2012 Critics Awards: Austin Film Critics

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Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow)

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 Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Looper

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Cinematography
Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master

Best Score
Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas

Best Foreign Language Film
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)

Best Documentary
The Imposter (Bart Layton)

Best Animated Film
Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore)

Best First Film
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)

Best Austin Film
Bernie (Richard Linklater)

Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Special Honorary Award
Matthew McConaughey, for his exceptional work in four films this year (Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, and The Paperboy)

AFCA 2012 Top Ten Films

  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

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