Best Performance Awards

For a film to be considered in any category, it is not necessary for that said film to have been 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 Director 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. 

The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2017:

  • Best Picture - "Lady Bird"
  • Best Director - Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
  • Best Actor - James Franco, "The Disaster Artist"
  • Best Actress - Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
  • Best Screenplay - Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
  • Best Animated Film - "Coco"
  • Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, "Blade Runner 2049"
  • Best Documentary - "Jane"
  • Best Foreign Film - "Thelma"
  • Best Original Score - Alexandre Desplat, "The Shape of Water"
  • Best Visual Effects - "Blade Runner 2049"
  • Best Foreign Film - "Thelma"
  • Best Poster - "The Shape of Water"
  • Texas Independent Film Award - "A Ghost Story"


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2013:

  • Best Picture - "12 Years a Slave"
  • Best Director - Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
  • Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Best Actress - Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Best Screenplay - John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Best Animated Film - "Frozen"
  • Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"
  • Best Documentary - "20 Feet from Stardom"
  • Best Foreign Film - "The Hunt "
  • Best Original Score - Steven Price, "Gravity"
  • Best Original Song - "Please Mr. Kennedy" by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T-Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake and Joel and Ethan Coen, for "Inside Llewyn Davis"
  • Worst Picture - "Grown Ups 2"
  • Outstanding Achievement - Eric Harrison
  • Technical Achievement - "Gravity"


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2012:

  • Best Picture - "Argo"
  • Best Director - Ben Affleck, "Argo"
  • Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"
  • Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
  • Best Screenplay - Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"
  • Best Animated Film - "Wreck-It Ralph"
  • Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins, "Skyfall"
  • Best Documentary - "Searching for Sugar Man"
  • Best Foreign Film - "Holy Motors"
  • Best Original Score - Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, "Cloud Atlas"
  • Best Original Song - "Skyfall" by Adele and Paul Epworth, for "Skyfall"
  • Worst Picture - "That's My Boy"
  • Texas Independent Film Award - "Bernie"
  • Humanitarian Award - Adam Yauch
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Robert Duvall
  • Outstanding Achievement - Jeff Millar
  • Technical Achievement - "The Hobbit"


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2011:

  • Best Picture - "The Descendants"
  • Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
  • Best Actor - Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
  • Best Actress - Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks, "Drive"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
  • Best Screenplay - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, "The Descendants"
  • Best Animated Film - "Rango"
  • Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, "The Tree of Life"
  • Best Documentary - "Project Nim"
  • Best Foreign Film - "I Saw the Devil"
  • Best Original Score - Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"
  • Best Original Song - "Live's A Happy Song" by Bret McKenzie, for "The Muppets"
  • Worst Picture - "Your Highness"
  • Texas Independent Film Award - "Puncture"
  • Humanitarian Award - Joanne King Herring
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Jeff Bridges
  • Outstanding Achievement - Hunter Todd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Mary Lampe
  • Technical Achievement - "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"


The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2010:

  • Best Picture - "The Social Network"
  • Best Director - David Fincher, "The Social Network"
  • Best Actor - Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
  • Best Actress - Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
  • Best Supporting Actress - Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"
  • Best Screenplay - Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
  • Best Animated Film - "Toy Story 3"
  • Best Cinematography - Wall Pfister, "Inception"
  • Best Documentary - "Restrepo"
  • Best Foreign Film - "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
  • Best Original Score - Hans Zimmer, "Inception"
  • Best Original Song - "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" by Beck, for "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"
  • Worst Picture - "Jonah Hex"
  • Humanitarian Award - George Clooney
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Sissy Spacek
  • Outstanding Achievement - Charles Dove
  • Outstanding Achievement - Hector Luna


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"
  • Humanitarian Award - G.W. Bailey
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Patrick Swayze


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 - Terence Blanchard, "Miracle at St. Anna"
  • Best Original Song - "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E"
  • Oustanding Achievement in Cinema - Andrea Grover and The Aurora Picture Show
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Film Department
  • Outstanding Achievement in Film Criticism - Roger Ebert



The Houston Film Critics Society Award Winners for 2007:

  • Best Picture - "No Country for Old Men"
  • Best Director of a Motion Picture - Tim Burton, "Sweeny Todd"
  • 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 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 Driving Bell and the Butterfly"
  • Best Original Score - Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"
  • Best Original Song - "Falling Slowly" from "Once"
  • Honorary Texan Award - Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Oustanding Achievement in Cinema - Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Outstanding Achievement in Film Criticism - The Greenway Three Theatre for over thirty years of service to Houston's Art-House film community
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