Thursday, December 29, 2011

Awards Watch: Austin Film Critics Association Winners

Best Picture: Hugo
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Best Actor: Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Hossein Amini (Drive)
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
Best Original Score: Attack the Block
Best Animated Film: Rango
Best Documentary: Senna
Best Foreign Language Film: I Saw the Devil
Breakthrough Artist Award: Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt, Coriolanus, Texas Killing Fields)
Best First Film: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block)
Austin Film Award: Take Shelter

Top 10 Films:

1. Hugo
2. Drive
3. Take Shelter
4. Midnight in Paris
5. Attack the Block
6. The Artist
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. I Saw the Devil
9. 13 Assassins
10. Melancholia

Great choices Austin - Winding Refn, Shannon, Swinton, Brooks, Chastain and Lubezki. Attack the Block takes out score, Senna takes out Documentary and the Austin Film Award goes to Take Shelter. Can't argue with this at all. I am yet to see Hugo but happy to see it win. 


  1. This list rocks. Any love for Drive is kick-ass enough for me.

  2. I'm a little surprised to see Midnight in Paris as high as that. As much as an Allen fan I am I don't think I'd put it that high in the competition. I'm glad to see Drive as high up. But where is the love for Shame? Beginners? The Skin I live in? Just to mention a couple. I'm not perfectly happy with their choices. But again, like you I haven't watched Hugo and I'm afraid Take Shelter hasn't come up here either.

  3. @ Steven - It's pretty badass right. Love any mention of Take Shelter and Drive.

    @ Jessica - I really liked Midnight in Paris, but I'm not so surprised to see it ranked this high. Though there's no Tree of Life here, which is a surprise. I haven't seen Shame yet (but I can't wait) but I wasn't as high on Beginners as most people. I enjoyed it, sure, but I didn't really think much about it (save for writing a review) beyond a day or two. I was a little underwhelmed, though I thought Christopher Plummer was great and I related a little to Ewan McGregor's character. Take Shelter is worth a look. It's outstanding - as is Shannon, who deserves to win this award.