Austin Film Critics Association Announces 2019 Awards

Local reviewers call Fury Road best film of the decade

Parasite, the Austin Film Critics Association's top film of 2019

The Austin Film Critics Association has selected Bong Joon-ho's searing commentary on capitalism, Parasite as the best film of 2019, and its members have also declared that Mad Max: Fury Road is the best film of the last decade.

Parasite took a grand total of six awards this year, including a slot on the prestigious top 10 films of the last decade (one of two Korean titles, alongside Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden). However, the number one slot went to George Miller's hyperkinetic and avowedly feminist revamp of his post-Apocalyptic high-octane action franchise.

Locally, the big winner was Terrence Malick, whose most recent film – conscientious objector drama A Hidden Life – received the prestigious Austin Film Award. To celebrate the honor, there will be a special AFCA screening, open to the public, at AFS Cinema on Jan. 22. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Founded in 2005, the ACFA draws its membership from working critics at the Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Cinapse, The Daily Texan, Double Toasted, DVDActive, Fandango, Film School Rejects,, Hammer to Nail, Hill Country News, Horror’s Not Dead, Junkfood Cinema, KOOP 91.7 FM,, One of Us, ScreenCrush, Smells Like Screen Spirit, and Spectrum News. Now here's the full list of winners:

AFCA Top 10 Films of the Decade

Mad Max: Fury Road, the Austin Film Critics Association's film of the decade

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Moonlight
3. The Social Network
4. Get Out
5. Arrival
6. The Handmaiden
7. Parasite
8. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
9. Boyhood
10. Phantom Thread

AFCA 2019 Top 10 Films


1: Parasite
2: Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
3: Uncut Gems
4: Marriage Story
5: The Irishman
6: The Farewell
7: Knives Out
8: Jojo Rabbit
9: 1917
10: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 Awards

Uncut Gems

Best Film: Parasite (D: Bong Joon-ho)

Best Director: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, Us

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho & Jin Won Han, Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

Best Score: Thomas Newman, 1917

Best Editing: Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Foreign-Language Film: Parasite (D: Bong Joon-ho)

Best Documentary: Apollo 11 (D: Todd Douglas Miller)

Best Animated Film: I Lost My Body (D: Jeremy Clapin)

Best Stunts: John Wick 3: Parabellum

Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance: Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame

Best First Film: Booksmart (D: Olivia Wilde)

The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Florence Pugh, Midsommar, Little Women, Fighting With My Family

Austin Film Award: A Hidden Life (D: Terrence Malick)

Special Honorary Award: To Agnès Varda, whose work inspired generations of filmmakers.

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