L.A. film critics crown ‘Call Me by Your Name’ best picture of 2017

Cast members Timothee Chalamet (L) and Michael Stuhlbarg (R) pose with director Luca Guadagnino during the premiere of "Call Me By Your Name" during AFI Fest 2017 in Los Angeles, U.S., November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named “Call Me by Your Name” the best film of 2017. Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) won top acting honors. Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) claimed the supporting prizes.

The day’s voting, which lasted nearly five-and-a-half hours, provided the biggest bump for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” however. Clearly a favorite throughout, the film won three prizes and came in as runner-up in two more. After being largely ignored by a number of precursors so far this season, that ought to help Fox Searchlight breathe a little better. (It’s also great publicity for the film as it heads out into limited release this weekend.)

New York Film Critics Circle victor “Lady Bird” was mostly relegated to the sidelines, save for Metcalf’s prize, though A24’s other major contenders this year — “The Disaster Artist” and “The Florida Project” — had a presence throughout.