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The Austin Film Critics Have Spoken

By Monica Riese, December 17, 2013, 11:40am, Picture in Picture

It's officially the list-making time of year.

In between making your grocery lists and itinerary lists and holiday gift lists (subdivided into naughty and nice, naturally), you're also probably subconsciously populating a few year-end lists: restaurants to try, New Year's resolutions you flubbed, movies you've been meaning to catch up on…

It's stressful! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was on that latter list for me so long that I accidentally watched its sequel before getting around to it.

But here comes the Austin Film Critics Association with the assist. That collective of two-dozen-odd local critics you know and trust – including Chronicle veterans Marjorie Baumgarten, Kimberley Jones, and Marc Savlov – has compiled their official must-watches of 2013 (or, in the case of at least one, 2014, thanks to local release timing), so you can officially cross "make a list of films I need to see" off your master list.

One down.

AFCA 2013 Top Ten Films

1) Her (wide release Jan. 10, 2014)
2) 12 Years a Slave
3) Gravity
4) The Wolf of Wall Street (Dec. 25)
5) Inside Llewyn Davis (Dec. 20)
6) Short Term 12
7) Mud
8) Before Midnight
9) Dallas Buyers Club
10) Captain Phillips

AFCA 2013 Awards

Best Film: Her (Spike Jonze)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Best Score: Arcade Fire, Her
Best Foreign Language Film: Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Best Animated Film: Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)
Best First Film: Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Breakthrough Artist: Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Best Austin Film: Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Special Honorary Award: Scarlett Johansson, for her outstanding voice performance in Her

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