Oscar Season: Austin Film Critics Association Awards

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Of course Austin is going to give its awards to “Boyhood” as it is their Texas darling which was shot over the course of 12 years in the state. Austin is also a huge supporter of the independent scene and “Boyhood” is the prime example for how successful an independent film can be. Jake Gyllenhaal continues to surprise with another win. He might have a real shot unless the film critics are just blowing smoke. The Academy tends to gravitate towards these eccentric type of roles, which is the same reason Steve Carrell will likely get nominated for his work in “Foxcatcher”. Regardless, the critics have at least proven that “Nightcrawler” will be involved with the Oscars in some fashion or another. It is absolutely amazing to see Gary Poulter’s name for the Special Honorary Award for his work on one of my favorite films of the year, “Joe”. He passed away this year and his back story is absolutely incredible.

Here is the official list for the Austin Film Critics Association Awards:

Best Film: “Boyhood”
Best Director: Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”)
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”)
Best Actress: Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”)
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”)
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”)
Best Original Screenplay: Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (“Birdman”)
Best Score: Antonio Sanchez (“Birdman”)
Best Foreign Language Film: “Force Majeure”
Best Documentary: “Citizenfour”
Best Animated Film: “The LEGO Movie”
Best First Film: “Nightcrawler”
Breakthrough Artist: Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”)
Best Austin Film: “Boyhood”
Special Honorary Award: Gary Poulter, for his outstanding performance in “Joe”

AFCA 2014 Top Ten Films
1. “Boyhood”
2. “Whiplash”
3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
4. “Birdman”
5. “Snowpiercer”
6. “Nightcrawler”
7. “Selma”
8. “The Imitation Game”
9. TIE: “Inherent Vice” and “Gone Girl”

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