Friday, 16 December 2016

THE HANDMAIDEN IS A HIT WITH AUSTIN CRITICS!


Lately shaping up to be one of awards season's unlikeliest of contenders, Park Chan Wook's The Handmaiden has won over one of the most single-minded of critics groups - the Austin Film Critics Association. The AFCA is a reliable group with generally strong tastes, and I can hardly fault their decisions this year. Winners will be announced, alongside a top 10 list and some special award recipients, on the 28th of December.

Best Film
Arrival
The Handmaiden
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Park Chan Wook (The Handmaiden)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Colin Farrell (The Lobster)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Fences)
Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Kim Min Hee (The Handmaiden)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Original Screenplay
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Luke Davies (Lion)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
Jeong Seo Kyeong and Park Chan Wook (The Handmaiden)
Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship)

Best Cinematography
Chung Chung Hoon (The Handmaiden)
Stephane Fontaine (Jackie)
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Bradford Young (Arrival)

Best Score
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Hell or High Water)
Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)
Johann Johannsson (Arrival)
Mica Levi (Jackie)
Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)

Best Animated Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Little Prince
Moana
Tower
Zootopia

Best Documentary
13th
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Tower
Weiner

Best Foreign-Language Film
The Brand New Testament
Elle
The Handmaiden
Things to Come
Toni Erdmann

Best Austin Film
Loving
Midnight Special
Slash
Tower
Transpecos

Best First Film
The Birth of a Nation
The Edge of Seventeen
Krisha
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

The Robert R. 'Bobby' McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Keith Maitland (Tower)
Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)