Live From the Texas Film Awards

The party went on with remote tributes and hip bumps

Glorious chaos with Soundtrack Award recipient Erykah Badu and Texas Film Awards host Parker Posey (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The Texas Film Awards party has become the unofficial warm-up for SXSW, but this year, the March 12 gathering at Austin Studios became a moment of warm bonding for the state's cinema scene.

The night was both a celebration of Texas film icons and a way to help ensure the next generation of creatives get their chance. Local filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Midnight Special), director Annie Silverstein (the upcoming Bull), and producer Monique Walton all took turns on the mic to explain the importance of the Austin Film Society, and especially of the Texas Film Awards as a major fundraiser for the AFS Grants. With fears about the economic impact of COVID-19 on the filmmaking scene, the understanding in the room was that this was a more vital fundraising moment than ever.

Shelley Duvall's agent Gary Springer (l) and brother Stewart Duvall accept her Texas Film Hall of Fame induction. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Austin Film Society CEO Rebecca Campbell and filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) elbow-bump at the Texas Film Awards. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

But that didn't get in the way of the celebration, even if most guests of honor had to stay home. Rising Star recipient Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) sent a tearful video message, made even more emotional by being preceded by taped messages from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein and director Olivia Wilde. The Shining (and so much more) star Shelley Duvall also sent a recorded acceptance speech, as did her longtime collaborator Michael Murphy, who promised to come to Austin as soon as possible when he accepted the Star of Texas award on behalf of Robert Altman's Houston-set oddity Brewster McCloud.

Richard Linklater takes the stage at the Texas Film Awards 2020 at Austin Studios. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

But the ceremony left the best for last as Erykah Badu took to the stage in a Gucci-influenced bodysuit, hip-bumped with emcee Parker Posey, riffed off the house band (led by Black Pumas co-founder Adrian Quesada), and stole the show in picking up the Soundtrack Award.

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