Austin Film Critics Association Awards (2010)
December 22, 2010 (Austin, TX) — The Austin Film Critics Association announces its 6th annual end-of-year awards with 12 films covering the 16 various awards for 2010.
The ballet drama Black Swan won five awards, including the top honor, Best Film, it was announced today by Cole Dabney, President of the Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA). Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, lead actress Natalie Portman, screenwriters Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin, and cinematographer Matthew Libatique were also recognized for their outstanding work.
Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his portrayal of the speech-impaired King George VI in The King’s Speech, while Christian Bale and Hailee Steinfeld were recognized as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in The Fighter and True Grit, respectively.
The Social Network picked up one prize – Best Adapted Screenplay – for Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The Social Network was also named the second best film of the year in the AFCA’s overall ballot.
Jacques Audiard’s French prison drama A Prophet (Un Prophète) won Best Foreign Language Film, French electronica pioneer Daft Punk was recognized for its original score for Tron: Legacy, and Pixar’s Toy Story 3 took Best Animated Feature. Banksy’s prankish Exit Through the Gift Shop was awarded Best Documentary.
For her lively and distinctive work in both Let Me In and Kick-Ass, the AFCA awarded Chloë Grace Moretz its Robert R. McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award. The award is named after Bobby McCurdy, a founding and much-loved member of the AFCA who passed away suddenly just this week. Each year, his favorite award to discuss and forecast prior to voting was the Breakthrough Artist Award.
British writer/director Gareth Edwards’ debut Monsters was named Best First Film; it world-premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. And Austin filmmaker Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man, a personal documentary about the filmmaker’s relationship with the “Angriest Man in the World,” viral video sensation Jack Rebney, was named Best Austin Film.