Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2011

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5th Houston Film Critics Society Awards
DateJanuary 7, 2012 (2012-01-07)
LocationMuseum of Fine Arts
Houston, Texas
CountryUnited States
Presented byHouston Film Critics Society
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The 5th Houston Film Critics Society Awards were announced on December 14, 2011. These awards for "extraordinary accomplishment in film" are presented annually by the Houston Film Critics Society (HFCS) based in Houston, Texas.[1] The organization, founded in 2007, includes 26 film critics for print, radio, television, and internet publications in the greater Houston area.[2] The awards are co-sponsored by the Houston Film Commission, WorldFest, and the Houston Cinema Arts Society.[3]

The nominations for the 2011 awards were announced on December 10, 2011.[4] Eligible films do not need to have played or opened in a Houston movie theater prior to the nomination deadline, merely made available to the HFCS membership at a screening or on DVD.[5] Along with the usual 13 "best of" category awards, this year also continued the category for "Worst Movies of the Year" and introduced a new category for "Best Texas Independent Film".[2] The Artist led the field with seven nominations, including the Best Picture, Actor, Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score, and Foreign Language categories.[2] The Descendants and The Help each received five nominations.

The Descendants was the HFCS's most awarded film of 2011 taking top honors in the Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley), and Best Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash) categories.[6][7] Drive was the only other film to garner multiple awards, winning both Best Director (Nicolas Winding Refn) and Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks) prizes.[2]

The other acting honors went to Tilda Swinton as Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin and Michael Fassbender as Best Actor for Shame.[6] The other individual awards included Best Original Score to Ludovic Bource for The Artist and Best Cinematography to Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life.[2][7]

The remaining category honors went to Rango as Best Animated Film, Project Nim as Best Documentary, and South Korea's I Saw the Devil as Best Foreign Language Film. "Life's A Happy Song" by Bret McKenzie from The Muppets was named the Best Original Song. The HFCS's second annual award for "Worst Picture" was given to Your Highness starring Natalie Portman.[6]

In addition to the category awards, the HFCS announced that 2011's Lifetime Achievement Award will honor actor Jeff Bridges and the 2011 Humanitarian Award honors Houston socialite Joanne King Herring.[8][9] She was selected for "her work in Afghanistan, as noted in the film Charlie Wilson's War".[2][9] (Julia Roberts portrayed Herring in the 2007 film.) The HFCS awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema were presented to Hunter Todd and Mary Lampe.[7] A special Technical Achievement honor was announced for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[10]


The 2011 awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Fine Arts on January 7, 2012.[8] The award ceremony is free and open to the general public.[3] While organizers do not expect any of the nominees in the "best of" category awards to be in attendance, recipients in some individual categories are scheduled to attend.[2] The ceremony will also include clips of nominated films plus special tributes, and will be followed by a catered reception with the members of the HFCS in the museum gallery.[8]

A new award will be presented for the first time during the ceremony: Best Texas Independent Film, for "a work mostly financed and filmed in Texas".[2] The nominees are Deadbeat TV, Volume 2 from Invisible Studios, The Great American Moon Rock Caper from Flock of Film Productions, Jacob from Odyssee Pictures, Puncture from Millennium Entertainment, and Stick 'Em Up from Shoot Edit Sleep. The winner of this category will be announced at the January 7 ceremony.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface.

Category awards[edit]

Best Picture Best Direction of a Motion 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 Screenplay Best Animated Feature Film
Best Cinematography Best Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Language Film Best Original Score
Best Original Song Worst Picture
Best Texas Independent Film
  • (Winner announced January 7, 2012)
  • Puncture from Millennium Entertainment
    • Deadbeat TV, Volume 2 from Invisible Studios
    • The Great American Moon Rock Caper
      from Flock of Film Productions
    • Jacob from Odyssee Pictures
    • Stick 'Em Up from Shoot Edit Sleep

Individual awards[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Humanitarian Award[edit]

Outstanding Achievement[edit]

  • Hunter Todd
  • Mary Lampe

Technical Achievement[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Houston Film Critics Society. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Berkowitz, Lana (December 14, 2011). "Houston Film Critics Society chooses best of 2011". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Houston Film Critics Society: Best of 2011 Films". 29-95.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Adams, Ryan (December 10, 2011). "Houston Film Critics Society Nominees". AwardsDaily. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Awards". Houston Film Critics Society. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Labrecque, Jeff (December 14, 2011). "Houston critics honor 'The Descendants,' Toronto prefers 'Tree of Life'". Inside Movies. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Tapley, Kristopher (December 14, 2011). "'The Descendants' takes Best Picture from Houston critics". HitFix. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c Marmaduke, Lauren (December 14, 2011). "The Houston Film Critics Society's Best (and Worst) of 2011". Art Attack. Houston Press. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d Evans, Caroline (August 31, 2011). "Houston Film Critics Society Will Honor Jeff Bridges, Joanne King Herring". Art Attack. Houston Press. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Houston Film Critics Society: 2011". Movie City News. December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011.

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