Minari Tops Austin Film Critics Association Awards
Nomadland, Promising Young Woman win big
By Richard Whittaker,
5:00PM, Wed. Mar. 24, 2021
Award season was delayed, but it's now in full flow. The Austin Film Critics Association has voted, and announced that Minari is its selection for this year's best film.
Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical story of a Korean family's trials and tribulations in 1980's rural America dominated the awards with six wins including Best Film, plus the top slot in the top 10 list. This double doesn't always happen, as there are two voting processes: the individual awards are done via a nominating first round, then members vote on a second round short list, while the top 10 is calculated by aggregating members' individual top 10s. So Minari's double hitter shows its consensus support among the AFCA's membership.
Other big winners include Nomadland with three wins (including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing to director Chloé Zhao), and Promising Young Woman (taking Best First Film for writer/director Emerald Fennel, and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan) and technical category champ The Invisible Man (Best Stunts and Best Motion Capture Performance) with two wins each.
In the special awards, kudos to Ric Roman Waugh: the stuntman-turned-director takes home the Best Austin Film award for his modern disaster flick, Greenland. Meanwhile, the members gave a Special Honorary Texas Spirit prize to SXSW 2020 Louis Black "Lone Star" award winner Miss Juneteenth "for exemplifying the creative output of the film industry here in the Lone Star State, as well as embodying the character of our community."
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Film: Minari (dir: Lee Isaac Chung)
Best Director: Lee Issac Chung, Minari
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Best Actor: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Ensemble: Minari
Best Original Screenplay: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Best Cinematography: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
Best Score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul
Best Editing: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Best Foreign-Language Film: Minari (dir: Lee Isaac Chung)
Best Documentary: Boys State (dir: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine)
Best Animated Film: Wolfwalkers (dir: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart)
Best Stunts: The Invisible Man
Best Motion Capture/Special Effects Performance: Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man
Best First Film: Promising Young Woman (dir: Emerald Fennell)
The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Radha Blank, The 40-Year-Old Version
Austin Film Award: Greenland (dir: Ric Roman Waugh)
Special Honorary "Texas Spirit" Award: Honoring Miss Juneteenth
AFCA 2020 Top Ten Films1. Minari
3. Promising Young Woman
4. First Cow
5. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
6. One Night in Miami…
7. (tie) Palm Springs and Sound of Metal
9. (tie) The Invisible Man and Mank
Founded in 2005, the AFCA represents Austin's critical community, with members from print, online, and broadcast outlets. The voting membership includes several Chronicle writers and staff members, including Screens section editor Richard Whittaker, publication editor Kimberley Jones, and account executive Marisa Mirabal, and writers Marjorie Baumgarten, Josh Kupecki, Matthew Monagle, Jenny Nulf, and Marc Savlov.