Austin's reputation as a film town friendly to cinema was proven again today as the Austin Film Critics Association announced that social horror Get Out has won its best film award, while director Jordan Peele won the prize for best first film and best original screenplay.
That's not the only genre film that took the association's honors. Guillermo del Toro's fantastical allegory The Shape of Water leads the list of top 10 films (a ranking collated from members' own lists, separate to voting process for the best film category). In further good news for del Toro, he also won best director.
However, he was not the only multi-time winner. Timothée Chalamet took not only the best actor award for his role in Call Me by Your Name, but also takes the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award, named after the late co-founder of the AFCA.
Now here's the full list of winners:AFCA 2017 Top 10 Film
Best Film: Get Out (D: Jordan Peele)
Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Best Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Best Foreign-Language Film: Okja (D: Bong Joon-ho)
Best Documentary: Faces Places (D: Agnès Varda and JR)
Best Animated Film: Coco (D: Lee Unkrich)
Best First Film: Get Out (D: Jordan Peele)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Hostiles
Austin Film Award: I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (D: Macon Blair)
Special Honorary Award: To The Shape of Water’s Doug Jones and War for the Planet of the Apes’ Andy Serkis for their exemplary body and motion-capture performances, respectively
Special Honorary Award: To honor Harry Dean Stanton, for his body of work
The AFCA represents film critics and reviewers for Austin print and online publications, TV, and radio. All 37 members vote in all categories. Chronicle reviewers Marjorie Baumgarten, Kimberley Jones, Josh Kupecki, Marc Savlov, and Richard Whittaker are all members.
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