Chicago Film Critics Association Announces 2017 Awards
December 12, 2017 — Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s delightful semi-autobiographical look at the relationship between an equally headstrong mother and daughter set over the course of the latter’s senior year in high school, was named the winner of the Chicago Film Critics Association’s award for the Best Picture of 2017 in a ceremony held tonight. The film, which went into the ceremony with six nominations, was the big winner of the evening with four awards in total, including Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf, as well as Gerwig herself for Most Promising Filmmaker.
Coming in second in the award count was Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel centered on the unexpected relationship that develops between a 17-year-old and the 24-year-old grad student who comes to live with his family at their villa in Northern Italy during the summer of 1983. Acclaimed filmmaker James Ivory received the award for Adapted Screenplay and Timothée Chalamet was named both Best Actor and Most Promising Performer of 2017. The only other film to win multiple awards was Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic, which won two prizes: Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.