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Austin Film Critics Association
PurposeFilm critics
Cole Dabney
Robert "Bobby" McCurdy

The Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) is an organization of professional film critics from Austin, Texas.

Each year, the AFCA votes on their end-of-year awards for films released in the same calendar year. A special award, the Austin Film Award, is given each year to the best film made in Austin or by an Austin-area director.


The Austin Film Critics Association was founded in 2005 by local film critics Cole Dabney and Robert "Bobby" McCurdy while attending Bowie High School in Austin. The organization grew in its first eight years, expanding from three members in 2005 to 25 members in 2013.[1]

On January 12, 2007, after only one year in existence, Entertainment Weekly called the AFCA "wildly contrarian" for naming Elliot Page Best Actress for his role in Hard Candy over Helen Mirren for her performance in The Queen, as Mirren had swept the category so far during the award season.[2]

The association chose to name the group's Breakthrough Artist Award to honor Robert "Bobby" McCurdy starting in 2010. McCurdy died on December 19, 2010, while training to become a Naval Aviator.[3]




Best Picture

Year Winner Director(s)
2005 Crash Paul Haggis
2006 United 93 Paul Greengrass
2007 There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
2008 The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan
2009 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
2011 Hugo Martin Scorsese
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow
2013 Her Spike Jonze
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller
2016 Moonlight Barry Jenkins
2017 Get Out Jordan Peele
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
2019 Parasite Bong Joon-ho
2020 Minari Lee Isaac Chung
2021 The Power of the Dog Jane Campion
2022 Everything Everywhere All At Once Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
2023 Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan

Best Director

Year Winner Film
2005 Paul Haggis Crash
2006 Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men
2007 Paul Thomas Anderson There Will Be Blood
2008 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight
2009 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
2010 Darren Aronofsky Black Swan
2011 Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012 Paul Thomas Anderson The Master
2013 Alfonso Cuarón Gravity
2014 Richard Linklater Boyhood
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017 Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
2018 Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
2019 Bong Joon-ho Parasite
2020 Lee Isaac Chung Minari
2021 Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
2022 Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything Everywhere All At Once
2023 Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer

Best Actor

Year Nominee Film Role
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Truman Capote
2006 Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed Billy
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
2008 Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
2009 Colin Firth A Single Man George Falconer
2010 Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
2011 Michael Shannon Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
2012 Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell
2013 Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
2014 Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Louis "Lou" Bloom
2015 Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
2016 Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler
2017 Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name Elio Perlman
2018 Ethan Hawke First Reformed Pastor Ernst Toller
2019 Adam Sandler Uncut Gems Howard Ratner
2020 Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal Ruben Stone
2021 Nicolas Cage Pig Robin "Rob" Feld
2022 Colin Farrell The Banshees of Inisherin Pádraic Súilleabháin
2023 Cillian Murphy Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer

Best Actress

Year Nominee Film Role
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2006 Elliot Page [A] Hard Candy Hayley Stark
2007 Juno Juno MacGuff
2008 Anne Hathaway Rachel Getting Married Kym
2009 Mélanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux
2010 Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
2011 Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
2012 Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
2013 Brie Larson Short Term 12 Grace Howard
2014 Rosamund Pike Gone Girl Amy Elliott Dunne
2015 Brie Larson Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
2016 Isabelle Huppert Elle Michèle Leblanc
2017 Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
2018 Olivia Colman The Favourite Anne, Queen of Great Britain
2019 Lupita Nyong'o Us Adelaide Wilson / Red
2020 Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas
2021 Agathe Rousselle Titane Alexia / Adrien
2022 Michelle Yeoh Everything Everywhere All At Once Evelyn Quan Wang
2023 Lily Gladstone Killers of the Flower Moon Mollie Kyle

Best Supporting Actor

Year Winner Film Role
2005 William Hurt A History of Violence Richie Cusack
2006 Jack Nicholson The Departed Francis "Frank" Costello
2007 Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men Anton Chigurh
2008 Heath Ledger (posthumous) The Dark Knight The Joker
2009 Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds Hans Landa
2010 Christian Bale The Fighter Dicky Eklund
2011 Albert Brooks Drive Bernie Rose
2012 Christoph Waltz Django Unchained Lancaster Dodd
2013 Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Rayon
2014 J. K. Simmons Whiplash Terence Fletcher
2015 Sylvester Stallone Creed Rocky Balboa
2016 Mahershala Ali Moonlight Juan
2017 Willem Dafoe The Florida Project Bobby Hicks
2018 Richard E Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me? Jack Hock
2019 Brad Pitt Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood Cliff Booth
2020 Daniel Kaluuya Judas and the Black Messiah Fred Hampton
2021 Kodi-Smit McPhee The Power of the Dog Peter Gordon
2022 Ke Huy Quan Everything Everywhere All At Once Waymond Wang
2023 Robert Downey Jr. Oppenheimer Lewis Strauss

Best Supporting Actress

Year Winner Film Role
2005 Laura Linney The Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman
2006 Rinko Kikuchi Babel Chieko Wataya
2007 Allison Janney Juno Bren MacGuff
2008 Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie
2009 Anna Kendrick Up in the Air Natalie Keener
2010 Hailee Steinfeld True Grit Mattie Ross
2011 Jessica Chastain Take Shelter Samantha LaForche
2012 Anne Hathaway Les Misérables Fantine
2013 Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave Patsey
2014 Patricia Arquette Boyhood Olivia Evans
2015 Alicia Vikander Ex Machina Ava
2016 Viola Davis Fences Rose Maxson
2017 Allison Janney I, Tonya LaVona Golden
2018 Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk Sharon Rivers
2019 Jennifer Lopez Hustlers Ramona Vega
2020 Youn Yuh-jung Minari Soonja
2021 Kirsten Dunst The Power of the Dog Rose Gordon
2022 Stephanie Hsu Everything Everywhere All At Once Joy Wang/Jobu Tupaki
2023 Da'Vine Joy Randolph The Holdovers Mary Lamb

Multiple award winners


Producers, directors, and cinematographers

6 awards
Barry Jenkins

Richard Linklater

4 awards
Alfonso Cuarón

Bong Joon-ho

Emmanuel Lubezki

Keith Maitland

3 awards
Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Guillermo del Toro

Jordan Peele

Robert Rodriguez

2 awards
Mark Boal

Megan Ellison

Paul Haggis

Rian Johnson

Quentin Tarantino


3 awards
Brie Larson

2 awards
Timothée Chalamet

Jessica Chastain

Colin Firth

Anne Hathaway

Allison Janney

Elliot Page [A]

Christoph Waltz

Top 10 Films of the Decade (2000s)

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  3. The Lord of the Rings (20012003)
  4. The Dark Knight (2008)
  5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  6. Kill Bill (2003/4)
  7. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  8. The Incredibles (2004)
  9. Children of Men (2006)
  10. Memento (2000) / The Departed (2006) (TIE) [5]

Top 10 Films of the Decade (2010s)

  1. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
  2. Moonlight (2016)
  3. The Social Network (2010)
  4. Get Out (2017)
  5. Arrival (2016)
  6. The Handmaiden (2016)
  7. Parasite (2019)
  8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
  9. Boyhood (2014)
  10. Phantom Thread (2017) [6]


A^ : Elliot Page won before his gender transition in 2020.[7]


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