“Call Me By Your Name,” a movie about an adult man’s sexual relationship with an underage boy, is 2017’s best picture, according to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The group of America’s top film critics met Sunday to vote on their annual rankings. Their top pick was “Call Me By Your Name,” which follows a 17-year-old Italian boy who develops a sexual relationship with his father’s 24-year-old American intern. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the movie is a film adaptation of André Aciman’s romantic novel of the same name. It has been hailed as “an erotic triumph” by the New York Post, “a romantic marvel” by The Atlantic, and “a gorgeous gay love story” in The Guardian.
While the critics association announced its final vote Sunday, it will not make comments or officially grant the award until an event in January. The association also selected Guadagnino as best director and Timothée Chalamet, who plays the underage Italian boy, as best actor.
The selection comes as the nation–and Hollywood in particular–has suffered a deluge of sexual misconduct allegations throughout 2017. Kevin Spacey lost his show House of Cards after actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey molested him as a young boy. Spacey apologized and took the opportunity to come out as gay.
More than 30 other men have been slammed with sexual misconduct allegations as the hunt has unfolded, including Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Democrat Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, and dozens of others.
The movie’s depiction of pederasty hearkens back to accusations against provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who had his book deal and invitation to a major political conference rescinded after it came out that he believed some underage boys were capable of consensual sexual relationships with older men.