The Social Network has been dominating the awards season something fierce, but leave it to those contrarians at the Austin Film Critics Association (of which I am proud member) to buck the trend, naming Black Swan its best film of the year.
Black Swan scored five wins in total, including Best Director and Best Actress. The AFCA also championed Gareth Edwards' sci-fi stunner Monsters for Best First Film and pint-sized shapeshifter Chloë Grace Moretz for her polar-opposite parts in Kick-Ass and Let Me In. Moretz won the Breakthrough Artist Award, renamed this year in honor of AFCA founding member Robert McCurdy (of Cole and Bobby... at the Movies!!), who passed away suddenly last weekend. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Best Film: Black Swan
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, Black Swan
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Best Original Score: Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy
Best Foreign Film: A Prophet [Un Prophète], France
Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop, [dir. Banksy]
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Robert R. McCurdy Honorary Breakthrough Artist Award: Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass & Let Me In
Best First Film: Gareth Edwards, Monsters
Austin Film Award: Ben Steinbauer, Winnebago Man
Special Honorary Award: Friday Night Lights, for producing excellent, locally made television in Austin for the past five years
Top 10 Films:
1. Black Swan
2. The Social Network
4. Toy Story 3
5. The King's Speech
6. True Grit
7. The Fighter
8. A Prophet (Un Prophète)
9. Winter's Bone
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The membership of the Austin Film Critics Association includes Marjorie Baumgarten (The Austin Chronicle), Jenn Brown (Slackerwood), Dave Campbell (Smells Like Screen Spirit), C. Robert Cargill (Film.com), Laurie Coker (Hill Country News), Korey Coleman (Spill), Chris Cox (Spill), Cole Dabney (INsite magazine), Victor Diaz (News 8 Austin), Charles Ealy (Austin American-Statesman), Peter S. Hall (Horror's Not Dead, Cinematical, and Horror Squad), Kimberley Jones (The Austin Chronicle), Jette Kernion (Cinematical), Harry Knowles (Ain't It Cool News), Bobby McCurdy (INsite magazine), Neil Miller (Film School Rejects), Marc Savlov (The Austin Chronicle), Martin Thomas (Spill), Eric Vespe (Ain't It Cool News), and Chase Whale (Gordon and the Whale). For more info, visit www.austinfilmcritics.org.
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