most Promising Filmmaker honor for 2017, and “Lady Bird” led the pack with four awards, followed by three for “Call Me By Your Name” and two for “Blade Runner 2019” among the multiple winners. The dinner was highlighted by a speech by Dann Gire, President of the CFCA, and the announcement of the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago from May 4th through 10th, 2018.

Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird,’ CFCA 2017 Best Picture
Photo credit: A24

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The CFCA Awardees for the best of 2017 films are…

StarBest Picture
Lady Bird

StarBest Director
Christopher Nolan (-) Dunkirk

StarBest Actress
Saoirse Ronan (-) Lady Bird

StarBest Actor
Timothee Chalamet (-) Call Me By Your Name

StarBest Supporting Actress
Laurie Metcalf (-) Lady Bird

StarBest Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe (-) The Florida Project

StarBest Original Screenplay
Get Out (-) Jordan Peele

StarBest Adapted Screenplay
Call My By Your Name (-) James Ivory

StarBest Foreign Language Film

The Square

StarBest Documentary

StarBest Animated Feature

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
Blade Runner 2049

StarBest Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049 (-) Roger Deakins

StarBest Editing
Baby Driver (-) Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss

StarBest Original Score
Phantom Thread (-) Johnny Greenwood

StarMost Promising Performer
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

For more information about the 2017 Awardees, the upcoming 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival and the CFCA, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Writer, Editorial Coordinator

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