Austin Film Critics Association

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

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

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 Ellen Page Best Actress for her 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)
2005CrashPaul Haggis
2006United 93Paul Greengrass
2007There Will Be BloodPaul Thomas Anderson
2008The Dark KnightChristopher Nolan
2009The Hurt LockerKathryn Bigelow
2010Black SwanDarren Aronofsky
2011HugoMartin Scorsese
2012Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
2013HerSpike Jonze
2014BoyhoodRichard Linklater
2015Mad Max: Fury RoadGeorge Miller
2016MoonlightBarry Jenkins
2017Get OutJordan Peele
2018If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins

Best Director

Year Winner Film
2005Paul HaggisCrash
2006Alfonso CuarónChildren of Men
2007Paul Thomas AndersonThere Will Be Blood
2008Christopher NolanThe Dark Knight
2009Kathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker
2010Darren AronofskyBlack Swan
2011Nicolas Winding RefnDrive
2012Paul Thomas AndersonThe Master
2013Alfonso CuarónGravity
2014Richard LinklaterBoyhood
2015George MillerMad Max: Fury Road
2016Barry JenkinsMoonlight
2017Guillermo del ToroThe Shape of Water
2018Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk

Best Actor

Year Nominee Film Role
2005Philip Seymour HoffmanCapoteTruman Capote
2006Leonardo DiCaprioThe DepartedBilly
2007Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be BloodDaniel Plainview
2008Sean PennMilkHarvey Milk
2009Colin FirthA Single ManGeorge Falconer
2010Colin FirthThe King's SpeechKing George VI
2011Michael ShannonTake ShelterCurtis LaForche
2012Joaquin PhoenixThe MasterFreddie Quell
2013Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years a SlaveSolomon Northup
2014Jake GyllenhaalNightcrawlerLouis "Lou" Bloom
2015Michael FassbenderSteve JobsSteve Jobs
2016Casey AffleckManchester by the SeaLee Chandler
2017Timothée ChalametCall Me by Your NameElio Perlman
2018Ethan HawkeFirst ReformedPastor Ernst Toller

Best Actress

Year Nominee Film Role
2005Reese WitherspoonWalk the LineJune Carter Cash
2006Ellen PageHard CandyHayley Stark
2007JunoJuno MacGuff
2008Anne HathawayRachel Getting MarriedKym
2009Mélanie LaurentInglourious BasterdsShosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux
2010Natalie PortmanBlack SwanNina Sayers
2011Tilda SwintonWe Need to Talk About KevinEva Khatchadourian
2012Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings PlaybookTiffany Maxwell
2013Brie LarsonShort Term 12Grace Howard
2014Rosamund PikeGone GirlAmy Elliott Dunne
2015Brie LarsonRoomJoy "Ma" Newsome
2016Isabelle HuppertElleMichèle Leblanc
2017Frances McDormandThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMildred Hayes
2018Olivia ColmanThe FavouriteAnne, Queen of Great Britain

Best Supporting Actor

Year Winner Film Role
2005William HurtA History of ViolenceRichie Cusack
2006Jack NicholsonThe DepartedFrancis "Frank" Costello
2007Javier BardemNo Country for Old MenAnton Chigurh
2008Heath Ledger (posthumous)The Dark KnightThe Joker
2009Christoph WaltzInglourious BasterdsHans Landa
2010Christian BaleThe FighterDicky Eklund
2011Albert BrooksDriveBernie Rose
2012Christoph WaltzDjango UnchainedLancaster Dodd
2013Jared LetoDallas Buyers ClubRayon
2014J. K. SimmonsWhiplashTerence Fletcher
2015Sylvester StalloneCreedRocky Balboa
2016Mahershala AliMoonlightJuan
2017Willem DafoeThe Florida ProjectBobby Hicks
2018Richard E GrantCan You Ever Forgive Me?Jack Hock

Best Supporting Actress

Year Winner Film Role
2005Laura LinneyThe Squid and the WhaleJoan Berkman
2006Rinko KikuchiBabelChieko Wataya
2007Allison JanneyJunoBren MacGuff
2008Taraji P. HensonThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonQueenie
2009Anna KendrickUp in the AirNatalie Keener
2010Hailee SteinfeldTrue GritMattie Ross
2011Jessica ChastainTake ShelterSamantha LaForche
2012Anne HathawayLes MisérablesFantine
2013Lupita Nyong'o12 Years a SlavePatsey
2014Patricia ArquetteBoyhoodOlivia Evans
2015Alicia VikanderEx MachinaAva
2016Viola DavisFencesRose Maxson
2017Allison JanneyI, TonyaLaVona Golden
2018Regina KingIf Beale Street Could TalkSharon Rivers

Multiple award winners


Producers, directors, and cinematographers

6 awards

4 awards

3 awards

2 awards


3 awards

2 awards

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) [4]


  1. "". Archived from the original on 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
  4. "2009 Awards". Austin Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
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