OK, I had promised myself I would resist any and all temptation to make bad puns about the movie’s title, but… Well, to quote my late father’s favorite author, Oscar Wilde: I can resist anything but temptation. So…
Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird continued to feather its nest as a dominant awards-season presence Saturday evening when it received no fewer than three awards — Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director — at the 11th annual Houston Film Critics Society Awards.
Among the other winners:
ACTRESS — Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water.
ACTOR — James Franco, The Disaster Artist.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Allison Janney, I, Tonya.
SUPPORTING ACTOR — Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
ORIGINAL SCORE — Alexander Desplat, The Shape of Water.
ORIGINAL SONG — “Remember Me,” Coco.
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — Thelma.
ANIMATED FILM — Coco.
VISUAL EFFECTS — Blade Runner 2049.
MOVIE POSTER — The Shape of Water.
TEXAS INDEPENDENT FILM — A Ghost Story.
TEXAS INDEPENDENT FILM VISIONARY AWARD — The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, directed by Sandra Adair.
HFCS HUMANITARIAN AWARD — Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA — Q-Fest.
It was my distinct honor and privilege to offer a HFCS Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Harry Dean Stanton. But wait, there’s more: When I was introduced prior to that presentation, I was identified as “Variety film critic and stable genius Joe Leydon.” So, again, I could not resist: When I later announced that the winner of the Best Documentary award was Brett Morgen’s Jane, I told the awards show audience at MATCH: “I look forward to this film’s premiere on The Gorilla Channel...”