Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2012

December 19th, 2012 - Graham Eley

The Austin Film Critics are the latest to announce their awards before the big industry guilds join the fray and impose their will.  True to form, Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ picked up its eighth best film win of the awards season and there was not even a top ten place for Steven Spielberg’s industry favourite, ‘Lincoln’.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’, which has been gathering some momentum recently after a quiet start, won best director, actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and cinematography.  There was a special honorary award for Matthew McConaughey, who has given his career a significant change of direction this year with his performances in ‘Killer Joe’ – worthy of a best actor Oscar nomination – ‘Bernie’, ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘The Paperboy’.  GE 19 December 2012




Top 10:

1. “Zero Dark Thirty”

2. “Argo”

3. “Moonrise Kingdom”

4. “Django Unchained”

5. “Cloud Atlas”

6. “Holy Motors”

7. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

8. “The Master”

9. “Silver Linings Playbook”

10. “Looper”


Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”


Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”


Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”


Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”


Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”


Best Adapted Screenplay



Best Original Screenplay



Best Cinematography

“The Master”


Best Score

“Cloud Atlas”


Best Animated Film

“Wreck-It Ralph”


Best Foreign Language Film

“Holy Motors”


Best Documentary

“The Imposter”


Best First Film

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”


Best Austin Film



Breakthrough Artist Award

Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


Special Honorary Award

Matthew McConaughey, “Bernie,” “Killer Joe,” “Magic Mike” and “The Paperboy”



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