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Awards Consideration

The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2010:

    • Best Picture - "The President Can't Speak"
    • Best Director - Neither can the Directore
    • Best Actor - Or the Lead in the Film
    • Best Actress - Prego and Unwed Natalie Portman "Black Swan"
    • Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
    • Best Supporting Actress - Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
    • Best Screenplay - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
    • Best Animated Film - "Up"
    • Best Cinematography - Barry Ackroyd, "The Hurt Locker"
    • Best Documentary - "The Cove"
    • Best Foreign Film - "Sin Nombre"
    • Best Original Score - Michael Giacchino, "Up"
    • Best Original Song - "Petey's Song" by Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, for "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
    • Outstanding Achievement Award - Margaret Stratton
    • Humanitarian of the Year Award - G.W. Bailey
    • Lifetime Achievement Award - Patrick Swayze

HFCS Press Releases:
HFCS 2009 Awards Ballot

The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2009:

    • Best Picture - "The Hurt Locker"
    • Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
    • Best Actor - George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
    • Best Actress - Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
    • Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
    • Best Supporting Actress - Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
    • Best Screenplay - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
    • Best Animated Film - "Up"
    • Best Cinematography - Barry Ackroyd, "The Hurt Locker"
    • Best Documentary - "The Cove"
    • Best Foreign Film - "Sin Nombre"
    • Best Original Score - Michael Giacchino, "Up"
    • Best Original Song - "Petey's Song" by Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, for "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
    • Outstanding Achievement Award - Margaret Stratton
    • Humanitarian of the Year Award - G.W. Bailey
    • Lifetime Achievement Award - Patrick Swayze

HFCS Press Releases:
HFCS 2009 Awards Ballot


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2008:

    • Best Picture "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    • Best Director of a Motion Picture Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Sean Penn, "Milk"
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Viola Davis, "Doubt"
    • Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast "Doubt"
    • Best Screenplay Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"
    • Best Animated Film "Wall-E"
    • Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    • Best Documentary Feature "Man on Wire"
    • Best Foreign Language Film "Mongol"
    • Best Original Score "Miracle at St. Anna" by Terence Blanchard
    • Best Original Song "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E"
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Andrea Grover and The Aurora Picture Show
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Programming Marian Luntz and The
    • Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Film Department
    • Outstanding Achievement in Film Criticism Roger Ebert

HFCS Press Releases:
HFCS 2008 Winners Press Release
HFCS 2008 Awards Ballot


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2007:

    • Best Picture - "No Country for Old Men"
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Daniel Day Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
    • Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast - "Hairspray"
    • Best Direction of a Motion Picture - Tim Burton, "Sweeny Todd"
    • Best Screenplay - Diablo Cody, "Juno"
    • Best Animated Film - "Ratatouille
    • Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
    • Best Documentary Feature - "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"
    • Best Foreign Language Film - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
    • Best Original Song - "Falling Slowly" from "Once"
    • Best Original Score - "Atonement" by Dario Marianelli
    • Honorary Texan Award - Joel and Ethan Coen
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinema - Philip Seymour Hoffman
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinema - The Greenway Three Theatre for over thirty years of service to Houston's Art-House film community.

HFCS Press Releases:
HFCS 2007 Winners Press Release
HFCS 2007 Awards Ballot


The Houston Film Critics Society has received numerous inquiries regarding our deadlines and our end of the year voting policies and schedule. The deadlines and schedule for the 2008 HFCS voting will be posted at a later date.

For a film to be considered in any category, it is not necessary for that said film to have played or opened in Houston prior to our deadlines. The membership of the HFCS will consider any film that we view in a theater or screen via DVD.


The Houston Film Critics Society will vote on the following end of the year film awards. The deadline for voting will be determined by the Governing Committee.

The award categories shall be:

    • Best Picture
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
    • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
    • Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast
    • Best Direction of a Motion Picture
    • Best Screenplay
    • Best Animated Film
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Documentary Feature
    • Best Foreign Language Film
    • Best Original Song
    • Best Original Score
    • Outstanding Achievement in Cinema

Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the membership.