Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Picture

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The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Picture is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.



Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
2007 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Atonement Joe Wright
Into the Wild Sean Penn
Juno Jason Reitman
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button David Fincher
Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan
Milk Gus Van Sant
WALL-E Andrew Stanton
2009 The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow
(500) Days of Summer Marc Webb
Avatar James Cameron
District 9 Neill Blomkamp
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
Invictus Clint Eastwood
Precious Lee Daniels
Star Trek J. J. Abrams
Up Pete Docter
Up in the Air Jason Reitman


Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
2010 The Social Network David Fincher
127 Hours Danny Boyle
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
Inception Christopher Nolan
Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko
The King's Speech Tom Hooper
Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone Debra Granik
2011 The Descendants Alexander Payne
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
Drive Nicolas Winding Refn
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Stephen Daldry
The Help Tate Taylor
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
Take Shelter Jeff Nichols
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
War Horse Steven Spielberg
Win Win Tom McCarthy
2012 Argo Ben Affleck
Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer and Lana & Lilly Wachowski
Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino
Lincoln Steven Spielberg
Les Misérables Tom Hooper
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty Kathryn Bigelow
2013 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen
All Is Lost J. C. Chandor
American Hustle David O. Russell
Before Midnight Richard Linklater
Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée
Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
Inside Llewyn Davis Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Nebraska Alexander Payne
Saving Mr. Banks John Lee Hancock
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater
Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn
The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum
Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson
A Most Violent Year J. C. Chandor
Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy
Selma Ava DuVernay
Whiplash Damien Chazelle
2015 Spotlight Tom McCarthy
The Big Short Adam McKay
Carol Alex Garland
Inside Out Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller
The Martian Ridley Scott
The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room Lenny Abrahamson
Sicario Denis Villeneuve
Steve Jobs Danny Boyle
2016 La La Land Damien Chazelle
Arrival Denis Villeneuve
The Handmaiden Chan-wook Park
Hell or High Water David Mackenzie
Jackie Pablo Larraín
Lion Garth Davis
Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight Barry Jenkins
The Nice Guys Shane Black
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford
2017 Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
The Big Sick Michael Showalter
Call Me by Your Name Luca Guadagnino
Dunkirk Christopher Nolan
The Florida Project Sean Baker
Get Out Jordan Peele
Logan James Mangold
The Post Steven Spielberg
The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
2018 The Favourite' Yorgos Lanthimos
Black Panther Ryan Coogler
BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee
Eighth Grade Bo Burnham
First Reformed Paul Schrader
Green Book Peter Farrelly
Hereditary Ari Aster
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper
Vice Adam McKay
2019 Parasite Bong Joon-ho
1917 Sam Mendes
The Farewell Lulu Wang
The Irishman Martin Scorsese
Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi
Joker Todd Phillips
Knives Out Rian Johnson
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino
Uncut Gems Joshua Safdie and Benjamin Safdie


Year Winner and nominees Director(s)
2020 Nomadland Chloé Zhao
Da 5 Bloods Spike Lee
The Father Florian Zeller
Minari Lee Isaac Chung
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Eliza Hittman
One Night in Miami... Regina King
Promising Young Woman Emerald Fennell
Soul Pete Docter and Kemp Powers
Sound of Metal Darius Marder
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Aaron Sorkin
2021 The Power of the Dog Jane Campion
Belfast Kenneth Branagh
CODA Sian Heder
Don't Look Up Adam McKay
Dune Denis Villeneuve
King Richard Reinaldo Marcus Green
Licorice Pizza Paul Thomas Anderson
Parallel Mothers Pedro Almodóvar
tick, tick... BOOM! Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Tragedy of Macbeth Joel Coen
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
The Banshees of Inisherin Martin McDonagh
Elvis Baz Luhrmann
The Fabelmans Steven Spielberg
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro
RRR S. S. Rajamouli
TÁR Todd Field
Till Chinonye Chukwu
Top Gun: Maverick Joseph Kosinski
Women Talking Sarah Polley
2023 Poor Things Yorgos Lanthimos
American Fiction Cord Jefferson
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Kelly Fremon Craig
Barbie Greta Gerwig
The Color Purple Blitz Bazawule
Godzilla Minus One Takashi Yamazaki
The Holdovers Alexander Payne
Killers of the Flower Moon Martin Scorsese
Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan
Past Lives Celine Song