Austin Film Critics Give ‘The Dark Knight’ #1 Slot

The Dark Knight has done well with critics this season with Heath Ledger getting several nods as Best Supporting Actor, director of photography Wally Pfister getting named for Best Cinematography, Chris Nolan getting runner-up kudos for director along with the film itself coming in runner-up a couple of times as well as being listed on several top tens. However, the Austin Film Critics Association has gone a different route and named it the best film of the year.

Ledger also won for Best Supporting, Nolan for Director and Screenplay with his brother Jonathan, and the Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard score took home the top prize, Penn wins again for Actor, Hathaway gets another Actress notice and it’s nice to see Taraji P. Henson getting a nod for Supporting Actress in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The rest of the list can be seen directly below and all of our critic list recaps can be found right here.

Top 10 Films:

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. Milk
  4. Synecdoche, New York
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  6. The Wrestler
  7. Wall*E
  8. Frost/Nixon
  9. Let the Right One In
  10. Gran Torino

Director: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

Actress: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Original Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Adapted Screenplay: The Dark Knight, Jonthan Nolan & Christopher Nolan

Cinematography: The Fall, Colin Watkinson

Original Score: The Dark Knight, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmerman

Foreign Language Film: Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) (Sweden)

Documentary Film: Man on Wire

Animated Feature: WALL•E

Breakthrough Artist Award: Danny McBride, Pineapple Express/The Foot Fist Way/Tropic Thunder

First Film: Nacho Vigalondo, Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes)

Austin Film: Crawford


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